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  1. Five ideas for "fluff" dessert salads

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    Growing up with parents from different states meant I was introduced to lots of weird regional food. For example: Taylor Pork Roll in New Jersey and dessert "salads" in Minnesota. What is a dessert salad? It's a child's delight. Made with some combination of gelatin, whipped topping, pudding mix, canned fruit and …

    Indulge in Snickers Caramel Apple Salad.
  2. From the food editor: Looking for something fresh? Try scallops

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    We're just at the beginning of scallop season off Florida's gulf coast, which started earlier this month and runs through September, so this week's recipe is an homage to the mollusks.

    Looking for a fresh catch? Try Scallop Salad With Meyer Lemon and Pomegranate.
  3. Five exotic fruits bring depth in flavor: dragon fruit, jackfruit, lychee, mamey, rambutan

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    Take a stroll through any of our local Asian markets, like Oceanic in Tampa or Dong A in St. Petersburg, and you will pass mounds of exotic-looking fruits. Things like durian, a round, spiky fruit, or bitter melon, which looks like a shriveled cucumber — tropical fruits that are popular throughout the world …

    Rambutans.
  4. Sweet: Try barbecue chips (zucchini) without all that sugar

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    It all started with the kale chip.

    I fell in love with the texture of the thick, green leaf made thin and so delicately crisp by baking that it felt almost flaky, with just enough thickness to impart a satisfying little crunch before nearly dissolving into salty-grassy goodness on the tongue.

    You won’t need special equipment to whip up a fresh batch of Baked BBQ-Flavored Zucchini Chips.
  5. Lemon-Pesto Chicken Salad tastes complex, but it's simple — and delicious

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    In our small hometown, Sunday evening's concert in the park is more than just a gathering of locals and tourists. It's how we mark the passage of time between May and September.

    The simple-to-make yet complex-tasting Lemon-Pesto Chicken Salad uses rotisserie chicken and premade pesto. The dish’s secret: capers.
  6. Tampa Bay doughnut master Bill Fray on what makes a good doughnut

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    TAMPA

    On a recent Monday, Bill Fray, 62, had jury duty. A prosecuting attorney asked him a question.

    A neon sign reading ‘donuts’ flickers at Nicola’s Donut Shop in Tampa on Friday, July 6, 2016.
ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times
  7. From the food editor: recipe ideas for tofu

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    In this week's issue, food critic Laura Reiley reviews Thinh An, a new Tampa restaurant that is the first place in the Tampa Bay area to make its tofu from scratch. (Review, Page 3E)

    Enjoy a taste of home cooking with Chicken and Dumplings.
  8. Fire up the grill for pork tenderloin

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    You've got the grill hot. The burgers are ready. Or maybe some marinated flank steak. After all, beef is the meat most of us reach for when we grill. Way down the list: pork tenderloin. The forgotten cut? • As a changeup from burgers, steaks and hot dogs, pork tenderloins offer a lot: a flexible canvas (the mild …

  9. Welcome to Page to Plate, a column about cookbooks, creativity

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    The first cookbook I remember buying for myself was Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, which, come to think of it, I lent to a friend and don't remember where it ended up. No matter. My cookbook collection has grown. A lot.

    Ileana Morales Valentine gets to work in the kitchen.
  10. Five ideas for tomatoes: salad, fritters, sorbet and more

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    Fruit or vegetable, the controversial tomato is a summer staple. From salads and sandwiches to dips and sauces, tomatoes are everywhere. But I have a rocky relationship with them. Small salad tomatoes, like the grape variety, usually end up nestled in a corner of my plate, uneaten. I prefer smooth tomato …

    Savory Tomato Sorbet, which gives tomatoes a fresh twist, will raise some eyebrows.

New #CookClub recipe: White Chicken Chili

This is a hearty and warming stew for this time of year.