Food, Glorious Buffalo Food
My carry-on luggage yesterday included a packet of Sahlen’s hot dogs and rhubarb from my parent’s garden. My checked luggage included a couple bottles of former Buffalo Bills’ wide receiver Andre Reed’s all purpose sauce called “Over the Middle,” and my mom’s homemade corn relish and raspberry jam.
In years past when I’ve visited Buffalo, N.Y., I have returned home with Chiavetta’s Barbecue Marinade, Weber’s Horeseradish Mustard and even chicken wings.
Not sure if it’s a Buffalo thing or the concept of being home and surrounded with comfort food but I find when I head back north, a big part of the visit is surrounded around food. I indulge in favorite flavors of my childhood and enjoy discovering new flavors, as I did with hawg wings at Braun’s years ago.
During my quick trip home over the weekend I grabbed a familiar flavor, a doughnut from Clarence Country Doughnuts (10446 Main St., Clarence, N.Y., Tel: (716) 759-2850). It’s a place we used to go following Sunday school and I usually had a sugar twist.
This trip, my dad and friend Annette stopped in where I had a glazed sourdough cake. Upon walking in, we saw parents of high school friends sitting at one table and sitting at the counter were a few fellows who seemed to bond instantly when talking about Vietnam and chatting about one of our neighbors. Seemed like a male version of a hair salon.
The new flavor I enjoyed during the trip (and I didn’t get a photo!) was Buffalo Chicken Wing Sausage from Dash’s Market, a Buffalo-area gourmet and specialty foods grocery store chain. This sausage is made with chicken and full of spicy heat with a little bit of cooling with the blue cheese. Definitely something I’ll have to try again.
I want to know, what flavors do you enjoy when traveling home? What flavors to you bring back with you to extend the visit? And what should I do with the rhubarb I brought back…make jam? Bake a pie? Another ideas?