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South Buffalo Alive to Present Parade of Circles on June 2

South Buffalo Alive to Present Parade of Circles on June 2

 

The Parade of Circles, an annual event celebrating beautification projects along historic McKinley Parkway in South Buffalo, will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2. The event is presented by South Buffalo Alive, a nonprofit community organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in South Buffalo through ongoing preservation and beautification efforts.

Established in June 2001, the parade runs from Dorrance Circle to Heacock Park and is followed by a picnic in the park with plenty of activities for the kids. The parade will feature music and dancing as well as community groups that help make the neighborhood a special place in which to live. 

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Plans May 11 Opening

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Plans May 11 Opening

Western New York’s most popular open-air market, the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, will return for the 2013 season on May 11. The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, rain or shine, through Dec. 21.

Visitors to the market will discover a few new surprises this year, including several new vendors. Joining the market for the 2013 season are Blackbird Sweets, Bieter and Sons Farm, Plato Dale Farm, T-Meadow Farm and Eveningside Vineyards. Several Western New York wineries will also continue to provide tastings on a rotating basis.

Something New and Delicious: Argentinian Flat Bread

Something New and Delicious: Argentinian Flat Bread

Faina (pronounced "fah-ee-NAH") is a yummy flat bread made of chickpea flour. It's commonly eaten in South American countries like Argentina and Uruguay, but I've traced its origins to Italy somehow... I don't know, I'm not a food historian. What I am is someone who loves trying new exciting foods, and if they also happen to be good for you, then it's bonus time! 

Faina is really easy to make. It's made from chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour, so it's a low carb, high fiber, heart healthy, and really tasty alternative to your regular pizza crust or cracker. Is it vegan? Easily. Is it gluten-free? You betcha. Is it absolutely delectable? Of course! I wouldn't share it with you if it wasn't. 

Italian Sausage Deliciousness: Who Says Healthy Can't Be Yummy?

Italian Sausage Deliciousness: Who Says Healthy Can't Be Yummy?

Just because something is healthy, it doesn't mean it can't also be rich and satisfying. Case in point: today's recipe. 

Who doesn't love some sausage and peppers in a zesty tomato sauce? A big bowl of it, with crusty garlic bread... Mmm, I'm in heaven. But who needs all that fat, right? I certainly don't. Which is why I have made this classically luscious dish into a heart-healthy, you-don't-need-to-go-running-tomorrow, it's-ok-to-eat-some-more mound of comforting deliciousness. Not to mention, it's really easy to make... 

April Showers Bring Italian Sausage and Pepper Stew:

1 (14 oz) can of diced tomatoes. Fresh tomatoes will do too, just chop 'em up. 

1/2 bag of frozen peppers and onions mix. Again, if you got fresh ones, dice away, but I find this easier. 

2-3 cloves of garlic, diced or grated

1 lb of Hot Italian Poultry Sausage. Chicken or turkey will do.

A few handfuls of baby spinach

Winter Market at Horsefeathers Continues this Saturday

Winter Market at Horsefeathers Continues this Saturday

 

The Winter Market at Horsefeathers, located at 346 Connecticut St. on Buffalo’s West Side, continues its successful run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through May 4. Entertaining guests this Saturday, April 13, will be Two of a Kind from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and Rob Falgiano from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

The market offers a wide variety of local food vendors selling everything from bread, spices, cheese, coffee, biscotti, cupcakes, cookies and eggs to vegetables, fruits, pasta,  salsa, dumplings, meat and wine. Customers will also find homemade soaps, all-natural dog treats and much more.

Cure Those Winter Blues With This Scrumptious Apple Crumble!

Cure Those Winter Blues With This Scrumptious Apple Crumble!

Will this winter ever end?! I don' t know. What I do know is that if I have to walk around with cold wet socks again, I'm gonna scream. Yesterday was not a good day. The weather was awful, my shoes were soaked with icy water, and I just wanted to cry... until I came home and made this mountain of deliciousness. 

Nothing comforts me quicker than a warm, gooey apple dessert. With all the yumminess of a pie, but half the labor, this crumble requires very little prep work. You don't even have to peel the apples if you don't want to. I have a friend who actually likes the texture of the skins. To each his own. But I digress, apple crumble is an American classic, one that (if done right) can melt away your troubles and warm your hypothermic toes in a matter of minutes.

Easiest Roast Beef You Ever Made

Easiest Roast Beef You Ever Made

The food network taught me how to cook. Since I was a teenager, I'd watch pretty much every show they had on, learning how to dice and saute, how to emulsify and marinate, all from the comfort of my couch. I owe all those guys my love of cooking, and thanks to them, I've come up with some pretty awesome meals... if I do say so myself...

That brings me to this week's post. I got the original recipe from a certain food network lady, and then tweaked it a bit to fit my taste. It is the easiest, and most delicious roast I've ever made, for reals. Surprising, since it only has three ingredients. It just goes to show, simple is best, people! Simple, is best. Here we go.

Finger-licking, toe-tapping, best roast ever!  

3-4 lb chuck roast

3 medium onions, sliced

1/4 cup cider vinegar

salt & pepper