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Rice Cooker Apple Pancake!

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Rice Cooker Apple Pancake!

You know sometimes you see a recipe and you just HAVE to try it.  This apple pancake made in a rice cooker was just such a recipe!  I found it on the English language site of the cool contemporary Japanese culture news site  RocketNews24. As I put the ingredients together this morning at 5:00AM — …

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An American in Berlin Baking German Bread

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An American in Berlin Baking German Bread

         By Debra Samuels GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  AUGUST 11, 2015 BERLIN — With the grace of ballet dancers and the strength of weight lifters, Benjamin Tugwell and Timothy Naughton lift a long metal conveyance lined with linen and laden with loaves. They move toward the open doors of a wood-fired oven and guide the board toward the …

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Matcha goes global as trendy ingredient

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Matcha goes global as trendy ingredient

  By Debra Samuels GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  JUNE 23, 2015 Much is being made about matcha. From lattes and shakes to ice cream and baked confections, the bitter, mossy green powder, a specially processed tea, is turning up everywhere. Matcha is being treated as the perk-me-up of the moment in themed matcha bars from Brooklyn to Berlin. Today’s …

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Food-savvy dads at the stove

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Food-savvy dads at the stove

By Debra Samuels GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  JUNE 16, 2015 LEXINGTON — In mid-20th-century America, TV dads Ozzie Nelson, Ward Cleaver, and Desi Arnaz donned their wives’ aprons and mishaps and mayhem ensued. Now some dads have taken over kitchen responsibilities, either out of necessity or because they love the inventive aspect of cooking. The bumbling dad has been …

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This Chinese grandma forages and cooks

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This Chinese grandma forages and cooks

By Debra Samuels GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  MAY 12, 2015 SOMERVILLE — Ginger Chen scans the terrain, a sharp knife at the ready. A wide smile spreads across her face as she spots something. She bends down, pokes the knife into the dirt, and wiggles loose a straggly plant. This is no ordinary, unwelcome weed. At the edge of …

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Onigirazu

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Onigirazu

    By Debra Samuels GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  APRIL 07, 2015 In Japan, food fads come and go. They can be as fleeting as the cherry blossom petals that bloom and fall to the ground just days later. The latest is a stuffed, roasted seaweed and rice sandwich called onigirazu. It is actually an old fad enjoying a …

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Boston Ballet’s Nissinen cooks a Japanese dinner

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Boston Ballet’s Nissinen cooks a Japanese dinner

By Debra Samuels GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  DECEMBER 02, 2014 Dressed in black, with a black apron, Mikko Nissinen is stylish and cheflike standing over an outdoor grill on the deck of his South End home on a chilly November evening. He is roasting a meaty tuna collar for a Japanese-inspired menu. The Finnish-born Nissinen, artistic director of …

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Life’s a bowl of cherry…blossoms

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Life’s a bowl of cherry…blossoms

The 3 amigas have been at it again! My friend and assistant, Chie Ehara, invited me and Elsa Tian over to her home in Arlington, Massachusetts  to pick cherry blossoms from the huge tree in her yard. The plan was to  preserve them in salt to use throughout the year in tea, mochi (sweet rice cakes) and to …

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Bento Bash for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

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Bento Bash for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

How do you prepare bento for 150 people? With a lot of help! Make twenty tamagoyaki (Japanese egg omelet)  rolls cut each into 8 pieces! With a sakura shaped vegetable cutter, stamp out  150 cherry blossom daikon flowers! Take 40 pounds of soy sauce braised chicken thighs made for us by Ben Lin of B.Lin …

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Gone Fishing!

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Gone Fishing!

When we left Boston it was 17 degrees F. When we arrived in Sarasota it was 75 degrees F! What a difference flying 3 hours south makes! We are in Sarasota where my husband, Dick will be giving several lectures. But first a fishing trip with our hosts Lionel and Lisa Olmer. The Olmers’ picked …

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