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  1. What the 10 terms Merriam-Webster just added to the dictionary say about our foodie culture

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    Joining "troll" (as in, a rude person on the Internet, not a bridge-dwelling creature), "alt-right" and "dog whistle," 10 food-related words were added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary this week. That's out of 250 new terms, a pretty good ratio that signals the ongoing shift toward a more food-obsessed culture, one …

    IPA is one of the words recently added to the dictionary.
  2. We Tried That: Can you throw a cocktail party for less than $25?

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    Power drills scream. Rain drops fleck my skin, small pinpricks of cold. I hurry my 9-month-old puppy down the street as my neighbors screw plywood to their windows, preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma.

    Today is a good day for a party.

    This Old Fashioned, made with Angostura orange bitters, is garnished with a maraschino cherry and a clementine twist.
  3. Let produce shine in these recipes

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    Whether you bake muffins studded with nectarines or marinate tomatoes with lots of garlic and red pepper flakes, the recipes that follow put a bounty of fruits and vegetables front and center.

    The batter for Nectarine Corn Muffins is easy to make. You can use any stone fruit in place of, or in addition to, the nectarines.
  4. Cookbook review: ‘A New Way to Bake' offers useful guide to working with alternative baking ingredients

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    My pantry looks a lot more diverse than it did a few years ago. Buckwheat, whole-wheat and rye flours are right there next to all-purpose flour. I have amaranth and millet. Coconut oil is as much a staple as olive oil.

    And I'm not the only one.

    A New Way to Bake: Classic Recipes Updated With 
Better-for-You Ingredients From 
the Modern Pantry 
From the Kitchens 
of Martha Stewart
Clarkson Potter, 320 pages, $26
  5. With largest kosher inventory in Tampa Bay area, Hyde Park Winn Dixie is a boon to Jewish cooks

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    TAMPA

    “Miracles do happen," says Rabbi Levi Rivkin, joyously leading the way down aisle six at the Winn-Dixie in Hyde Park, pointing out dozens of bright blue circles indicating kosher cereals, crackers, soups and such.

    Rabbi Lazer Rivkin, 68, and his son, Rabbi Levi Rivkin, 36, both of Tampa, visit the kosher frozen food section at the Winn-Dixie on W Swann Avenue in Hyde Park in Tampa.
  6. Turn corn bread into a sweet treat with sauteed apple slices

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    Corn bread has always had a bit of an identity crisis in our house: Is it savory or is it sweet? Does it replace dinner rolls or dessert?

    Apple Upside-Down Corn Bread is simple to make. Unsweetened applesauce adds tenderness to the corn bread without a ton of fat.
  7. Take the plunge and try kelp noodles in simple cabbage and noodle saute

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    The healthy noodle market is booming, thanks to low-carb fans, and so it's no surprise that kelp noodles, which used to be a specialty-store item only, are now readily available at the neighborhood supermarket.

    Kelp noodles, which are a neutral-flavored sea vegetable, work well in Kelp Noodles and Cabbage.
  8. How junk food helped us get through Hurricane Irma

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    Halfway through my third bagel, I began to wonder if it was really necessary.

    Snacks
  9. After the storm: Tampa Bay old-time restaurants for which we're grateful

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    Storms make you thankful, right? You pause to appreciate things you might have taken for granted, knowing they could all be whisked away in a whoosh of storm surge or wind. Here are some of the Tampa Bay stalwarts for which I'm grateful.

     

     

    The Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City bears the distinction of being the oldest restaurant in Florida.
  10. Cooking challenge: Hosting a pizza dinner party

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    “Have been toying with the idea of Squid Ink Ramen," I text my friends. "Thoughts?"

    Pizza With Prosciutto and Fresh Arugula looked beautiful, but it tasted bitter, perhaps from an overload of dried oregano.