Clear57° FULL FORECASTClear57° FULL FORECAST
Make us your home page
Instagram

Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor

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.

Phone: (727) 893-8829

Email: mstark@tampabay.com

Twitter: @MStark17

link
  1. Spice up chili with real chile peppers, just in time for Super Bowl

    Cooking

    Chili can be a contentious topic. Not everyone agrees on the essential ingredients, such as whether beans are a must or ground beef is forbidden. Or whether a good chili absolutely needs to be made with real chiles instead of commercial chili powder. The ensuing debate can get heated. • Kind of like sports. • On Sunday, when the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks face off in Super Bowl XLIX, a big bowl of steaming, hearty chili can bring together even the biggest rivals in your house. Chili, however you prefer it, is a perfect centerpiece for one of the biggest tailgates of the year. • Whether you're hosting a house full of football fans or a quiet night for two, this flavorful, low-fuss entree scores easily. Chili is a wonderful party dish because it's the kind of meal that doesn't take long to prepare but often tastes like it did. Plus, you can make it ahead of time. In fact, go ahead and plan on making it a day or two before kickoff: The flavors only get better with time. ...

  2. Tampa Bay Food and Dining Quiz: Where should you eat dinner tonight?

    General

    If you are having trouble deciding where to eat dinner in the Tampa Bay area tonight, use our fun quiz to help you decide. For more suggestions, insider tips and reviews on the culinary delights of the Tampa Bay region, check out the Top 50 restaurants of Tampa Bay in 2015.

    ...

  3. How to season, use and love cast iron skillets (with recipes)

    Cooking

    The first time I asked for a cast iron skillet, I was a sophomore in college. Mom had asked me what was on my Christmas wish list that year and, burgeoning chef that I was (hey, mac and cheese counts!), I told her I wanted a cast iron skillet. She said no. At this point, I was still living with undergraduate roommates. I got the majority of my meals from the campus food hall. There may have been a silly kitchen incident in which my roommate and I used regular dish soap in the dishwasher, and a bubble mess ensued. I understand now why Mom didn't exactly trust me to care for a cast iron skillet. ...

    The cast iron skillet can take the heat. This Splayed Roast Chicken With Caramelized Ramps, Garlic and Capers was heated in a 500-degree oven.
  4. Top TV week of Jan. 12: 'Broad City,' 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Parks and Recreation'

    The Feed

    MONDAY

    SERIES PREMIERE Friends to Lovers?, 10 p.m., Bravo

    New show in which friends declare their love for each other and see what happens. First up, Marshana reveals to Stefan that she has deeper-than-friendship feelings for him, and Sydney goes after best friend Jin. So, one qualification for participating on this show is having an unusual name. Got it. ...

    Broad City
  5. Follow along with us live during tonight's Golden Globes

    Blog

    Watching the Golden Globes tonight? We are. Between the fashion, the fun, the drunk celebrity speeches and, oh yeah, seeing who wins, it's one of our favorite pop culture nights of the year.

    Follow along live with us at tbtim.es/goldenglobes starting at 8 p.m., where we'll be compiling our favorite tweets, fashion photos and commentary of the night. You can weigh in with your snark, too. (Bonus: Keep an eye out for Deal Diva Stephanie Hayes' fashion tweets during the red carpet festivities.)...

    Tina and Amy, back at it tonight.
  6. Big 'Fargo' season 2 casting news: Ted Danson, Patrick Wilson on board

    Blog

    This is the week for FX casting news. Some of it's extremely bizarre, like yesterday's news about John Travolta (JOHN TRAVOLTA) coming to TV. And some of it is just feels so right you wonder how you ever lived in a world where it wasn't a thing, like today's news that Ted Danson, Patrick Wilson and Nick Offerman are coming to Fargo....

    Patrick Wilson
  7. John Travolta is going to be the star of an FX show, 'American Crime Story'

    Blog

    In the past year especially, we've gotten a ton of press releases about big-name movie actors making their way to TV. Clive Owen starred in the first season of Steven Soderbergh's The Knick in 2014; Billy Crystal is set to star in an FX comedy due this year.

    But for some reason, we were really not expecting this one: "John Travolta takes starring role in FX's American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson," a press release said Wednesday. We assumed Travolta was essentially retired, off flying planes and whiling away the days in Ocala, content to have his final television appearance be that Adele Dazeem gaff at the Oscars in March....

    Travolta.
  8. What to watch this week: 'Empire,' more 'MasterChef Junior,' the Golden Globes

    Blog

    The winter TV season is in full swing, with a handful of new shows premiering this week. We highly recommend Fox's bold new hip-hop drama Empire. Also, Parenthood returns for just a few more episodes before it ends for good, and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the Golden Globes on Sunday.

    Click here for our full list of this week's top TV....

  9. 15 TV shows to put on your radar for 2015

    Blog

    Ah, January. Time for the networks to roll out a slate of fresh TV shows, to rejuvenate their brands after a lackluster fall season and to head into the new year with some more high-profile fare.

    And since it's officially 2015, here are 15 shows we're looking forward to, both new and returning. There's 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley's American Crime, Fox's soap opera Empire, AMC's Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, Fox's M. Night Shyamalan thriller Wayward Pines, plus a few comedies to lighten things up. Click here for the full list. ...

    Ellie Kemper in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  10. Top TV week of Jan. 5: Golden Globes, 'Empire,' 'Parenthood'

    The Feed

    TUESDAY

    SEASON PREMIERE MasterChef Junior, 8 p.m., Fox

    Yes, the second season of MasterChef Junior did just end in December, but we have always remained firm in our belief that there is no such thing as too much MasterChef Junior, so bring on Season 3, Fox. This time, though, we're hoping a girl can pull out a win, after Alexander and Logan won the previous two seasons....

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, L to R Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel International Ballroom on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
  11. To celebrate 'Friends' coming to Netflix this week: Our top 10 episodes

    Blog

    I'm a Friends fanatic. And, without cable, my options for watching it constantly are limited. That's why I'm thrilled that all 10 seasons are coming to Netflix this week, on Thursday. Happy New Year, indeed. To get you started, here are my top 10 Friends episodes, in no particular order, because ranking them seems more difficult than trying to decide whether Ross and Rachel really were on a break....

    The One with All the Thanksgivings
  12. Our 10 favorite TV shows of 2014: 'The Good Wife,' 'Broad City,' 'Transparent,' 'The Americans'

    Blog

    This was a memorable year for television. Jay Leno and Stephen Colbert stepped down from their late-night franchises. HBO's buzzy True Detective struck right in the middle of the Matthew McConaissance and set ratings records for the channel. Amazon took a giant leap forward in its original programming department with the transgender drama Transparent. Each year, as more of these outlets churn out original shows, it gets harder to watch everything, or even to be familiar with everything....

    The Good Wife
  13. 15 TV shows we're looking forward to in early 2015

    The Feed

    By Michelle Stark Times Staff Writer

    Ah, January. Time for the networks to roll out a slate of fresh TV shows, to rejuvenate their brands after a lackluster fall season and to head into the new year with some more high-profile fare.

    And, in keeping with the low (ish?) temperatures and shorter days, the 2015 winter TV season is going to the dark side. Murderers, detectives, spies — they're all here in a particularly heavy lineup of new and returning dramas (and some comedies) queued up for the first few months of 2015. ...

    Matthew Rhys stars as Philip Jennings in The Americans.
  14. 'Friends' comes to Netflix Jan. 1; here are our top 10 episodes

    The Feed

    If you have eyes and a television, you know about a little show called Friends, the NBC Must-See-TV-era megahit that turned 20 years old this year to the chagrin of aging Gen-Xers everywhere.

    Santa must be a fan, too, because all 10 glorious seasons of Friends are finally coming to Netflix, one week from today. Sure, the show is on TV all the time courtesy of reruns, but now you'll be able to pick and choose which episodes you want to watch. (Also, it's a major and necessary life development for those of us without cable.) To get you started, here are my top 10 Friends episodes, in no particular order, because ranking them seems more difficult than trying to decide whether Ross and Rachel really were on a break. ...

    “The One With All the Thanksgivings,” with Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) is one of the best Thanksgiving Friends episodes.
  15. Best TV of 2014: 'The Good Wife,' 'Transparent,' 'Broad City,' 'The Americans'

    The Feed

    This was a memorable year for television. Jay Leno and Stephen Colbert stepped down from their late-night franchises. HBO's buzzy True Detective struck right in the middle of the Matthew McConaissance and set ratings records for the channel. Amazon took a giant leap forward in its original programming department with the transgender drama Transparent. Each year, as more of these outlets churn out original shows, it gets harder to watch everything, or even to be familiar with everything. My top 10 shows are ones that made me laugh, cry, feel and, more than anything, made me want to keep watching. These days, that's worth everything. ...

    Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings in 'The Americans'