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If the health care reform bill becomes law, all restaurant groups with at least 20 stores will have to post calorie counts alongside each menu item. Will Dairy Queen customers notice that the large Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzard weighs in at 1,470 calories (2M pdf file) - which is half the calories a moderately active young man burns in a day (pdf file) - and choose something …

Chow Chocolat owners Scott and Jaclyn Wisz, who brought fine chocolate downtown with their cacao-worship center at 731 Main St., are branching out to the Galleria Mall. Their new store opens tomorrow, Friday, March 26.Chocolat's "chocolate boutique" will be duplicated at the Galleria location, said Jaclyn Wisz. There's hot chocolate, cold chocolate, and…

Fresh peas are difficult to come by most of the year, but English chef Jamie Oliver has no problem substituting frozen peas for this simple soup. Pea and Mint Soupfrom Jamie Oliver's "Jamie's Food Revolution" (Hyperion) A delicious soup which is lovely hot, or cold with a squeeze of lemon juice in the summer. My wife likes hers with a portion of fries o…

Jamie Oliver's penchant for simple Indian food relies on shortcuts like the use of jarred spice paste like Patak's, available in the Indian aisle of supermarkets or your local Indian grocery.  Quick Salmon Tikka with Cucumber Yogurt from Jamie Oliver's "Jamie's Food Revolution" (Hyperion)I love this dish. If you’re a fan of chicken tik…

There might not be any Burmese restaurants in Buffalo yet, but you can get a taste of Burmese cooking, and many more flavors from around the world, at International School 45's "A Taste of the World" on Friday.With students from more than 30 nations, when the International School hosts a food sampling event, you know they're not talking about salsa and …

Some of the eateries that participated in Restaurant Week decided that the $20.10 specials offered should stick around, at least through March.Restaurant Week organizer Vince McConeghy, of localfoodservice.com, said he's been informed that the following places were continuing their specials through the end of the month:Sonoma GrilleBuffalo Chop HouseO'Connell…

It will cost Denny's Corp. a Grand Slam a week to pay off the winner of its "Grand Slam for a Year" contest. That's a plate of pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage that goes for about $5.But as an article in the Wall Street Journal reports, the prospect of a Grand Slam bonanza helped 600,000 people in the United States to supply Denny's with their nam…

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As explored in today's Buffalo News article, Genesee County syrup maker Eric Randall has enjoyed his homegrown maple syrup countless ways, but this recipe is his favorite. When he's making maple peanuts, he has to stop himself from eating the whole batch. Use your favorite kind of nuts; Randall prefers unsalted dry roasted peanuts. It might take a few tries to …

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Were you perhaps thinking that Eggs Benedict, the classic combination of ham, poached egg and Hollandaise sauce, was somehow not decadent enough?Jessie Oleson of Cakespy has the answer, over at Serious Eats.Sub a brownie layer for the ham, get some buttercream fluffed up for the sauce, and carefully heat a few Cadbury creme-filled eggs, and voila! It's diabetes on a…

For a generation that's grown up entertained by television cooks, a live cooking show can be a special night out.So it's no surprise that hipster centers like San Francisco and Brooklyn have seen the rise of "rock star butchers." This Salon article describes events dedicated to watching an animal disassembled and turned into food before the eyes of an a…

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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…