Janet K. Keeler, Times Food and Travel Editor

Janet K. Keeler

Janet K. Keeler is the food and travel editor of the Tampa Bay Times and the founder of #CookClub, an online cooking community. She is an adjunct instructor in the Journalism and Media Studies Department of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, from which she holds a master's degree. Keeler is also the author of Cookielicious: 150 Fabulous Recipes to Bake and Share. She joined the Times in 1992.

Phone: (727) 893-8586

Email: jkeeler@tampabay.com

Twitter: @RoadEats

  1. Easy meal ideas: Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup and more


    Mon | Meatless meal

    Bell Pepper Saute Over Lemon Kale Quinoa is a sturdy meal that can be ramped up even more with crumbled feta cheese. Saute a combination of sliced bell peppers (red, yellow and orange) in olive oil with fresh oregano leaves and a couple of minced garlic cloves. Season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, make quinoa in vegetable stock, and when it's done, add lemon zest and chopped kale. The heat will wilt the greens. Scoop pepper mixture over quinoa and top with feta....

  2. #CookClub recipe No. 26: Raspberry Cornmeal Cake


    The delightful new cookbook Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets and Recipes from Our Kitchen by Zoe Nathan (Chronicle Books, 2014) is getting quite a bit of buzz. It is a lovely book full of inspirational recipes and photographs that will make you eager to get into the kitchen this fall.

    Nathan, along with husband Josh Loeb, owns the Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe in Santa Monica, Calif. As you can imagine, they specialize in baked goods, especially for breakfast....

    #CookClub recipe No. 26 is Raspberry Cornmeal Cake from the cookbook "Huckleberry" by Zoe Nathan. The fresh raspberries can be substituted with blueberries or cranberries.
  3. HSN launches UNICEF cookbook to raise money for children in crisis


    ST. PETERSBURG — Tonight, HSN is throwing its considerable money-making power behind a project intended to make the world a better place for children, especially those in the world's most troubled regions.

    From 10 p.m until midnight, the online shopping channel will feature UniChef, a cookbook collaboration with 40 of the most well-known rock star chefs in the world. Among the chefs who contributed recipes are Emeril Lagasse, Anthony Bourdain, Alice Waters, Padma Lakshmi and Wolfgang Puck. ...

    Janet K. Keeler  |  Times  Former Florida Chief Financial Officer and gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink, left, and HSN CEO Mindy Grossman at the launch of the cookbook "Unichef" at HSN studios in St. Petersburg on Friday, Sept. 26. The book will raise money for UNICEF projects.
  4. Easy meal ideas: Mexican Egg Tacos with Potatoes and more


    Mon | Meatless meal

    Mexican Egg Tacos With Potatoes (recipe below) is a flavorful way to end the day. The potatoes are powered by poblano peppers and a homemade salsa adds more punch. Make this for a Meatless Monday but consider it for a Sunday brunch, too.

    Tues | Face it

    Sandwiches don't often grace the dinner table, but why not? Tonight's Open-Face California BLT might change everyone's mind. Toast slices of sourdough bread, spread with mayonnaise, line with a cold lettuce leaf then top with slices of bacon, tomatoes and avocado. A few grinds of black pepper, too. Want to make it really special? Top with fried egg. Waffle-cut chips add crunch on the side....

  5. #CookClub bonus recipe: Basil and Sundried Tomato Hummus


    Clearwater blogger Katie Compton is a fan of football and the versatility of hummus. Her recipe for Basil and Sundried Tomato Hummus puts a slightly different spin on the traditional chickpea dip, and it's a great fit for a football party.

    For tailgating or even home game parties, it's good to have some offerings that don't need refrigeration. Hummus can be one of those. That doesn't mean it doesn't need the help of the fridge. Compton recommends making it a day ahead so the flavors all have time to develop together. That'll save you time on game day, anyway....

    Photo courtesy of Katie Compton, rufflesandtruffles.com

  6. #CookClub celebrates first anniversary


    Wow, has it been a year?

    #CookClub, our online community cooking project, celebrates its first birthday this month, and I have to say this toddler is quite advanced. Walking? Running is more like it. This year, #CookClub won awards for digital innovation from the Association of Food Journalists and the Florida Society of News Editors.

    But I really gauge its success by the growing number of participants, some from as far away as Canada, Australia and England. Yes, #CookClub is global but it's uber local, too. Readers of the Tampa Bay Times and tampabay.com have joined the group, participating in a number of ways. If you haven't taken the plunge, consider this your formal invitation to join our exceedingly informal and fun group of home cooks. (See more instructions accompanying this story.)...

  7. Easy meal ideas: Spaghetti With Carrots and more


    Mon | Meatless meal

    We hardly blink an eye at carrot in cake, but carrots as the primary flavor fuel of a pasta dish? Sure, why not? Their sweetness pairs deliciously with cream, nutmeg and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese in Spaghetti With Carrots (recipe below), from Sarasota cookbook author and teacher Giuliano Hazan, son of the late, great Marcella Hazan. A green salad studded with white beans adds more protein....

  8. #CookClub recipe No. 25: Pineapple Fried Rice (w/ video)


    It's good to have an interesting, go-to side dish recipe at the ready. For me side dishes tend to be an afterthought so we end up with a lot of steamed broccoli. Healthy, but a bit boring.

    Pineapple Fried Rice, #CookClub recipe No. 25 from the food blog Natashaskitchen.com, is going into my favorite's file and I urge you to try it. With the fresh ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil it obviously has an Asian accent and goes well with many things. It's perfect alongside chicken and beef, but I especially like it with salmon, shrimp or scallops. It could be a one-dish vegan meal with the addition of tofu and/or edamame, or simply vegetarian with an egg or two whisked in while the rice mixture is cooking....

    #CookClub recipe No. 25 is Pineapple Fried Rice, a great accompaniment to chicken or seafood. Make is a vegetarian main dish by adding edamame and egg.  [Photo by JANET KEELER   |    TIMES]
  9. #CookClub bonus recipe: Watermelon and Feta Salad with Verjus


    Susan Pridmore does something interesting with the classic watermelon and feta salad.

    She sprinkles it with verjus, a highly flavorful but not so well-known juice made of grapes. It's actually a very young wine that's not fermented which means it has no alcohol content.

    What it adds to this salad is punch, thanks to the acidity. She likes to use verjus because it cuts the amount of oil she needs to use in a vinaigrette. Watermelon and Feta Salad with Verjus is a salad that she particularly likes for potlucks and barbecues. ...

    Courtesy of thewimpyvegetarian.com
  10. Easy meals ideas: Chipotle Shrimp Taco with Avocado Salsa Verde and more


    Mon | Meatless meal

    Serve Grilled Portobello Burgers With Pickled Red Onion on whole-wheat buns. Garnish with spicy arugula and spread toasted buns with mayo mixed with chopped fresh tarragon. To make the quick pickles, marinate 1 sliced red onion in ½ cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 ½ teaspoons of kosher salt for at least an hour in the refrigerator. Serve with baked potato wedges....

  11. #CookClub recipe No. 24: Herbed Mushroom Spoon Bread (w/ video)


    In Florida, there's still plenty of heat and humidity in the weather report but even so, when September rolls around I want to start experimenting with fall-centric recipes.

    So that's why I was drawn to Herbed Mushroom Spoon Bread, from the charming new cookbook Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland by Tanya Holland (Chronicle Books, 2014).

    It's a cross between traditional spoon bread and souffle. What makes it like souffle is that the eggs are separated and whites are whipped to medium stiffness and then folded into the cornmeal mixture. ...

    #CookClub recipe #24 is Herbed Mushroom Spoon Bread made with one pound of sliced mushrooms. [JANET KEELER    |   TIMES]
  12. Easy meals ideas: Chinese Meatball Sliders With Pineapple Salad and more


    Mon | Meatless fun

    Mushroom and Spinach Omelets are this week's meatless meal. There aren't too many people among us who don't like breakfast for dinner. Saute mushrooms with a bit of minced garlic until they are just soft. Add spinach (either fresh or frozen that has been thawed and as dry as possible). Heat through and set aside. This is the filling for your omelets, to which I would add lots of feta cheese and even a sprinkle of paprika. Serve with hash browns and fruit....

  13. 25 easy pasta salad ideas fit for parties


    By Janet K. Keeler Times Food and Travel Editor

    Pasta salad gets a bad rap. And deservedly so.

    The big bowl of cold noodles is often bland and uninspired, underdressed and lacking punch. There has been many a party at which the pasta salad remains largely untouched.

    It's time to change that sad state of affairs for your Labor Day gathering. ...

    Go Greek with the addition of feta cheese and other fresh goodies.
  14. Easy Weeknight Meals: Portuguese Mussels and Shrimp in Chorizo Sauce and more


    Mon | Meatless meal

    Garden-Fresh Ratatouille can be served over penne pasta for a one-dish meal. Saute onions and garlic in olive oil. Add diced eggplant, bell pepper, tomatoes and zucchini. Season with salt and pepper, plus dried Italian seasoning blend (basil, oregano and thyme). Cook for about 15 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until eggplant is soft. Finish with fresh chopped parsley. A few shaves of Parmesan to garnish. (This quick ratatouille can also be used to top a homemade flatbread or pizza. Jazz it up with crumbled feta or knobs of goat cheese, added before baking.)...

    Portuguese Mussels and Shrimp in Chorizo Sauce is a fast meal, and it’s packed with flavor.
  15. #CookClub bonus: Portuguese Mussels and Shrimp in Chorizo Sauce


    Bacon? Who needs bacon when you've got chorizo?

    "Everything tastes better with chorizo," says Isabel Laessig of Dunedin who blogs at familyfoodie.com and is the founder of the #SundaySupper movement. (Join them at 7 p.m. ET every Sunday for a live Twitter chat.)

    She is certainly right about her recipe for Portuguese Mussels and Shrimp in Chorizo Sauce, which gets a lot of flavor from the cured sausage....

Portuguese Mussels and Shrimp in Chorizo Sauce is from the blog of Isabel Laessig of Dunedin. Make it and share photos on Instagram tagged #CookClub.