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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. …

Alice Waters of Berkeley's Chez Panisse, famous in food circles for influencing American restaurants and home cooks to prize local vegetables, fruit and meat, has suggested that schoolchildren should be taught more about food. Specifically, where their meals come from, how to grow vegetables, and more, a curriculum designed to make them more educated consumers. Her re…

Last year's Western New York Restaurant Week brought out crowds to try new places for dinner, and I've heard praise from several of the places that participated. I've also heard complaints from operators that they didn't know how to get involved in time.Hopefully this will help.Attention independent restaurant operators of WNY: It's time to make th…

The chicken pepperonata that News Cook of the Month Dan Miller whipped up for us was served over a bed of gloriously enriched mashed potatoes. Two heads of roasted garlic, butter, milk and more Parmesan will make it a once-in-a-while indulgence for most people, but it's oh so worth it.Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Mashed PotatoesServes: 4-64 large potatoes, peeled and d…

Dan Miller, the News January Cook of the Month, serves this salad as an appetizer. Shot through with peppery arugula and even more assertive radicchio, dressed with just good olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, it puts iceberg lettuce to shame. The broiled shrimp in Parmesan crumbs adds a touch of luxury.Arugula, Endive & Radicchio Salad with Broiled ShrimpServes:…

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, one of America's best-known film critics and an insightful writer, can't eat any more. He takes nutrition by tube, as a result of complications from surgery after thyroid cancer.Ebert took the time last week to share what he misses about eating. The funny thing is, it's not the food. "Isn't it sad to be unable …

Think you're an undiscovered "Ace of Cakes"? Go head-to-head against other amateur Western New York icing artistes at the Nickel City Cake Challenge, set for Saturday, Feb. 13.You have to submit your application by Jan. 15 to get in, though, and there are only 25 spots. Here's the application with all the picky details.The main event that afternoon is a…