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Five ideas for festive cheesecakes

Five ideas for festive cheesecakes

In the delicious battle of pie versus cake, how do you classify the indulgent cheesecake? It has "cake" in its name, but probably because "cheesepie" just sounded weird. Like pie, cheesecake is basically a decadent filling inside a crust. It can be s...
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We talk to Tampa Bay cookbook collectors about their beloved books

We talk to Tampa Bay cookbook collectors about their beloved books

It was 1985 and my tastes ran to pegged jeans, oversized sweaters and firm-hold hairspray (seriously big í80s hair). I had never owned a cookbook, didnít really see the point. But there it was, wrapped up prettily and presented to me by my motherís b...
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Settle in for comfort and joy with these Christmas food ideas

Settle in for comfort and joy with these Christmas food ideas

After the presents and the cheer, you need something comforting to round out Christmas Day. When it comes to food on Dec. 25, I always err on the side of being indulgent and lazy, choosing things that can be made in advance so that not much prep need...
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From the food editor: Four recipes for your Christmas Eve spread

From the food editor: Four recipes for your Christmas Eve spread

My family doesnít get into Christmas meal planning the same way we get into Thanksgiving preparations. For one thing, our main protein varies: usually ham. Sometimes beef. Rarely turkey. The sides are likely applesauce ó served hot, like the German s...
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Four ideas for edible gifts you can find throughout Tampa Bay

Four ideas for edible gifts you can find throughout Tampa Bay

Carlynn Crosby, Times correspondentFlorida Pure Sea SaltHarvested from Tampa Bayís waters, these handcrafted salts come in flavors like maple bacon, Sriracha, lemongrass, habanero or black truffle. They retail for $15 a jar online, at floridapuresea...
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Five trendy gift ideas for the cook in your life

Five trendy gift ideas for the cook in your life

Giving the gift of cooking isnít really something you can mess up. Whether gifting a gadget or paying for a class, you can encourage a budding culinary enthusiast or give a seasoned veteran a new toy to play with. Here are five ideas for holiday gi...
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Six kitchen gadgets that are completely useless

Six kitchen gadgets that are completely useless

If youíre buying me a gift this year, donít get me an Instant Pot. Iím serious. I donít subscribe to the "you can never be too thin or too rich" school of thought, but the "you can never have too much kitchen cabinet space" is dead right in my book. ...
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Cooking challenge: Making homemade edible Christmas gifts

Cooking challenge: Making homemade edible Christmas gifts

Should I infuse this vodka with bacon?Thatís not a question I expected to ask myself on a Sunday morning, but here we are. This Christmas, Iím giving homemade gifts: infused liquor and chocolate fudge. But I didnít realize it would be so hard to find...
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From the food editor: How to make perfect, hot Crispy Roasted Potatoes

From the food editor: How to make perfect, hot Crispy Roasted Potatoes

Sometimes, you just want a hot, crispy potato.I didnít get home from work the other night craving a full dinner; I arrived at my house with cartoon visions of potatoes in my head, and knew I had to make it happen.I wasnít looking for a fast food fren...
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Party like itís Christmas in Narnia with these recipes perfect for tea time

Party like itís Christmas in Narnia with these recipes perfect for tea time

As a kid, I always looked for doors into other worlds. I blame Narnia. In C.S. Lewisí classic novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, four British children step through a magic wardrobe into Narnia, a world filled with talking animals and plenty ...
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