Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Michelle Stark

Michelle Stark

Michelle Stark is the Food Editor for the Tampa Bay Times, overseeing the food content online and in print, including cooking and restaurants. She also manages social media accounts for the Entertainment department, including food. Previously, she was part of the Things to Do crew and co-host of Play Tampa Bay. She has designed and edited the Times' daily entertainment page, and wrote weekly about television at The Feed blog. Stark joined the Times after graduating from the University of South Florida in 2010 with degrees in mass communications and international relations.

Baked Arancini Balls with Peppery Tomato Sauce. Photos  by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.

Use your leftover risotto to make this Baked Arancini With Peppery Tomato Sauce

When was the last time you enjoyed leftovers?For me, it was when I turned a Pyrex full of three-day-old risotto into this recipe below. Aside from chili or other stew-like dishes, it is a sad fact of home cooking that most dinners donít taste...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Photo by Patty Yablonski, Times

10 ideas for 4-person meals you can make for $10 or less

We’ve all been there. Hands gripping the shopping cart, crazy eyes darting up and down the shelves, every thought about how to construct an affordable and filling dinner completely gone from your brain. It’s the quickest way to end up with...
Published: 03/14/18
Crusted Pork Chop with Garlic, Rice and Greens. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.

From the food editor: I love this method for cooking pork chops

As someone who really enjoys cooking, has to do it weekly for my job, and values the nutrition and wholesomeness of a from-scratch meal, I donít often turn to takeout when life gets hectic. Sure, there is the occasional Chick-fil-A, but for me lately...
Published: 03/13/18
Lemon Ricotta Muffins. Photos by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.

From the food editor: Use leftover ricotta cheese for Lemon Ricotta Muffins

Is ricotta cheese the most versatile cheese? Goat may be its fiercest competitor, both able to be worked into dishes sweet and savory, used as a topping or a creamy casserole booster, delicious eaten off the back of a spoon. I feel like I see...
Updated one month ago
Baked Buffalo Turkey Meatballs. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.

From the food editor: Recipe for Baked Buffalo Turkey Meatballs

Letís talk about baking your meatballs. I first made these Baked Buffalo Turkey Meatballs for the Super Bowl, part of an assemblage of casual small bites that a friend and I could nosh on while we got surprisingly and deeply invested in the...
Updated one month ago

Five ideas for Oscars viewing party snacks

It is one of my favorite nights of the year: the Oscars. And even when the viewing party consists of just myself in leggings on the couch, I still like to put together some sort of festive food spread. The goal here is finger foods that you can nosh...
Updated one month ago
Valentines Day cutout cookies.

Five ideas for quick and easy Valentineís Day desserts

Busy crafting a nice dinner for yourself and your boo this evening? Donít worry, weíve got dessert covered. Here are five ideas for after-meal sweets, little morsels that come together quickly so you can focus on the main event.
Updated one month ago

From the food editor: Seared Steaks With Peppers and Almonds are elegant and simple

If you buy good ingredients, half the work is already done. That may sound a little hokey, but itís true and itís the cooking advice I need to heed more often in my own kitchen.My husband and I are dining out on Valentineís Day this...
Updated one month ago
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Engagement Chicken, a recipe popularized by Glamour magazine, made with lots of lemon and herbs.

Engagement Chicken may not lead to lasting love, but it does dress to impress

Frankly, the very idea behind Engagement Chicken makes me a little twitchy. It is essentially this: Make this chicken for your boyfriend and he will propose because you have proven you are a true woman now that you know your way around a...
Updated one month ago
Chicken and Ricotta Dumplings. Photos by Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor.

From the food editor: Recipe for my husbandís favorite Chicken and Dumplings, with a twist

I really couldnít tell you why, out of all the many dishes I have made for my husband, his favorite remains a chicken and dumplings dish from about five years ago. I remember it being good, but nothing too special, a pretty standard creamy...
Updated one month ago