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For years, the Sportsmen’s Tavern has been reaping praise as one of the best live music venues in Buffalo. This year, music lovers started talking about the food at the Sportsmen’s (326 Amherst St.), because it’s rare to find a place that does two things so well.Turns out the chef, Greg Smith, has been turning up the volume on the house-cooked specialties there. “We don’t …

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Buffalo-area hotel restaurants are not exactly playgrounds of adventurous cuisine. There is so much filet-with-potato that chicken Parmesan qualifies as an ethnic specialty. ¶ Brioso by Butterwood, on the ground floor of Williamsville’s shiny new Wyndham Hotel, went the other way when it opened in early November. Pitched as an upscale restaurant featuring South American …

The dates for Nickel City Chef, Buffalo’s live cooking battle series, have been announced. Challenging chefs will go head to head at 3 p.m. on four Sundays: Feb. 23, March 9, March 23 and April 6.Up-and-coming chefs from locally owned restaurants have an hour to outdo the home team – Bacchus’ Brian Mietus, Mansion on Delaware’s Jennifer Boye, Craving’s Adam Goetz and Torch…

The dates for Nickel City Chef, Buffalo’s live cooking battle series, have been announced. Challenging chefs will go head to head at 3 p.m. on four Sundays: Feb. 23, March 9, March 23 and April 6.Up-and-coming chefs from locally owned restaurants have an hour to outdo the home team – Bacchus’ Brian Mietus, Mansion on Delaware’s Jennifer Boye, Craving’s Adam Goetz and Torch…

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Let’s face it: This is the time of year when folks are short on time and even shorter on money.If you’re going to spend precious time in the kitchen making something special, isn’t it great to make something that can serve two purposes and go easy on the wallet?Try baking homemade crackers.They’re easy, can be served up at your next holiday party, and do double duty as an …

Here are edited excerpts from a recent online chat:Q: I have been a vegetarian for several years but enjoy cooking meat for dinner parties and such. However, I have limited experience and came across instructions to cut meat “against the grain.” What exactly does that mean, and how do I know which way the grain runs?A: To cut “against the grain” means to cut perpendicular …

The cocktail party season is upon us, and with it comes a barrage of cheese and crackers in place of dinner. Not that there’s anything wrong with cheese and crackers. It’s just that after the third party or so, my enthusiasm for even the ripest artisanal cave-aged wedge starts to wane.Consider this savory apple tart an antidote. It hits all the requisite cheesy, alcohol-so…

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – “Here are the nuts,” said Drew Sayer, a graduate student in nutrition science, before shoving me into the MRI machine, flat on my back. “Chew them. Swallow them. And don’t move your head.”I moved my head, which blurred the resulting images. But if all goes well in the coming weeks, researchers at Purdue University will have stacks of brain scans with…

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unch is a drink of celebration. Its very presentation brings people close: Guests gather around the sacred pool of the punch bowl, extend their cups and – assuming you’ve mixed it well – plead Dickensianly for more.Punch is for people you want to spend time with. If you’re trying to avoid your family this holiday, don’t make punch! You’ll have no excuse to escape while the…

By Andrew Z. Galarneau Unfortunately, the photo of the lamb chops with vinegar sauce in today's review of Teton Kitchen ran in black and white. Fortunately, we have a gallery of the Depew restaurant's work to share. It includes the buta kimchi stir-fry, one of my favorite dishes from my visit. You can see it here. email: agalarneau@buffnews.com  

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“Ever had Schwarzwald torte?” I asked a friend. He furrowed his brow at the unfamiliar phrase. Based on our history, he was wary of what sort of foreign deviltry I sought to set loose on his fragile palate.“Chocolate cake, whipped cream, cherries and chocolate curls on top,” I explained, and his face lit up. Sight unseen, another Schwarzwald torte fan was born.There are a …

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Order a falafel wrap or beef shawarma at some family-owned Middle Eastern joints, and you might wait a bit, which can be a good thing if mom’s in the kitchen. Others churn out dishes with a bit too much of a good thing – say, feta cheese – or not enough of another, like the lone Kalamata olive hiding among the salad greens.At Rachel’s Mediterranean, the Khoury family’s Leb…

Riverstone Grill (Dec. 12) 971 E. River Road, Grand Island (www.theriverstonegrill.com, 775-9079). Controlled richness, fine touches in dishes give diners reasons to head to Grand Island. 8 platesSun Restaurant Buffalo (Dec. 5) 1989 Niagara St. (www.suncuisines.com, 447-0202). Transformed grocery offers window into glories of Burmese cuisine, Thai classics. 8 platesJ&L’s B…

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“Ever had Schwarzwald torte?” I asked a friend. He furrowed his brow at the unfamiliar phrase. Based on our history, he was wary of what sort of foreign deviltry I sought to set loose on his fragile palate.“Chocolate cake, whipped cream, cherries and chocolate curls on top,” I explained, and his face lit up. Sight unseen, another Schwarzwald torte fan was born.There are a …

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Order a falafel wrap or beef shawarma at some family-owned Middle Eastern joints, and you might wait a bit, which can be a good thing if mom’s in the kitchen. Others churn out dishes with a bit too much of a good thing – say, feta cheese – or not enough of another, like the lone Kalamata olive hiding among the salad greens.At Rachel’s Mediterranean, the Khoury family’s Leb…