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Cornbread Andouille Stuffing, anyone? Here's some more fantastic dishes you can make a day or two ahead, and simply reheat on Thanksgiving.Cornbread Andouille Stuffing  (From Cooks Illustrated)12 cups cornbread broken into 1-inch pieces (include crumbs), spread in even layer on 2 baking sheets, and dried in 250-degree oven 50 to 60 minutes 3 cups chicken stock or…

Gilda's Club, the cancer support group, has extended its deadline for competitors in its gingerbread house contest. Teams who would like to make a gingerbread house can still register through Friday, Nov. 20. Call Gilda's Club WNY at 332-5900 ext. 20, or get the details at the Gilda's Club site. More than 20 amateur, professional and student teams will co…

Drink like a fish? This Saturday, Nov. 21, well wishers will gather at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper's 20th anniversary party.The group, which works on issues related to rivers and other waterways, says Rep. Brian Higgins and community organizer Ken Sherman will co-host the event. Both men were founding board members, it says.Hors …

When you're stuck in a car with people who can't agree where to eat, buffets sometimes seem like a good idea. Or, let's say you're recently unemployed and would like to download enough calories to last you through the weekend.That's when the buffet places start looking good.But if you're going to take the plunge, you might want to bone up firs…

In his cookbook-memoir "Momofuku," David Chang muses on what it means to be "famous" for a dish. He's talking about Momofuku pork buns, one of the simplest recipes in the book. Instead of making the soft bread part of the recipe yourself, pick up the white puffy pigholders at an Asian market - I got mine at Ni Hoowa Supermarket (3175 Sheridan Dr., …

Cheap hamburger patties can kill you.Most won't. But if you want a burger and have the money to buy something better, perhaps you should spend it. Because evidence has been mounting for years that factory-processed burgers can be a ticket to a fell lottery. The losers - tens of thousands every year - face sickness, or even death.The deadly E. coli strain that killed t…

Did you know Buffalo's favorite roll, the kummelweck, has its roots in Halloween? Me neither. Ralph Visano, an attorney and local food historian, sent me an essay on the subject, which was too interesting not to share:Zombies, Beer and Buffalo’s Favorite SandwichIt is generally accepted that restaurant owner Teressa Bellissimo created Buffalo wings at the Anchor Bar…

If you were planning on goblin' dinner before heading out for an all-candy dessert buffet, consider the meatloaf hand. Megan of Not Martha has shared extensive photographs of her "gruesome but tasty" creation. She says it's delicious, and we believe her.It sure is creepy, though, which is why the picture is after the jump.To see the entire evolution of …

Mike and Angela Cartechine make some of the best barbecued beef brisket in the world.Don't take their word for it. Just ask the judges at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational, held this weekend in Lynchburg, Tenn. The Town of Boston couple, half of a competitive barbecue team named Mr Bobo's Traveling BBQ Allstars, saw their trip pay off when their br…

One of the hidden causes of the American obesity epidemic is serving sizes. In the last 20 years, restaurants and food manufacturers have bulked up food items, angling for the budget-first consumer.What lots of people fail to recognize is that all those extra ounces add up to pounds of fat per year. Liz Monte, writing at Divine Caroline, has an article with handy illustr…

Normally, there is a limit to what people will do for free samples of food. When there's chocolate involved, the rules change for the cacao-smitten. So here's a heads up on a chance to taste some of the better luxury chocolate available in the United States. For free. Premier Gourmet (3465 Delaware Ave., 716-877-3574) is hosting chocolate makers' repres…

Mike and Angela Cartechine of Boston, half of a competitive barbecue team dubbed Mr Bobo's Traveling BBQ Allstars, are in Nashville this morning, ready to advance the last few miles to their battleground.The Cartechines have invaded the south to represent New York State barbecue at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational. The event, held in Lynchburg, Tenn., …

  There's a saying the Greeks have for marveling at someone's cooking accomplishment: "Bless your hands." That occurred to me last week as I had the privilege of watching Ruth Hall, above, make pie. She's flouring the canvas cover to her rolling pin, one of the genuinely pro tips that she says really helps roll out crust without adding so m…

Nickel City Chef, Buffalo's own Iron Chef-ish live cooking competition, sold out all four events this summer in the first three days tickets were on sale. So it was no surprise that a dinner Thursday night featuring all four Nickel City Chefs was packed to capacity as well. About 90 eaters lined tables in the Artisan Kitchens space on Amherst Street that hosts the battles…