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The Perfect Falafel Recipe

The Perfect Falafel Recipe

I love falafel, you guys... I love it so much I'm willing to drive clear across town to get a decent wrap. For years I toiled with endless recipes, trying to get the texture and flavor of these delicious, yet unexpectedly tricky fritters. After fiddling with countless recipes and box mixes, I finally got it! It wasn't easy, but Oh Dear was it worth it. 

This recipe will beat any box you can buy, and dare I say, I like it better than my favorite falafel place. No joke.

Best Falafel Ever:

1 lb. dry chickpeas (don't use canned, or you'll end up with mush)

1 small onion 

1/3 cup of parsley or cilantro (I used cilantro, as we know I'm a fan)

4-5 cloves of garlic

1 1/2 tbsp flour

1 3/4 tsp salt (seems like a lot, but trust)

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1/4 tsp pepper 

Fight That Flu With This Easy Soup!

Fight That Flu With This Easy Soup!

As I sat on the couch shivering and sniffling for the fourth day in a row, I decided to take my health into my own hands. I went into my pantry and concocted a soup that had me back on my feet before I could say, "I hate you, Flu!" Being sick is not fun, but a cup or two of this yumminess will have you laughing at your favorite sitcom in no time.

“I Hate You, Flu!” Chicken Soup:

1 cup pre-cooked chicken (I used frozen grilled chicken strips)

1 large onion, roughly chopped

2 large carrots, thinly sliced

½ tsp thyme

½ tsp rosemary

3 cloves garlic, minced or grated

½ cup each of any frozen veggies you got on hand (I used spinach and shiitake mushrooms)

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists October 27 Events

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists October 27 Events

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, a Western New York tradition featuring more than 35 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local products, remains open for the 2012 season. Hours at the open-air market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine. 

Providing musical entertainment on Saturday, Oct. 27, will be David Adamczyk from 10 to 11:30 a.m., followed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Adam Giancarlo. The market also welcomes several community groups this Saturday, including Canopy of Neighbors, Yelp Buffalo, Viridian Energy, Precious Paws and the Richmond Ashland Historic District. While the market continues through mid-December, this will be the last week of scheduled entertainment and visiting community groups. 

Volunteers Wanted to Plant Over 100 Trees on Buffalo’s West Side

Volunteers Wanted to Plant Over 100 Trees on Buffalo’s West Side

West Side of Buffalo Tree Planting

Thursday, October 18, 2012

WHAT:         Volunteers Wanted to Plant Over 100 Trees on Buffalo’s West Side

WHEN:         8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, November 3, 2012

WHERE:      Along (Pennsylvania & Busti Avenues) (Maryland, Hudson, Virginia,  

                    Trenton, Jersey & 7th Streets) Buffalo, NY 14201

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists October 20 Events

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists October 20 Events

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, a Western New York tradition featuring more than 35 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local products, remains open for the 2012 season. Hours at the open-air market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine. 

Providing musical entertainment on Saturday, Oct. 20, will be Sean Hook from 10 to 11:30 a.m., followed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Casey Bolles. The market also welcomes several community groups this Saturday, including the Canisius Entrepreneurship Organization, a Unyts blood drive, market dietician Nicole Klem, Border Community Service Project, GrowWNY.org, Tutor Doctor and The Senase Project. 

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists October 13 Events

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists October 13 Events

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, a Western New York tradition featuring more than 35 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local products, remains open for the 2012 season. Hours at the open-air market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine. 

Providing musical entertainment on Saturday, Oct. 13, will be Casey Bolles from 10 to 11:30 a.m., followed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Azure James. Wine-tasting will be courtesy of Freedom Run Winery and Niagara Landing Wine Cellars.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists October 6 Events

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists October 6 Events

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, a Western New York tradition featuring more than 35 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local products, is open for the 2012 season. Hours at the open-air market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine. 

Providing musical entertainment on Saturday, Oct. 6, will be the Nickel City String Band from 10 to 11:30 a.m., followed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Azure James. Wine-tasting will be courtesy of Leonard Oakes Estate Winery.