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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Fresh figs take a starring role in this fig cake

Fresh figs take a starring role in this fig cake

Figs are showy fruit.They can’t help themselves. Even the plainest, drabbest fig will reveal a scarlet belly, flecked with shimmering seeds, once you take a bite. Whether they’re sliced or halved, arranged in a tart shell, on a crostini or just on a ...
Published: 10/17/17
From the food editor: Five things I’m enjoying in the food world right now

From the food editor: Five things I’m enjoying in the food world right now

Sometimes your notebook is scribbled with little thoughts here and there, things you come across in the food world and want to share but aren’t sure how or when. Well, folks, I need to get some of this off my chest. Here is a somewhat random collecti...
Published: 10/17/17
Restaurant review: Noble Crust’s second location is a boon to booming Wesley Chapel

Restaurant review: Noble Crust’s second location is a boon to booming Wesley Chapel

WESLEY CHAPELWesley Chapel is said to be one of the fastest growing areas in the country, due to the perfect cocktail of available and affordable land, broad but upwardly mobile demographics and easy access to other parts of Tampa Bay. And while mall...
Published: 10/16/17

Taste test: Canned pumpkin

Two years ago, farmers were warning of a shortage of canned pumpkin. Those of us charged with preparing Thanksgiving meals rushed to stores to scoop up the offerings. The shortage, caused by too much rain falling on U.S. pumpkin patches, never really...
Published: 10/16/17
This recipe for Meatless Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash is perfect for Meatless Monday

This recipe for Meatless Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash is perfect for Meatless Monday

This meal is so healthy, I am not even sure how it’s so delicious. It’s a perfect plate for Meatless Monday: filling yet fun, with "meatballs" made out of crushed nuts and strands of spaghetti squash. The whole thing freezes surprisingly well, too, j...
Published: 10/16/17
Stone crab season opens Sunday — but will the hurricane affect the haul?

Stone crab season opens Sunday — but will the hurricane affect the haul?

Draw your butter and get your mustard sauce ready: Stone crab season starts Sunday.But the big question this year is how abundant — and how expensive — the claws will be a month after a hurricane wrecked a huge swath of the fishing areas in the Flori...
Published: 10/13/17
Updated: 10/14/17
Hankering for deer meat? Arby’s to serve venison nationwide next week

Hankering for deer meat? Arby’s to serve venison nationwide next week

If McDonald’s return of Szechuan sauce wasn’t enough of a "limited time only" fast food adventure for you, Arby’s announced its bringing back its venison sandwich this month.And unlike the McDonald’s sauce debacle last week — Arby’s swears there will...
Published: 10/12/17
Brewery taps magnificent 7

Brewery taps magnificent 7

I recently heard of the opening of "Clearwater’s first brewery," which seemed odd to me, considering that there already are three in the city. Maybe it’s Clearwater’s first asterisk-free brewery — Sea Dog and Big Storm are local satellites of breweri...
Published: 10/12/17
Local craft beer of the week: IRMA IPA from Green Bench Brewing

Local craft beer of the week: IRMA IPA from Green Bench Brewing

Breweries set a good example in the days leading up to Hurricane Irma’s landfall in Florida. When grocery stores and gas stations couldn’t keep bottled water in stock, breweries offered clean drinking water for free — just bring your own container.Af...
Published: 10/12/17
Vinoy reinvents Fred’s Cellar for one night Thursday as a fundraiser for Puerto Rico

Vinoy reinvents Fred’s Cellar for one night Thursday as a fundraiser for Puerto Rico

The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort’s Fred’s Cellar has been underutilized for some time, starting as a private club for members and more recently re-envisioned as a speakeasy. But here’s something — for one night only — that seems to be a gl...
Published: 10/11/17