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Besides all the live music and stuff for kids to do, there's good eats aplenty at Saturday's Rediscover Amherst Street Festival. Piemakers can bring their best work, by 9:30 a.m., to Assumption Church, 435 Amherst St. After the "Best Pie in Black Rock" contest, pie will be sold. If the fresh local strawberries are on your mind, the same church has straw…

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  Here's a fresh spin on guacamole from Roberto Santibanez, the Mexico City-born chef at Brooklyn's Fonda, and author of "Truly Mexican," featured in today's Buffalo News. PINEAPPLE AND CUCUMBER GUACAMOLEGuacamole con piña y pepino(From "Truly Mexican," Roberto Santibanez with JJ Goode, Wiley, $35) This is yet another wonderful recip…

May the frosting be with them.Star Buffalo baker Zilly Rosen and her second in command, Shannon Pilarski, are going from their Elmwood Avenue shop to television screens worldwide with their July 3 appearance on the Food Network's "Food Network Challenge."The pair competes against three other top baking teams in a Star-Wars-themed cake battle. Which of course…

From the Native Offerings CSA recipe blog, here's a recipefor employing any greens you might have as a pasta ingredient. The author, Vegephile, writes: "I might pass on using curly kale or collards and go for mustard greens, tat soi, young choi, rapini, komatsunu, even lettuces. A combination of greens is especially tasty." Actually, that sounds like yo…

Prep cooks or others with top-notch knife skills are wanted for a July 10 contest that's part of the Taste of Buffalo. Sous chefs - the second-in-command cooks in many kitchens - are sought for another contest a day earlier, on July 9. Applicants have until June 10 to email NickelCityChef@gmail.com. Include your name, age, hometown, current occupation, and a few words…

Get your baskets ready, because local strawberries, one of Western New York's most anticipated fruit offerings, should be here in force by the weekend of Sat., June 18 despite the rainy weather. A few quarts are coming to farmers' markets tomorrow, but there might not be enough to make it past the early-bird customers. I checked with a few local strawberry h…

Five Guys burgers and fries have a wide following on the East Coast, but they haven't made it closer than Rochester. That's supposed to change in July or August, with a location at Maple and Transit roads, Buffalo.com's Ben Tsujimoto reports. "Co-owner Steve Christensen will submit his plans to the town of Amherst later this week, the final move af…

Amy's Place, the vegetarian-friendly neighborhood restaurant across Main Street from the University at Buffalo (3234 Main St., 832-6666) has been a home away from home to generations of students and Heights residents. The lentilberry sandwich and "wet shoes" french fries are classic favorites in a menu that roams from vegan breakfasts to sausage links a…

Julie Rockcastle of Green Heron Growers, whose shiitake mushroom growing operation is features in today's News, suggested this reciupe for oven-roasted shiitakes. It's from Paul Stamets' "Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms." Killer Baked Shiitake Recipe 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons sesame oil 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce 2-3 t…

In today's News, City Hall reporter Brian Meyer reports that city officials have talked about writing a law permitting food trucks, but thorny issues remain before they're declared legit. "The food truck movement has long-term potential in Buffalo, according to (City Council Member Joseph) Golombek and others. The city lawmaker held a meeting in late April with some entrep…

Looks like Kathleen Haggerty got everything together to debut her food truck, The Whole Hog, on Allen Street last night. According to this account, the pork ran out around midnight, but that's a pretty good problem to have on a day that began with your new food truck on a semi-trailer someplace. Looks like Christopher Taylor, prospective operator of another truck, The…

Late-night noshers are hoping the answer is yes. Barbecue pork sandwiches and crispy sweet potato fries will join the menu on Allen Street tonight, if the debut of "The Whole Hog" goes as planned. Right now the truck is on a bigger truck, headed for Buffalo, owner Kathleen Haggerty said early this morning. But she's a seasoned professional with restaurant an…

With quinoa on the Taste page as our featured Element, I thought you might check out another caliber of cooking video. Did you enjoy David Lynch's work in television shows like "Twin Peaks," or movies like "Blue Velvet" and "Mulholland Drive?" Want to cook quinoa? Answer "yes" to both, and your ship has really come in. Lynch, a …

Bok choi, pak choy, to-may-to, to-mah-to. This leafy little cabbage relative is usually blanched, then stir-fried with a flavorful sauce. Here's a classic Chinese approach from Saveur, with oyster sauce and sesame oil. Here's a slightly Westernized version from Kalyn's Kitchen, with a hunk of butter in there with the soy.

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 Above, Clare Banigan (left) brings buns, slaw and some apple swans to meet their Spam destiny. Here's another recipe from the Spam cooking contest at the Greater Niagara Boy Scouts' annual winter camping event in January. Clare Banigan, a Venture Scout from Crew 93 in Clarence, took "best tasting" honors with this recipe. Jim Yuhnke, the &quo…