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It's our 12th annual cookie collection!

We have 24 mouth-watering treats to help make your holidays bright. Plus we have tips for baking, videos and past recipes for you to try.



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5 things to do under $5: Holiday lights edition

This week's 5 under $5 list takes a side trip down a holiday path, and you should, too. We have made the tough call of picking five of our favorite places to see holiday lights. Michelle and Katie …


  1. 11 Valentine's Day stories of food and love


    The first time I laid eyes on the man who would become my fiance, I was frothing milk.

    [MARILENA PERILLI   |   Special to the Times]
  2. From the editor: Three ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in your kitchen


    Sometimes you don't want to stress over a reservation, or strap on black heels, or get dolled up for a big night out.

  3. Here is where you should make reservations for Valentine's Day in Tampa Bay

    Food & Dining

    Now is the time to shore up your Valentine's Day plans.

    A dessert at Piquant  in Tampa. [Photo by CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  4. Dunedin's Mardi Gras expected to draw 30,000 with parade, festival



    In the early '90s, a series of events took place that helped revive a dying downtown, including a Main Street streetscape program, the completion of a 10-mile stretch of the Pinellas Trail and the formation of an active Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association that held events to draw in the …

    Mardi Gras mask and beads from Brady’s collection.
  5. Dining planner: Head into Mardi Gras with these Tampa Bay Cajun favorites

    Food & Dining

    Let the good times roll: Mardi Gras

    Ricky P’s Orleans Bistro in downtown St. Petersburg will kick off its Mardi Gras party weekend on Friday.
  6. Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras: Two holidays that look to food for luck


    Just in time for the annual new year's resolution relapse comes two holidays focused on the sweeter side of life.

    Cho Lon Market in St. Petersburg is selling an assortment of sweets for Chinese or Lunar New Year, when they are handed out to grant a “sweet life in the new year.”
  7. Five ways to cook chicken wings — and sauces to dip them in — for the Super Bowl


    You don't need to outsource your chicken wing supply for this year's Super Bowl feast, set for Sunday when the Panthers and the Broncos face off in California. Making them at home is easy. What isn't as easy is choosing how to make them, as there are a handful of cooking methods for turning the poultry into an …

    Luckily for us Floridians, it’s never the wrong season to grill wings.
  8. Parades, family festivals and leadership gatherings mark MLK Day



    National Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Parade

  9. From clean-ups to donations, thoughtful ways to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day


    Honoring the life and legacy of the nation's most important civil rights activist has a template depending on what kind of observer you'd like to be.

    Marchers from St. John Missionary Baptist Church march down N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. during Clearwater’s 31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. The event included a breakfast at the North Greenwood Recreation Center followed by a 10 a.m. march from the Recreation Center to Coachman Park for a rally with speeches and music.
  10. Fall Out Boy, 3 Doors Down, Diana Ross among Mardi Gras lineup at Universal Orlando

    Music & Concerts

    Universal Orlando on Tuesday released its lineup for this year's Mardi Gras celebration. The spicy gumbo of current and classic music acts includes Fall Out Boy, 3 Doors Down and Diana Ross.