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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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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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Getting a taste of Japanese comfort food

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Getting a taste of Japanese comfort food

COOKBOOK REVIEW  By Debra Samuels GLOBE CORRESPONDENT   DECEMBER 31, 2013 Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat take on home cooking in “Japanese Soul Cooking: Ramen, Tonkatsu, Tempura, and More From the Streets and Kitchens of Tokyo and Beyond” Ten Speed Press Number of pages:256 pp. Book price:$27.50 Harris Salat, owner of Ganso, a Japanese comfort food …

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Think pie pastry is daunting? Try this 3-ingredient wonder

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Think pie pastry is daunting? Try this 3-ingredient wonder

   By Debra Samuels |  GLOBE CORRESPONDENT -October 8, 2013 Leslie Fishman says the recipe for apple pie she learned from her mother “became a family favorite for decades.” Her daughter is the third generation to make it. NEWTON — At some point everyone wants to try making America’s iconic dessert, apple pie. Just the …

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A snack cake taste-off

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A snack cake taste-off

  BOSTON GLOBE By Debra Samuels |  GLOBE CORRESPONDENT OCTOBER 01, 2013 WATERTOWN — Let’s get this part out of the way: Those familiar single-serving snack cakes like Twinkies and Devil Dogs aren’t going to win any nutrition awards. They typically contain dozens of ingredients, with things like partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, palm oil, artificial flavorings, …

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