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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 i…

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If you were planning on goblin' dinner before heading out for an all-candy dessert buffet, consider the meatloaf hand. Megan of Not Martha has shared extensive photographs of her "gruesome but tasty" creation. She says it's delicious, and we believe her.It sure is creepy, though, which is why the picture is after the jump.To see the entire evolution of …

Mike and Angela Cartechine make some of the best barbecued beef brisket in the world.Don't take their word for it. Just ask the judges at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational, held this weekend in Lynchburg, Tenn. The Town of Boston couple, half of a competitive barbecue team named Mr Bobo's Traveling BBQ Allstars, saw their trip pay off when their br…

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One of the hidden causes of the American obesity epidemic is serving sizes. In the last 20 years, restaurants and food manufacturers have bulked up food items, angling for the budget-first consumer.What lots of people fail to recognize is that all those extra ounces add up to pounds of fat per year. Liz Monte, writing at Divine Caroline, has an article with handy illustr…

Normally, there is a limit to what people will do for free samples of food. When there's chocolate involved, the rules change for the cacao-smitten. So here's a heads up on a chance to taste some of the better luxury chocolate available in the United States. For free. Premier Gourmet (3465 Delaware Ave., 716-877-3574) is hosting chocolate makers' repres…

Mike and Angela Cartechine of Boston, half of a competitive barbecue team dubbed Mr Bobo's Traveling BBQ Allstars, are in Nashville this morning, ready to advance the last few miles to their battleground.The Cartechines have invaded the south to represent New York State barbecue at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational. The event, held in Lynchburg, Tenn., …

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  There's a saying the Greeks have for marveling at someone's cooking accomplishment: "Bless your hands." That occurred to me last week as I had the privilege of watching Ruth Hall, above, make pie. She's flouring the canvas cover to her rolling pin, one of the genuinely pro tips that she says really helps roll out crust without adding so m…

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Nickel City Chef, Buffalo's own Iron Chef-ish live cooking competition, sold out all four events this summer in the first three days tickets were on sale. So it was no surprise that a dinner Thursday night featuring all four Nickel City Chefs was packed to capacity as well. About 90 eaters lined tables in the Artisan Kitchens space on Amherst Street that hosts the battles…

Here's some of the unusual or unique food-related events coming in October. (Please send event press releases to agalarneau@buffnews.com.)Monday, Oct. 19Slice, Dice and Spice. Those who couldn't get a ticket to Buffalo's sold-out Nickel City Chef cooking competition events might consider a little drive to Canandaigua. Finger Lakes tourism officials are holdi…

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 Traditional Japanese apple farmers use stencils to emboss designs on fruit skin. (Photo: Jane Alden Stevens, University of Cincinnati Magazine) The abundance, quality and diversity of the Western New York apple crops seem even more of an eater's windfall when you consider the apple's status in Japan. In Japan, the fruit is usually reserved for special occ…

Wendy Huntington, a Buffalonian who spends time in Mexico, learned how to make this mole verde, or green mole, at a cooking class in San Miguel. She likes it with simmered chicken thighs, as detailed below.Mole Verde(As cooked by Wendy Huntington)3 poblano chiles8 tomatillos, husked and rinsed2 cloves garlic½ cup sesame seeds1 cup pumpkin seeds (or 1 cup any combination of…

Here's the recipes for Fresh Mint Chutney and Tamarind Date Chutney from Andrea Nguyen's "Asian Dumplings," from Ten Speed Press.Fresh Mint ChutneyMakes 2/3 cupWhile this relish boldly says, “I am mint!,” it also has a bite from chile, ginger, and raw onion. Lime juice and sugar tame and unite the ingredients. This, along with the Tamarind and Date Chut…

Here's the pastry recipe for the Spicy Potato Samosas from Wednesday's story in The Buffalo News.Simple Flaky Pastryfrom "Asian Dumplings" by Andrea NguyenTen Speed PressMany rich, filled Asian pastries, such as Indian samosas and Vietnamese bánh quai vạc chiên, employ straightforward dough made of wheat flour, fat, and water. Some cooks use oil for ric…

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You'd never expect that much work to be this much fun, but the intrepid picklers of Mariner Street enjoyed the heck out their 61-jar vinegar-soaked marathon a few Sundays ago. The combination of Betsy Frazer's classic Victorian and the chance to break out the classy aprons made for an elegant setting for acts of vegetable augmentation. (Above, Frazer shoots cl…