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In town as a Nickel City Chef judge (video), acerbic Manhattan food writer and critic Regina Schrambling got to graze through parts of Buffalo and Kenmore, and share her thoughts. Her championing of the Buffalo restaurant scene continues, with her Bistro Europa meal getting the most attention. After fried potato pierogis she enjoyed an appetizer of beets five way…

Still waiting to be convinced spring has arrived, but if you feel like iced coffee you can support cancer-fighters too. Buy a small iced coffee today at participating Dunkin Donuts locations around Buffalo for 50 cents, and they'll give the money to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Small is 16 ounces, so it could slake your thirst for creamy caffeine and your urge to do a go…

Serious Eats offers a wealth of rhubarb suggestions, but one of the most alluring is the Rhubarb Clafoutis from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's "River Cottage Every Day" cookbook. Rhubarb chunks are cooked with orange juice and cinnamon, then swaddled in a quick cake batter and baked until it's all brown and puffy. It's a simple and satisfying way to…

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 Prince William would be proud, and hungry. (Photo: Associated Press) Due to reader demand, here's the recipe for the royal wedding's Chocolate Biscuit Cake, said to be Prince William's favorite. Two recipes, actually; the first, via the Chicago Tribune, is from Lady Di's former chef, who said he made the cake for Prince William. The second, a bit&…

In today's Elements column and cooking video, I present caramel pork, one of the easiest Vietnamese dishes I've tried. It requires fish sauce, which can be stinky but the initial whiff cooks out. My children love it, and you might too. I used coconut water for braising the pork, but if you don't want to bother, just use water. You'll still get a terrific dis…

One of the first crops from local soil will be lettuces, which will probably become salads in most cases. But if there's too much, go stir-crazy and take an idea from Chinese cooks, who toss lettuce briefly in hot oil and season it with a little cooking wine, sugar, soy sauce, garlic and sesame oil. I wouldn't make this if you can't serve it immediately, tho…

All the Ukrainian dishes Francesca Kasa cooks for Easter came from her grandmother's repertoire, Kasa explains in today's Buffalo News Taste section. Here's Francesca's version of Olga Jakubowsky's mocha nut torte. Mocha Nut Torte Torte:12 egg yolks12 egg whites1 teaspoon cream of tartar2 cup sugar2 tsp vanilla2 cup hazelnuts roasted, pee…

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Here's a simple but elegant shrimp salad from Patricia Wells' "Salad as a Meal," featured in today's Taste section. Wells writes: Think of this as a modern shrimp cocktail, enlivened by a touch of fresh chives or cilantro. Protein-rich and a snap to prepare, this recipe comes from Raoul Reichrath, chef and owner of one of our favorite haunts in Pro…

Of all the Ukrainian dishes that Francesca Kasa cooks for Easter, as explored in today's Buffalo News Taste section, these mushroom stuffed eggs are among her favorites. The dried mushrooms and their soaking liquid adds lots of flavor, she said. Ukrainian Mushroom Stuffed Eggs 12 hard boiled eggs1/2 pound white button mushrooms, washed and grated on shredder side…

Here's an Asian spin on using radishes, from the recipe blog of Native Offerings, a CSA farm in East Otto. The author, "The Vegephile," wrote: "I imagine that other vegetables would work here, in combination with the radishes or on their own. Carrot, turnip, celeriac." I'd bet slicing the radishes thinly on a mandolin or carefully with a sharp…

I'm hosting my first online chat at buffalonews.com at noon tomorrow. That's Friday, April 15. What should we talk about? Beats me. I've never done this before. But when people find out I'm The News' food writer they usually have something to ask. I'm not the restaurant reviewer, I tell them; Janice Okun remains the newspaper's resta…

Get some genuine grandmother-crafted pyrohy and holubtsi- that's Ukrainian for pierogi and cabbage rolls - to tide you over while you browse the traditional Easter breads and other baked specialties at this church bazaar. It's at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 3275 Elmwood Ave, Kenmore, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Besides the food, there'll be tra…

Here's an unusual recipe that could help you make short work of a variety of greens once they start showing up in your CSA bags - or gardens, if you're growing vegetables yourself. It comes from Sarah Sorci, who used to enjoy it for breakfast before working at the Gong Garden CSA in Fredonia. Green Smoothie 1 banana1 cup chopped fresh greens (spinach, kale, …