01/14/15

What is: Dicing

How to dice

Dice (dicing) – To cut into very small pieces of equal size, approximately 1/8 to 1/16-inch.

Our Favorite Recipe: Pork Fried Rice, ala Amy Roloff

Amy Roloff's Fried Rice

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01/13/15

What is: Couscous

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Couscous (KOOS-koos) – is a granular pasta made from semolina (granules of durum wheat) which is cooked by steaming. It’s traditionally served with a meat or vegetable spooned over it. You can find it in the rice and pasta section of most grocery stores.

Our Favorite Recipe: Pork Chops with Mint Yogurt & Spiced Couscous

Garam Masala Pork Chops

01/12/15

What is: Browning

 What is Browning

Brown – Typically, when you see instructions to “brown” in a recipe, it refers to cooking food quickly in a very hot pan, on the grill, or other direct heat until all sides turn golden or brown in color. The purpose is to seal in the juices, for a crust, and add flavor though the process of caramelization.

For step-by-step instructions for browning meat, take a look at our article, “Brown in Beautiful“.

Our Favorite Recipe: Chef Terry’s Chicken Marsala

Perfect Chicken Marsala

01/8/15

What is: Blending

Blend – To mix ingredients just until thoroughly combined. Not originally meant to be prepared in a blender, but can be in some recipes.

Our Favorite Recipe: Blackberry Banana Smoothies

Blackberry Banana Smoothie recipe

01/7/15

What is: Blanching

What is Blanching

Blanche – To partially cook food, usually vegetables or fruit, in boiling water or steam. Immediately after blanching, vegetables are usually “shocked” by being placed in ice water to stop the cooking and set the color.

Our Favorite Recipe: Redneck Ratatouille

Ratatouille recipe

01/2/15

What is: Balsamic vinegar

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Balsamic vinegar – Syrupy and slightly sweet, this dark-brown vinegar is made from the juice of the white Trebbiano grape. It gets its body, color, and sweetness from being aged in wooden barrels.

Our Favorite Recipe: Balsamic-Honey Goat Cheese Dip

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12/30/14

What is: Caramelization

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Caramelize – The process through which natural sugars in foods become browned and flavorful while cooking. This is usually done over a constant heat of low to medium-low. Caramelization can be quickened with the addition of a little sugar. Either way, be careful not to burn.

Favorite Recipe: Slow Cooker Pork and Sweet Potato Curry

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12/26/14

What is: Butterflying

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Butterfly – A method of cutting meats so that it will lay flat and even. It is difficult to describe without visual effects, but the meat is sliced in the center, without going all the way through, and opened to lay flat like the wings of a butterfly. In larger cuts, it is sliced in increments from middle to either side, and the flaps are opened like the pages of a book.

See our step-by-step photos of the process, here:  How to butterfly a turkey breast

Favorite recipe: Pork Wellington with Apple Sage Sauce

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12/24/14

What is: Braising

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Braise – To cook slowly in a small amount of liquid in a covered pot. Foods are usually browned prior to braising to add flavor. Braising can be done on top of the stove or in an oven, depending on the recipe.

Favorite recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Shallots

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12/23/14

What is: Batter

What is batter

Batter – An uncooked, wet mixture that can be spooned or poured, as with cakes, pancakes, and muffins. Batters usually contain flour, eggs, and milk as their base. Some thin batters are used to coat foods before deep frying.

Favorite recipe: World’s Greatest 3-Berry Cobbler

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