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On Corn Cookies and Food Trucks

Corn CookiesDo yourself a favor and head over to Blackbird Sweets at Horsefeathers Market and get your hands on a freshly baked corn cookie.

I discovered this unassuming treat at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, where Blackbird vends on Saturdays, and I can tell you with certainty that it is my favorite cookie from a Western New York bakery to date.

It is not particularly beautiful, but don’t let its simple appearance deter you. It’s dense, moist, and chewy in the center; crunchy and caramelized around the edges; and peppered with just the right amount of corny grit to keep things interesting. It is rich and nuanced with the flavor of nutty butter and sweet corn, and it is subtly sweet, not cloying, which perfectly balances the salty finish that lingers after each bite. I ate mine plain but have since thought about using them to make homemade ice cream sandwiches or crumbling one over a bowl of chili.

Blackbird Sweets owner Andrea Amodeo tells me she is experimenting with a gluten-free corn cookie recipe and hopes to have both versions at the farmers market this Saturday. In addition to corn cookies, Blackbird Sweets carries an array of cupcakes and other baked goods, and makes custom cakes, cupcakes, and cookies by special order. Check out the bakery’s Facebook page for store hours.

Food Truck Tuesdays Kicks Off at Larkinville

While you’re downtown grabbing a corn cookie, stop by Larkin Square today from 5 to 8 p.m. for a veritable food truck smorgasbord. Lloyd Taco Truck, R&R BBQ, Roaming Buffalo, Sweet Hearth, and the Whole Hog Truck will be there selling grub to the public as part of the summer event series Food Truck Tuesdays. Regular Larkin Square vendors Square 1 Sandwiches and the Larkin Ice Cream Cart will also be open, and beer and wine will be available for purchase, so grab some friends and seize the opportunity to sample the cuisine of some of the area’s finest mobile kitchens.