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Cutting on the Bias Cutting on the bias is a sewing term in which you cut on the diagonal to the weave of the fabric. To find the true diagonal, unravel an edge of the fabric until you get to one straight thread, then fold that edge over to a 90 degree angle to itself. Cutting on the bias is used for trims and such because it has more stretch to it and gan go around curves easier with less bunching. (I don't know why this was requested of the Online Cookbook but we try to please.--Editor)
daikon A sweet Asian radish. May be eaten raw or cooked.
damper Australian bushman's bread made from flour salt and water.
Darjeeling tea A black tea from the Darjeeling province of India.
decant The pouring of wine (generally) from the bottle to another container, slowly, so any sediment remains in the bottle.
devein To remove the vein from the back of a shrimp.
dice To cut food into small cubes about 1/4 inch or 5mm across.
divide, divided use as in, divide sugar, amount stated will be divided up to be used in different parts of the recipe.
double boiler A two-pot arrangement where the lower pot contains simmering water and the upper pot nestles inside, allowing foods to cook gently without burning.
drained and rinsed When cooking vegetables in order to get them to stay at that crisp-tender stage, drop into boiling water. When the vegetable, such as green beans, reaches the desired stage of doneness, drain the vegetable into a colander and quickly rinse with cool water. Return to the cooking pan, off the flame, and cover to keep warm. This will halt the cooking process.

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