Friday, July 24, 2015

Spirited celebration: Cocktail recipes for National Tequila Day

Keep your Tequila Day merriment going with six tequila cocktail recipes from CL's archives.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 7:25 AM

  • Andrew McCaul
Thursday night, Gaspar's Grotto held its premium tequila festival in honor of National Tequila Day, but now that the holiday's officially arrived, the spirited celebration must continue. These six tequila cocktail recipes from the CL archives will do the trick.

Food Network Magazine inspired CL to include this caliente recipe in our spicy-meets-sparkling post on margaritas a few years ago. This tasty variation on the popular drink highlights orange liqueur, jalapeño and, of course, a salted rim.

Not just for shooters and margaritas, as declared in 2011, this sweet and tangy Ruby Partida cocktail involves shaking the ingredients to blended perfection.

Try out this zesty 'rita tonight as you raise your glass to agave spirits alongside friends and lots of booze. Don't forget the sour mix.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Get down with local recipes for Grouper Week

From tacos to tabbouleh, celebrate Grouper Week with recipes from Tampa Bay eateries.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 3:14 PM

  • Visit St. Pete/Clearwater
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater's Grouper Week, running through Monday in conjunction with the Discovery Channel's popular Shark Week, is honoring the admired seafood catch by highlighting grouper dishes at Tampa Bay food spots, as well as their recipes for the flaky white fish.

While the tourism board's website features nine local food formulas, here's one by Dunedin's Bon Appetit.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pride Issue 2015: Colorful pre-Pride bites

Prepare this eggcellent starter before getting down at St. Pete Pride.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 1:04 PM

These deviled eggs taste even better than they look. - ANGELINA BRUNO
  • Angelina Bruno
  • These deviled eggs taste even better than they look.

Since the St. Pete Pride parade and festival are just around the corner, I started racking my brain for a healthy yet vibrant party snack I could whip up before the celebrations. Deviled eggs have always been one of my summertime favorites, plus they are easy to prepare and chill ahead of time.

Carrots, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli florets and beet hummus are among the ingredients. But I have one warning for you kitchen adventurers: Shave the raw beet last, keep the slices on a separate surface until you’re ready to plate your “pink” egg and wash your hands profusely before touching the other eggs. The beet’s juices stain, and once your eggs are tainted by the outspoken juices of a beet, they will never be glimmering white again. They’ll be forced to wear a splash of purple for the rest of their... well, yeah, you get the point. And if you’re in a time crunch, I recommend grabbing pre-hard-boiled eggs from your local grocer.

These colorful babies look phenomenal plated, and taste even better. With crunch contrasting a traditional deviled egg’s creamy filling, there’s no bad egg here.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Geek out in the kitchen with sic-fi, fantasy tastes

Cassandra Reeder's Geeky Chef Cookbook offers more than 60 fictional recipes for nerdly foodies.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 8:35 PM

Just don't put people parts into your bowl o' brown batches, alright? - RACE POINT PUBLISHING
  • Race Point Publishing
  • Just don't put people parts into your bowl o' brown batches, alright?

Though food blogger and author Cassandra Reeder established her website The Geeky Chef seven years ago, she's been combining her "intense nerd passion" and affection for food since she was 6 years old, when the idea to make Land Before Time-themed cookies came along. And now, through Reeder's Geeky Chef Cookbook, you can get your geek on while cooking at home, too.

Drawing inspiration from movies, video games and television shows, more than 60 recipes full of fantasy and science fiction are featured throughout the new cookbook. Lemon cakes — and bowls of brown if you're, um, into that — allow you to eat your feelings after that Game of Thrones season five finale, while other fictional food formulas, including 1UP mushroom cupcakes (Super Mario Cart), Romulan Ale (Star Trek), bacon pancakes (Adventure Time) Moloko Plus (A Clockwork Orange) and lembas (The Lord of the Rings), transport your taste buds into another world.

Here are two nerdly recipes from Reeder to get your epic kitchen voyage started.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Deliciously decadent: Chocolate macarons for the holiday

A French macaron recipe to tempt chocoholics on National Chocolate Macaron Day.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 2:15 AM

  • Dana's Bakery
Dana Loia of Dana's Bakery, based in New York City, shared this recipe for 40 chocolatey macarons with CL in observation of June 3 as National Chocolate Macaron Day. This French delicacy and its dark chocolate ganache filling are only reserved for the most dedicated chocoholics.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Food meets art in MFA 50th Anniversary cookbook

More than 100 Bay area cooks' recipes to be highlighted in a new kitchen keepsake, Food + Art.

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 5:05 AM

  • Story Farm
From pastas and soups to vegetarian entrees and tastes fit for entertaining, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Margaret Acheson Stuart Society's new cookbook — Food + Art: Cooking around Tampa Bay with the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg — will feature 120 food formulas by more than 100 local cooks when it's released in fall.

Community leaders, artists, professional chefs and others have contributed to the recipe collection that commemorates the museum's 50th anniversary. Readers can expect Crispy Shrimp Wontons from Jeanne Houlton, Wayne Atherholt's Raspberry Martini and way more.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Win with gin: Cucumber Mint Fizz

Serve this variation on a favorite at your next outdoor soirée.

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2015 at 10:53 PM

  • Angelina Bruno
Simple with refreshing hints of sweet and cool, this take on a gin fizz combines fresh ingredients to create a great warm-weather cocktail. It's best enjoyed with your feet up, and sure to be a hit during all your summer porch parties. Bottoms up!

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Patio grub: Pesto-feta cheeseburgers to celebrate Memorial Day

Feta and mozzarella cheeses, pesto mayo and caramelized onions top a Memorial Day favorite.

Posted By on Mon, May 25, 2015 at 8:31 AM

With summer creeping closer and Memorial Day celebrations happening throughout the Bay area, it's time to fire up the stove (or grill) for burgers, feta-inflected burgers.

Alongside the feta, these babies, an original recipe of a friend's, call for pesto, caramelized onions and mozzarella cheese.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

The chocolate chip cookie that has, well, everything

Celebrate Chocolate Chip Cookie Day with this recipe from Jeff Martin's Buttercream Dreams.

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 6:02 AM

  • Andrews McMeel Publishing
Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, friends. If you're not sure what to bake, Jeff Martin, founder of the Smallcakes cupcakery franchise (there are three in Tampa Bay), shares a glorious recipe for the beloved confection in his cookbook, Buttercream Dreams.

Putting a spin on the traditional formula, Martin combines mini marshmallows and chocolate chips with cornflakes to create what he calls "pure magic." If you're more of a chocolate chunks kind of person, go ahead and substitute, and if this cookie isn't quite your style, check out these other sweet renditions, including one that's vegan-friendly.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Three classic cocktails, Cinco de Mayo-fied

Get your Cinco de Mayo on, but keep the party going with more drinks at home.

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 8:43 AM

After you get a taste of Stilt House Brewery's Hell Yeah jalapeño lager or six Southern Brewing & Winemaking pepper-inflected beers, fuel up on tacos at Clementine Café's pop-up lunch and indulge along the St. Pete Grand Central District's 11-stop trolley tour, round out Cinco de Mayo with these variations on three beloved beverages.

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