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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 weeknight meals: Turkey Hash With Country Gravy and more


    Special Thanksgiving Edition

    Mon | Meatless meal

    This week will be all about pumpkin and sage and marshmallows, so start it off with completely different tastes. Get a few orders of takeout Wonton Soup and Egg Rolls. Or make your own soup with vegetable broth, frozen wontons and chopped spinach. I like to float a squiggle or two of Sriracha sauce on the top and toss in some sliced scallions. Bake frozen egg rolls if you're doing everything at home. ...

  2. Easy weeknight meals: Roasted Butternut Squash and Cannellini Bean Chili and more


    Mon | Meatless meal

    This might be a two-night chore, but if you prepare the squash Sunday night, tonight's Roasted Butternut Squash and Cannellini Bean Chili (recipe below) will come together in a snap. Serve with brown bread and butter. Divine.

    Tues | Simply good

    Look for pappardelle, the wide pasta strips, and use them to make a Stir Crazy favorite, Pasta With Ricotta and Basil. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and add your favorite marinara sauce. Pour into a wide serving bowl and dollop with heaps of ricotta cheese and a sprinkle of chopped fresh basil leaves. Make a green salad bulked up with kidney beans. ...

  3. Author gathers Amish pie recipes in new cookbook



    Sherry Gore pulls up to Yoder's Amish restaurant on the world's cutest bike. It's a whimsical Electra with a broad seat covered in tropical flowers. The fenders are aqua and it has pink-walled tires.

    There's an old van at her home about a mile away, but mostly she pedals the cruiser around town. In many places she might draw a second look with her blue cotton dress and white apron and the stiff bonnet that holds her hair back. But not here....

    Sherry Gore enjoys a “yellow plate — all carbs” at Yoder’s Amish restaurant in Sarasota. Gore writes a weekly column for a 120-year-old Amish newspaper, is editor in chief of a cooking magazine and has a podcast. And a TV show is in the works.
  4. Easy weeknight meals: Lemon Chicken Romano and more


    Mon | Meatless meal

    As the weather turns cooler, our thoughts turn to steaming bowls of nourishment. In a word, soup. Mushroom and Brown Rice Soup is especially satisfying when the temperatures start to dip. To make it, saute 1 medium, finely chopped onion in olive oil until soft. Add 8 ounces sliced white mushrooms and 1 cup shredded carrots. Cook for 10 minutes. Add a minced garlic clove, 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, salt and pepper; cook 1 minute. Stir in 4 cups vegetable broth, 3/4 cup quick-cooking brown rice and 2 cups water; cover and heat to boiling on medium-high. Reduce heat to medium; cook, partly covered, 5 minutes or until rice is tender. Serve with old-fashioned German pumpernickel and butter....

  5. #CookClub Recipe No. 29: Caramel-Pecan Sticky Buns (w/ video)


    Yeasty sticky buns are a delicious addition to the holiday brunch table. But yeast dough requires time for rising. Time is a rare commodity around the holiday so any cooking that can provide a shortcut is welcome.

    #CookClub recipe No. 29, Caramel-Pecan Sticky Buns, is that go-to recipe.

    The buns are made in muffin tins and, indeed, are a bit more like muffins. The heavy cream in the dough makes for a dense, rich crumb....

    Carmel-Pecan Sticky Buns are #cookclub recipe no. 29. They are an easy brunch offering for the holidays.
  6. Tie One On Day encourages us to think about friends in need


    Plenty of people need extra TLC to get through the long holiday season. People grieving, folks who are ailing or simply friends who might be a little blue.

    Some of those people could be your neighbors.

    That's why EllynAnne Geisel created Tie One On Day (... An Apron of Course!) to encourage people to show a little kindness to others the day before Thanksgiving.

    Aprons are Geisel's thing. She is the author of several popular books on aprons and shares stories about her favorites at Apronmemories.com. A traveling exhibit that she curated, "Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections," is in its ninth year and will open soon at the Waupaca library in Waupaca, WI....

  7. 25 simple fillings for frittatas


    As the holidays approach, we start to spend lots of time thinking about big holiday meals. What's the main attraction? Who is bringing the sides? How many pies and what kinds should I serve?

    But there are other meals to consider if relatives and friends are descending for multiday stays. There's breakfast in the morning and lunch at midday, and sometimes even a light dinner depending on the holiday. One big feast is not going to work for overnight guests, and it's just a little rude to ask them to bring a sack lunch....

The frittata, the omelet's less fussy kin, is quick and simple to make. And you can tailor it to your guests' needs, so there's something for everyone. Mushrooms, asparagus and parsley work well.
  8. Easy weeknight meals: German Potato Pie, salmon fillets and more


    This Stir Crazy column was first published on Nov. 12, 2008. New columns will return Nov. 12.

    Mon | Nibble night

    Appetizers are a festive way to greet the beginning of the week. For your finger-food feast, consider shrimp cocktail, room-temperature Maytag blue cheese and water crackers, hummus with vegetable crudites and pita triangles, and fresh fruit on skewers. For something hot, cook breakfast sausage links, blot and then roll in refrigerated crescent rolls and bake. ...

  9. Easy weeknight meals: 'Shake and Bake' Chicken and more


    Mon | Meatless meal

    Skillet Spinach With a Fried Egg can take on all sorts of personalities. In my version, I saute sliced leeks with garlic in olive oil, add baby spinach leaves and season with salt and pepper. When the spinach is sufficiently wilted, crack eggs on the top (one or two per serving). Put on the lid and let the egg set. Scoop out portions and kick things up with Sriracha sauce. Serve multigrain toast on the side....

  10. #CookClub Recipe No. 28: Grilled Cheese with Gouda, Roasted Mushrooms and Onions (w/ video)


    Roasting vegetables is a nifty trick that's become quite popular in recent years.

    Tossing salt-and-pepper seasoned vegetables in olive oil and then roasting in a high-heat oven has helped us transform asparagus, green beans, carrots and all manner of root vegetables and winter squashes into delicious side dishes.

    For #CookClub recipe No. 28, roasted onions and mushrooms are the earthy stars in a grilled cheese sandwich with a grown-up attitude. Grilled Cheese with Gouda, Roasted Mushrooms and Onions is a luxurious twist on a childhood favorite....

    #CookClub recipe no. 28 is Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Roasted Mushrooms and Onions from the food blog, shewearsmanyhats.com.
  11. #CookClub bonus recipe: Spicy Nutty Maple-Bacon Caramel Corn


    Texas food blogger Wendy Wofford-Garcia has a devilish idea for anyone looking for a show-stopping Halloween party offering: Spicy Nutty Maple-Bacon Caramel Corn.

    "The first thing you taste is the salty sweetness of the caramel and the smokiness of the bacon, then you notice the heat from the pepper in the background," writes Wendy on her blog the Weekend Gourmet ( wendyweekendgourmet.com). "It's not overwhelming, but it's a nice counterbalance to the sweetness."...

  12. Easy weeknight meals: Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew and more


    Mon | Mezze platter

    A Mediterranean appetizer platter is a fine way to start the week. Hummus and pita chips, baba ghanouj and stuffed grape leaves are arranged artfully with an assortment of olives and whole almonds. Make the call for takeout in the late afternoon if you don't feel like cooking it all yourself. For dessert? Some Greek cookies or rice pudding. Maybe both....

  13. Author to talk about Florida seafood at Times Festival of Reading


    The love affair with Florida food is continuing for three Orlando writers.

    Good Catch: Recipes & Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida's Waters by Pam Brandon, Katie Farmand and Heather McPherson (University Press of Florida, 2014) is a watery followup to their 2012 book, Field to Feast. That book celebrated what grows and grazes on Florida land. This one features the stories and recipes of the men and women who farm the state's inland waters and the seas surrounding the peninsula and Panhandle. ...

    Pam Brandon will be sharing her experiences about writing the Good Catch and signing books afterward.
  14. Easy weeknight meals: Pork Chops With Apples and Garlic Smashed Potatoes and more


    Mon | Meatless meal

    To make the beans for Cajun Red Beans & Brown Rice, saute 1 small chopped onion, ½ diced bell pepper, 2 minced garlic cloves and 2 diced ribs of celery in olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add 2 cans drained and rinsed red beans and 1 can of diced tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and stir in 1 ½ teaspoons Cajun seasoning and ½ teaspoon dried oregano. Cook on low for about 10 minutes, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with cooked brown rice and hot sauce. Oh, and a slab of corn bread. ...

  15. #CookClub Recipe No. 27: Pigs in Pimento Cheese Blankets with Honey-Mustard Dip


    Perre Coleman Magness' new Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook includes so many tempting recipes I just had to try one out for #CookClub. The book includes 50 recipes from snacks to main dishes. A Southern delight, for sure.

    Pigs in a Blanket is a childhood favorite that I haven't had in years, so the idea of wrapping them in a pimento cheese blanket appealed to my inner child. Though Pigs in Pimento Cheese Blankets with Honey-Mustard Dip is really a recipe for an adult cook....

#CookClub recipe No. 27 is Pigs in a Pimento Cheese Blanket from "Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook; 50 Recipes from Snacks to Main Dishes Inspired by the Classic Southern Favorite" by Perre Coleman Magness. This is a recipe perfect for entertaining kids and also for football gatherings.