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Four Niagara County Community College culinary students are in Schenectady today representing the Buffalo area at the New York State qualifier for a student-level Iron Chef-type competition.Representing the local chapter of the American Culinary Federation, Amanda Vizcarra of Gasport, Christy Zippier of Grand Island, Greg Madole of Lockport and Nathan Gatti of Williamsvill…

How bad do you want the ladle?Zonta Club of the Tonawandas is still welcoming entries for its 4th Annual Soup Cook Off, held on Valentine's Day. That's Sun., Feb. 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the Elks Lodge at Main and Sweeney streets in North Tonawanda. People, groups and restaurants are all welcome as competitors. The event will help raise money for Degraff Me…

Asked for an easy but excellent dessert recipe for the baking-impaired, Tempo pastry chef Valentina Garcia-Montano had a ready suggestion: flourless peanut butter cookies studded with chocolate hearts or Hershey kisses. Valentina's peanut butter cookies 1 cup sugar1 cup peanut butter1 egg1 teaspoon vanilla extractPinch salt Turn on oven to 325 degrees. Combine all ing…

Groaning over the second plate of nachos you downed during last night's thriller of a Super Bowl? We've got your antidote right here. At least it wasn't bacon and sausage baked inside chocolate cake. Or candied bacon dipped in chocolate and combined with marshmallows.Or - oh Canada ! - all the ingredients of poutine - cheese, french fries, gravy - wrapped …

There's chocolate everywhere you look this weekend, and next, as Valentine's Day approaches. Here's some of the choices:The Brighton Place Library, run by volunteers, is holding a chocolate and wine fundraiser at 7 p.m. Sat., Feb. 6. "Books & Bordeaux: The Chocolate Chapter IV" includes wine and chocolate stations, food and raffles. 999 Brighto…

Adam Goetz loves to play with his food. Since he's a chef, he gets to share his madness with his customers, in small doses, at his restaurant.Valentine's Day weekend at Sample, 242 Allen St., finds Goetz riffing on foods with aphrodisiac reputations. His $48 dinner for two won't put you in a carbohydrate coma, since it's served in courses of a few bites…

Looking for more healthy Super Bowl party recipes? The Internet would like to help. Cooking Light magazine offers recipes for healthy makeovers of chili, nachos and other Super Bowl classics.One of their makeover recipes chops down a plate of "loaded" nachos from 1200 calories and 72 grams of fat to about 500 calories, with 24 grams of fat. Eating Well magazi…

Another celebrated Western New York restaurant gets some national screen time Monday night as the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" visits Blackthorn Pub in South Buffalo.Host Guy Fieri included the Blackthorn, at 2134 Seneca St., in a sweep of Buffalo places in August. He made it to the Lake Effect Diner, Sophia's, Grover's on Transit R…

Today's Buffalo News explores the simple, no-fuss Indian cuisine of Vancouver cooking teacher Bal Arneson. Here's her recipe for Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa. She recommends wild-caught sockeye, but other salmon will work.Grilled Sockeye Salmon with Mango Salsa(From "Everyday Indian" by Bal Arneson)Serves 4Salmon is a very forgiving fish. You can bak…

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Today's Buffalo News explores the simple, no-fuss Indian cuisine of Vancouver cooking teacher Bal Arneson. Here's her recipe for Cherry Tomato and Paneer Salad. Paneer is a fresh cheese easy to make at home. It can be found where Indian ingredients are sold, as well as the chat masala, which is a sweet-and-sour spice mixture. Cherry Tomato and Paneer Salad(From …

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The Bible doesn't exactly say what sort of oil everyone's getting anointed with, but something tells me Brothers of Mercy Extra Virgin Olive Oil would do. The Catholic group, which runs a rehabilitation center in Depew and other health care facilities, has started selling private-label extra virgin olive oil from California, to help with fund-raising.Peter Eimer…

On Monday night, friends of Ricky Costner Jr. are throwing a party in memory of the Merge sous chef, killed last week by a co-worker.At 6 p.m. at the Towne Ballroom, 681 Main St., it'll be a night of "raising money, raising awareness, and raising the roof in Little Ricky's honor." A $15 donation is suggested.There will be music and free food, but a cash…

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Cassoulet is one of those dishes that gets in people's heads. A plate that demands full attention, so lovely you miss it when it's gone. Then even years later, you get hungry just reading its name. A Metafilter discussion about it is filled with memories. Moderator vacapinta found himself compelled to make a batch, then posted the picture above.And they say the…

Need to feed people without the luxury of a grocery store run? Stocking your blizzard pantry, the focus of today's News story, will help.But if you haven't had the foresight, and the electricity hasn't failed yet, there are several Internet sites that will offer recipe suggestions if you detail what's in your cupboard and fridge. Recipe Bridge searches …

That's the provocative notion raised by New York Times science columnist Natalie Angier in a piece last month headlined "Another Challenge to Ethical Eating: Plants Want to Live Too."She adds up some interesting research showing plants reacting swiftly to fight off threats, writing:Just because we humans can’t hear them doesn’t mean plants don’t howl. …