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February 5, 2003

What do you mean it's 'your' recipe?
[Times art: Teresanne Cossetta]
  Truth is, an original recipe is rare. The best we can do is add a twist to a classic one to make it our own Story

DISH: deconstructing pound cake
This heavy, moist vanilla cake is a product of England, where it was created in the early 1700s. Its name comes from the amounts of the ingredients: 1 pound each of flour, butter, sugar and eggs.

A pound of pleasure
We've come a long way since the days of the first pound cakes. Originally made in England of equal amounts -- 1 pound each, to be precise -- butter, sugar, flour and eggs, the pound cake has slimmed down.

To market, to market: Strawberries weathered the chill
Bone-chilling weather might have left warmth-loving vegetation drooping or withered, but much of Florida's commercial fruit and vegetable crop survived relatively unscathed.

Food File
Special events and food tastings

You Asked For It: Stuffed pepper soup fills cool-weather bill
When Dorothy Burda of Illinois was visiting her daughter in New Port Richey, she saw the request for a stuffed-pepper soup recipe in this column. Peggy Thomas had tasted the soup at the Pie Factory, but had no recipe.

The Nibbler: Not much meat on these bones
Late last year, a few months after Tampa restaurateur Bern Laxer died, a local author and publisher served up a book-length tribute to him.

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