Seasons

Food Network was this Israeli caterer’s cooking school

 By Debra Samuels   GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  DECEMBER 04, 2012 CHESTNUT HILL — Some people watch the Food Network for entertainment. For Liora Kushner, it was educational television, which eventually led to a catering career. Kushner, 39, a lawyer by training, switched fields after the birth of her third child, Maya, 5. “I went to the […]

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Kasha varnishkes

By Debra Samuels Boston Globe, December 17, 2008 Kasha varnishkes Serves 8 Eastern-European Jewish immigrants brought kasha varnishkes to this country at the turn of the 20th century. Kasha is roasted buckwheat groats; varnishkes means noodles in Yiddish (bow ties are now classic), and Wolff’s Kasha is the brand most cooks use. Mix eggs into […]

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Spaghetti lasagna

Boston Globe, January 16, 2008 If there was ever a universal crowd pleaser, it’s lasagna. This dish is a variation on the layers of wide noodles and tomato sauce that usually go into the dish. Here spaghetti, tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese are stacked in a dish, then baked until the top turns golden. Cut […]

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Stashing cooked rice

Boston Globe, October 30, 2007 Watching squirrels gathering and stashing nuts for the winter reminds me of Japanese and Korean friends filling their rice cookers to maximum capacity to make small packets of cooked rice for the freezer. When it’s time to eat, they microwave the rice until it’s steaming hot. Recently, a Korean guest did […]

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A little barley goes a long way to beef up a soup or vegetablesUse it instead of high-carb pasta, potatoes or rice

Tired of potatoes, rice, and pasta? Looking for another carb with some nutritional clout? Try barley. When cooked, barley has a soft but slightly crunchy texture. When added to soups, it makes them creamy. It is a great base for a pilaf. Barley has a long history. Part of the human diet for several thousand […]

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Homemade goodies a satisfying gift

There is something satisfying about making a gift of food. If you have time to bake and make the cookies everyone salivates for, great. However there are also wonderful recipes for snack mixes, granola, or spiced nuts that can be made in bulk in very little time. If you don’t have time to cook, but […]

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Hot cereal brings comforting start to the day

WHETHER you call it porridge, gruel, mush, or hot cereal, there is a world of wonderful grains for hot breakfast on a cold New England morning. Some gag at the thought of hot cereal. Others drool thinking about brown sugar, a pat of butter, and milk melting into a creamy bowl of steaming oats. Carol […]

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For all levels of play, winning diet is key

Cleats? Check. Sneakers? Check. Bats? Check. Shin guards? Check. Frisbee? Check.Snacks and water? Check. Breakfast? Oops. ”Food is fuel for the body,” says Walter Norton Jr., strength and conditioning coach for the Boston Breakers, the women’ professional soccer team. ”If you are not fueled properly, you are going to run out of gas,” adds Ellen […]

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