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July 15

As selected by Troy Pig Out attendees who visited the Spectrum News booth, here is the recipe for Julie Chapman's peanut butter bars!

INGREDIENTS
For the cookie layer

  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored Crisco
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda

For the middle layer

  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 bag (10 oz.) peanut butter morsels

For the topping

  • 1 bag (14 oz.) Reese's Pieces
  • 1 bag (8 oz.) Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Beat Crisco with peanut butter, milk, and brown sugar until creamy. Beat in egg. Add flour, salt, and baking soda; mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Press cookie dough into a lightly greased 15x10 baking sheet.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 18-22 minutes until browned. Remove.
  • While baking, heat condensed milk with butter over low heat until warmed.
  • Remove from heat; whisk in peanut butter morsels and stir until melted. Pour over warm cookie layer
  • Immediately press candies into top layer.
  • Allow about one hour to set.
  • Slice and serve.

May 30

Here are the parking prohibitions and road closures for Saturday's Freihofer's Run for Women in Albany:

PARKING PROHIBITIONS:

Wednesday, May 29 at 7 a.m. through Sunday, June 2 at 6 p.m.
State Street, south side east of Eagle Street 5 spaces east of Handicap
Thursday, May 30 at 8 a.m. through Saturday, June 1 at 6 p.m.
State Street, south side from driveway on east end of the Capital Building east to Eagle Street
Friday, May 31 at 8 a.m. through Saturday, June 1 at 6 p.m.
Lancaster Street, north side from Lark Street west 6 spaces
N. Hawk Street, east side from Washington Avenue to Elk Street
Friday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m. through Saturday June 1 at 6 p.m.
Washington Avenue, both north and south sides from S. Swan Street east to Eagle Street
Park Street, both east and west sides from Lancaster Street to State Street
N. Hawk Street, west side from Elk Street to Washington Avenue
Saturday, June 1, 12:01 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Washington Park, both sides of ALL Washington Park roadways
Saturday June 1, 5 a.m.-2 p.m.
Washington Avenue, both north and south sides from S. Swan Street west to Lexington Avenue
Western Avenue, both north and south sides from Washington Avenue west to Robin Street
Sprague Place, both east and west sides from Western Avenue to State Street
Henry Johnson Boulevard, east and west sides from Washington Avenue to State Street
Eagle Street, both east and west sides from State Street to Columbia Street
State Street, both north and south sides from S. Swan Street to Eagle Street
S. Swan Street, both east and west sides from Washington Ave north 6 spaces on each side
ROAD CLOSURES:

Friday May 31, at 7 p.m. until Saturday, June 1 at 6 p.m.
Washington Avenue eastbound and westbound between Eagle Street and S. Swan Street
Washington Avenue eastbound at Dove Street
Washington Avenue eastbound at Lark Street
N. Hawk Street between Elk Street and Washington Avenue
Saturday June 1, 12:01 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Washington Park, All roadways, including Henry Johnson Boulevard between State St & Madison Ave
Saturday June 1, 5 a.m.-2 p.m.
Washington Avenue, between S. Swan Street and Lexington Avenue
Western Avenue, between Washington Avenue and N. Lake Avenue
Robin Street, between Washington Avenue and Western Avenue
Sprague Place, between Western Avenue and State Street
Henry Johnson Boulevard, between Central Avenue and Madison Avenue
Lark Street, between Elk Street and State Street
Dove Street, between Elk Street and State Street
S. Swan Street, between State Street and Elk Street
Eagle Street, between State Street and Pine Street
Corning Place, between Lodge Street and Eagle Street
Willett Street, between Madison Avenue and State Street
Lancaster Street, between Lark Street and Willett Street
Hudson Avenue, between Lark Street and Willett Street 

May 14

The Albany Police Department has announced road closures and parking restrictions for Thursday, May 16, during the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge road race. The race starts at 6:25 p.m., but restrictions and closures go into effect as early as 8 a.m.

For a full list of closures and restrictions, click here.

April 27

If you're driving in Albany on Saturday, you may notice a helicopter in flight around the Corning Tower.

There's no emergency. The chopper is bringing materials from the Grand Street parking lot up to the tower's roof as crews work at the top of the Albany skyline. The work will impact some traffic and parking.

For more information on closures, click here.

April 18

The third annual Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service will be given to an Albany resident who has made meaningful community contributions. Nominations are open until 5 p.m. Friday, April 26.

To nominate someone for the award, click on the nomination page.

March 29

See how you can help the non-profit organization 100 Women Who Care Albany.

March 12

Irish Soda Bread recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound all-purpose flour (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 13 to 16 ounces buttermilk (depending on the consistency of the buttermilk)

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Mix the flours in a large wide bowl; add the salt and sieved baking soda. Lift the flour up with your fingers to distribute the salt and baking soda.
  • Make a well in the center and pour in all the buttermilk. With your fingers stiff and outstretched, stir in a circular movement from the center to the outside of the bowl in ever increasing concentric circles. When you reach the outside of the bowl, seconds later, the dough should be made.
  • Sprinkle a little flour on the worktop. Turn the dough out onto the floured worktop. Fill the bowl with cold water so it will be easy to wash later.
  • Sprinkle a little flour on your hands. Gently tidy the dough around the edges and transfer to oven tray. Tuck the edges underneath with your hand; gently pat the dough with your fingers into a loaf about 1 1/2-inch thick. Now wash and dry your hands.
  • Cut a deep cross into the bread (this is called ‘blessing the bread’) and then prick it in the center of the four sections to let the fairies out of the bread.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then turn the oven down to 400 degrees for another 15 or 20 minutes. Turn the bread upside down and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes until cooked (the bottom should sound hollow when tapped). Cool on a wire rack.

March 7

Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest - Pork Belly Mac & Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of cooked mini penne or cavatappi pasta
  • 8 slices pancetta, julienned
  • 6 slices sopresatta, julienned
  • 8 slices pepperoni, julienned
  • 2 ounces olive oil
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 6 basil leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pinch white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cup shredded asiago
  • 2 cup shredded fontina
  • 1 cup shredded fontinella
  • 1/2 cup pecorino
  • 1/4 cup fried panko
  • 8 1/4-inch-thick slices of cooked pork belly

Instructions:

  • Heat oil in a medium sautée pan and add the olive oil, sopressatta, pepperoni and pancetta.
  • Cook until the meats begin to get crisp and strain the fat into a tail pot.
  • Set crisp pork aside.
  • Add butter to the strained fat in the pot and heat until melted.
  • Add shallots and garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add flour and make a roux, cooking for 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in the milk, cream, salt, red pepper flakes, basil, bay leaves, and white pepper.
  • Cook until thickened and the flour taste has cooked out.
  • In a separate pan, season pork belly with salt and pan-sear pork belly until golden on both sides.
  • Turn off heat on the milk sauce and stir in all the cheese until melted.
  • Stir in pasta and serve garnished with fried panko bread crumbs and seared pork belly.

For the pork belly:

  • 4 pounds pork belly
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions for pork belly:

  • Combine sugar, salt, and pepper.
  • Rub pork belly all over with salt mixture and place in a Pyrex dish.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and foil and place in a 250-degree oven.
  • Cook for 4 hours.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely before slicing.

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