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Above: Jackson Pollock's "Convergence," in non-edible form. Me, I'd start with a cheesecake base. Fans of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery were pleased as cake last year when the U.S. Postal Service included four works from the museum's collection in its Abstract Expressionist painters series. On Thursday, March 11, the stamps will finally be available - and the museum is…

The Buffalo chicken wing episode of "Food Wars," which kicks off the series, runs at 10 p.m., on the Travel Channel. I'm in the show for a few seconds as one of the blindfolded taste testers who decided whether Anchor Bar or Duff's make the definitive Buffalo chicken wing.That's not news, and I promised not to reveal the result. But I can share som…

Try your hand at traditional Irish baking for the Buffalo Irish Center's soda bread contest on March 17, St. Patrick's Day.Entries will be accepted in the library of the center, which is at 245 Abbott Road, between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. They should be wrapped in clear plastic, with a removable label attached to the outside with its creator's name, address and t…

Last month the American Academy of Pediatrics said that children die every year from choking on hot dogs, and called for a safer, non-tubular design.Since then, creative souls have offered a few suggestions. The Chicago Tribune suggested a raft of alternatives, like hot dog patties, which resemble nothing as much as a thick-cut fried bologna sandwich. But don't expec…

The Travel Channel show pitting Duff's wings against the Anchor Bar's will run Tuesday, March 9 at 10 p.m."Food Wars" travels to American cities and pits two of the city's best-known eateries against each other for the nominal championship of a local favorite. (In Chicago, the show focused on Italian beef sandwiches.) The Buffalo wing episode has b…

Here's a couple more lenten favorites from the cooks in today's Buffalo News story. The vegan spinach and leek pie, or spanakopita, is made with olive oil instead of butter and replaces the cheese with rice.From Egypt, there's mousakka - not like the Greek version with its ground meat and bechamel sauce, but a simpler combination of eggplant, tomato, green p…

Dan and Jane Oles run Oles Farm in Alden, home to a community supported agriculture project, or CSA, also known as a subscription farm. People pay one price before the growing season for a share in the Oles' work, an increasingly popular way to get a season's worth of fresh vegetables while supporting local farms directly.The Oles will be talking about their effo…

A pasture-raised Old Spot hog will be the guest of honor Monday night at a dinner celebrating its tastiness in myriad ways. Raised at T-Meadow Farm in Lockport - suppliers of heritage pork to Manhattan's finest restaurants - the Old Spots are renowned for their rich flavor. Held at Bistro Europa, 484 Delaware Ave., the dinner will combine the work of host Chef Steve…

Food and Drink

I have probably eaten more than my share of pastelillos, the deep-fried Puerto Rican turnover usually stuffed with seasoned ground beef and cheese. When a friend told me about TiTi Cafela's, which I reviewed in today's Cheap Eats column, he made sure to mention the curry chicken pastelillo he found there.He also mentioned that the place had no problem serving his…

The annual celebration of beer and food starts at 6 p.m. in the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center.In its fourth year, the event has grown to include dozens of beers and their makers, tastings from local restaurants, and live music.Bring your growler for a fill-up, learn more about brewing your own at one of the educational displays, and help raise money for the NACC, locate…

Here's a recipe from "Chocolates and Confections," the step-by-step candy-making treatise authored by Culinary Institute of America instructor Peter Greweling that's reviewed in today's Buffalo News. You can use either fruit puree, using the freshest fruit you can find, or fruit juice to flavor these chewy treats. Pectin Jellies MAKES ONE 9-INCH SQ…

Here's a recipe from "Chocolates and Confections," the step-by-step candy-making treatise authored by Culinary Institute of America instructor Peter Greweling. The formation of rock candy is an exercise in crystal formation, so it might be especially impressive for young science geeks.Rock CandyMakes 6 PiecesRock candy is simple and fun to make. The longer y…

With Western New York's Spring Restaurant Week just two weeks away, it's not too late for local restaurants to take part, said organizer Vince McConeghy.About 125 restaurants have already confirmed, but there's room for more to join the promotional effort, he said. If you have a locally owned eatery and want to join, go to the Western New York Restaurant Wee…

People planning to start a food cooperative in East Aurora are gathering on Feb. 28 to talk about the possibilities.The event will feature a screening of "Food, Inc.," a documentary about the food industry in the United States, and how the nation’s food supply has come to be controlled by “a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, …

If you were ever forced to buy a "meal plan" as the price of freshman education, you might well get a lump in your throat reading Ratty Gourmet.Twin sisters at Brown University use their blog to offer gourmet cooking and eating suggestions like Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Nutella S'mores, and Roast Turkey Cranberry Paninis. Nothing that unusual, except all …