Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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I MAY ADD A LITTLE GARLIC, TOO

Umur Sahin is a commercial baker in the port of Giresun, in northern Turkey. But not just any baker. He's famous for his baklava, the rich dessert traditionally made with chopped nuts, raisins, and butter among thin layers of flaky pastry and soaked in honey or syrup. Giresun is an ideal place for these because it produces hazlenuts in abundance. Except that Sahin doesn't make his with nuts and raisins. No, the key ingredient in his is ... anchovies. "As I see it," he says, "you can make anything with anchovies." Even cookies, which are next on his agenda.

BE GENTLE, THOUGH, OK?

Man's best friend, it's said, is his dog. Not in Alan Pinto's case. For him, it's Hammy, his pet hamster. So much so, in fact, that the Liverpool, England, resident willingly allowed garage mechanics to take his $38,000 Mercedes apart because Hammy had crawled into the engine compartment and couldn't be coaxed out. All ended happily, though, after a female hamster was introduced into the equation as a lure. …

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