| Nov 6, 2014
| 6:17 AM
It's time to vote for your favorite restaurants in the Orlando Sentinel's 17th Annual Foodie Awards. The online ballot has more than 45 categories including fine-dining, wine list, breakfast, brunch, power lunch, food trucks, coffeehouses and bars that...
| Nov 13, 2014
Whether this is your first Thanksgiving or your 61st, we all have a lot of expectations for this month's big meal. If you can set aside the stuff you have no control over and concentrate on the planning and presentation, that instant-read thermometer...
| Dec 18, 2014
Set aside the wrapping paper and ribbons, pour yourself a deserved libation and let's dish:
Gifts from the kitchen. If the holiday hoopla is quickly draining your budget and energy, here are five easy, inexpensive gifts that any home cook will love:...
| Nov 16, 2014
| 10:18 AM
When news broke in late 2012 that Orlando's venerable Merita Bread Bakery would close, reaction ranged from concern for workers losing their jobs to questions about the fate of the huge Merita sign overlooking Interstate 4 — a Central Florida icon...
| Nov 21, 2014
Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa is the cool kids' answer to straightforward Southern barbecue in Central Florida. With swell global spins this place — from the folks who created the popular TreeHouse Truck — simply sizzles with flavor.
| Nov 20, 2014
We are one week away from the Thanksgiving Day feast. Do you know where your giblets are? This week and next we're sharing recipe and tips to help you through the first major meal of the season in fine form. In the meantime, let's dish:
| Dec 4, 2014
The Test Kitchen is in holiday overdrive. In the next few weeks we will be sharing almost everything you need to know for fab celebrations and great gifts from the kitchen. Today's lesson: How to paint your cookies.
Dashing through the dough. Whether...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 12:11 PM
If you are shopping for something special for friends and loved ones, consider something with a sweet or savory sense of place. From cookbooks to sauces, local purveyors have enough choices to fill Santa's sleigh.
Local chefs and food...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 2:30 PM
While the rest of Central Florida is searching for their giblets on Nov. 27, your date with a turkey could be as easy as driving to a local restaurant and being served. Here is a sampling of eateries open Thanksgiving Day. Many require reservations, so be...
| Nov 27, 2014
Don't think of today's Thanksgiving meal aftermath as a pile of leftovers; think of it as a refrigerator full of opportunities to stretch the grocery budget. Just about everything on the table can be transformed into new meals for the coming weekend or...
| Nov 28, 2014
On Black Friday power shopping could be an Olympic sport.
We bob. We run. We score.
Sure, malls have ubiquitous food courts and attached restaurants but they don't always satisfy our needs for nourishment or rest during today's shopping frenzy. Here...