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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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Sea Urchin Crostini, Tiger Beef Salad And Faked Alaska [This Week’s Weekend Eats]

Posted Nov 19, 2013 by Jeff Houck

Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 04:08 PM

@ohalchemygirl - campfire donut from @strangedonuts in St. Louis

Every now and again, a photo of food comes into your life and wrecks everything you think you know about what is tempting and salacious.

Like this Campfire Donut from @strangedonuts in St. Louis. It was photographed and enjoyed by my Twitter friend @ohalchemygirl.

I mean, I’m a friend of the s’more in all its forms. I have been known to enjoy a doughnut or five.

The two together? It brings tears of icing to my eyes, such is my joy.

For her efforts to assault me with baked goodness, she wins this topic-appropriate first prize:


Glazed, Filled, Sugared & Dipped

Tit for tat, as it were.

But wait! There’s more!

In honor of her simple yet delicious photo of meatloaf, I am hereby bestowing an honorary mention to Mariah Milano, aka @DinnerMariah, for this bewitching little snapshot of protein.

@DinnerMariah - meatloaf & mashed & homemade brown mushroom gravy shooting thnksgving vids all week!

That there meatloaf and mashed potatoes with homemade brown mushroom gravy is about as complicated as life needs to be. Good food doesn’t have to be a trigonometry test.

For her efforts, Mariah wins this book:

Giada's Feel Good Food

Giada’s Feel Good Food,” by Giada De Laurentiis. Might I suggest the Beet and Marinated Goat Cheese Salad to go with that meatloaf?

Other contributions this week included:

* @otmdish -  Marinated local guinea fowl roasted in (well-washed) Po River clay

* @BeerTampa - @Datz4Foodies Datchos w/ Pulled Pork. Oh my.

* @karenmcallister - Crab Cakes from @WFMCarrollwood. Easy dinner and delish!

To see all of this week’s mouth-watering delicacies, check out the Gallery of Noms. (Click on a photo to read its description.)

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