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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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Weekend Eats: Peanut Butter Cayenne Pies, Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots, Bacon Avocado Omelet

Posted Jun 24, 2013 by Jeff Houck

Updated Jun 24, 2013 at 05:24 PM

@ohalchemygirl - my brother made St. Louis style baby back ribs for the fam

Ribs anyone?

Why, yes. Thank you.

Give all praise and glory to my Twitter friend @ohalchemygirl for sending these beautiful ribs along for Weekend Eats. Her brother made a mess of St. Louis-style baby backs for the family over the weekend.

My stars. I can taste them just by sight. Preferably on my fingertips after mowing down an entire plate.

An aside: Ribs were the first solid food I ate as a child.



I know. It’s like finding the Rosetta Stone of protein. Explains quite a bit.

For that, @ohalchemygirl wins this week’s contest. Her prize for such deliciousness?


The Hot Sauce Cookbook by Robb Walsh

“The Hot Sauce Cookbook” by Robb Walsh. The book contains a recipe for something called “Papaya Fire,” which sounds vaguely euphemistic for hot, burning fruity poopies.

But I digress.

Choosing the ribs was not decided upon lightly. I mean, @johnnykatzTB sent in this plate of homemade rosemary-buttermilk fried chicken


@johnnykatzTB - homemade rosemary buttermilk fried chicken.#crunchy

Buttermilk chicken. It does a body good.

Oh, and get a load of this:


@EatLocalOrlando - Most interesting thing I ate this weekend. LIttle Toe Cake #BigLebowski

Twitter friend @EatLocalOrlando describes it as the “Most interesting thing I ate this weekend. A LIttle Toe Cake.”

Okay. Makes perfect sense. Especially since it relates to a certain little toe in “The Big Lebowski.”

It also reminds me of this scene from “Stripes”:


For the Little Toe Cake - “Mmmmmm,. that’s good toe.” - I hereby bestow the following:


Extreme Cakeovers by Rick and Sasha Reichart

A copy of “Extreme Cakeovers” by Rick and Sasha Reichart. Maybe you can use the book to make the other four toes and a foot.

But then I digress about digressing.

Here is the competition these wonderful dishes were up against. I defy you to find a more suitable victor:

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