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. Tacos al pastor, made with a pineapple-guajillo chile sauce. [MICHELLE STARK  |  Times]
  2. Homemade onion rings. [MICHELLE STARK  |  Times]
  3. Cheddar and scallion quiche. [MICHELLE STARK  |  Times]
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  5. Heirloom beans from Ranch Gordo. [MICHELLE STARK  |  Times]
  6. 'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, center, takes his final performance curtain call with cast members including Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Christopher Jackson, Anthony Ramos,  Ariana DeBose and Renée Elise Goldsberry at the Richard Rogers Theatre on July 9, 2016. [EVAN AGOSTINI  |  Associated Press]
  7. Consider using plastic squeeze bottles in your own kitchen. [MICHELLE STARK  |  Times]
  8. Sloppy joes, made with ground turkey. [MICHELLE STARK  |  Times]
  9. Fresh pasta prepared by chef Bryce Bonsack at Rocca in Tampa in 2019. [LUIS SANTANA   |   TIMES  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  10. Squash pasta with Parmesan and herbs. [MICHELLE STARK  |  Times]
  11. Corn and chorizo chowder. [MICHELLE STARK  |  Times]
  12. Got too much of one item? Here are some ideas for what to cook. [MICHELLE STARK  |  Times]
  13. Beef and black bean empanadas, made from scratch. [MICHELLE STARK  |  Times]
  14. Jimmy Fallon, shown here during the March 30, 2020 episode of 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,' has been broadcasting from home during the coronavirus pandemic. [NBC]
  15. Michelle Stark's husband, Phil, holds the hair clippers he uses to cut his hair at home. [MICHELLE STARK  |  Times]
  16. Blood orange marmalade is made with blood oranges, sugar and water. [MICHELLE STARK  |  Times]
  17. Times food and lifestyle editor Michelle Stark chops vegetables. [Times (2017)]
  18. You can make these carrot cakes with almond flour.
  19. A sign promoting takeout availability at the Crown & Bull in Dunedin. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  20. Michelle Stark eating a salad [Times (2017)]
  21. Mar. 24• Arts & Entertainment
    Comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon have started a new podcast. This is a screenshot of their Instagram post about it. [Instagram]
  22. Got yeast and flour? You can make lots of things, starting with a simple rustic loaf of bread. [Times (2017)]
  23. This homemade whiskey sour is an easy drink to pull off with your at-home bar. [MICHELLE STARK  |  Times]