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cilantro The stems and leaves of the coriander plant, also known as Chinese parsley and coriander. It is often used in Asian, Caribbean and Latin American cooking and can be found sold in bunches in the fresh herb section of most markets year round. Both the leaves and the stems may be used in cooking. For cooking ideas, type cilantro into our word search feature.
clafouti A French dessert made by topping fresh fruit with batter. After baking it is served hot, often with whipped cream.
clarified butter Butter with milk solids removed. This form of butter is good for frying as it has a higher smoke point than butter containing the milk solids. Easy to make by slowly melting butter in a bowl until the solids settle to the bottom. Then chill until hardened, turn over, and skim off the solids.
cognac A fine brandy from the Cognac region of France. Various grades, such as VSOP and XO indicate how long the product as aged.
collard A Southern green of the cabbage family. A popular preparation method is boiling with bacon, but any preparation used for spinach may also be used.
compote A dessert dish of fruit which has been slowly cooked in a syrup, then chilled.
confit A French method of preserving meat (usually goose, duck or pork) where it is salted and cooked in its own fat then packed in a crock or pot, covered with its cooking fat, which acts as a seal and preservative and can be refrigerated up to 6 months.
cooking spray Aerosol cans sold in grocery stores containing vegetable oil or sometimes olive oil which can be sprayed in a fine mist. Especially good for "oiling" cooking pans so food does not stick. Sold under brand names such as PAM or Mazola Pro Chef. Gourmet stores also carry pump sprayers such as one marketed under the name "Misto" which can be filled with the cooking oil of your choice to use as a spray. One of the benefits of using cooking spray is that fewer calories are added than if the pan is coated in oil. If cooking spray is unavailable to you, simple wipe the pan with a light layer of cooking oil.
Cool Whip A prepared pre-sweetened imitation whipped cream topping found in the freezer section of American grocery stores. A sweetened whipped cream could be substituted if whipped fairly stiff.
core To remove the coarse and often fibrousor seed filled center of vegetables and fruits such as squash and tomatoes or apples, pineapples and pears. Coring fruits and vegetables allows for sweet or savory fillings to be pressed in and then baked inside.

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