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New #CookClub recipe: Lemony Ricotta Pasta

One of our favorite flavor combinations - and a fun springtime ingredient - is put to use in this pasta dish.

  1. This Mother's Day, present a perfect breakfast in bed


    When you broach the subject of breakfast in bed with just about anyone, folks are wont to sigh and get a little moony-eyed recalling the early-morning nourishment they've enjoyed while prone. It's a kindness as rare as hen's teeth.

  2. Five ideas for parchment packet dinners


    Meals cooked in parchment packets offer super-easy cleanup, but the packets are also an ideal cooking vessel for many proteins, particularly chicken and fish. It's a desirable dinner option because you can throw everything into a folded piece of parchment paper, then open it less than an hour later and reveal a …

    Mediterranean Cod comes together easily, and flavorfully, in a parchment packet.
  3. #CookClub recipe: Feta-Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf


    Raise your hand if you've ever made a really good meal, then let the leftovers languish in the fridge well past their acceptable eat-by day. This happens a lot in my house, because I'm cooking for two at the most. So when I cook something that makes a lot of food, I have to remember (and be in the mood) to eat a couple …

    A drizzle of tzatziki sauce brings an extra taste of the Mediterranean to Feta-Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf.
  4. For Mother's Day, encourage healthy eating habits by cooking with kids


    What better Mother's Day gift than creating a memory by cooking something with your kid?

    Katie Grafe, 11, Sharon Muir, and Shawn Grafe, 10, measure ingredients for an apple crumble recipe in a Fit4Allkids cooking class at the Community Health Centers of Pinellas at the Johnnie Ruth Clarke Center in St. Petersburg.
  5. Cook hack: Different things you can do with a cheese grater


    Different things you can do with a cheese grater

  6. Ricotta Pancakes: light, airy and lovely


    A few weeks ago, I hung out with my youngest sister, Lila, while she was on spring break. If given the choice, Lila wants just one thing for breakfast: pancakes.

    Start the day off right with Ricotta Pancakes, which owe their lightness and tenderness to the egg whites and ricotta cheese that are incorporated into the batter.
  7. Get your brain food with a healthy serving of blueberries


    Blueberries are one of the most potent foods in terms of protecting the brain, according to Martha Clare Morris, Ph.D., a nutritional epidemiologist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Berries are the only fruit specifically identified in the MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) …

    Blueberries are considered brain food. Enjoy them in Sweet Potato Pancakes With Blueberry Banana Fruit Sauce.
  8. Recipes, tips for a picture perfect picnic while the weather is nice


    Do you feel that breeze? That gentle reminder that Tampa Bay has not yet been lost to the wet, scorching days of summer? It's telling you to drop whatever you're doing and embrace the sliver of springtime we have left. The ideal activity: a picnic.

    Try a meal of crackers with artichoke spread and bright red beet hummus; fried chicken with an olive medley; a hunk of Brie and that trusty baguette; a premade fruit salad; and a fizzy drink.
  9. #CookClub recipe: Lemony Ricotta Pasta


    Food is all about connection, whether it's making a meal in the family kitchen or bonding with friends over a divine cheese plate. In this new weekly column, I want to connect with you about everything from our nation's changing eating habits to the local foodie scene to what's cooking in my kitchen. Look for cooking …

    Savor a taste of spring with Lemony Ricotta Pasta, which includes fresh and flavorful pea shoots/tips.
  10. Signature dish: his adaptation of Savory Onion Pie


    WHO: Fred Dudley, 82, of St. Petersburg, a certified chef, retired salesman of 60 years and Army veteran

    WHAT: Savory Onion Pie

    Certified chef Fred Dudley, 82, modified a recipe he saw in the Tampa Bay Times to create his version of Savory Onion Pie. It’s so tasty that his friends beg him to make it.