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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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Ladling out a winning tomato soup

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Ladling out a winning tomato soup

By Debra Samuels | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT MAY 27, 2014 Foods stir memories, and tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich may just be the most dynamic comfort food for many Americans. With school ending, summer coming, and hopes for minimal cooking in the months ahead, we tasted half of the classic lunch duo: ready-to-heat cream …

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From your recipe box to our inbox

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From your recipe box to our inbox

From the Boston Globe At popular restaurants in town, weekend brunch can attract a full house all morning and well into the afternoon. It’s the antidote to a late night out, it’s the ideal celebration for the new grad and a multi-generational family, and it’s a menu that can be lavish, leisurely, savory, sweet, or …

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Commercial gefilte fish replaces Jewish grandmothers’

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Commercial gefilte fish replaces Jewish grandmothers’

By Debra Samuels | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT   APRIL 08, 2014 Mention gefilte fish to anyone who is Jewish, and some will smile, others cringe. This Eastern European specialty is an acquired taste. But it is also a memory trigger from Friday night Sabbath dinners and Passover holidays. Gefilte fish are dense oval balls made with varying amounts of …

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Veggie chips, from garden-variety to great

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Veggie chips, from garden-variety to great

TASTE KITCHEN Veggie chips, from garden-variety to great By Debra Samuels | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT FEBRUARY 25, 2014 Crunch, crunch, crunch was the only sound you could hear from a group of seven tasters as they munched their way through six brands of vegetable chips. There were chips that look like slices of carrot or sweet …

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