Michelle Stark - Assistant Editor, Life & Culture

Assistant Editor, Life & Culture

My reputation is Lady With Snacks in Her Purse at All Times. I’m constantly thinking about my next meal, sometimes while eating my current meal. So it’s fitting that I became the Tampa Bay Times food editor in 2015, taking on the role of sharing culinary joy with you through recipes and stories about our community. I cook almost daily, mostly simple dinners and lots of carbs (I’ve mastered homemade pizza dough) - all of it from scratch. I grew up in Florida, graduating from the University of South Florida in 2010 and joining the Times that same year. I own far too many pairs of boots for someone who has never lived in a state with seasons.

  1. Layer dry ingredients for soup in a jar for a simple, affordable DIY gift.
  2. ZooTampa at Lowry Park's Christmas in the Wild event runs 16 select nights in 2022.
  3. Ghosts and ghouls of all ages line a festively fall-decorated Main Street, U.S.A for “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade" during the first night of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on Aug. 12 at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Exclusive to the limited-capacity event, the parade features floats filled with Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best, Disney villains and the Haunted Mansion hitchhiking ghosts and graveyard diggers.
  4. Panca chili chimichurri with grilled octopus from Mise en Place in downtown Tampa.
  5. Christmas cookie illustration
  6. A Thanksgiving plate
  7. Burt Drake, owner of Bright Ice, St. Petersburg, scoops up some ice cream for an order.
  8. Times (2009)
All kinds of freshly prepared chili will be served Saturday at E.G. Simmons Park, where a dozen or so cooks will vie for $500 in cash prizes.   ORG XMIT: T0902251039588071
  9. Pasta fagioli soup
  10. Classic lasagna, with tomato and beef sauce
  11. This cover image released by Republic Records shows Taylor Swift's new album "Evermore," the sister album to "Folklore." A video for a new song, “Willow,” will arrive along with the album at midnight ET Thursday. (Republic Records via AP)
  12. Chocolate espresso cookies
  13. Apple turnover
  14. A Thanksgiving plate
  15. Bring Brussels sprouts to the table this Thanksgiving.
  16. Sheet pan dinner: chicken and chickpeas
  17. Egg and bacon breakfast sandwich.
  18. 'Tis the season for acorn squash, which is delicious roasted or worked into a lasagna.
  19. Chicken with apples and onions
  20. Chocolate candy blondies and a batch of Starburst Spritz.
  21. Oct. 20, 2020• Cooking
    Baked pears with nutty granola.
  22. Butternut squash pasta
  23. Make a dip with canned artichokes.

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