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ALBANY — Big flavor can be found at a number of small restaurants scattered throughout Albany. These eateries provide a diverse selection of culinary choices, ranging from soul food and Southern favorites to more adventurous choices for those seeking something different.

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Halloween treats take center stage in October. What can be better this time of year than a fresh autumn apple coated in a sweet candy shell? This quintessential fall treat can make Halloween celebrations even more special.

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People choose to adhere to a vegetarian or vegan diet for various reasons. Some people avoid animal products because of ethics, while others want to control their weight with low-calorie foods. Still others may have food allergies or intolerances that make a vegetable-based diet their best option.

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This week’s column involved a bit of food history research. During my youth, salmon patties (more formally called salmon croquettes) were a staple on my mama’s menu plans. While other parts of the country enjoy salted codfish cakes, I had never thought about how salmon became so popular in t…

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Football season is here (sort of), and for many, tailgating is a main event. While there will be nothing traditional about tailgating this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t grill delicious food and enjoy a few beers before game time in the comfort of your own backyard or driveway.

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Each fall, I set aside a weekend afternoon to cook this dish. The red wine in it helps to tenderize the beef to a soft, almost melting texture. It also provides an incredibly fragrant, rich flavor. The savory root vegetables and earthy mushrooms are perfect complements. This dish is best if …

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Fall is traditionally a time for annual Oktoberfest celebrations around the world. With the COVID-19 pandemic still underway and recommendations for social distancing and avoiding large crowds still in place, however, here are some German foods and beverages that you can eat and drink (One d…

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One of the most popular pieces of kitchenware in the past few years is the Instant Pot or multicooker. An electronically controlled combination pressure and slow cooker, these multicookers cut down on the time it takes to cook some foods and can handle a wide range of foods through the use o…

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There might be nothing better than a warm bowl of soup when the weather turns chilly. While making soup can be as easy as grabbing a can opener and then heating it up, homemade soups not only can warm you up, they can also provide for several meals.

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Mom got her chicken soup recipe from her mom. It’s a simple, brothy affair with lots of dill, the kind of soup that’s popular throughout the Yiddish diaspora, often referred to half-jokingly as Jewish Penicillin, because it always makes you feel better, no matter what ails you.

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Many Americans have never enjoyed the heavenly taste of clotted cream, much less attempted to make their own. Known in Great Britain for centuries as well as other Commonwealth countries that share a culinary history, clotted cream remains a popular topping for scones with jam as well as pie…

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Pizza is beloved by people from all cultures and backgrounds. It’s certainly easy to call a favorite pizzeria and order a pie with all your favorite toppings. But homemade pizza is easier than one might imagine. Invest some time into making “The Artisan” grilled pizza from “Grilled Pizzas an…

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September started off rough for fast-food fanatics: Taco Bell announced it was eliminating the beloved Mexican Pizza as well as several other items. It didn't help fans that this was the company's second major menu makeover this summer -- earlier the spicy potato soft taco said sayonara.

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When cooking a stir-fry, you must have everything prepared before you begin. The process of stir-frying goes quickly. Once your protein of choice starts to cook, there won’t be time to continue the preparation of slicing vegetables. You will need to slice the protein, combine the marinade in…

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The closest I get to meal planning is penciling in on a calendar the meals I hope to make in a week, but Australian authors Jen Petrovic and Gaby Chapman have a whole strategy that involves cooking four meals, doubling quantities of a few of them and then throwing in a super simple meal to r…

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The original version of this classic brunch dish includes a toasted English muffin, Canadian bacon, a poached egg and creamy hollandaise sauce. For my recipe this week, I’m going to substitute crab cakes for the Canadian bacon. Don’t be intimidated by the process of poaching the eggs and mak…

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