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” (which I don’t think they make any more!) 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?