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There never seem to be enough croutons in my salad. I want more crunchy nuggets to entertain me while I'm mowing through a pile of health-boosting foliage. Then I met fattoush, at the hands of Mouna Kabalan, the News' Cook of the Month. This Lebanese favorite delivers a lettuce-free salad of parsley, mint, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers, dressed simply with fresh lemon and…

On Thurs., Sept. 30, the last film of the "Food Matters" series - "Fresh" - explores the ideas of three people trying to change the American food system. Joel Salatin runs Polyface Farms, a model sustainable farm first explored in depth in Michael Pollan's book "The Omnivore's Dilemma." Urban farmer and activist Will Allen, a 2008 Ma…

If you were trying to create the ultimate hamburger in your kitchen, you'd make the bun yourself, of course. But would you try to use sous vide equipment to infuse Romaine lettuce with liquid hickory smoke? Manufacture your own cheese slices of aged Emmental, Comté, and wheat ale? Use beef short ribs for the patty, grinding them to vertically align the grain? Microsof…

The folks at the Broadway Market are looking for favorite family recipes to include in "The Good Neighbor’s Cookbook," a new volume celebrating "customers, supporters and fans" of the historic market. Submissions are due by Oct. 1. Email them to buffalocookbook@gmail.com or post them to the Broadway Market Office, 999 Broadway Buffalo, NY 14212. "T…

Would you put two heads of roasted garlic into a batch of Rice Krispie Treats? You would if you were competing in the Great Garlic Cook Off, part of the Cuba Garlic Festival last weekend. Ryan Dietzen of Carmel, N.Y., took first place in the Salads/Desserts category with his "Garlicious Rice Krispie Treats," which includes marshmallows, crushed potato chips …

This cooking video might be the high point, or the low, of my video career, such as it is. All I really wanted was a way to draw attention to the terrific raw salad of summer squash, zucchini and toasted almonds in a lemony dill vinaigrette. American Iron Chef Michael Symon has it in his book with Michael Ruhlman, "Live to Cook." So I was telling Bill Wippert, th…

No one's saying you should drink like a fish, but the Aquarium of Niagara's annual wine, food and music fundraiser is tomorrow night in Niagara Falls. "Winds, Waves & Wines XI" will draw supporters on Western New York's aquarium to the Conference Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Torches, Muscoreil’s Bistro & Dessert…

Members of the media will pit their scarfing skills against a team of civilians tomorrow night at Grand Island's Riverstone Grill. It's all just an appetizer before the premiere of Adam Richman's Man v Food episode featuring area places, at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel. The pre-show show will be a team challenge, an eating relay race of sorts. Team members w…

When we asked for readers' favorite canning recipes last week, we got so many we couldn't fit them all in the newspaper. Here's some more reader favorites. Raspberry Pepper Jelly 13 banana peppers (seeded)3 jalapeno peppers (seeded)1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)6 cups white sugar1 1/2 cups white vinegar (5% acidity)2 pouches liquid pectin Grind or puree…

On the night of Sept. 15, on thousands of televisons across the nation tuned to the Travel Channel, Adam Richman will put his chompers to work on a Haystack sandwich. If you feel the earth move, it'll just be the vicarious tummy rumblings across America. Richman's Aug. 19 visit to The Silo in Lewiston will play out as one of the segments exploring notable dishes …

My daughter Lydia makes a mean blueberry buckle, from Alton Brown's recipe. After bravely facing the challenge of making a video with her father, she makes her debut today in a featured role. Frankly, I still think Deep-fried Fudgy Cheesecake S'mores would be tasty. Skip the caramel sauce, that's it. Then it'll be Light Deep-fried Fudgy Cheesecake S&…

Considering canning, but intimidated by the process? Have time tomorrow afternoon? There's a canning and jam making class at the Broadway Market, 999 Broadway St., on Thursday, Sept. 2. It'll be taught by an expert from the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Participants will learn two methods of canning, and how to make peach jam. It's not only free, but class …

Diners, mark your calendars. The fall edition of Western New York's Local Restaurant Week kicks off the second week in October. As many of the area's dining establishments offer $20.10 specials from Oct. 4-10 - some even longer - adventurous eaters take advantage of the chance to explore new places at a reasonable cost. Plenty more use the week to mine …

Lots of home canners have enough energy to tackle one recipe, and they’re looking for new ideas. What pickle, relish, sauce, fruit preserves, etc. do you insist on making from scratch every year, no matter what? Share it with us, and we’ll share the best reasons for getting out your canning pot, in the newspaper and at The Buffalo News’ food blog, at http://blogs.buffalon…

Top-rated competitive eater Joey Chestnut will square off against reigning wing-eating champ Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas at the National Buffalo Wing Festival on Labor Day weekend. Thomas, a 109-pound eating machine, has won the wing crown in Buffalo three years running. Last year her first place effort saw her devour 169 wings, or 3.38 pounds of meat, in…