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Andrew Z. Galarneau

Andrew Galarneau is food editor for The Buffalo News.


Slipping grades. New friends. Surly exchanges at the dinner table.Is it just teenhood, or is it big trouble?The question plagues today's generation of parents like none before it. Mothers and fathers want to honor their children's growing sense of independence and encourage glimmers of maturity. But they must balance that hope against the darkness, the harsh reality that t…

With April 15 less than a week away, the time has come to do your taxes -- to decipher that pile of receipts, pamphlets and printouts into the price you're going to pay for making democracy work. One little problem: It's 10:30 p.m., and you don't have a copy of that pesky IRS Form 8675-A to calculate depreciation on your cocker spaniel.Have no fear, because they are the In…

Bill swallowed the tablet and tried not to hope.At 50, the Buffalo executive thought glumly, maybe he had to accept that making love to his wife would forever be fraught with failure. If Pfizer Inc.'s experimental impotence-fighting drug didn't help him summon a reliable erection, maybe he'd have to keep apologizing to her in the dark.After waiting the hour prescribed in t…

Chocolate. Pizza. Beer. Sex.When people around here give up something for Lent, plenty give till it hurts.This year, many are doing without something else: the idea that Christianity's holiest season is about giving something up.Instead of Lenten goals that concern eating, smoking or exercising, mimicking New Year's resolutions with a whiff of incense, the emphasis now is …

When the H.M.S. Titanic went down 85 years ago, more than 1,500 people lost their lives in the icy Atlantic. If that wasn't bad enough, it spawned the most expensive movie in the history of the world, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.When it comes to the Titanic, the movie was just the tip of the iceberg. The Web is so crammed with sites exploring the real and c…

In a car parked outside the forbidding stone walls of the Attica Correctional Facility, Jeff Carter considered a future behind bars.To the part of him trained in the logical paths of mathematics, the job offer did not compute. Quit a full-time position teaching high school math to become a part-time chaplain behind those walls?He yearned to minister, true - but what about …

On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. -- The Scout Oath Talk radio couldn't ask for a better day than Tuesday, when a New Jersey court told the Boy Scouts of America it couldn't fire a Scoutmaster for being gay.…

What does it take to transform Marine Midland Arena into a patch of the Wild West?Start with 3 million pounds of sandy clay spread eight inches deep, perfect for giving purchase to half-ton animals and soaking up tobacco juice. Top that with 40 horses bred to buck, 25 Brahma-cross bulls that hate being ridden, and three dozen cowboys whose payday depends on how long they …

When lice eggs were discovered in the Kenmore third-grader's hair, her mother started crying, right in the school nurse's office. "Aw, Mom," her daughter said, trying to console her. "What would you rather I have, this or scarlet fever?"Mom chose the fever. "At least that," she said, "has a knowable end."This mother is hardly alone in her frustration. Across America, in m…

Divorce and lawyers seem to go together like 1985 Ford Escorts and mechanics.But a new pamphlet could change that for some prospective ex-spouses, making breaking up easier -- and less expensive -- to do.It's a state-issued guide to do-it-yourself divorce, providing all the forms and information couples need to legally dissolve their union from the comfort of their own hom…

LUCKY YOU By Carl Hiaasen Knopf 353 pages, $24Reading "Lucky You," the seventh offering from Miami newspaperman-turned-novelist Carl Hiaasen, we drifted back to a Florida night we spent along the Gulf Coast not long ago. The blood-warm breeze trickling by the porch bore the heady perfume of citrus blossoms mingled with gunpowder from the explosions in the street.This wa…

The Olympic theme song already echoes through your brain. The couch, welcoming as an upholstered medals stand, waits in your living room. Your remote hand, honed by years of dogged workouts, twitches in anticipation of the action.On Friday, the Winter Olympics cranks up in Nagano, Japan. Eighteen hours a day of television coverage might be enough for some people, but not t…

It's still obsession fodder inside the Beltway, but the rest of the world is already busy forgetting the story about the Leader of the Free World and the intern.Monica Lewinsky's own attorney was suggesting she liked making up stories. Polls showed Bill Clinton's approval ratings at all-time highs. The prospect of impeachable scandal burrowing its way to daylight through l…

It might seem as if Andy Rooney has been on "60 Minutes" forever, but television years are like dog years that way.He arrived in 1980, and ever since has devoted himself to exploring pressing questions large and small. He remains the longest-lasting commentator on network TV, and writes a twice-weekly column to boot, which is carried in The Buffalo News. Rooney speaks at t…

Eight ball in the corner. The payoff shot.Bobby Mann chalks his cue by feel, never taking his eyes from the ebony sphere three feet, on the diagonal, from the corner pocket. The cue ball is a long, long seven feet away, across a Sahara of green felt.Mann steadies the stick on his splayed hand, his feet planted just so, and strikes. The eight ball trickles toward the hole, …