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. Burt Drake, owner of Bright Ice, St. Petersburg, scoops up some ice cream for an order.
  2. 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
  3. Pasta fagioli soup
  4. Classic lasagna, with tomato and beef sauce
  5. 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)
  6. Chocolate espresso cookies
  7. Apple turnover
  8. A Thanksgiving plate
  9. Bring Brussels sprouts to the table this Thanksgiving.
  10. Sheet pan dinner: chicken and chickpeas
  11. Egg and bacon breakfast sandwich.
  12. 'Tis the season for acorn squash, which is delicious roasted or worked into a lasagna.
  13. Chicken with apples and onions
  14. Chocolate candy blondies and a batch of Starburst Spritz.
  15. Oct. 20, 2020• Cooking
    Baked pears with nutty granola.
  16. Butternut squash pasta
  17. Make a dip with canned artichokes.
  18. Pumpkin cookies with frosting
  19. Steak with chimichurri sauce, mashed potatoes and broccoli.
  20. Walmart shopper Diana Calvero, 40, purchases six cases of water and non-perishable foods in preparation of Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
  21. Even a minimal storm could affect power for days. Here are some of the supplies you should have in your hurricane kit.
  22. Peach and plum galette.
  23. Barbecue ribs with sweet potatoes.