Americans Split on Ronald McDonald; Mizrahi Sells Cheesecake

• Almost half of Americans think Ronald McDonald encourages kids to eat junk food and want the mascot gone. [NYDN]

• Issac Mizrahi is selling madras-print cheesecakes on QVC. [Serious Eats]

• Rolando Lantigua, owner of Inwood’s Rancho Jubilee and the now-shuttered Hispaniola, pleaded guilty to tax fraud yesterday. [NYP]

• Denny’s will launch its first value menu on Saturday, complete with prices competitive with fast-food restaurants. [NRN]

• Recycled cooking oil could be a health hazard in China. [NYT]

• Beard-nominated food blogger Hank Shaw joins Elise Bauer’s cooking site, Simply Recipes. [Eat Me Daily]