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casehere Oct 19, 2006 04:19 AM

I've always been partial to "brown bits" and chiffonade. How about you?

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    marymac Mar 2, 2013 10:09 PM

    Love my cracklins!

    1. nomnomnoms Mar 1, 2013 09:07 PM

      poolish.

      Say it with me.

      POOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOlish.

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        Selanny Feb 26, 2013 10:28 PM

        'Tender'... 'Succulent'... 'Melts in your Mouth...Delicious!'

        1. Bill Hunt Feb 26, 2013 07:43 PM

          "Deep-fried." [Wink]

          Hunt

          1. meatn3 Feb 26, 2013 12:29 PM

            I recently came across Chinchilla! Seems to be an older term "used to mean any dessert made with whipped egg whites" according to Miriam Ungerer in 1966.

            I think this predates the chinchilla (fur and pet) crazes that occurred in the '70's iirc.

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              pavlova Feb 21, 2013 05:00 PM

              pâte à choux

              1. monavano Feb 21, 2013 04:09 AM

                New favorite: nappe

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                  LindaWhit Feb 21, 2013 06:03 AM

                  Huh. I always thought the spelling of that word was "nap".

                  Something I could use right now.

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                    monavano Feb 21, 2013 10:35 AM

                    Sounds the same spelled either way. Funny how I don't remember any cooking show mentioning the proper term. As opposed to "au jus", which gets thrown out incorrectly all the time.

                2. steinpilz Feb 20, 2013 04:29 PM

                  It's fun to see this thread again,

                  I'll add another term - "grigne," the raised/ruffled "ears" when french bread dough is scored/slashed/"coupe"d.

                  @castorpman on Twitter

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                    foodiesnorth Jan 21, 2010 10:17 AM

                    tarte tartin...we were at a cooking school in Provence a few years back and the instructor (we were the only students - the SO and I) told us the menu for the day which included tarte tartin. We looked at each other and realizing neither of us could figure out what he said we asked him to repeat it.....nope, nothing, no idea what he was saying. We did the whole menu with him and saw it was made with apples etc... His wife came in and was quite excited...Tarte tartin! ...We still could not understand. We asked his wife to say it slower...nothing. They acted as if we were crazy. We could not even understand enough to try to find it online.

                    It was not until we got home to Canada that we figured out what they were saying. Now every time we here it we chuckle. The way the French say it, the phrase just sort of blurs together into an odd sound. It reminds me in that comic character Tintin.

                    The irony is that we do live in a country where we having at least a passing understanding of basic french and we have two kids in French Immersion.

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                      BobB Jan 25, 2010 12:58 PM

                      Tarte tatin, to be precise. Except on The Food Network. ;-)

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                        foodiesnorth Jan 25, 2010 06:49 PM

                        lol...yes and that corrected spelling better reflects the sound...woodpeckers pecking....it just sounded like: tatata...machine gunnish. I chuckle even as I type. Thanks for the correction.

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                      Ravenjon Jan 17, 2010 08:49 AM

                      I cannot be the first person to nominate "cremolata"

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                        Paulustrious Jan 17, 2010 01:45 PM

                        Is that when when you burn the food?

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                          LindaWhit Jan 18, 2010 12:23 PM

                          LOL! Perhaps Ravenjon means "gremolata"? But I do love your definition of cremolata, Paulustrious!

                      2. Emmmily Feb 5, 2009 07:22 PM

                        Plonk
                        Purslane
                        Celeriac
                        "Add butter."

                        1. njchowgal Feb 5, 2009 01:15 PM

                          "revisit" as in, have a second taste of a particular wine

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                            Sui_Mai Jan 14, 2009 01:22 PM

                            pistou and gremolata

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                              jarona Nov 17, 2008 06:00 AM

                              Favorite word/phrase/term

                              Bain Marie

                              "This is good S&it"

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                                MattInNJ Nov 17, 2008 05:22 AM

                                I am partial to "Yumm-o".

                                1. JamieK Nov 15, 2008 04:38 PM

                                  poutine -- I pronounce it 'pou-tin' as I've heard my Quebecois friends say it. That evokes to me the wonderfulness and origin of this dish. However, you get some askance looks from waiters in Toronto who seem to expect 'pou-teen'.

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                                    alkapal Jan 10, 2009 06:20 AM

                                    i think i read here on chow that your pronunciation is for something (quite) else...... but i have not a clue. it just always makes me think of vladmir putin. <now, i'll call him poo-teen.>

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                                      JamieK Jan 13, 2009 07:50 PM

                                      ah but the emphasis is on the second syllabyl for poutine (pou-TIN) and on the first for Putin (POO-tin). Anyway, that's the way I hear it.

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                                        alkapal Jan 13, 2009 08:31 PM

                                        yes, i know the proper putin pronunciation. <say 3X fast!>

                                        just thought i'd have a little fun (in my little mind....;-).

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                                      njchowgal Feb 5, 2009 01:22 PM

                                      poutine pronounced like "pou-tin" without pronouncing the 'n' is a vulgar word, so that may explain the looks... make sure you stress the 'n'

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                                      bellyspeaks Oct 28, 2008 12:31 AM

                                      French:
                                      a la minute - as in a sauce or preparation done to order
                                      pret a manger - ready to eat, usually a presentation like a single bite composed on a fork
                                      affinage - sooo snooty, but like good snooty :)

                                      Spanish:
                                      jugoso - pronounced who-GO-so, said with great verve and means "juicy"

                                      Italian:
                                      radiatore and harmoniche - similar macaroni shapes
                                      sottocenare al tartufo - a cheese, this word just jumps up and down in my mouth as it escapes!

                                      Japanese:
                                      okonomiyaki - just fun to say

                                      English:
                                      86
                                      "fire at will" - when you're beyond weeded and expo knows it
                                      "elbows and a**holes" - referring to certain kitchen cultures where people are jerks and like to get overly physical on the line a.k.a hacks... "that place is all elbows and a**holes"

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                                        AngelSanctuary Oct 27, 2008 10:53 PM

                                        "On the house" - they never say that =.=

                                        I like pretty much all the french terms, make me sound smart XD!

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                                          tmso Oct 27, 2008 08:35 AM

                                          Héliciculture (snail farming, recently learned from chocolateandzucchini)

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                                            nkeane Oct 26, 2008 04:02 PM

                                            Charcuterie

                                            offal

                                            its on the house!:-)

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                                              adamshoe Oct 26, 2008 07:39 PM

                                              While I might enjoy it sometimes, offal just sounds, ya' know, like______ fill in blank.

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                                              adamshoe Oct 25, 2008 06:06 PM

                                              Creme Chantilly (pronounced crem shan-tee-Yee) a fancy way to say loosely whipped cream.
                                              Ono (a hawaiian fish, but also means delicious)
                                              Paneed (pronouned pan-aide) a New Orleans or possibly French method of cooking that doesn't seem too different from sauteed. As in paneed veal, or paneed chicken breast.
                                              Po- Boy (I guess I'm on a N'awlins jones right about now...)
                                              Etouffee (pronounced A-Too- Fay) (think it means stuffed...)
                                              Stuffed
                                              Enrobed
                                              Breaded
                                              Breaded and Deep Fried
                                              Don't like the following words!!!! Encrusted, Chunks, Tidbits, Gastro (as in Gastro-Pubs; it sounds like a medical procedure...) napped, kissed, enriched, infused (also sounds like a medical procedure....) fusion and infusion while we're at it, medley, melange (same thing), Ok gotta stop before I enter the Bitter Barn. Adam

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                                                rednyellow Oct 25, 2008 06:24 PM

                                                Wow, you're right, gastro-pub does sound kind of medical. I don't care for Tower, Stacked and On-a- bed-of...

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                                                  alkapal Jan 10, 2009 06:18 AM

                                                  adam, i know you'll find some good company out in the bitter barn! when is our next pot luck? ;-).

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                                                    soupkitten Jan 26, 2010 04:03 AM

                                                    etouffee means "smothered", not stuffed

                                                  2. rednyellow Oct 25, 2008 04:15 PM

                                                    The three words that always grab my attention on a menu are Caramelized, Braised and Marinated.

                                                    1. Kris P Pata Jun 10, 2008 11:37 PM

                                                      Great thread!

                                                      aglio e olio
                                                      confit
                                                      chimichurri
                                                      kalamansi
                                                      jambalaya
                                                      etoufee
                                                      stracciatella
                                                      ras al hanout
                                                      nutmeg
                                                      yakitori
                                                      yuzu
                                                      Yorkshire pudding
                                                      opakapaka
                                                      simmer
                                                      clam bake

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                                                        Canthespam Jun 12, 2008 07:19 PM

                                                        One of my favorite terms is presentation or if I feel affected - pree-sentation. I abhor the word gourmet. It means absolute nothing. Gourmet potato chips, gourmet olives, gourmet eating .... It is sooo over-used. The word tapioca is such a warm, sweet word.

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                                                          PattiCakes Oct 24, 2008 04:34 PM

                                                          garde manger, chef tournant, bain Marie, hoppin' john and my all-time fave: asophoetida. I'm forever making a culinary asophoetida out of myself!

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                                                            alkapal Jan 10, 2009 06:16 AM

                                                            well, patti, as long as you don't stink like one!

                                                            http://www.theepicentre.com/Spices/as...

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                                                        mpalmer6c Jun 10, 2008 11:29 PM

                                                        Dinner's ready!

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                                                          jcattles Jun 5, 2008 02:48 PM

                                                          What a fun post. I like "let it get/be happy" (from Emeril, when he's simmering food to let the flavors combine)

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                                                            grayelf Jun 10, 2008 11:11 PM

                                                            Sand dabs

                                                            meez for mise en place

                                                            deuce (table for two)

                                                            four etc top (table for four etc)

                                                            dishpig (human dishwasher)

                                                            kin khao (let's eat or bon appetit, literally 'eat rice' in Thai)

                                                            family words: groodles for little snacks, 'erts for dessert (usually yelled loudly at Mum after the meal), snacks for any kind of food as in "Snacks now" when it's time to eat, backsitting (lying on your back on the floor after a particular strenuous bout of snacking), not required if you've had an "elegant sufficiency" instead of gorfing out

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                                                            chowfamily Jun 2, 2008 02:30 PM

                                                            ambrosia
                                                            souflee
                                                            des huitres

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                                                              SweetPea914 Jun 4, 2008 09:53 PM

                                                              I'm surprised I didn't see this one, but I love...

                                                              en papillote

                                                              Also agree with A la Plancha and Puttanesca!

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                                                                JimmyC Jun 5, 2008 07:03 AM

                                                                shut up and eat

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                                                                  SweetPea914 Jun 12, 2008 07:11 PM

                                                                  que? Did I say something wrong? ...I think "shut up and eat" should be the CH motto:-) !

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                                                                    alkapal Jan 10, 2009 06:14 AM

                                                                    then, they couldn't sell ads on the chat boards. ;-).

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                                                              LaurCar Jun 2, 2008 12:11 PM

                                                              "take off the chill"

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                                                                trvlcrzy Jun 1, 2008 10:53 PM

                                                                'ala plancha' and 'beat till stiff'

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                                                                  susabella Jun 1, 2008 07:20 PM

                                                                  Joy of Cooking instructions for pate choux, to add the flour "in one fell swoop".

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                                                                    alkapal Jan 10, 2009 06:13 AM

                                                                    fell swoops were very popular back in the day. i still enjoy a good fell swoop ever now and then!

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                                                                      CajunJacques Jan 10, 2009 07:21 PM

                                                                      Ok, here's my phrase:

                                                                      Tonnaire mais chien ca c'est bon

                                                                      which loosely translates to:

                                                                      Hot dog, that's good!

                                                                      It's Cajun-French so it won't do anyone any good to try to translate it using a language translator on the Internet.

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                                                                        LindaWhit Jan 14, 2009 01:02 PM

                                                                        i still enjoy a good fell swoop ever now and then!
                                                                        ~~~~~~~
                                                                        Yeah, but it usually hurts like the dickens until you can get up and brush yourself off. ;-)

                                                                    2. thew Jun 1, 2008 12:13 PM

                                                                      here's you food sir, free of charge

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                                                                        Kholvaitar Feb 20, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                                        "comped"

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                                                                        TripChick May 31, 2008 04:13 PM

                                                                        Caramelize (as many syllables as possible)
                                                                        Gooey

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                                                                          GGS May 14, 2008 03:14 PM

                                                                          From Germany.

                                                                          Der Koch ist Verliebet. When things are too salty, you say "the cook is in love", standing over the pot absentmindedly shaking the the salt.

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                                                                            newJJD May 14, 2008 12:52 PM

                                                                            Burnt ends
                                                                            "The bark of the meat"
                                                                            Smoky
                                                                            Hickory
                                                                            Mutton
                                                                            "A la plancha"
                                                                            crostini
                                                                            lardons
                                                                            confit
                                                                            poutine
                                                                            carnitas
                                                                            al pastor
                                                                            tartufo
                                                                            kleftico
                                                                            saganaki
                                                                            tzatziki

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                                                                              curiousbaker May 14, 2008 11:58 AM

                                                                              Jonnycake
                                                                              Pfeffernusse
                                                                              Blueberry grunt
                                                                              Cobbler
                                                                              Flapjacks
                                                                              Diplomat cream (pastry cream lightened with whipped cream)
                                                                              Macerate, caramelize, braise
                                                                              Ganache
                                                                              Pot likker
                                                                              Gianduja
                                                                              Marzipan
                                                                              Joe Froggers
                                                                              Whoopie pies
                                                                              Cracklins

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                                                                                PaigePerkins May 13, 2008 11:14 AM

                                                                                Hi, Paige checking in here...

                                                                                I'm writing a comedy and am looking for cooking phrases to make a spin on. I stumbled upon this site while trying to find something to work with.

                                                                                I really liked the word "chiffonade" and "fricassee".

                                                                                For word choices I like "fondu" and "baked Alaska". For some reason Baked Alaska has always cracked me up. So I'm going to have a chapter in my novel in progress called "Half-baked in Alaska"...

                                                                                So, any more words or phases that could be played with like that would be really awesome!

                                                                                Paige

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                                                                                  soupkitten Jun 12, 2008 07:16 PM

                                                                                  moon pie
                                                                                  bombe

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                                                                                  AppleSpam Oct 4, 2007 05:34 PM

                                                                                  head cheese

                                                                                  1. monavano Sep 27, 2007 12:02 PM

                                                                                    "Tuti a tavola a mangiare" - Lidia Bastianich

                                                                                    1. WCchopper Sep 27, 2007 10:55 AM

                                                                                      feeling a bit peckish

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                                                                                        jess74 Sep 27, 2007 11:02 AM

                                                                                        baba ghanoush
                                                                                        flambe

                                                                                        :)

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                                                                                        cor Sep 27, 2007 09:50 AM

                                                                                        doberge
                                                                                        roux
                                                                                        pistolette

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                                                                                          Jimbosox04 Sep 27, 2007 09:22 AM

                                                                                          " Use your Knob !! " - Emeril

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                                                                                            xny556cip Sep 27, 2007 08:03 AM

                                                                                            Bouquetiere
                                                                                            Salpicon
                                                                                            Puttanesca
                                                                                            Veloute
                                                                                            Malatesta
                                                                                            Poireaux
                                                                                            Entremetier
                                                                                            Rognons Turbigo
                                                                                            Fegato
                                                                                            Chiffonade
                                                                                            Forno legna

                                                                                            1. phDuh Sep 27, 2007 05:30 AM

                                                                                              "frenchy....travelin'" (from Rutt's Hut, clifton, NJ)

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                                                                                                phoebek Sep 26, 2007 04:56 PM

                                                                                                mit schlag
                                                                                                macerate
                                                                                                zest
                                                                                                and here's one that no one has mentioned: Maybe it's not really a cooking term, but my Sicilian grandma and her family always referred to a dish towel as a "mapine" (ma-peen). As in, "hand me that mapine!" or "stick this mapine in your neck so you won't splash sauce on your nice dress!" Has anyone else heard this or know the derivation?

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                                                                                                  dolores Sep 27, 2007 04:45 AM

                                                                                                  phoebek, absolutely! My 92 year old father still uses a 'mapeen' at the table.

                                                                                                  And sauce is always 'gravy'. Something I found out about at another site, 'scumgullion' was 'jambotta' in our house.

                                                                                                  'cutica' was rolled pig skin in the 'gravy'. 'moodeega' was the middle of the Italian bread. Oh and not food, but 'crystalline' was bleach (we even had a crystalline man in the neighborhood). I have NO idea where this one came from.

                                                                                                  All words above are phonetic, of course!

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                                                                                                    alkapal Sep 27, 2007 05:03 AM

                                                                                                    interesting! it would be a fun new post to explore those words and phrases, from various cultural backgrounds. any takers? (mine's too boring...)

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                                                                                                      dolores Sep 27, 2007 05:30 AM

                                                                                                      alkapal, excellent idea. I'm sure yours are not boring. I'd love to read about cultural food idioms. The entire hoagie/wedge/grinder etc. debate always fascinates.

                                                                                                      Another one from my house (Southern Italian dialect) was a'pizza. It was never just pizza, it was a'pizza. Hence Sally's A'Pizza in New Haven CT is familiar to me.

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                                                                                                        revsharkie Nov 15, 2008 05:09 PM

                                                                                                        My mom's family (Okie via Texas and, earlier, Georgia and Alabama) used the term (I can only spell it phonetically because this is oral tradition and I have NEVER known anyone else who has even heard of it) "POOR-due" to describe a gravy that is just drippings and milk with no thickening.

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                                                                                                      phoebek Sep 27, 2007 08:08 AM

                                                                                                      Whew, I thought I was the only one! However, sauce was never gravy to my nana--only sauce. Never heard of scumgullion, jambotta, cutica or crystalline, but they're all great words! But I do think I remember a'pizza. How about (again this is totally phonetic) coo-gootz for zucchini?

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                                                                                                        dolores Sep 27, 2007 09:58 AM

                                                                                                        Yes! Only from my yout -- coo-coo-zale. How funny. My grandmother had four foot coocoozales (what can be the correct spelling in Italian for squash?) drying on the door frames. Why, I'll never know. I only know I hated the stuff then and never ate any of her authentic dishes. Boy, did I miss out.

                                                                                                        Stugotz was something else entirely.......... :O)

                                                                                                  2. WCchopper Sep 26, 2007 01:17 AM

                                                                                                    Dim sum

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                                                                                                      dolores Sep 26, 2007 06:13 AM

                                                                                                      See 'Posh Nosh' when you can. A takeoff on cooking shows, this British import mangles cooking terms hilariously. The hosts of the mythical restaurant might "interrogate a lemon", their cooked vegetables are not peeled but "embarrassed," and they are then "annoyed" instead of boiled.

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                                                                                                        WCchopper Sep 26, 2007 10:54 AM

                                                                                                        Cringingly funny!

                                                                                                    2. FoodieKat Sep 26, 2007 12:53 AM

                                                                                                      Fricassee, flambe, gateaux. Spotted dick. Creamed. Blitzed. Resting (of cooked meat).

                                                                                                      Caldo. My grandma's word for just about everything.

                                                                                                      1. purple goddess Sep 26, 2007 12:03 AM

                                                                                                        Quaff
                                                                                                        Clairfouti
                                                                                                        Velveting

                                                                                                        and my all time fave....

                                                                                                        MOIST

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                                                                                                          coconutgoddess Sep 26, 2007 12:33 AM

                                                                                                          i have a dear friend that is completly averted by the word Moist..

                                                                                                        2. chef chicklet Sep 25, 2007 11:24 PM

                                                                                                          macerate
                                                                                                          or to let the flavors "marry" - cute!

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                                                                                                            coconutgoddess Sep 26, 2007 12:33 AM

                                                                                                            macerate.. thats a good one...:)

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                                                                                                              chef chicklet Sep 27, 2007 12:55 PM

                                                                                                              oh and I LOVE to order Camarones Ala DiaB-BLAH! it just rolls off the tongue!

                                                                                                            2. alkapal Sep 25, 2007 04:42 PM

                                                                                                              forgot to add one linguistic tendency -- esp. on tv chefs -- that bugs me: adding "off" at the end of every verb, e.g., saute off, bake off, fry off, etc.

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                                                                                                                morebubbles Sep 26, 2007 04:08 AM

                                                                                                                agree, that'd be irritating to me as well. luckily, I haven't caught those tv chefs.

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                                                                                                                  Kate is always hungry Oct 25, 2008 07:51 PM

                                                                                                                  Am I the only one that notices T.V. chefs using the word "just" in every sentence of a recipe direction? e.g. Just add . . . just stir . . .

                                                                                                                  It just drives me crazy!

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                                                                                                                    alkapal Jan 10, 2009 06:11 AM

                                                                                                                    i'm sure already mentioned here, but the use of "off": bake off, fry off, roast off, tie off, sear off, grill off. to all that, i want to say, flip off!

                                                                                                                2. coconutgoddess Sep 25, 2007 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                  "flavor profile" - makes me feel like a culinary CSI
                                                                                                                  Ca-ram-a-lize - a little family joke.
                                                                                                                  Foie

                                                                                                                  coconutgoddess
                                                                                                                  http://www.coconutgoddess.typepad.com...

                                                                                                                  1. alkapal Sep 25, 2007 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                    chiffonade; and, "move away from the stove!" or "do not touch that"

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                                                                                                                      jessi20 Aug 30, 2007 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                      can i add one that i hate?.......i will anyway........ "e.v.o.o." a la rachael ray. drives me nuts!

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                                                                                                                        coconutgoddess Sep 25, 2007 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                        another RR one i cant stand is yumm-o.

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                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Sep 25, 2007 11:34 PM

                                                                                                                          there's also stoup...and sammies.

                                                                                                                      2. creativeusername Aug 30, 2007 05:16 AM

                                                                                                                        schmear, as in bagel &...

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                                                                                                                          Barry Foy Aug 30, 2007 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                          Any recipe containing the phrase "being careful to avoid" is all right with me. After that, I suppose my favorites are "boilate," "jink-folding," and "serpentane."

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                                                                                                                          MobyRichard Aug 29, 2007 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                          Oh, yes, how could I have forgotten? 'mit schlag.'

                                                                                                                          1. marmite Aug 29, 2007 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                            Julienne
                                                                                                                            Espuma
                                                                                                                            Roulade
                                                                                                                            Confit
                                                                                                                            Ragout
                                                                                                                            Tartar Sauce

                                                                                                                            1. othervoice Aug 16, 2007 05:34 AM

                                                                                                                              Well, it took me two days but I've read them all up until now. I didn't see
                                                                                                                              creme brulee (conjors up all types of warm gooey things)
                                                                                                                              gooey

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                                                                                                                                DKS1 Aug 16, 2007 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                I'll second "toothsome" from a pp! LOVE that word...

                                                                                                                                But please, do tell, what is spatchcock???!!! Never heard this one before...

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                                                                                                                                  Marsha Aug 29, 2007 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                  A verb, "spatchcock" means to cut a chicken or other fowl along the backbone (or along both sides of the backbone and remove), then spread the bird out flat before cooking.

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                                                                                                                                tartiflette Aug 15, 2007 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                                Deglaze.

                                                                                                                                (random tangent)
                                                                                                                                The exact moment I fell in love with The Boy happened whilst cooking dinner at his place. As I'm searing a beautiful piece of marlin, he peeks over my shoulder and casually says "Hey, think we should deglaze that with a little white wine?".
                                                                                                                                Swoon.
                                                                                                                                (/random tangent)

                                                                                                                                1. Chew on That Aug 13, 2007 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                  I just like the word "blanch." Not that I blanch fruits or vegetables very often....

                                                                                                                                  Hillary
                                                                                                                                  http://chewonthatblog.com

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                                                                                                                                    femmenikita Aug 14, 2007 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                    Blanche? Really? i hear that word, all I think of are the Golden Girls.

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                                                                                                                                      southernitalian Aug 29, 2007 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                      Me too! Hilarious! i used to have a foodie roommate who used to declare a well prepared meal worthy of a kitchen floorgasm.

                                                                                                                                  2. femmenikita Aug 9, 2007 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                    Spaetzle
                                                                                                                                    Turmeric
                                                                                                                                    Marjoram
                                                                                                                                    l'oignon
                                                                                                                                    aubergine
                                                                                                                                    Chartreuse (the liquer)
                                                                                                                                    Mise en place
                                                                                                                                    Crumpets
                                                                                                                                    deglaze
                                                                                                                                    pepper
                                                                                                                                    omelette
                                                                                                                                    fines herbes
                                                                                                                                    bitters
                                                                                                                                    prickly pears
                                                                                                                                    pluot
                                                                                                                                    frisée
                                                                                                                                    radish
                                                                                                                                    and................
                                                                                                                                    basmati!

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                                                                                                                                      ekammin Aug 11, 2007 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                      My unfavourites are "jus" and "chevre". The forrmer is applied to just about any sauce, instead of a natural meat juice, as it should be.

                                                                                                                                      And I'll start calling goats' milk cheese "chevre" when people start calling cows' milk cheese "vache".

                                                                                                                                    2. Veggo Aug 9, 2007 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                      oyster liquor

                                                                                                                                      ambrosia, my mellifluous favorite

                                                                                                                                      1. DesperateChefsWives Aug 9, 2007 09:07 AM

                                                                                                                                        immersion circulator, there is something romantic about that thing

                                                                                                                                        1. monalisawoman Aug 9, 2007 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                                          taramasalata
                                                                                                                                          whiskey down!
                                                                                                                                          cerviche

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                                                                                                                                            monalisawoman Aug 9, 2007 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                            oops.... ceviche.

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                                                                                                                                              bellyspeaks Oct 28, 2008 12:33 AM

                                                                                                                                              i love taramasalata! To say and to eat.

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                                                                                                                                              MobyRichard Aug 9, 2007 05:19 AM

                                                                                                                                              Clafouti
                                                                                                                                              Secundo
                                                                                                                                              Ants Climbing a Tree
                                                                                                                                              docked
                                                                                                                                              sizzling
                                                                                                                                              bechamel
                                                                                                                                              Mother sauce
                                                                                                                                              hulihuli
                                                                                                                                              baba ganoush
                                                                                                                                              jujube
                                                                                                                                              raclette
                                                                                                                                              Winesap
                                                                                                                                              etoufee
                                                                                                                                              galactaboureko
                                                                                                                                              finocchio
                                                                                                                                              cecchetti

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                                                                                                                                                zipper Aug 8, 2007 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                "a pinch"
                                                                                                                                                "a handful"--but who's hand? How big of a hand?
                                                                                                                                                bangers and mash(an old British favourite)
                                                                                                                                                blackened
                                                                                                                                                prairie oysters--No comment!!
                                                                                                                                                cod cheeks(apparently a delicacy in Canadian Maritimes)

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                                                                                                                                                  bryan Aug 8, 2007 10:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Prairie oysters = funny. Also called lamb fries.

                                                                                                                                                2. Divamac Jun 15, 2007 11:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Garlicky
                                                                                                                                                  Grenache
                                                                                                                                                  Cream
                                                                                                                                                  Luscious
                                                                                                                                                  BACON!

                                                                                                                                                  and any words uttered by Nigella Lawson!

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                                                                                                                                                    diva360 Jun 16, 2007 12:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Creme fraiche
                                                                                                                                                    Chimichurri
                                                                                                                                                    Panzanella
                                                                                                                                                    Broasted chicken (peculiar to the midwest, as far as I know. Roasted chicken finished under a broiler)
                                                                                                                                                    Taleggio
                                                                                                                                                    Shabu shabu

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                                                                                                                                                      cocktailqueen77 Jun 16, 2007 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Crumbs
                                                                                                                                                      Salsa (just because it is used so universally now)
                                                                                                                                                      Mousse
                                                                                                                                                      Marrow
                                                                                                                                                      Rare
                                                                                                                                                      Panna Cotta
                                                                                                                                                      Carpaccio
                                                                                                                                                      Marscapone

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                                                                                                                                                        ctscorp Jun 16, 2007 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I had broasted chicken in Springfield, MA once.
                                                                                                                                                        I like to say montepulciano. As Italian-ly as possible.
                                                                                                                                                        And bruschiade, which refers to the burnt corners of any cheesy baked pasta dish. My mom one delivered a lasagna to the table minus the burnt corners, which she had eaten in the kitchen. The best part.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: diva360
                                                                                                                                                          ajs228 Jun 18, 2007 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                          There are a couple of places here in Phoenix that serve broasted chicken, but they do it in a sort of high-pressure fryer. Like this - http://www.broaster.com/. Super juicy and tender.

                                                                                                                                                      2. lunchbox Jun 13, 2007 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                        When learning the formal language of bread baking, I rather like gelatinization (of starches) and Coagulation (of proteins).
                                                                                                                                                        Other than that:

                                                                                                                                                        SPATCHCOCK

                                                                                                                                                        1. archangelcat Jun 12, 2007 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                          "Refreshments will be served"

                                                                                                                                                          the word REFRESHMENTS has thrilled me since about 3 years old, when I heard this at a ladies aid meeting with my mom

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                                                                                                                                                            revsharkie Jun 12, 2007 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                            something funny about language usage in these parts that I've noticed. I grew up in Kansas--south of here but still midwestern to some extent, and I never heard this. Around here we don't have "refreshments," we have "lunch." That's not the midday meal, but any time of the day when snacks are served. You can have "lunch" at 9 a.m., midafternoon, or even during an evening meeting. (The midday meal is dinner, and the evening meal is supper--that was the case where I grew up, too.)

                                                                                                                                                            Odd.

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                                                                                                                                                              archangelcat Jun 13, 2007 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I grew up i S.Dakota and it's much the same as far as dinner and supper were defined, lunch was the weekday mid-day repast, dinner was Sunday noon after church, or my friends on the farm would have a huge daily noon meal called dinner....probably for keeping up the strength in the field, supper would usually be cold cuts and salad during the summer to keep the kitchen cool without air cond.

                                                                                                                                                              My Mom used to call any snack "something to tide you over" until the next meal.

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                                                                                                                                                            Babette Jun 11, 2007 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                            You've named many of my favorites-how about:
                                                                                                                                                            duxelles
                                                                                                                                                            "Come & get it!"

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                                                                                                                                                              BostonBarGuy Jun 11, 2007 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                              "Sex on a fork" can only be used for that perfect bite that combines all of the ingredients of an amazing dish. For example, when a cool, smooth, spicey tuna tartare combines with the cucumber it is wrapped in and the rough texture of the warm rock-shrimp tempura, you're there. Fresh potato gnocci served with peas, truffles and lobster served in a light white cream sauce usually earn this distinction. Maybe I'll start a thread describing bites that are worthy of the "sex on a fork" accolade???

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                                                                                                                                                                goodhealthgourmet Jun 16, 2007 12:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                foodgasmic dishes. great thread idea. i like it!

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                                                                                                                                                              dalaimama Jun 11, 2007 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Love macerate, mostly because of how my Southern Belle mama mispronounces it.

                                                                                                                                                              Scattered, smothered and covered do it for anyone besides me?

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                                                                                                                                                                WCchopper Sep 26, 2007 01:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                now yuh tawkin!

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                                                                                                                                                                Andy Jacob Mar 7, 2007 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Clearly many of the prior terms cross over to consumption rather than just tasting

                                                                                                                                                                Toothsome
                                                                                                                                                                Crumb (as in bread / cake)

                                                                                                                                                                Family favorites:
                                                                                                                                                                "Smithing it" (Named for the family who would serve themselves (perhaps taking the choice selection) along the way when you asked for a dish to be passed)
                                                                                                                                                                Gruntled
                                                                                                                                                                Underwhelmed

                                                                                                                                                                1. Gio Mar 2, 2007 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  lobstah
                                                                                                                                                                  chowdah
                                                                                                                                                                  tahmahhhhtoes

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                                                                                                                                                                    lunchbox Jun 13, 2007 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Whie catering here in Chicago, I was working with a gentleman form Boston. We were panning up some mashed potatoes and doctoring them up before service.

                                                                                                                                                                    Me: I've got the roasted garlic and the salt and pepper- what else do you need?
                                                                                                                                                                    Him: Pass the HAAAAAAFFFFFFFundHAAAAAAAAAFFFFFFFFF.
                                                                                                                                                                    It took me several seconds to deciver this strange phonetic onslaught- Half and half.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Gio Feb 21, 2013 06:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Five years later:
                                                                                                                                                                      Asparagi. That's the Italian word for asparagus. Broad "A" only, please.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Sam Fujisaka Feb 25, 2007 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Cracklins, chitlins, pone, hush puppies, taters, tots, maishe, ahwl (oil). dip fraa yed, lard, dumpluns, chick'n, may-ilk, crawdaddies, ca-it fish, baw buh cue, shreddit park, frowg laigs, an "Buddy, whay'unt ya'all say grace sos we kins all siddown en heats a spell".

                                                                                                                                                                      1. dave_c Feb 25, 2007 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Omakase
                                                                                                                                                                        Smorgasbord
                                                                                                                                                                        Buffet (especially All you can eat!)

                                                                                                                                                                        When I lived in the South, I was amused to no end by the pronounciation of buffet as "Boooo-Fay" where the first syllable was drawn out. Being a Northerner... I pronouned it as "buf-fay" in a quick 1-2 cadence.

                                                                                                                                                                        My least favorite is "E.V.O.O." or using "Sublime" to describe the food. Sublime doesn't tell me anything, except you just paid a lot for a dish and you can't describe your disappointment.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. cherrylime Feb 25, 2007 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          dauphinois (I think of an angel made of whipped cream)
                                                                                                                                                                          ropa viejas (means "old clothes")
                                                                                                                                                                          escabeche
                                                                                                                                                                          chimichurri
                                                                                                                                                                          bouquet garni
                                                                                                                                                                          potsticker
                                                                                                                                                                          chinoise (for the sieve thing)
                                                                                                                                                                          jezebel sauce
                                                                                                                                                                          huevos revueltos (scrambled eggs in spanish)
                                                                                                                                                                          rustica (overused but still a good word)
                                                                                                                                                                          garam masala
                                                                                                                                                                          callaloo
                                                                                                                                                                          ratatouille

                                                                                                                                                                          Is that too many? Sorry I love this question. I didn't realize I had so many, no one had ever asked..!

                                                                                                                                                                          I second chiffonade and mire poix too.

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                                                                                                                                                                            Kate is always hungry Oct 25, 2008 08:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Ditto for: ropa vieja; ratouile; and, chimichurri.

                                                                                                                                                                            I'll add: Dump. A very unChowish friend was invited to another very unChowish friend's house for Thanksgiving dinner--with orders to bring a chocolate cream pie for dessert. At the time, she was financially strapped and didn't want to spend money on a store bought pie. I suggested that she make the pie. Being non-Chow, she said she didn't know how. I told her it was simple. I started my directions with something like, "dump the chocolate into . . . " All her friend had to hear was me say "dump." She thought I was being rude and further ordered our mutual friend to ignore my suggestion and buy the pie from Marie Callendar's or House of Pies. I can't count how many times I've heard famous TV chefs use that word!

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                                                                                                                                                                              alkapal Jan 10, 2009 06:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              kate,

                                                                                                                                                                              "thought I was being rude and further ordered our mutual friend" -- "thought", "rude" and "ordered" were operative words for me to *think* that you had *some (kind of) friend* there. whew. that hostess was the rude one. whatever happened -- including to the *friend*?

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                                                                                                                                                                                Kate is always hungry Jan 11, 2009 10:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal,

                                                                                                                                                                                The hostess was an acquaintance of mine and a friend of my friend. My friend, who moved away from her family in New York to live in California, never hosted a holiday dinner and always relied on being invited to a friend's house. I would get her for Passover, another friend got her for Rosh Hashanah, and the hostess in this case got her for Thanksgiving. Since she was unable/unwilling to host a holiday dinner, she complied with any food assignment demand made.

                                                                                                                                                                                As for the hostess with the pie demand, whose rudeness knows no bounds, she never spoke to me again after the "dump" incident.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal Jan 11, 2009 11:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  thanks for the scenario. i am miss snoopy mcsnooppants! ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                                  as to rude hostess: no loss, mate! she probably thought she was too sophisticated <ahem!> for your suggestion. LOL! did i peg her right?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Kate is always hungry Jan 12, 2009 11:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    You're welcome and thank you miss snoopy mcsnoopants!

                                                                                                                                                                                    I love that Chowhound exists and that you could appreciate my story. You are right about the hostess--"no loss." However, as for sophistication, I'm pretty sure she wasn't aware of the concept. She is a chain restaurant aficianado who really had no appreciation for fine dining (or good eats) whereas I, was always trying to emulate Julia Child or Martha Stewart.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal Jan 13, 2009 01:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      ha, you got me there on the rude hostess. applebees? tgif? olive garden? LOL! she should see how those chains "dump" all kinds of ingredients in pots, on pans, on the plate!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Kate is always hungry Jan 13, 2009 07:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Don't forget Denny's and Hometown Buffet. Are we missing anyone? Anyway, you got the picture. Why would you want any nasty homemade pie that has had the ingredients dumped into it when you could have a mass-produced chain restaurant pie?

                                                                                                                                                                          2. revsharkie Feb 24, 2007 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            ganache: I read somewhere that this name came from what the pastry chef shouted when his new young apprentice accidentally dropped some cream into a pan of chocolate the chef was melting--the word apparently means something like "you idiot!"--but then he discovered it was good.

                                                                                                                                                                            deglaze: I've been doing this my whole life and had no idea what it was called.

                                                                                                                                                                            gremolata

                                                                                                                                                                            But my very favorite: Lovely dinner, dear; you go sit down and I'll do the dishes.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Andiereid Feb 23, 2007 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Dogs! Out! NOW!

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                                                                                                                                                                                Marsha Feb 23, 2007 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Did someone already mention "spatchcock"?

                                                                                                                                                                                1. jenniebnyc Oct 31, 2006 11:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  al dente

                                                                                                                                                                                  pepperoncino

                                                                                                                                                                                  another vote for amuse bouche

                                                                                                                                                                                  and my favorite question after plating a meal...."So what do you think?" I accept moaning MMMMMMM's as a legit response. LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                    madisoneats Oct 31, 2006 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    velveting

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Boythefoodtalksto Oct 31, 2006 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Fonde (because of what it is)

                                                                                                                                                                                      Poulish

                                                                                                                                                                                      Clotted (cream; because it does)

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                                                                                                                                                                                        morebubbles Oct 29, 2006 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        The word is 'baveuse'

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Cynsa Oct 29, 2006 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Merci bien

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Cynsa Oct 29, 2006 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          it's that French term that translates "cow's drool", to describe a soft oozing cheese or soft scrambled eggs for the inside of an omelette, Oeufs Brouillés.
                                                                                                                                                                                          what is phonetically "bah-vouz" ? and, correctly spelled is ?

                                                                                                                                                                                          Cow's drool is just so very picturesque.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Non Cognomina Oct 29, 2006 04:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Viennoiseries

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                                                                                                                                                                                              mshpook Oct 29, 2006 03:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              soupçon

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Non Cognomina Oct 29, 2006 12:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                finesse

                                                                                                                                                                                                taste this

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  melly Oct 29, 2006 12:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hot and Bubbling

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Melted

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Creamy

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Carmelize

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chop

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mince

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bechemel

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Roux

                                                                                                                                                                                                  En Papillote (my fav)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Melly

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Candy Oct 29, 2006 12:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lard
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Half & Half
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Braise
                                                                                                                                                                                                    cream the buttter with .....
                                                                                                                                                                                                    dark chocolate
                                                                                                                                                                                                    all butter croissant
                                                                                                                                                                                                    pain au chocolate
                                                                                                                                                                                                    cafe au lait
                                                                                                                                                                                                    puree
                                                                                                                                                                                                    etc. etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      lahtiji Oct 31, 2006 02:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Paula!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      All kidding asside, an all-butter pain au chocolat noir w/a cafe au lait sounds perfect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. eLizard Oct 29, 2006 12:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I like the word "fillip"

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I also like the word that describes both the food and the vessel and/or technique

                                                                                                                                                                                                      gratin
                                                                                                                                                                                                      chiffonade
                                                                                                                                                                                                      julienne
                                                                                                                                                                                                      zest

                                                                                                                                                                                                      can anyone think of more? does casserole count?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        wesfoodie Oct 29, 2006 12:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Putting fire to pan" - cooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                        "The downward arc of my coffee palate is unmistakable" - going from Pete's roasts to Dunkin Donuts as my coffee of choice

                                                                                                                                                                                                        simmer

                                                                                                                                                                                                        brown

                                                                                                                                                                                                        www.wesfoodie.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. modernist Oct 28, 2006 10:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          this is all over the place and not necessarily cooking terms but:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          favorite pasta name: strozza preti (hanged priest)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          pan di spagna
                                                                                                                                                                                                          guanciale
                                                                                                                                                                                                          pancetta
                                                                                                                                                                                                          jamon iberico

                                                                                                                                                                                                          "red cook" or "hong shao"
                                                                                                                                                                                                          "zha de!" (deep fried in mandarin)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          "qing man yong" (please use slowly - when food is served in china)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          chi bao le! "im full!"
                                                                                                                                                                                                          chi duo yi dian "eat more!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                          "ya kin alloy!" (i want to eat tasty - in thai)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          when asians talk about durian by species or strain and describe the flavors as if it were a fine cognac.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          "belly cut" - particularly with sushi (as in toro)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          fraises des bois
                                                                                                                                                                                                          "jungle" as in jungle curry, or jungle fruit or nouveau andean jungle cuisine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          no one put seared or artisanal

                                                                                                                                                                                                          one thing that always made me laugh is "the culotte cut"
                                                                                                                                                                                                          i always preferred "sans-culotte"

                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariscos
                                                                                                                                                                                                          estilo "name region here"

                                                                                                                                                                                                          itadakimasu!
                                                                                                                                                                                                          gochisosama deshita!
                                                                                                                                                                                                          kaiseki ryori
                                                                                                                                                                                                          omakase
                                                                                                                                                                                                          onegai shimas!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          po jang ma cha

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: modernist
                                                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet May 14, 2008 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was waiting to read Strozzi Preti -- but I think it means Priest Stranglers!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cestlavy Oct 24, 2008 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was 15 and in Viet Nam when I first heard the phrase, "Just eat it, it's Jungle meat!"
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Scary, but delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              chocokitty Oct 28, 2006 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Prosciutto
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Figs
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ganache
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Framboise
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Carmelize
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Amuse bouche
                                                                                                                                                                                                              and finally...sauté (and no one mentioned this word).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Val55 Oct 28, 2006 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                a la mode!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. rosielucchesini Oct 27, 2006 01:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  haricot vert, crudite and gorgonzola

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chris in illinois Oct 27, 2006 01:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GRILLED!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sean Dell Oct 27, 2006 12:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Scamorza trips off the tongue (thanks to Mario Batali)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Incidentally, my fav Mario story is from his FN show:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Innocent guest: "Mario, what animal does the tongue come from?"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MB: "Porn star's tongue, whaddya think?!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bery bery bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Sean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. lahtiji Oct 26, 2006 11:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Can I post again/more?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "More champagne" As either a polite request or a demand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Aranciata
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spinaci
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Vongole
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Terrapin and its southern cousin, cooter.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Huitlacoche

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gina Oct 27, 2006 01:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I like, "More Champagne?" ("Why yes, please!") :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        morebubbles Oct 26, 2006 10:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        whip until stiff peaks form

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Non Cognomina Oct 29, 2006 12:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          *Snicker*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. frankiii Oct 26, 2006 09:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          another vote for mise en place

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          or

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          puttanesca

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MPH Oct 26, 2006 09:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You know, I disconcerted the server at one of my regular haunts in Naples when I asked for penne alla puttanesca. He rephrased it for me so that I wouldn’t have to sound so crude next time: “Allora, penne con capperi, acciughe, e olive”? (So, that’s penne with capers, anchovies, and olives?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Some of my favorite cooking terms are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bard—This evokes a literary experience in the kitchen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            butterfly—A pretty word for violently hacking, splaying, and pounding poultry.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fricassée—I’ve always liked the way it sounds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Some favorite terms for food and wine, all Italian:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            a’scapece—The Neapolitan dish of fried vegetables (like eggplant) that are marinated for a long time in vinegar and garlic.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sciuè sciuè—The phrase means roughly fast or hurry in Neapolitan dialect: It usually refers to a quick-cooked tomato sauce.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lacrime di Cristo: “Christ’s tears,” and the name of a well-known wine from the south of Italy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            una bomba: Kind of a doughnut or fried puff, often filled with chocolate or cream that explodes when you bite into it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            delizia di limone: Literally “a lemon delight,” this is a kind of cream-puff-like treat (or sometimes a cake) filled with cream that’s flavored with those delicious lemons from Sorrento.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              misterbrucie Feb 25, 2007 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I learned in Italian class that if you fail to "lean" on the double N in "penne" (pennn-nne") and pronounce it like a single N, you're actually asking for, um, the manly part of a man... "alla puttanesca" would only make it worse (or better, if you like that kind of thing)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cestlavy Oct 24, 2008 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I adore the way fricasee sounds but always get so disappointed when I remember it just means stew

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Luwak Oct 26, 2006 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pinot Grigio

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                meg944 Oct 26, 2006 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Perhaps because I am super organized, I am a fan of mise en place. I am always scolding Jack for messing mine up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The word caramelize just feels good rolling around in my mouth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For some reason my husband has taken to using a non-cooking term regularly when referring to cooking. Anyone remember that SNL skit w/ Will Ferrell and Christopher Walken, when Ferrell is playing the cowbell? Now Jack is prone to saying “this lavender crème brulee needs more cowbell,” and the like – “cowbell” being shorthand for “intensity of flavor/spice.” It’s goofy but, to me at least, infinitely charming.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  silence9 Oct 26, 2006 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hi... In keeping with the food theme, the name of the band SNL were spoofing was Blue OYSTER Cult.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    meg944 Oct 26, 2006 08:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hah! I hadn't made that connection! Very cute.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      chris in illinois Oct 27, 2006 01:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They had a song called 'Tenderloin' and 'Mistress of the Salmon Salt'...Hard Rock Foodies???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. The Engineer Oct 26, 2006 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Smorgasbord

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Non Cognomina Oct 29, 2006 12:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My brother in law is from Sweden. When he and my sister host the first meal of the day (be it breakfast/brunch/lunch) they always ask, "are you coming for smorgas?" I love that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. chica Oct 26, 2006 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ok, so not cooking terms, but --

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "I'm hungry."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "I'm ready to order."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Other person saying, "I'll take the check."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Non Cognomina Oct 29, 2006 12:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Or, at the end of the meal, hearing the phrase "on the house."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FelafelBoy Oct 26, 2006 05:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Nice and ..."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cooking instructors often use this phrase when describing the state of a cooking item, as in "make sure you do ... until it is nice and hot." Or any such variation where "nice and" is followed by some other adjective.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Can someone please tell me what the "nice" refers to?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The only sense I can make of the use of this word is the concept of a food mixture being "put together, or composed, in a well-constructed way." Some linguist, please help me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chuckles the Clone Oct 26, 2006 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's called hendiadys.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/hendiadys

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Covert Ops Oct 26, 2006 07:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, thanks Chuckles. As an editor, I love to learn new words -- now if I can only use this one in a sentence today! :-P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chuckles the Clone Oct 26, 2006 09:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "This sentence is nice and hendiadysy"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ML8000 Oct 26, 2006 05:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wienerschnitzel

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Emmmily Feb 5, 2009 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          spaetzle

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Luwak Oct 26, 2006 04:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          umami

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ciao Hound Oct 25, 2006 08:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            monchong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lychee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kumquat

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sean Dell Oct 25, 2006 08:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              French words and phrases are all fine and dandy, but Gaelic words describing food and dining take, er, the biscuit:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ghee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gargle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Caint
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Craic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Whole
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Feoil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              agus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ceol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - Sean (Sean-mhadra)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bryan Aug 8, 2007 10:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Why does these sound so... dirty?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ciao Hound Oct 25, 2006 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mozzarella di Buffala
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Humboldt Fog!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Triple Creme

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ciao Hound Oct 25, 2006 08:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  burrata
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kremes (nothing like it looks)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  macaroon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bubble and squeak!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chewy (for wine)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fruit bomb (wine again)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bresaola
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  arrabiata

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lazy Susan Feb 25, 2007 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My dad and I do our fair share of wine tasting and always have to giggle behind our hands when someone at the winery says "approachable". "Foxy" is a funny one you hear around NY fingerlakes wineries also that I think is funny.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nosh is a fave food term.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Non Cognomina Feb 25, 2007 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Could you proffer a definition for "foxy" in the context of describing a wine?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lazy Susan Feb 26, 2007 05:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foxy - A soapy taste of wild and uncultured grapes, applied especially to wines produced from native American grape varietals in New York State, particularly from the Concord grape.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.beekmanwine.com/prevtopp.htm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Catawba wines are sometimes described as foxy. Often used for wines that are grapey (like a Niagara) or musky, I think the terms "foxy" is used because these wines are made from reverted to wild or "feral" grapes. In a dry wine it is not good. OK in some sweet wines. Hard to put into words.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        southernitalian Aug 29, 2007 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How about "drinkable"?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sean Dell Oct 25, 2006 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ghee! (which has extra-special resonance in Ireland..)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Melt (ditto)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - Sean

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        potterstreet Oct 25, 2006 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        make ahead

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Chuckles the Clone Oct 25, 2006 12:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oshitashi !!! When I see it on the menu I want to climb on my chair and shout it out!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. lahtiji Oct 24, 2006 07:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          persillade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          porchetta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Montmorency

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Stew Oct 24, 2006 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Golden brown & delicious

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Non Cognomina Oct 29, 2006 12:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GBD! Yippie!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mr. Cookie Oct 24, 2006 07:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              chilboust

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              here's one I'm partial to that I made up in a dream:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              flozzify

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              it's what you do to a mess of sliced onions to carmelize them in olive oil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rico Oct 24, 2006 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hi Hounds,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What fun! Surprised to see so many Euro words here, tho. I like "86" a lot. What about:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                flapjack
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                finger lickin' good
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mama
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bubble and squeak (sorry, one euro thing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                zucchini
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hen of the Woods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                boiled in their nightshirts (incredible)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hush puppies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hashbrowns

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bryan Aug 8, 2007 10:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Boiled in their nightshirts! Hysterical. My mother would say baked in their jackets. Always made me giggle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  andlulu Oct 24, 2006 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fold.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  whip.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dust.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  framboise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 24, 2006 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Running Clean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pass me a cold beer/pour me some wine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mise en place

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Porkilicious - which is strange because I hate when words are adulterated

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Friggin Oven

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    acidulated - after the wine and dealing with the oven it becomes an adulterated word

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mshpook Oct 25, 2006 01:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i like acidulated too! also, glace de viande.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Veggietales Oct 24, 2006 04:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Au sec
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Au sec
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Au sec
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Au sec
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Au sec!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Say it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Au sec!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Kiyah Oct 23, 2006 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mine are two: sacrificial pancake!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ML8000 Oct 23, 2006 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Forth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Salamander

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cheese cloth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Covert Ops Oct 23, 2006 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fat back. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              xica14 Oct 20, 2006 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              au jus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              deglaze

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bechamel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. blue room Oct 20, 2006 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The twins not: "Soupcon" & "Soup's on!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. sivyaleah Oct 20, 2006 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Not a technique, just a word - Fromage - so soft, just like the cheese :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ML8000 Oct 23, 2006 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What, not le grand fromage???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      toodie jane Sep 25, 2007 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      we tried to literally translate that in French Class....our native speaker teachers looked puzzled and said....Oh! you mean "Le Gross Legume!" (The Big Vegetable is the phrase the French use)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mdatwood13 Oct 20, 2006 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I second "brown bits"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      scoutmom1973 Feb 4, 2009 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Third

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mdatwood13 Oct 20, 2006 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Throw another shrimp on the barby

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        CDouglas Oct 20, 2006 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        au jus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        coddled

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bouillabaisse

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gateau

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foie gras

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          niki rothman Oct 20, 2006 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I also like that word for the vitally important, wonderful brown goodies on the bottom of the pot when you're browning something: "fonde"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          but that brings up a couple of word pet peeves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1)Whatever happened to the very useful term: to "brown" food, or "browning"? Now everyone says "caramelize" I much prefer the honest straightforward non-foody word "brown"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2) People are always saying that "caramelization" happens when the sugars (caramel is a form of sugar) emerge from food when it is being "browned" I disagree. There ARE no sugars that can emerge from meat, fish or poultry - that's why meat is what people eat when on a low-carb diet: it has no sugar at all. Zero. The animal has digested whatever sugar it ate and through the process of digestion turned it into all-protein muscle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mdatwood13 Oct 20, 2006 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            if anyone uses the word caramelize for meat, fish, or poultry, they are not using the word correctly. But if you caramelize onions, that's what you're doing... you're not really browning them...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cupcakez Oct 24, 2006 04:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              if i have to hear the words "enzymatic browning" or "reducing sugar" again, i might just kill myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              food science ruins cooking for me..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Engineer Oct 25, 2006 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There is a word for this meat "caramelization"... I think it's Mercerize, or something close. I learned it from Alton Brown(!)'s show. Still, I'll ignore Brown, and use "brown."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Non Cognomina Oct 29, 2006 12:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The term you are trying to remember is the "Maillard Reaction" (pronounced "my-YARD"). It is still largely a mystery, but research continues to be done on this fascinating chain of culinary science that yields those tasty "brown bits."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maillard_reaction

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/webprojects...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Engineer Oct 30, 2006 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks, I've been checking back periodically, hoping someone would post the correct term!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. ipsedixit Oct 20, 2006 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Done" and "eat up"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Covert Ops Oct 20, 2006 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love ganache. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  othervoice Feb 25, 2007 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dosen't everyone love ganache ??? : - )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chow_gal Oct 20, 2006 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  unctuous (though more a wine word);
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  also love it when at an ethnic spot or diner or 'older' waiter/ress sets the food down and says 'enjoy'. I know she says it to everyone but to me it is like my grandmother serving me with love. (Hokey, i know!!;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  also like chiffonade

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  HATE HATE HATE: 'yum'/'yummy' 'veggies' and 'ressies'

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    niki rothman Oct 20, 2006 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't drink but I do use the word unctuous when describing food. It means oily or fatty.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Words I don't like (perhaps relates to negative feelings about Racael Ray): "sammy", "yum - o!"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Covert Ops Oct 20, 2006 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ugh, I was at a local fair and I saw a random woman walking around with a shirt that said "Yum-O!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I ran in the other direction.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ishmael Mar 8, 2007 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Actually unctuous when used to describe food or drink is totally inappropriate.. Websters says" of oily or greasy character,fat and clammy...a charactreistic of steatite and other minerals,nauseously bland.. oily, fawning" Hardly gets the old gastic juices flowing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My faves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Huachinango-(Snapper)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Matignon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Brandade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mantecare(sp)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Zabaglione

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Atahualpa Jan 18, 2010 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I really despise the over use of unctuous. It seems to me impossible for wine to be unctuous. However, some things can successfully be described as unctuous: foie gras or marrow, for example.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BobB Jan 25, 2010 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't totally disagree, but I do associate unctuous more with sweet dishes, like a proper panna cotta or extra-rich custard, or even whole-fat Greek yogurt with honey, so I could see it being applied to some dessert wines, even though they're not literally oily.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              grayelf Jan 25, 2010 09:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've had dessert wines like that -- they mimic the tongue-coatedness you get from a good piece of pork belly, which is a dish which when properly prepared I have referred to as unctuous. I blame Tony Bourdain, who uses this term frequently to refer to fatty porky goodness :-). And Fage with honey is soooo unctuous, I can't believe I have to wait till March to eat it again (next trip to SF).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        morebubbles Oct 25, 2006 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        love unctuous! What are 'ressies'?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ericalloyd Oct 25, 2006 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          reservations?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            morebubbles Oct 25, 2006 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            eek.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Covert Ops Oct 26, 2006 07:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            recipes?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            diva360 Jun 16, 2007 12:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Unctious is great, and it can also describe a sauce, like a good demi-glace--it's what a knob of butter adds. And I like "knob of butter" too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Ernie Diamond Oct 20, 2006 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "smile" It is used to reference the shiver of movement that you want from a stock that you are reducing. JUST below a gentle simmer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I also like the image of potatoes boiled in their nightshirts (skins, jackets).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I also can't help giggling when I describe myself as having the gurbles; that peculiar and vaguely threatening rumble in your stomach after a particularly odd food item. It's something I'm sure we're all used to.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              scoutmom1973 Feb 4, 2009 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At my house we call the gurbles "the bubbleguts"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal Feb 9, 2009 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                we call it "tum-tum macoute" ;-).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonton_M...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WBLMom Sep 7, 2011 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We call it percolating

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              OMG

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I can't believe I'm the first or only one that loves the term

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SLATHER(ED)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Non Cognomina Oct 29, 2006 12:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Don't forget smothered (as in with gravy)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Karl S Oct 20, 2006 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, y'all must be perfect chefs. My own favorite, based on repetitive usage, is a four-letter word...recited percussively five times.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Oct 20, 2006 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, that particular word is a given in the kitchen. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Karl S Oct 20, 2006 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    REminder: never say audibly within earshot of guests who couldn't understand. those guest do not belong near kitchen anyway. other guests know to keep them away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Have clean damp mop and bucket ready in back entry....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cooknKate Oct 20, 2006 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gratinee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  flambe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  deglaze

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chiffonade

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  brunoise

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chefsquire Nov 15, 2008 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ditto on Brunoise. Love that word.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. steinpilz Oct 20, 2006 04:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll say chiffonade, mirepoix, pfiffling, faison, and forelle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. toodie jane Oct 20, 2006 02:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fold

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      whisk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cream

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love the sensual feel of the food during these techniques

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nikinaka Oct 20, 2006 12:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        deep fried.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          niki rothman Oct 20, 2006 12:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When the Chairman screams "Allez cuisine!!!" on Iron Chef. Great to yell to put yourself in the mood when heading in to cook dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            amandine Oct 20, 2006 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I thought it was "A la cuisine" (to the kitchen!) which has also been my rallying cry for quite some time (accent intact).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. amandine Oct 19, 2006 11:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bouchonne bou-SHON-eh ("corked" as in wine) -- so amusingly pretentious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              diropstim Oct 19, 2006 11:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In response to blue room, I believe that rabaja was trying to spell my own personal favorite, "soignee" , meaning "above reproach; impeccable" in French: "We got veeps on twenty-three, fire six dega twos and super-soignee 'em!" ("Oui Chef!")

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                rabaja Oct 20, 2006 12:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the spelling correction! Yes that's the word, it must be 'cause the hair at the nape of my neck bristled...nice usage!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  laur76 Oct 23, 2006 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I got most of it but.. Dega twos?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    diropstim Oct 28, 2006 08:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dega two= second course (usually cooked fish) of a degustation ( tasting ) menu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. rabaja Oct 19, 2006 10:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Swane. I had a chef-instructor ruin this word for me, however. Used it way too much.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    blue room Oct 19, 2006 11:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Forgive me, rabaja, what is "swane"?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. blue room Oct 19, 2006 10:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When "extras" (actors) have to look as if they are talking to each other (for instance in a brief party or restaurant scene) they simply mouth the words "peas and carrots, carrots and peas" over and over.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chris VR Oct 20, 2006 01:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I learned to say "rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb" for background noise in crowd scenes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Covert Ops Oct 20, 2006 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We'd also throw in a "watermelon" every now and then. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          blue room Oct 20, 2006 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I wonder why they're all food names?? Starving artists?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Marsha Oct 19, 2006 10:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A friends/family word: yumbies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The way Julia Child used to pronounce veloute, with a sort of deep in the throat, breathy voluptuousness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BangorDin Oct 19, 2006 10:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Freezes well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fryrose Oct 19, 2006 10:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cornichon and "Bon Appetite" in Julia Child's voice

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Engineer Oct 19, 2006 10:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just tried "bon appetit" in Julia Child's voice. Then I giggled. Then I did the entire process again. Thank you for that!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                othervoice Feb 25, 2007 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                God bless her soul, may she lie in peace with chocolate, and cream sauce, flowing gently around her.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                curiousbaker May 14, 2008 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When Julia died, the bus on the route that ran past her old house in Cambridge changed the electric sign on the front that usually reads the name of the destination to read "Bon Appetit, Julia!" I still get a little misty thinking about it. The only other times I've seen a bus driver change the sign were for St. Patrick's Day and when the Red Sox or Patriots were aiming at championships. Just shows how much she was loved.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. mashpee Oct 19, 2006 08:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chacun à son gout.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Atahualpa Oct 20, 2006 01:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Agreed!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MSPD Oct 20, 2006 08:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cabrales?!?! Is that you Cabrales?????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    soupkitten Oct 19, 2006 08:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    my favorites are taken too, but i always am amused to read old & handwritten cookbooks when they direct you to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "cook until done"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Non Cognomina Oct 29, 2006 12:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When recounting family recipes to other family members, I still say, "cook it till it's done and smells like grandma's house."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ktb615 Nov 16, 2008 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In culinary school we always learned to cook things until they were done. And to this day when someone asks me how long to cook something, I tell them "until it's done". After all, you wouldn't cook a chicken breast for 5 minutes or 10 minutes or even 20 minutes. You would cook it until it is done =)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bill Hunt Feb 26, 2013 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That will translate into a "safe kitchen."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Until it is done," are words to LIVE by, and in more ways than one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hunt

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BeaN Nov 17, 2008 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is the best lesson I ever learned in the kitchen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gabe Oct 19, 2006 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gribenhes (spelling, its a yiddish word). Those little leftover fried bits (brown bits!) of onion or anything else that's like a crumb, fried, savory. I not only like the word but we fight for the gribs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sivyaleah Oct 20, 2006 06:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gribenhes - yum!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              RGC1982 Aug 15, 2007 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Schmaltz. There's just no good connotation no matter how it is pronounced.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chew on That Sep 27, 2007 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hahaha! I love the word "schmaltz." My family uses it a lot to joke around.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bellyspeaks Oct 27, 2008 11:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How can you not love the word schmaltz?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bill Hunt Feb 26, 2013 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hey, some use it as hair pomade! A universal element in the universe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Of course, one must be on the watch for chicken hawks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BobB Oct 20, 2006 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Interesting, we always pronounced this "gribnitz."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ericalloyd Oct 23, 2006 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                my dad, sister and i used to love this when my grandma made it. we called it 'grieven'. my mom called it heart attack in a frying pan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                roux

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  silence9 Oct 19, 2006 08:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Here's a food word I detest: Gastrique. Gastrique always conjures images of stomach acids and burning bile! Whereas I really like the word 'coulis'.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rainey Oct 19, 2006 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "to taste" What could be more liberating?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. HillJ Oct 19, 2006 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      does this count, "I've made reservations!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. MsDiPesto Oct 19, 2006 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Affinage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Bob quit Law School to become an affeneur". I'd like to see that phrase used more often.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sasha1 Oct 19, 2006 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Zhuzh - as in, put something in a blender. No clue how to spell it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            silence9 Oct 19, 2006 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There was a uniquely interesting husband/wife team on PBS in the 1970s who had a cooking show called 'The Romagnoli's Table'. The husband, Franco, had a thick italian accent and whenever he decided to add butter to a dish (and he did this quite often), he'd look up from his cooking and command "..amalgamate da baahder..", meaning: mix in the butter. His wife would look lovingly/indulgently over at him, then knowingly at us (into the camera). Since then, I love saying "amalgamate the butter" as a non-sequitor, whenever I'm happily cooking in the kitchen...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Covert Ops Oct 19, 2006 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's kinda like how I remember Justin Smith talking to his bowls in a Cajun accent. . .I'm often wont to say, "C'mere bowl!" from time to time in the kitchen, but I can't morph my Jersey accent to Cajun. . .:-P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sasha1 Oct 19, 2006 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Was he not the one who used to always say Ah garaaaanteeeee?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Oct 19, 2006 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I thought that was Justin Wilson?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.justinwilson.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    katp Oct 19, 2006 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, that was Justin Wilson.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Candy Oct 29, 2006 12:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They were good. I wonder where they went. The Romangolis, not Justin Wilson.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  silence9 Oct 31, 2006 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hi Candy... After a bit of googling, I sadly discovered that Margaret Romagnoli passed away around 1995 R.I.P... Franco Romagnoli is apparently alive and well and writing books and articles about food and life. It saddened me that he re-married in 1998, so soon after his wife's death, given their obvious loving and teasing banter on their short-lived cooking show. I suppose many people 'move forward' as quickly. But yeah, their show was my first introduction to non-red sauce italian cooking...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Saltimbocca ("jumps in the mouth!")

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ghee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Coddled (eggs)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MuppetGrrl Oct 19, 2006 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chiffonade, rollatini, mandolin, and "mangia, mangia!"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OrganicGal Oct 19, 2006 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, you've hit mine! Mangia, Mangia! I will NEVER forget listening to my nana saying this throughout every meal I ever ate with her. I now sometimes find myself saying it to my own daughter..."Mangia, little one, you need to eat to grow!" Just like Nana...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ajs228 Jun 11, 2007 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'll second Mangia. Keep it alive!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LNG212 Jun 12, 2007 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mangia e bevi!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ctscorp Jun 16, 2007 12:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We got these:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When it was time to run to the kitchen to eat, "Vien a mangiare!"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Then, when we started to lag, flag, sag in our eating, Nonna said, "Mangia, mangia, no be shame."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh Nonna.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Caramelize (not carmelize!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Aioli
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chiffonade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cobbler
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Snackish Oct 19, 2006 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      proper sanitation

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ricepad Oct 19, 2006 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Get out of my kitchen!"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          swsidejim Oct 19, 2006 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For the cooks on here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "in the weeds"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "86"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kelli2006 Oct 19, 2006 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd like to add "French method"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Non Cognomina Oct 28, 2006 11:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also for cooks,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Last Order In"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              or

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Break it Down"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                starlady Jan 13, 2009 10:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also " I need a ____ RFN"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OTF - On the Fly

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                diva360 Jun 16, 2007 12:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And people who've waited tables, how many times have you had an approximation of this conversation?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MOD: "Diva, James is seriously weeded. He just entered in three orders for X which were 86'd an hour ago on his big table. Could you go offer his ten-top a free round of drinks, ring it on a separate check, and I'll comp it?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Diva looks mildly annoyed but does it because she's a "team player."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ctscorp Jun 16, 2007 12:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Love you, Diva!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CharlestonChow Aug 15, 2007 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you diva.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fog City Kid Oct 19, 2006 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yum...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    beevod Oct 19, 2006 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Dinner's ready."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steveb Oct 19, 2006 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      potlikker & cornpone, now that's good eatin'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Scagnetti Oct 19, 2006 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Puttanesca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fra Diavolo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Melanie Oct 19, 2006 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          amuse bouche...just rolls off the lips! : )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gido Oct 19, 2006 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fond...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            .... and macerate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 28, 2006 08:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm fond of fond too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GG Mora Oct 19, 2006 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Spatchcock.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Infomaniac Oct 19, 2006 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Flambe

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Malice Oct 19, 2006 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In Spain, when you just put something on hot oil for few second, spanish chefs name it "scare it" and I like this term!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bolivianita Oct 19, 2006 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    whats the word!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Malice Oct 19, 2006 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And I like it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    morebubbles Oct 19, 2006 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mirepoix (we made up a word for a recent mirepoix I made using lots of leeks: mirepoireau)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. akp Oct 19, 2006 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mise en place

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Non Cognomina Oct 28, 2006 11:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I second mise en place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          southernitalian Aug 29, 2007 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Definitely mise en place. It's a good word to say when you're trying to sound fluent. You just repeat it a few times.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lynnlato Jun 5, 2008 07:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mise en place for moi too! And, SI I'm sure your familiar w/ the Italian ones, also -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -Mangia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -86 _______
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -pomme de terre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -pasta fazool

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          starlady Jan 13, 2009 10:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tony Bourdain - "don't F*&* with my mise!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. ericalloyd Oct 19, 2006 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mouth feel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          al dente
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          julienne

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lazy Susan Feb 25, 2007 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mouth feel!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Paulustrious Jan 17, 2010 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Agreed, but for different reasons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. lemonfaire Oct 19, 2006 05:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Devil's food and zest!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BostonZest Oct 19, 2006 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ah yes....zest!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                AnneM Oct 19, 2006 11:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "zest"...probably one of my least favorite...why not just "grated lemon peel"?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BostonZest Oct 20, 2006 01:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Because when you twist a well-carved piece of zest, you can watch the essential oils burst from it and fill the air and the food with citrus essence.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    curiousbaker May 14, 2008 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Because the whole peel is the "peel" and the zest is just the zest? There are culinary uses for the whole peel, after all - marmalade being the most important. And "grated lemon peel" is a lot more cumbersome than "zest."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bill Hunt Jun 1, 2008 09:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And, it takes fewer characters to type, "zest," than "grated lemon peel... "

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                olivergail Oct 19, 2006 04:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Caramelize.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Montee au beurre.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MSPD Oct 20, 2006 08:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cracklins.

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