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Christi Allen dreams on a grand scale. As a teenager in Los Angeles, acting on shows like “Married with Children” and “Santa Barbara,” she was inspired to tell her own stories through filmmaking, so she eventually moved behind the camera as a produce…

A big Italian Sunday supper is like a hug—warm, familiar, comforting, and shared. A tangle of pasta, made from scratch the same way it’s always been, cooked just al dente with enough to feed twice the actual crowd. Succulent meatballs, with the right…

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Victor Parra Gonzalez owns Las Puertas, a small unassuming restaurant on the West Side’s Rhode Island Street. He mixes Acapulco-based influences (from where he grew up) with classic French technique for what Buffalo News food critic Andrew Galarneau …

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Picnicking is joyfully simple and spontaneous: a casual repast of finger foods in the great outdoors. Whether it takes shape on an old blanket with simple provisions or an elaborate menu packed into a fancy basket, it all works. The art of the pic…

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Great food, cocktails and conversation—the inspiration behind Emily Baczynski and Mike Olek’s wedding—is also what first drew them together. The former coworkers instantly bonded over their many shared interests, “soon realizing that we basically sha…