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Chipotle is coming.I don't usually report on the arrival of corporate dining chains. The reaction of burrito-lovers to news of Chipotle's first Western New York outpost, in the Target plaza at 1643 Niagara Falls Blvd., convinced me to make an exception.Chipotle offers classic taco meats rarely seen in these parts, including barbacoa (shredded spiced beef), and cr…

The black truffles of France and Italy are one of the most rare, and expensive, ingredients used in fancy American restaurants. In season, they can cost $50 an ounce.They are gathered by foragers who use trained dogs and pigs to locate the underground fungus, which grows along tree roots. Despite attempts to grow them commercially, they have been a product of nature alone …

Today's Buffalo News has a story about Erie 1 BOCES baking students making gingerbread houses in their class kitchen. Two of the houses became entries in the gingerbread house contest and fundraiser this weekend at Gilda's Club. Here's a little more help if you're interested in making a slightly less complicated version. The best online primer for absol…

In today's Buffalo News, I recommend "The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook." America's Test Kitchen has been helping home cooks work smarter for a decade. Unlike the Food Network's offerings, which increasingly rely on competitions and celebrity to hold viewer interest, ATK's hosts concentrate on delivering useful inf…

Dan Miller, the Italian-inspired home cook who gave us the crostini with salami and fig in today's story, also offered his roasted pepper procedure, well worth sharing. We couldn't fit it in the paper - even though Miller's picture with the peppers made it to the top of the front page - but Hungry For More has got you covered. Miller also passed along his ro…

Here's one of the simplest, most satisfying quick appetizers you can make from common pantry ingredients: cheesy bites.Barbara Jezioro shared her infinitely customizable recipe when we talked for an article in today's News. The printed paper didn't have room for it, but I'd like to share it here.If you want to start cooking, this is a recipe that delive…

Nickel City Chef, Buffalo's own competitive cooking series, is looking for challengers to take on champions in its 2010 season.Organizer Christa Glennie Seychew is looking for eight contestants and an alternate. To qualify, you have to be a sous chef or executive chef at a locally owned place. The application is available at the Nickel City Chef site, which has been u…

New York Times food writer Mark Bittman has published a list of 101 dishes you can make ahead for Thanksgiving, including a bushel of unusual ideas. Polenta cranberry cakes? Apricot tomato chutney? Sweet potato spears roasted with prosciutto?That sounds crazy. Crazy good.If you're a traditionalist at Thanksgiving, yikes. Not for you. But if you've been searching …

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…

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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…