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a la mode A French term meaning "in the mode of", describing how a dish is prepared. Americanized to mean ice cream with your pie.
acini de pepe Italian for "peppercorns", these are tiny peppercorn-shaped pasta.
Albumen Egg whites.
alfredo A rich sauce of butter, cream, grated parmesean cheese and black pepper most commonly served over fettuccine.
Ancho chile Dried poblano chile. Deep reddish brown color, 3 to 4 inches long. Considered the sweetest of dried chiles.
Angelica A sweet herb grown in Europe. Member of the parsley family, with pale green stalks.
Arroz Spanish word for rice. Arroz con pollo, for example, is a dish made with rice and chicken.
Arugula A bitter and aromatic salad green. Good source of iron and vitamins A and C.
au lait A French term meaning "with milk."
Aurore sauce A pink sauce made by combining bechamel (white) sauce with tomato puree.

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