Sweet temptations!

Say no to holiday goodies? Not going to happen.

The Catering Company is sponsoring "Brandon's Largest Cookie Swap" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at Beef O'Brady's, 9331 Adamo Drive, Tampa.

For those that wish to participate, please bring three dozen homemade cookies along with the recipe to exchange. Containers will be supplied by The Catering Company.

Reservations are requested by e-mailing info@cateringbrandon.com.


Life on the farm at Twenty-Four Rivers

I wrote a story this week for the SouthShore News & Tribune on Twenty-Four Rivers farm. Erik and Carrie Schramm encourage new customers to visit and tour their small family farm in Plant City.

If eating meat is good, eating ethically raised meat is even better. To learn more about Twenty-Four Rivers, visit the farm's website.


Baking a pie almost got me arrested

Congratulations to Myra Hocutt, who made her mom's apple pie recipe at the Freedom Plaza Fall Festival and Craft Show's pie baking contest. The delicious event took place to support Hillsborough County Sheriff's Emergency Services.

Myra's recipe appears in this week's South Shore News & Tribune Table Scraps column.


It's Seafood Festival time!

Terrific seafood, entertainment and fun for families is on tap (so is beer) at the 22nd Annual Ruskin Seafood Festival, this weekend, November 6 -7 at E. G. Simmons Park in Ruskin.

Heralded as the best event of the year, this Ruskin-SouthShore Chamber of Commerce event celebrates every ocean creature imaginable.

Here are the other details:

Where: E. G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW, Ruskin

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cost: $5; children under 12, free and a $2 per carload entry fee into the park