Ann Kellys Kitchen 

A Hive For The Buzzin’ Bees

  • 4:06 am Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

The most beloved books in my personal library are the ones with the pages perhaps a little smudged from the banana bread I was baking, or a page that is bent for a convenient bookmark to be read later. But how about a book that is designed to be turned into something wonderfully useful? That’s the concept behind “Turn This Book Into a Beehive” from four-time Emmy Award winner Lynn Burnelle. Lynn writes for Bill Nye The Science Guy and has four Emmy’s to show for her work. Lynn makes science fun, and when it comes to bees, makes a lasting [More]

Get Rid of the Romaine

  • 6:29 pm Saturday, April 14th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Hello all! A few items to catch up on in Ann Kelly’s Kitchen. Some nasty things you don’t want in your fridge start us off. Romaine lettuce is under recall that may have contributed to an EColi outbreak. It was grown out in Arizona, and has NOT been shipped to Florida. But this is a good one to pass along and make sure your friends and family get rid of it right away. Find something else for the BLT for now.

Are secret menus just an urban legend or just something plain cool to discover? Probably both, but I can tell [More]

Major Recall For Dog Food

  • 4:32 am Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

This recall is for raw pet foods from Arrow Reliance, and involves multiple brands that include Milo’s Kitchen, Darwin’s Natural Pet Products and ZooLogics Natural Dog Food. The FDA calls it an “ongoing pattern of pathogenic contamination” detecting E. coli and salmonella in samples.  We have that full list for you here along with the recall dates from the FDA.  There was an earlier recall on the 22nd for Milo’s. Take that food back to the store where you bought it or dispose of it safely.

A Few Tasty Tidbits

  • 5:01 am Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

I’m surprised I don’t see this more to be honest. If you happen to drop in at the restaurant in Virginia you’ll notice something new on the menu – sign language. The owner recognized the need since one of their servers are deaf and it’s pretty helpful and an opportunity to learn something new for customers. Not a bad idea, right?

The first day of Spring is next Tuesday, March 20th and if you happen to find yourself near a Rita’s Italian Ice between noon and 9 pm, how about a free treat? Oh, and Dairy Queen will [More]

Prep For Success

  • 1:09 pm Sunday, March 11th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

My Sundays are usually spent one of two ways; on an Ann-Venture to get in a good walk and enjoy our cooler weather, or making sure my food prep for the week is ready to go. But since I lost that precious hour of sleep last night and spent most of the day at the Suncoast Animal League’s Mutt Madness I admit I’m exhausted and not in the mood to do much more than watch the Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network. Just love how calm she always is in the kitchen. But since starting that new medication for [More]

Win A Special Prize Pack For National Nutrition Month

  • 8:17 am Sunday, March 4th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

I love March! The weather is still cool enough to open the windows and get some fresh air in the house. I want to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather before the heat arrives full force. It’s also a wonderful time to reflect on that New Year’s resolution that so many make to embrace a healthier lifestyle. As I write this I’m watching the Skyway 10K and am in awe of the 7,000 runners and walkers who made it across that iconic span and would love to be one of them next year. Now that’s a great goal!

If that’s [More]

Huzzah For Unicorn Cake At The Bay Area Renaissance Festival

  • 5:28 am Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 by Ann Kelly

From humble beginnings in Largo 40 years ago the Bay Area Renaissance Festival is underway with new food, new features and the same incredible inhabitants of the village off 46th St in Tampa that will take you back in time every weekend through March 25th. It’s a step back to the 16th century complete with the King and Queen once again ruling the weekend. But I did mention food first, of course. Sir Robin Goodfellow and his merry minstrel gave me a taste of what the 28 on-site kitchens produce from Unicorn Cake, those beloved turkey legs and a [More]

Fantastic Food At The Fair

  • 5:56 pm Sunday, February 11th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

I’m not sure what was deep-fried back in 1904  when T.J. Laud-Brown, the manager of the Tampa Bay Plant Hotel convinced city leaders of the need to bring the South Florida Fair to the grounds of his hotel. But I’m sure it was as delicious then as it is now. Welcome to the 2018 edition of the Florida State Fair, ranked as the #1 State Fair of the Year. Half a million visitors will make the trip to Tampa and enjoy thirteen new attractions that include the Florida State Fair Dance Championships featuring the Dance Moms, Monster trucks and that [More]

Frying With Air – Why Not?

  • 5:27 am Sunday, February 4th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Please. Who doesn’t like the crispness, the crunch of something fried? But not so much when it comes to the fat, the calories, sodium…okay, okay, I’ll stop. But since I still love things that may not be good for me I find a way to enjoy them in a healthier way. Enter Kathy Hester and “Vegan Cooking for the Air Fryer.” Take back the crisp and the crunch, take out a lot of the calories with any of the 75 recipes that range from snacks, from breakfast to dinner and even desserts – in an air fryer!

And how do [More]

Hippie Food – Did It Ever Really Leave?

  • 9:51 am Sunday, January 28th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

What’s my first thought when someone asks what I consider “hippie food?” Granola, vegan diets, all the stereotypes, right? Well, what I might have considered a stereotype has an intriguing history that’s really an important part of what I eat today and what many have changed their lifestyles to include. A new book from James Beard Award-winning food writer Jonathan Kauffman takes us through the culture and the history of health food and how we baby boomers kept it alive. “Hippie Food – How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat” reflects the how and why of [More]