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Of the original Thirteen Colonies, the Bay State was home to some of the most important events leading up to the American Revolution; the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s ride, Lexington and Concord, and Bunker Hill need no further explanation, they are so much a part of the cultural narrative. In the 17th century, Native Americans and English immigrants came into contact along the coast of Massachusetts. The culinary outcome of their convergence includes the chowders, baked bean casseroles, pies, stews, and succotash dishes that have helped define New England’s regional cooking. Cod and molasses helped build the economy of colonial Massachusetts. Molasses, a key ingredient in Boston baked beans and Boston brown bread, came from the Caribbean islands and was fermented and distilled into rum. For 300 years, the Atlantic cod-fishing industry helped sustain many Massachusetts port towns until the collapse of cod stocks in the 1990s. Massachusetts is also a big cranberry-producing state, particularly in Cape Cod and the island of Nantucket. Bay scallops are also fished in Nantucket and Cape Cod.

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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Athol, Massachusetts, USA
Living In: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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I am the youngest and the only girl in a family of six chidren. You would think after having five boys, my mom would welcome me into the kitchen to teach me how to cook....WRONG!....She didn't teach me a thing. As a matter of fact, her famous saying "Get that hair out of my kitchen" still rings in my ear today. It sort of became the joke in the family between us when I was the only one who would bring either a pre-made desert or the bottle of wine to all family gatherings. I decided about 10 years ago to change all that. I started with simple recipes and learned how to enhance these easy dishes by cooking them differently every time. I focused on spices especially and learned how to blend and enhance flavors in everything I cooked or baked. Also, I am not afraid to try anyting once for the joy of learning.

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Living In: Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
About me: A student of various regional and international cultures, fluent in several languages, an Eagle Scout, and a gourmet cook, Dr. Samaha’s rich background, compassion, and warmth are…
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Home Town: Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
Living In: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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