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A La Meaning "In the Style of", i.e. Chicken a la King, which describes the chicken dish, made in the style of the chef, who created this dish.
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.
Aioli A strongly flavored garlic mayonnaise, often with other herbs added, from the Provence region of southern France. It often accompanies meat, fish or vegetables.
al dente An Italian term, usually referring to pasta, used to describe the texture of slight resistence when bitten. The meaning of the phrase is "to the tooth." Dentists, perhaps, mean something else.
Albacore A variety of tuna fish, with white meat and a high fat content.
Albumen Egg whites.
alfredo A rich sauce of butter, cream, grated parmesean cheese and black pepper most commonly served over fettuccine.
almond paste Made of ground blanched almonds, sugar and glycerin or other liquid. Almond extract is sometimes added for more intense almond flavor. Almond paste is less sweet and slightly coarser than marzipan. Used in a variety of confections, it is available in most supermarkets.
Amaranth An annual plant. Greens have a slightly sweet flavor and can be cooked or served in salads. Seeds can be ground into flour or used as cereal. Found in Caribbean and Asian markets. Considered nutritious and high-protein.

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