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#CookClub recipe No. 25 is Pineapple Fried Rice, a great accompaniment to chicken or seafood. Make is a vegetarian main dish by adding edamame and egg.  [Photo by JANET KEELER   |    TIMES]

#CookClub recipe No. 25: Pineapple Fried Rice (w/ video)


  1. #CookClub celebrates first anniversary


    Wow, has it been a year?

    #CookClub, our online community cooking project, celebrates its first birthday this month, and I have to say this toddler is quite advanced. Walking? Running is more like it. This year, #CookClub won awards for digital innovation from the Association of Food Journalists and the Florida …

  2. In Our Kitchen: Original Plum Torte


    My announcement one Saturday morning — "I'm making a plum cake!" — fell a little flat. My fiance was not enthused and when I explained that, no, it would not be a cake with frosting, I was met with even more skepticism. But soon the house was scented with cinnamon and the plum torte sat proudly on my cake …

    This Plum Torte is best baked in a springform pan, but you can use a regular cake pan if you line it with parchment paper. The flavors intensify if you wait a day to eat it. Wait?
  3. Easy meal ideas: Spaghetti With Carrots and more


    Mon | Meatless meal

    We hardly blink an eye at carrot in cake, but carrots as the primary flavor fuel of a pasta dish? Sure, why not? Their sweetness pairs deliciously with cream, nutmeg and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese in Spaghetti With Carrots (recipe below), from Sarasota cookbook author and …

  4. #CookClub recipe No. 25: Pineapple Fried Rice (w/ video)


    It's good to have an interesting, go-to side dish recipe at the ready. For me side dishes tend to be an afterthought so we end up with a lot of steamed broccoli. Healthy, but a bit boring.

    #CookClub recipe No. 25 is Pineapple Fried Rice, a great accompaniment to chicken or seafood. Make is a vegetarian main dish by adding edamame and egg.  [Photo by JANET KEELER   |    TIMES]
  5. Tampa Bay Times food section wins national honors


    The Tampa Bay Times' food section, Taste, has been chosen the best in the United States by the Association of Food Journalists.

    A photo of kale shot for the Times Taste section, by Patty Yablonski.
  6. Throw a dinner party Jane Austen would appreciate


    It has been almost 200 years since the world lost Jane Austen, but our love affair with the British novelist is more passionate than ever, spawning spinoffs and fan fiction galore. Darcy and Elizabeth are no longer confined to the pages of Pride and Prejudice. In the imaginations of their fans, they do everything …

    Dame Judi Dench stands at the head of the table of a vast feast in Pride and Prejudice.
  7. Signature Dish: Crazy Chocolate Cake With Caramel Icing


    WHO: Brenda Baird, 59, of St. Petersburg, wife and mother of two and former St. Petersburg city clerk. Now that her children are grown, she plans to fulfill her lifelong dream of writing by creating a blog that will feature inspirational articles.

    Brenda Baird and Crazy Chocolate Cake go way back. Her mother learned to bake it in her youth, and she taught a young Brenda how to make it as well.
  8. You Asked For It: Sweet Cream Pancakes


    I would like a recipe for sweet cream pancakes like those served at the Flying J restaurants before they became Denny's.

    Tess Cline, Spring Hill

    Looking for a rich start to your day? Try Sweet Cream Pancakes.
  9. #CookClub bonus recipe: Watermelon and Feta Salad with Verjus


    Susan Pridmore does something interesting with the classic watermelon and feta salad.

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  10. Easy meals ideas: Chipotle Shrimp Taco with Avocado Salsa Verde and more


    Mon | Meatless meal

    Serve Grilled Portobello Burgers With Pickled Red Onion on whole-wheat buns. Garnish with spicy arugula and spread toasted buns with mayo mixed with chopped fresh tarragon. To make the quick pickles, marinate 1 sliced red onion in ½ cup apple cider vinegar, 1 …