Monday, October 22, 2018

Bars & Spirits

One of my new go-to side dishes is Italian rice or risotto. I usually buy boxed mixes for quick fixings and add herbs, mushrooms, green vegetables or other flavorings to jazz it up a bit. The rice in risotto seems a little more al dente than traditio...
Published: 09/26/18
Updated: 10/08/18
For a nutty, risotto-style dish, reach for the farro

For a nutty, risotto-style dish, reach for the farro

Italian farrotto is essentially a risotto-style dish made with farro in place of the usual Arborio rice. Although it is made with a similar method, farro’s more robust, nutty flavor gives the dish new dimension. But because much of farro’s starch is ...
Published: 10/10/18
From the food editor: Tahini brings new flavor to cooking

From the food editor: Tahini brings new flavor to cooking

Sometimes, you discover an ingredient and wonder, "How did I ever go so long without you in my life?"For me, that ingredient is tahini. Okay, I didn’t really discover it; I discovered Molly Yeh, a blogger and cookbook author who I’ve written about be...
Published: 10/09/18
Crispy, convenient black bean taquitos you can make at home

Crispy, convenient black bean taquitos you can make at home

By Joe YonanI knew and loved taquitos long before I tried one from 7-Eleven, where they rotate along with the hot dogs (and plenty of grease) on that roller grill. At the Tex-Mex restaurants of my youth in San Angelo, Texas, they were called "flautas...
Published: 10/08/18
Review: St. Pete’s Crafty Squirrel is not too crafty after all

Review: St. Pete’s Crafty Squirrel is not too crafty after all

ST. PETERSBURG -- There is food I like ironically. When my people are out of town, I might curl up cradling a tuna noodle casserole with the Durkee onions on top and hope no one stops by. I buy Velveeta once in a blue moon but may fret about who̵...
Updated one month ago
Food events this week: Tailgate Taste Fest, Red Tide relief for Bradenton restaurants

Food events this week: Tailgate Taste Fest, Red Tide relief for Bradenton restaurants

PICK YOUR FAVORITE: TAILGATE TASTE FESTWhile college football games are playing on large screens, restaurants from around the Tampa Bay area serve up tailgate foods and compete to win People’s Choice and other categories at this year’s Tailgate Taste...
Updated one month ago
Five recipe ideas for National Taco Day on October 4

Five recipe ideas for National Taco Day on October 4

"As long as tacos exist, the world is a good place," says my friend Nathan, who claims to exist on a diet composed mainly of the classic Mexican dish.In case you haven’t heard, Thursday is National Taco Day — which means the world is going to be an e...
Updated one month ago
Bar review: Crafty Squirrel is a fun, nutty idea that works

Bar review: Crafty Squirrel is a fun, nutty idea that works

The undisputed party block of downtown St. Petersburg is the one between Second and Third Streets on both Central Avenue and First Avenue North. The concentration of bars, restaurants and lounges on this single city block is unmatched anywhere else i...
Updated one month ago
Local craft beer of the week: Headbanger IPA, 7venth Sun Brewery

Local craft beer of the week: Headbanger IPA, 7venth Sun Brewery

The Spring of Tampa Bay and CASA are two local organizations specializing in the prevention of domestic violence, as well as support and shelter for its victims. This is a vital issue, to be sure, but it’s an issue even closer to home for 7venth Sun ...
Updated one month ago
Restaurant openings: Osteria from Fabio Viviano, an artisinal ice cream sandwich parlor and more

Restaurant openings: Osteria from Fabio Viviano, an artisinal ice cream sandwich parlor and more

What's better than ice cream? Coming up blank, right? Okay, what's better than cookies? Here's the answer: ice cream with cookies.
Updated one month ago