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Photo by Robyn Lee at Serious Eats Not to bore you with more deep-fried turkey talk, but I had to report that Food Lab's J. Kenji Lopez-Alt has put his newfound turkey frying skills to work and come up with the ultimate Buffalo Thanksgiving centerpiece. Ladies and gentlemen, the Buffalo fried turkey. I will be the first to nominate him to the Nobel committee.

Conscientious cooks everywhere are laying out their battle plans for one of the most memorable meals of the year. Here's a few articles you might digest for ideas before you shop. From the New York Times, check out Mark Bittman's collection of 101 make-ahead side dishes, organized as relishes and chutneys, soups, stuffings and grains, vegetable sides, salads…

How's that for timing? Hours after I pointed readers to J. Kenji Lopez-Alt's exploration of the deep-fried turkey phenomenon, he posted his new verdict. In a word: awesome. Coached by commenters to his first post, which found deep-fried turkeys dried out and lacking flavor, Lopez-Alt adjusted his cooking times to account for increased carryover cooking from …

Intrepid food blogger J. Kenji Lopez-Alt checks out the deep-fried turkey, which became famous a decade ago as an exciting alternative to roasting the Thanksgiving turkey. Every year there's a rash of Thanksgiving fires in the United States attributed to improper turkey frying. Does the results justify the risk? Is the bird actually juicier, as many of …

The third season of Nickel City Chef is looking for challengers from Rochester - as well as Buffalo-area places - to pit their skills against the show's home team. Interested chef types can get the application here.  Buffalo's homegrown version of "Iron Chef" has sold out two seasons of hour-long kitchen battles, held in the Artisan Kitchens s…

Bread is one of the most-craved foodstuffs for those who have switched to gluten-free diets. Here's a recipe for a versatile loaf that's good toasted, from "Gluten-Free Cooking For Dummies," the subject of a story in today's Taste section. It's by Danna Korn and Connie Sarros, published by Wiley, and is available in major bookstores. Brea…

The cancer patient support group Gilda's Club Western New York has put out a call for entries in its annual gingerbread house contest. Bakers have until Nov. 19 to send in registration forms, available at gildasclubwny.org. The works of confectionary art are displayed on the weekend of Dec. 3, during the Gingerbread, Gifts and Glitz event at the group's building,…

Ten dollars off dinner at a swanky place might not be enough to get you in the door. But if you're going out for dinner in Western New York - to Restorante Lombardo, Betty's, Sample, Sole, Encore, Shango Bistro, Blue Monk or 39 more of our nicer places - you might reach for your dining deck. At $20 for the deck, you'd have to suddenly embrace monas…

 From Fantasypumpkins.com, the ultimate Death Star carving.  With the use of stencils, scalpels and copious free time, the art of pumpkin carving has exploded in recent years. Just in time for Halloween, here's a roundup of galleries and links to instructions for a bevy of gourd-carving goodness. Nerd alert! The Star Wars designs even include a Dea…

Have you searched for a place that could offer meals for people avoiding gluten, the wheat protein? I'm doing research for a story on how Western New York restaurants are responding to the needs of people who desire or require gluten-free meals. If you'd like to share, please send me a note that includes where you went, what you had, and how the restaurant handle…

Reporting today's story about how two guys from Kenmore started Lloyd, Buffalo's only taco truck, made me wonder if there's others like them in town. The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, where Lloyd parks during lunchtime Thursday, would like to see more trucks. (What are those poor people supposed to eat the other four days?) They're crea…

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine and a restaurant design team could be coming to a restaurant near you. As long as the place is thinking of closing. Shooters, a Philadelphia-based television production company responsible for the Food Network's "Dinner: Impossible" and "Food Feuds," is scouting restaurants in Buffalo and other cities for its new show. …

Veteran News Restaurant Reviewer Janice Okun will appear in area book stores in coming weeks to sign copies of her newly released memoir-cookbook, "Buffalo Cooks With Janice Okun." It's a collection of more than 110 of the most beloved recipes published in the News during Okun's 40-year tenure as its food editor, served with a copious buffet of behind-t…