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Florida's unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent in November, down from October's rate of 6 percent, Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday morning. Florida added a sizeable 41,900 jobs over the mo …

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  1. A dozen gifts for the novice cooks on your list

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    There is always someone on the holiday gift list just starting out in the kitchen: the recent college graduate, the newlyweds setting up house, the niece who has discovered baking, the cousin who has gone crazy for grilling. Here's a list of a dozen basic tools to help get them started.

    1 Cast-iron skillets

    Bowl and whisk for baking.
  2. White lasagna is a good make-ahead Christmas Eve meal

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    The question: What can you prepare for Christmas Eve dinner that can be made ahead and eaten whenever? It must be something that will work around the schedules of churchgoers, late arrivers, eager youngsters, adult children making several stops, and last-minute wrappers (or, heaven forbid, shoppers).

    The …

    Brussels Sprouts Lasagna uses sliced Brussels sprouts and mushrooms. Aged or smoked provolone brings gooeyness and flavor.
  3. Review: Red Mesa Mercado is a solid addition to St. Pete's taco scene

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG

    It's a growing menace. Without vigilance, St. Petersburg may soon be overrun. The peril? Tacos. And burritos. Also, very solid salsa and chips. St. Petersburg already had Tijuana Flats, Chipotle, Burrito Boarder, Nitally's, Red Mesa and its Cantina, and then Casita Taqueria and Taco Bus crowded in, …

    Lunch choices at Red Mesa Mercado, 1100 First Ave. N, include, clockwise from top left, taquitos with guacamole, a ground beef empanada, a chicken chimichanga and a Cali burrito stuffed with ground beef, french fries, beans, cheese and more.
  4. Easy weeknight meals: Recipe for Turkey Chili and more ideas

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    Christmas Edition

    Mon | Meatless meal

    Your easy Middle Eastern menu will buy you all kinds of time tonight. And time is what we need Christmas week. Make a Tabbouleh Salad using a kit from the natural food aisle and serve with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Dip and crackers. To …

  5. Taste test: Which caramel topping is the best?

    Taste Test

    One way to trim any dessert for the holidays is to add caramel topping. We love to drizzle caramel over pies, cupcakes and, of course, ice cream. Caramel also is great with fruit slices, on cheese plates and with pretzels or other savory snacks. We tried eight varieties of caramel topping, some infused with sea salt. A …

      Rep. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, holds a sword presented to him by Gov. Jeb Bush, right, during ceremonies designating Rubio as the next Speaker of the House, on Sept. 13, 2005, in Tallahassee. Rubio's term begins in 2006

    How Jeb could snuff out Rubio's presidential hopes: 'We love Marco. We've loved Jeb longer'

    From Alex Leary and me:

    Marco Rubio has a big Jeb Bush problem....

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    What has become of Josh Freeman?

    Vincent Jackson has kept in touch with him and says he’s back at his home in Kansas City. Gerald McCoy says he has known him since high school and prays he can return to the NFL....

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    Christmas colors with a twist! Tampa's Kellie McRae helps us ring in the holidays Florida style.

    Fab Friday: Kellie McRae

    Christmas is just around the corner, so we figured what better gift to give you than local shoe extraordinaire Kellie McRae?...

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