The Boston Globe : The Taste Kitchen

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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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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Outmuscling the applesauce competition

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Outmuscling the applesauce competition

TASTE KITCHEN By Debra Samuels  |  GLOBE CORRESPONDENT Applesauce is the Swiss Army knife of comfort foods. Often baby’s first food, it pairs well with pork chops and poultry, is a nutritious snack, and a simple taste that’s appealing when you’re under the weather. We tasted seven commercially prepared brands of unsweetened applesauce with 13 …

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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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Raising the bar for frozen fruit treats

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Raising the bar for frozen fruit treats

By Debra Samuels | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT   AUGUST 27, 2013 DEBRA SAMUELS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE A good quality frozen fruit bar is a refreshing and low-fat snack and the world has discovered this. On a steamy summer afternoon, nine tasters were delighted to sample seven brands of frozen strawberry fruit bars, ranging in hue …

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Looking for a pearl among small tomatoes

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Looking for a pearl among small tomatoes

  By Debra Samuels |  GLOBE CORRESPONDENT    MARCH 05, 2013 There are hundreds of varieties of tomatoes, fruits that are native to the New World. Though we associate many tomato dishes with European cuisines, the bright red rounds were brought to Europe after the Spanish explorers found them in the Americas. A dispute over pricing …

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Tasters evaluate 7 brands of canned light tuna

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Tasters evaluate 7 brands of canned light tuna

  Whether tuna is raw in sushi and sashimi, grilled as a steak, or scooped from a can, the fish is awash in controversy. Overfishing, mercury levels, and dolphins caught in nets meant for tuna account for this. Where once a tuna sandwich for lunch was a routine event, we no longer eat canned tuna …

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6 Alternatives to the p in pb&j

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6 Alternatives to the p in pb&j

Since peanut butter, long America’s favorite lunchbox spread, has been banned from many schools because of allergies, alternatives have stepped in to fill the void.

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A taste test of whole wheat bread loaves

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A taste test of whole wheat bread loaves

We sat down with seven brands of 100 percent whole wheat bread, ranging from the artisanal looking Nashoba Brook, squared-off dense Iggy’s, to airy Wonder Bread. It was hard to think of these as the same species, yet they are all entirely whole wheat.

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