Whew, we made it to the second week of 2016. It seems most of us (or is it just me?) are not quite prepared for that first week, when resolutions are supposed to begin and our eating habits should start anew. At that point, I usually don't even have my Christmas decorations put away.
So it's during this second week of the new year that I feel energized for the next 12 months. And this is a good opportunity to reflect on what has been on this website over the previous 12.
Since becoming the food editor nearly a year ago, I have introduced some new features (Cook Hack, 5 Ideas) and tried some that I would like to start up again, like Food Fight, where we take a way of eating or preparing food and debate the myriad ways to do it. I have focused on clean eating and recipes that are healthy and nourishing but still exciting.
And I've received feedback that will influence how the section gets put together in 2016. The one thing I hear the most? Readers would like to see nutrition facts on recipes. That seems to go along with our focus on healthy and whole eating, so I am going to commit to getting that information on most of our recipes this year.
We're also going to debut a couple of recurring features in the coming months. On the cooking side of things, look for a column that demystifies the differences between certain foods, like sweet potatoes and yams, or regular olive oil versus extra-virgin olive oil.
A new Q and A segment will reach out into the Tampa Bay community and find out what foodies and other notable folks are enjoying in their kitchens and on the local food scene.
What else would you like to see, both in this section and on our website: tampabay.com/food? As we begin new traditions this year, I'd like to hear more from our readers about the kind of things they enjoy reading about and what proves useful to you as you set out to make dinner every night, or look for a new date-night restaurant. Submit your suggestions to [email protected], tweet us at @TBTimesFood or write to us at 490 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
And one last thing. On Jan. 21, our food critic Laura Reiley will share her annual list of the top 50 restaurants in Tampa Bay. Look for it at tampabay.com/top50restaurants, where the 2015 list still resides for now. You won't want to miss it.
Contact Michelle Stark at [email protected] or (727) 893-8829. Follow @mstark17 on Twitter.