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How To Make Dorothy Malczewski's Roast Duck

 

In the Buzz column today we lament the loss of Dorothy Malczewski, a legend of the Broadway Market and a woman who was free with her knowledge of food.

Other people are telling us Dorothy brought the butter lamb to Buffalo, as detailed in that marvelous vintage video above. Our chief memory of her centered on the time she told us how to roast duck to impress Howard, the guy we were dating, and whom we eventually married (the duck worked).

We've written about the incident in the paper before, and just now, we found this story in The News' archives.

There were a couple of surprise details we had forgotten. One was that the duck had been Dorothy's idea! Buzz had confessed we were making dinner for her boyfriend, and she picked up that we hoped to impress him. "How about a duck?" she said. And we said OK, even though we had never made duck before.

Another detail we love is that after giving us the recipe, Dorothy sized us up, like an artist appraising her successor. "I can see why he likes you," she said solemnly. "You're a good cook."

Thanks to her! And now, the recipe everyone is waiting for ...

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Before You're Taken To The Cleaners...

... Go there yourself!

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Wesselmann's strikes again!

Buffalo Improves on BPO's Carnegie Hall Repertoire

 

So Buzz is sitting here, listening to "Life Without Christmas" by Giya Kancheli, this piece the Buffalo Philharmonic is playing at Carnegie Hall next week. It is this kind of haunting piece of music that Kancheli, who was born in 1935, recalls the cold and oppressive atmosphere of the Soviet Union, when religion was outlawed.

There is weird scoring. The piece includes an electric bass, and strings, and piano, and the taped voice of a boy soprano, and, most impressively, the rumble of Stalin's tanks and machinery.

That rumble sounds most realistic, Buzz thought, listening admiringly.

Then .... oh wait.

It was the construction equipment outside our window! They had a big weight and were boring a pole into the ground.

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Wow, this sort of makes the piece complete! Can we record this rumble and add it to our performance at Carnegie Hall? Or, better still, bring along the actual equipment?

After all, as JoAnn Falletta said in Saturday's News: "We aren't taking just the Buffalo Philharmonic to Carnegie Hall ... we're taking Buffalo!"

Polish Tavern Flirts With Facebook

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Buzz admired this sign in a booth at Wiechec's. It is worth a thousand words! Or should we say, characters.

We could not wait to get on Facebook to see what Wiechec's, the great tavern at 1748 Clinton St., would have to say. Surely it would be clash of old- and new-fangled!

And lo....

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The Most Hardworking Man in Buffalo Show Business

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Unforgettable, this notice for Lance Diamond at Milkie's, the old Elmwood Lounge. Let us cut and paste:

CAN YOU SHAKE IT, SHAKE IT, SHAKE IT!!!!! THEN COME OUT TO MILKYS ON ELMWOOD THIS SATURDAY NIGHT APRIL 27th FOR A PARTY WITH LANCE DIAMOND AND HIS 24K DIAMOND BAND. 522 ELMWOOD AVE, BUFFALO NY . AND REMEMBER LANCE GOES TILL 9 IN THE MORNING. 11pm SHOW TIME, $5.00 at the DOOR....

God love you, Lance, for sticking to that 11 p.m. start time after all these years! One gal we know who used to live in an apartment next door said you could set your clock by what time he went on, and what time he sang "Brick House."

And remember, Lance goes till 9 in the morning!

Ed Kilgore's Resignation Officially Eclipses Pope's

It is official: As of late last night, the resignation of Channel 2 sports czar Ed Kilgore was proven to have eclipsed the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.

Buzz loves both public figures and so we do not begrudge Kilgore this distinction. We confess, every day we are enjoying the endless shots of Kilgore surrounded by blindingly attractive people wishing him well.

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We wish you well, too, Ed!

Only one thing is missing...

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Rudy Giuliani revels in Buffalo's pleasures

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Rudolph Giuliani is in town and last we checked, an hour ago, he was finishing up lunch at E.B. Green's.

From there it was on to ...

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A Dry Cleaner's Dry Wit

You would not think we would be able to top that sign seen on Kenmore Avenue last week.

However... this being Buffalo, we have!

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402 Food Reasons To Love Buffalo

This new video has been making the social media rounds.

Josh Potter of 103.3 The Edge has Tweeted: "406 reasons to love Buffalo... 403 are Food Reasons, the other three are Sabres, Bills & St Patrick's Day. I'm moving."

Ha, ha! It is pretty funny when the video goes into high gear, inundating you with picture after picture of wings and beer and beef on weck, Fat Bob's and Gigi's and the Olympic Restaurant. It is like a food fight. Splat! Splat! Splat!

Speaking of which, here is something we can all agree on. Someone, obviously a Buffalonian, writes on YouTube:

"it would be better if you didnt have a seizure from the pictures going so damn fast. Slow the damn thing down and it would be 100X better."

Buffalo Beats Toledo in Carnegie Hall Smackdown

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Toledo is toast!

The number of hometown tickets sold for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's May 8 concert at Carnegie Hall has topped the number of tickets sold to Toledo citizens when their orchestra played Carnegie, two years ago. Both orchestras are participants in Carnegie Hall's "Spring For Music" Festival.

The BPO spoke of the bitter rivalry in The News a couple of weeks ago. Toledo music fans had bought 1,320 seats. The BPO was shooting for 1,350 to claim a solid win.

And we got it! The orchestra credits a ticket-donation campaign spearheaded by M&T Bank. That, and good old-fashioned Buffalo spirit and the rumor, unconfirmed, that Carnegie Hall would allow you to bring your beer to your seat. Oh, wait, we dreamed that last part. But if they promised that, sales would go through the roof.

"We are truly gratified by the response," BPO Executive Director Dan Hart said in a statement. "While it's an honor just to be selected for Spring For Music, having so many supporters along for the ride will make it so much more fulfilling."

For info on Carnegie Hall and BPO events, to buy tickets, or just to gloat, call 885-5000.

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