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  1. #CookClub bonus: Strawberry Shortcake


    When the strawberries come into season in Florida, the rest of the country is usually shivering cold.

    An easy recipe for Strawberry Shortcake from the Food Network is perfect for Florida's winter strawberry season.
  2. From Salade Nicoise to mussels, recipes for one


    Oh, the single-person-dinner thing.

    In my early 50s, about 10 years ago, I began living alone for the first time in my life when my second child left for college. Always a cook in the category of bountiful, I found myself trolling the frozen food aisles for Stouffer's mac and cheese and Marie Callender's …

Salade Nicoise is a fresh dinner choice.
  3. Cooking for one (or two) means thinking about storage, preparation, selection


    Consider it one of life's mysteries: If 60 percent of American households consist of one or two people, why are zucchini sold in packages of four?

    Ideally, you can shop for vegetables in whatever amounts you need, but if what you want is prepackaged, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask your grocer to break up the package so you can buy only what you need. Your purchasing mantra should be “no waste.”
  4. Teas join the cocktail hour fun

    Bars & Spirits

    Darjeeling and Earl Grey: They conjure images of crustless cucumber sandwiches, quilted cozies that look like pope hats and delicate bone china cups wielded by the dowager countess on Downton Abbey. Tea comes with bag(gage), but in the past couple of years it has taken a steep turn (my last tea pun, promise), …

    Berry Bliss Champagne Cocktail
  5. Rotini With Creamy Burger Sauce makes for a rich weeknight meal


    Sure, we're all trying to lose those pesky 10 or 15 or whatever pounds, but that's no reason to not keep a pint of heavy cream in the refrigerator.

    Rotini With Creamy Burger Sauce makes for a fine weeknight meal. It’s flavorful and it comes together quickly.
  6. Want to master the art of deglazing? Start with Steak au Poivre


    One of the main reasons carnivores love meat is because of its depth of flavor. And the easiest way to magnify that flavor is to brown the meat.

    Spoon some of the sauce over each steak, then garnish with chopped parsley or chives. Voila: Steak au Poivre.
  7. Easy weeknight meals: Peanut Noodles With Pork recipe and more ideas


    Mon | Bread and salad

    Day-old French bread gets a new life in White Bean Panzanella Salad. Cube the bread and set aside. In a large bowl, mix diced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, cubed fresh mozzarella, chopped basil, a can of rinsed and drained white beans, and a sliced fennel bulb. Add in the …

  8. Carlton: 100 years of Cuban bread at Ybor City's La Segunda Central Bakery

    Human Interest

    If you care about such things — if to you Cuban bread is not just what's holding together the meat, pickle and Swiss but a tradition in itself — the story in the newspaper a while back might have made you wistful. At least until you heard the rest.

    Bryant Valdez gets things set up Thursday at La Segunda Central Bakery in Tampa. The bakery has been around for more than 100 years.
  9. #CookClub recipe No. 36: Baked Coconut Shrimp with Curry Mango Sauce (w/ video)


    I've made coconut shrimp in the deep-fryer with satisfying results. But then I have to clean the fryer and figure out what to do with all that oil. Not so fun.

    #Cookclub recipe #36 is Baked Coconut Shrimp with Curry Mango Sauce.
  10. Treat your date to Chicken With Tangy Artichoke and Mushroom Sauce


    Fifteen years ago, I made the first of what would become thousands of meals for my husband, Philippe. Back then, it was our fifth date, and he was visiting my tiny Parisian apartment for the first time.

    Chicken With Tangy Artichoke and Mushroom Sauce uses low-fat Greek yogurt, a good stand-in for sour cream and heavy cream.