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  1. Some of the potential responses are hysterical.

    1. 19 out of 25. I regret nothing.

      1. the comments about pumpkin, parsley, cleaning cast iron, and pickles are spot on.

        A little higher-level questions than most quizzes, but still Meh for lack of research.

        1. 20 out of 25. That berry one threw me.

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          1. re: LindaWhit

            That's what I got. Two mistakes were things I knew, but I brain farted... the use of water with salt sounded wrong; I just use salt and a paper towel and the other was jelly/jam which I knew I was doing wrong. The berry one was a total surprise to me, too.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              23 out of 25. Berry thing got me, too!

              1. re: FoodChic

                Got the berry -- messed up on the salt/vinegar thing . . .

              2. re: LindaWhit

                That's the only one I got wrong. Who knew. And they are wrong on the pickle question. My answer was correct even if they said it wasn't

                1. 23. The pickles and dark meat got me. Still good though.

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                  1. re: suzigirl

                    I screwed up on pickles, too. Did you choose salt? I had brine in mind.

                    1. re: mcf

                      I did chose salt,also keeping brine in mind.

                      1. re: suzigirl

                        Ditto - 23, missing pickles and dark meat. I think the pickling one could be disputed.

                        1. re: jeanmarieok

                          I think so too. You cannot make them without salt right?

                          1. re: suzigirl

                            Agreed they are just wrong on that one,some pickles are made with no vinegar just salt and seasonings.

                            1. re: suzigirl

                              There are many recipes for no-salt pickles.

                            2. re: jeanmarieok

                              and kfc sells wings w the white meat order. I protest that one too.

                              1. re: suzigirl

                                Not turkey wings! They're really dark, chicken is whitish.

                                1. re: mcf

                                  My understanding was that dark meat was working meat. So wings would be dark meat in a bird that could still fly. But I know nothing.

                                2. re: suzigirl

                                  Ha -you know that's exactly what I was thinking, that wings are always included in a white meat fried chicken order!

                                  1. re: jeanmarieok

                                    Exactly. Wing and breast for 1/4 white. Leg and thigh for 1/4 dark.

                                1. re: coney with everything

                                  I think that question has the wrong answer assigned. (That was the one that got me too) The dictionary definitions as well as info/answers found on the web point to wings as white meat, so far as I can tell from a quick look.

                                  I also had a look on the Chicken Council website and without an exhaustive search do not seem to see an indication of wings being considered dark meat (but that may be an omission rather than a positive statement). On the other hand, some articles there when they mention "dark meat" refer to thighs/legs/leg quarters: for example - http://www.nationalchickencouncil.org... ; http://www.nationalchickencouncil.org...

                                    1. re: mcf

                                      I don't think turkey wings look that dark; by definition also the domestic turkey does not use its wings for flight (which would be part of the definition for "working muscles" to be dark meat with high concentrations of myoglobin). Even if turkey wings were to be considered "dark meat" then the question in the quiz erred by including/grouping it with chicken, where the case is much stronger for wings to be considered as white meat.

                                      1. re: huiray

                                        I don't typically eat white meat, but I love turkey wings.


                                        This one seems to support your view, though it's not completely clear and there are conflicting statements all over.:


                                        I do agree that some questions were written in such a way that it caused wrong answers from many of us even on subjects we knew well. It was just an entertainment type quiz, nothing to get upset about.

                                        1. re: mcf

                                          Here is a cut-and-paste of an email response I got from the Chicken Council, and where I have replaced my full name with my CH handle (huiray) in parentheses.


                                          "RE: Query regarding Chicken/Turkey wings
                                          William Roenigk <WRoenigk@chickenusa.org>
                                          To: (huiray)

                                          The National Chicken Council consider chicken and turkey wings to be white meat, not dark meat. This position is very consistent with USDA and other organization’s determination.

                                          NCC has moved! Please note our new office address:

                                          William P. Roenigk | Senior Vice President
                                          National Chicken Council
                                          1152 Fifteenth Street, NW Suite 430 | Washington, DC 20005
                                          D: 202-443-4128 | F: 202-293-4005

                                          www.nationalchickencouncil.com |www.eatchicken.com

                                          Twitter | Facebook | Subscribe to RSS News Feed

                                          From: (huiray)
                                          Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2012 8:40 AM
                                          To: Wade Parker
                                          Subject: Query regarding Chicken/Turkey wings


                                          Are chicken and turkey wings considered dark meat or white meat by the Chicken Council?

                                          I am genuine in asking this question and would be grateful for an opinion from you all.

                                          Thanks very much.

                                          (huiray) "


                                          1. re: huiray

                                            LOL... talk about initiative! :-)

                                            1. re: huiray

                                              A for effort and that go-get-'em attitude!

                                2. being a chef i missed 4, the berry, the root veg, wings being dark meat(cleaned many a chicken and turkey....meat doestn't seem dark, but tech'ly) i cant remember the other.
                                  when i clean a cast iron, i use just salt and oil and heat and wipe out. also boullibasse needs to have fennel, onions , garlic and fish w/ bone in as it suppose to thicken the sauce w/ the olive oil and fish bones. yes saffron and the rouille

                                  1. I missed one (dark meat) but should have known better if I had actually taken the time to think before I reacted. :-(

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                                    1. re: chefathome

                                      I almost clicked on leg and thigh til I remembered that wings were dark, too.

                                        1. re: mcf

                                          I just automatically clicked without even thinking until a split second after. Too late.. So, that means I got it WRONG! Bzzzzz.

                                        2. re: chefathome

                                          Same here..that was the only one that I missed...

                                          1. re: jw615

                                            But we almost got 25/25, right? So close...but not quite.

                                        3. 19 of 25. Enjoyed it - thanks, mcf.

                                          How can parsley be a root vegetable if you don't eat the root? I tossed a coin between parsley and pumpkin, and lost. Likewise pickling - "the process of preserving food by anaerobic fermentation in brine to produce lactic acid, or marinating and storing it in an acid solution, usually vinegar." (Wikipedia)

                                          It's pleasing to know more than the quizmaster, but irritating to be marked wrong when you're right.

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                                            1. re: chefj

                                              Love those things. So resiny and sharp tasting.

                                            2. re: John Francis

                                              I recently bought parsley root on accident thinking it was horseradish - lesson learned! Basically parsley is a root vegetable in the sameway that a beet is a root vegetable regardless of whether or not one is eating the beet leafs or not.

                                              1. re: John Francis

                                                Parsley(cilantro) root is used in some Asian recipes, and I've had visitors from Asia surprised that whole parsley (cilantro) is not common in our supermarkets.

                                              2. 23/25 correct. I didn't know there was such a thing as an accessory fruit; live and learn. But since I can make pickles without vinegar (I'm doing it right now), I think that answer is wrongwrongwrong.

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                                                1. re: small h

                                                  23/25.... I got the pickling one wrong, too, (i put salt.... I maintain that I am right) and the berry one.... and I remembered afterwards hearing about strawberries not being a real berry. Dangitall! I still think I did alright.

                                                  1. re: small h

                                                    I also put salt instead of vinegar, however Harold McGee, in On Food and Cooking, writes:

                                                    "Pickling is the preservation of foods by impregnating them with acid, ...."

                                                  2. I got 23 of 25, but I reject the epithet "foodie." Culinary knowledge (and these were easy questions) is not what characterizes a "foodie."

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                                                    1. re: GH1618

                                                      Well, yeah, I hate the term and never use it, but I thought it would be fun to do the quiz.

                                                    2. Who will get 25/25. Waiting ..... good luck all.

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                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                        If someone reads all our responses s/he will undoubtedly get that elusive 25/25!

                                                        1. re: chefathome

                                                          ahhh true. I purposely didn't read them for that very reason

                                                          1. re: kubasd

                                                            Me, neither. If you didn't and I didn't, then 'm guessing others may not either!

                                                            1. re: chefathome

                                                              Let's hope the honor code lives. I missed 4, parsley, white meat, cast iron, and i can't remember the 4th.

                                                          2. re: chefathome

                                                            True, and it seems everyone is being honest.

                                                          3. re: suzigirl

                                                            i got 24/25 because I clicked on salt -- I figured the answer was going to be vinegar, but dammit, salt is a lot more important than vinegar!

                                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                                              salt,salt water curing,pickling has a much longer history than vinegar
                                                              I only got it right by thinking 21st century

                                                              24 of 25 for me,got the berry wrong,me with a small farm

                                                              1. re: sunshine842

                                                                The problem with the pickle question is that it should have said "acid" instead of "vinegar." When a pickle is cured in brine without vinegar, it's lactic acid in the brine that makes it a pickle. If you just pack something in dry salt, I don't think that makes a pickle.

                                                            2. 22 out of 25: pickling, berries, and Iron Chef got me! Who says you have to watch reality TV to be a foodie? I'd rather be cooking.

                                                                1. 23/25, I also failed on the strawberry question and for some reason the farm to table..

                                                                  1. Two wrong but I dispute the 'jelly' answer. Obviously if only "juice is used that means no "seeds' are in the juice. The strawberry was the other.

                                                                    1. I think I did pretty well, but fruit was my demise. The only two questions that got me were, jam and jelly, and then the strawberry.

                                                                      1. Am I the only one who missed the Whoopie Pie question? Although the picture tempted me to pick "All of the above" I thought that they were really just Oreos on steroids. I also missed the pickling question, picked salt.

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                                                                        1. re: BeefeaterRocks

                                                                          Imagine two free-baked rounds of devil's-food-cake, filled with whipped frosting. NOW you're getting close to a Whoopie Pie.

                                                                          (that's not exact, but it's a rough idea)

                                                                          Pretty tasty, actually.

                                                                            1. re: BeefeaterRocks

                                                                              I missed that one too! How is a Whoopie Pie considered to be a pie? There's no crust. I also got the berry one wrong.

                                                                              1. re: BeefeaterRocks

                                                                                That! was my fourth. Thank you for reminding me. :)

                                                                              2. I only got one wrong - the chicken/turkey one. I think wings belong in the white category.

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                                                                                1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                                                                  Chicken wings could pass as white meat, but turkey wings are definitely very dark.

                                                                                  1. re: mcf

                                                                                    Right you are MCF! I was only thinking about the chicken wings.

                                                                                2. 23 out of 25... the jam/jelly question and the berry question got me.

                                                                                    1. 19/25 here. I missed the pickling one, and I quibble with the egg poaching one as well. I have also never heard of an "accessory" fruit and can't see how you can classify parsley as a root vegetable.

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                                                                                      1. re: rockandroller1

                                                                                        I didn't like the correct answer for poaching, either (although I picked it). Not many people have heard of an "accessory" fruit. This was a botany question, not a culinary question, in my opinion.

                                                                                        1. re: GH1618

                                                                                          Agreed - I only knew the berry question because I used to do outdoor ed.

                                                                                        2. re: rockandroller1

                                                                                          parsley root,kissing cousin to parsnip.....total anachronism around most of the world

                                                                                          1. re: rockandroller1

                                                                                            Others in this thread have defended parsley as a root vegetable, but since nobody eats parsley roots and you can't buy them in food stores, I say it ain't so..

                                                                                              1. re: John Francis

                                                                                                They are out there,available,on the produce shelf ,cooked and served.All be it at a level bordering on extinction.
                                                                                                A garden by-product,poor substitute for parsnips and carrots many years ago.

                                                                                            1. 22 of 25. Missed cast iron (I'm not very good at cleaning anything) also went for salt on pickling and I still don't consider wings dark meat!

                                                                                              1. Only missed the cast iron one....I don't have a single cast iron pan!

                                                                                                I inherited my great aunt's cast iron skillet many years ago, and my ex decided to clean the black crud off it with a blowtorch. He came back from the garage with two halves of a cast iron skillet.

                                                                                                As far as the pickling, I've canned lots of different recipes of pickles the past few years (from the Ball Blue book and others), and always used vinegar, and usually not much or no salt. I'm tempted to look for the salted recipes, but I am SO not a salt lover, that I'd probably not like them as well as I like the others. Are the salt ones the kind you ferment in a crock? I haven't done that type of pickle.

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                                                                                                1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                  I've made salted pickles in a crock. The brining process produces lactic acid and vinegar is also used, so the acid is essential to pickling.

                                                                                                  1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                    Here's a fabulous thread about fabulous pickles with no vinegar:


                                                                                                    Yes, you need acid -- but you don't need vinegar. Rather important difference.

                                                                                                    I find it pretty telling that given the experience and knowledge and kick-ass talent on this board and NOBODY has scored 25/25, the test is pretty seriously flawed.

                                                                                                    1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                      You know, sunshine, I've noticed that thread a gazillion times, but never took a look at it. Thanks for linking it here. I'm still iffy about making them since I love vinegar and I don't love salt! If someone gave me a jar of them, I certainly wouldn't turn them down, but don't know that I could use a crock full.

                                                                                                      1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                        I made just one jar last year -- they were awesome. And despite the recipe, the natural fermentation means that they DON'T taste like a salt lick. Just like really awesome pickles.

                                                                                                      2. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                        Some of it was wording, some of it was clicking before engaging brain, some of it was really esoteric (strawberries) and some differed from what some of us think is correct. We are a foodsmart bunch. :-)

                                                                                                    2. I just missed the white/dark meat one. One could argue that taking someone else's egg is poaching, though maybe only if it is from the Queen's swan.

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                                                                                                      1. 24 of 25- I'm jelly/jam ignorant

                                                                                                        1. 23/25. Got the berry question wrong, and, curiously, tripped up on the salad fork placement. (Hey, it was late!) I didn't think a banana (my answer) was a berry. Apparently, bananas used to have visible seeds, but they're not noticeable in commonly cultivated varieties.

                                                                                                          1. Im confused by some of the chatter here.

                                                                                                            The *right* answer to the white/dark meat question was "The thighs and legs are dark meat." So they are claiming that wings are white.

                                                                                                            My first job was at KFC and we were told that wings were considered both white and dark meat so we had to put them in every order.

                                                                                                            Am I the only one taken down by a salad fork?

                                                                                                            I missed the berry one, too. 23/25

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                                                                                                            1. re: C. Hamster

                                                                                                              I was intrigued by your post. I went back and went through the test to get to the "dark meat" question - and indeed the "correct" answer is now "The thighs and legs are dark meat". THIS HAS BEEN CORRECTED BY THE TEST MAKERS (Christian Science Monitor) FROM THE TEST AS TAKEN BY ALL THE POSTERS HERE PREVIOUSLY. I distinctly remember the "correct" answer being given by the "test" as "The thighs, legs, and wings are dark meat". There is a reason why everyone above who posted about it were discussing the "answer" as being "thighs, legs, and wings"; and why I and mcf were discussing the issue above: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8695...

                                                                                                              1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                ETA: A screen capture of that question. Note the blurb in italics just above the question.

                                                                                                                1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                  There's another complexity to the issue. Wild turkeys fly around a lot and exercise their wing muscles. Domesticated turkeys raised for food don't have much opportunity to fly. The wing meat from wild turkeys will thus be darker. So if you shoot a wild turkey and cook it, the wings will have dark meat. If you buy a domesticated turkey and cook it. . .well, that's still open to question.

                                                                                                                  1. re: cheesemaestro

                                                                                                                    The white meat,dark meat issue is all about the muscle.Turkey is and excellent example of the two muscle groups being different in a used to same,now different bird.

                                                                                                                    Once upon a time I knew the standard and how it was arrived at and why.
                                                                                                                    blood flow,legs and wings different from the breast that has a twitch muscle that doesn't come to play before first flight IE squab/pigeon

                                                                                                                  2. re: huiray

                                                                                                                    That means I got 24/25. Cool. But i still dispute the pickle question.

                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                      the pickle dispute is legitimate,they only wanted the MODERN answer

                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                        Yes, I paused on that pickle one, too. Just happened to give the answer they wanted.

                                                                                                                            1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                              Good for you. Now stop killing me with all those amazing lunch posts. My tablet is damp after I read that thread from drool.

                                                                                                                          1. re: C. Hamster

                                                                                                                            I also missed the salad fork question. (See my post just above yours.)

                                                                                                                            1. re: cheesemaestro

                                                                                                                              I should read before posting ..... heh heh

                                                                                                                            2. re: C. Hamster

                                                                                                                              I was also confused by the comments regarding the white/dark meat question. I knew I had gotten it right (according to the test), and was sure that I had chosen :thighs and legs". I never read the comment saying that they had changed it. BTW, 25/25. My only guess was the Whoopie Pie one, but it was the answer that made the most sense to me.

                                                                                                                            3. I am in shock. 24 out of 25. I definitely need to stop obsessing about food......

                                                                                                                              1. 23/25. I got the dark meat and berry wrong. For the berry question, I guessed from 2 answers I thought might be right -- but both of my narrowed-down 2 were wrong! I admit that I was lucky in some of my other guesses.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: drongo

                                                                                                                                  Exactly the two I got wrong. I had a feeling the strawberries were not actually berries because the seeds (if they are seeds) are on the outside, and the others have seeds inside. At least I think bananas do...oh well.

                                                                                                                                2. Missed only one here (about jelly/jam). Very full of myself just now...

                                                                                                                                  1. Quite pleased to have got 15 (which included some guesses)

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                      I feel a bit down-hearted that no-one else appears to have done anywhere near as badly as me. I thought I knew quite a lot about food but I now reckon not so.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                          Not enough to explain my relative ignorance, I'm afraid. :-(

                                                                                                                                          There were, i think, only a couple of questions likely to throw a non north American. For example the jam/jelly one where I had answered that jelly was gelatin - as that's what I'd use to make a jelly.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                            I think that's the sort of personal difference that does lead to a lower score, though. I don't use water with salt, just a paper towel, to clean my cast iron, which caused me to answer wrong *by the test's standard* when I'm not wrong, just different.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                              because I certainly wouldn't say you're unknowledgeable -- and yes, the jelly question was exactly what I was thinking of when I replied. :)

                                                                                                                                          2. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                            i missed 7 root veg, chipotle, jelly/jam, tsp/Tsp, allspice,skillet,blue cheese... does this mean i'm thrown off CH?

                                                                                                                                        2. 21 / 25.....actually hit one wrong botton, but missed the berry....

                                                                                                                                          1. 22.....whoopie cookie....it's whoopie COOKIE! (also the berry and farm to table).

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: Shrinkrap

                                                                                                                                              I think if you ask the folks in Pennsylvania, where that particular treat originates, they'll be pretty insistent that it's a whoopie pie.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                And all of New England. I've *never* heard it called a Whoopie cookie.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                  I was just kidding....

                                                                                                                                                  and the picture looked different from what I was thinking. Aren't those packaged thingy's with the marshmallow inside and chocolate outside called whoopie pies?

                                                                                                                                                  Edited to add; i looked it up. i was thinking of "MOON pies".


                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Shrinkrap

                                                                                                                                                    Hmmm....not sure what you mean with marshmallow inside and chocolate outside. Whoopie pies are two soft cakes with a cream cheese-type filling.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                                                                                                                                        Or, shudder (sorry, I remember them being soooo sweet), Moon Pies?


                                                                                                                                                2. 23. Crap. I was formerly known as the Queen of Multiple Choice. I missed the berry and the blue cheese.

                                                                                                                                                  Am I the only one who missed the blue cheese one? I didn't know it was innoculated, it tastes like it's gone bad, so I just assumed that's how you make it. I don't eat the stuff. Does this qualify as cultural bias? ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: danna

                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, I think you're probably the only one who thought they waited for nature to make veins. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                  2. I had to give up after 8 questions because it was taking fifteen seconds for each qestion to load. Then it would take 15 more seconds for my answer to get processed. Then ANOTHER fifteen seconds to find out I got the right answer, and ANOTHER fifteen seconds to get to the next question...

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kcshigekawa

                                                                                                                                                        I had the same problem AND my tablet battery was dying! But there was nothing more important ha being able to post a decent score, .....whew! Life and death, man!

                                                                                                                                                        1. 24 of 25 - I missed the Iron Chef one because I never watched the program!

                                                                                                                                                          1. 24 out of 25 where I missed the pickle question answering "salt."

                                                                                                                                                            This goes to show that the foodie quiz is bogus. It was fun, but bogus. :-)

                                                                                                                                                            A true foodie would make their own pickles using only salt and allowing natural fermentation to produce lactic acid which in turn produces the sourness in pickles.

                                                                                                                                                            Vinegar (acetic acid) is a commerical mass production cheat. What true foodie strives to emulate supermarket pickles?

                                                                                                                                                            That's my story and I'm sticking to it. lol

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: dave_c

                                                                                                                                                              25/25. i actually knew the strawberry one. the pickle one was a toss up but i alsp thought of quick pickles that dont use much salt
                                                                                                                                                              the rest were no bad. but then i know i have food issues

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jamesvb

                                                                                                                                                                You KNEW the berry one? You're, like, a god to me!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jamesvb

                                                                                                                                                                  Congrats! First one to win the cigar!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jamesvb

                                                                                                                                                                    "thought of quick pickles that dont use much salt"

                                                                                                                                                                    But still uses salt. You can make pickles without vinegar

                                                                                                                                                                2. 23/25. Never owned a cast iron skillet, and didn't know about the making of blue cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. 24/25. Missed salad fork.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. 25/25 - but I really had to think about the berry one & made a lucky guess.

                                                                                                                                                                      Per http://www.pickyourown.org/strawberry... : "The strawberry is not classified by botanists as a true berry. True berries, such as blueberries and cranberries have seeds inside. The strawberry, however has its dry, yellow "seeds" on the outside (each of which is actually considered a separate fruit)."

                                                                                                                                                                      Guess that test-taking truly is a learned skill & not necessarily a true measure of one's actual knowledge!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. I was almost thrown by the berry question but then I remembered about a berry having seeds on the inside surrounded by fruit. I had to think about the pickling question, but guessed that the acid is more important than the salt because I remembered seeing pckled peaches. And although I did not grow up in whoopie pie terrirory, I am famliar with them. I hesitate to reveal my score...I honestly did not read this thread until after the quiz ( and I only scanned the last third of the thread, so far anyway) but I did get all 25 correct. Is celeriac and celery root the same thing?

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                          You lose one foodie point for having to ask about celery root! HA !


                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Shrinkrap

                                                                                                                                                                            To be perfectly honest, I threw that in there to sound a little more modest. I have a habit of remembering mostly useless information, but don't always remember stuff that others might deem important. Just ask my wife ; ) I should have taken a screenshot of the tally.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. 18 out of 25. I loved some of the 'wrong' answers very funny.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. 21. I thought wings were dark meat, I guessed salt over vinegar, the jam/jelly thing threw me, and I had no idea about the teaspoon/tablespoon thing.