a seafood feast to remember in Tampa

When foodie friends get together on a Friday night to share food, everyone brings out their best efforts to impress and delight each other.  (Click on the photo to see all the pics from last night).  Photo credit to Jodi Fritch and Todd Sturtz.

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“He showed the words “chocolate cake” to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. “Guilt” was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: “celebration.”

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Michael Pollan

Jacques Torres Easy Chocolate Cake



The view from my kitchen last week - efforts include Mushroom Risotto, Grilled Lobster, and Accordian sliced potatoes

The view from my kitchen last week - efforts include Mushroom Risotto, Grilled Lobster, and Accordian sliced potatoes

Baking Bread - Focaccia Step 1

Baking Bread - Focaccia Step 1

Notions & Notations of a Novice Cook: Making No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream

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For this year, as opposed to making a long, long list of resolutions that will even make it past next month, I’ve decided to recount the last twenty-two years of my life and come up with five lessons that I’ve learned.

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One, is that to change is a choice. Stop chanting the mantra “this…

Invest in what’s real. Clean as you go. Drink while you cook. Make it fun. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It will be what it will be.

     — Gwyneth Paltrow, My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness