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The Tampa Tribune’s food writer since 2005, Jeff Houck covers the way people live through their food. He also hosts the Table Conversations food podcast and believes that everything crunchy is good.

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Pina Colada And Strawberry Ice Cream, Head Cheese, Watermelon Salad [This Week’s Weekend Eats]

Posted Jul 17, 2012 by Jeff Houck

Updated Jul 17, 2012 at 02:42 PM

Kim Randall - Grilled Cheese sandwich at Rise at the Hard Rock Hotel

How easy is it to win Weekend Eats?

Just send something delicious.


You don’t have to cook it. You don’t even have to be the one who bought it.

All you have to have do is throw it down your gullet and enjoy it.

Some weeks, the dishes are so complex that they resemble culinary gymnastics.

Others, like this week, are as simple as an extraordinarily gooey sandwich, which comes courtesy of Facebook friend Kim Randall.

She shot the above photo at the new Rise Kitchen & Bakery at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa.

On the menu it’s described as a “Giant Grilled Cheese with American, Cheddar & Provolone on grilled buttered country white bread.”

D   R   O   O   L.

My lawd. ::::fanning myself as if I had a case of the vapors::::

I must get thee to Rise posthaste.

Congrats, Kim! For that outstanding grub, we hereby award entrance into the Weekend Eats Hall of Fame on Pinterest and bestow upon your person the grand and glorious riches that are the miracle of the printed word:

Eat With Your Hands by Zakary Pelaccio

A copy of the new cookbook, “Eat With Your Hands,” by Zakary Pelaccio.

Amazon describes it thusly:

From Zakary Pelaccio, founder and owner of Fatty Crab and Fatty ‘Cue, comes a gorgeous, groundbreaking cookbook of Southeast Asian—inspired, French— and Italian—inflected food that celebrates getting your hands dirty in—and out of—the kitchen.

“Eat with Your Hands” takes readers on a tour of the outrageously flavorful and wholly original food that has made Pelaccio a star, in a cookbook that’s as irreverent, high-spirited, and deeply iconoclastic as the chef himself.

Combining a punk rock ethos with a commitment to producing exquisitely imagined and executed food, Eat with Your Hands brings together Pelaccio’s eclectic influences in wildly inventive recipes that showcase his innovative blending of Asian flavors, sustainable local ingredients, and American gusto.

I would make fun of the title - What else are you eating with if not your hands? - but Zak has written a book and I have not. He wins.

Other notable contributions consumed this week included:

‏@otmdish - Grilled lamb leg seasoned w rosemary & Schloss & Joachim’s new Chef Salt. Nice product.

@karenmcallister - Garlic Soy Marinated Grilled Flank Steak on the grill. Recipe thx to @TheLemonBowl

@KMT9 - #sundaysupper Steak w/ Gorg&shrimp, asparagus, squash, bkd potato, rice, corn&peanut butter/Choc chip cookies made from scratch.

I KNOW! It’s like a nom avalanche.

Speaking of which, here is this week’s Gallery of Noms. Click on each individual photo to get a description:

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