|besan ||Indian flour made from ground, dried chickpeas.
Used as a thickener, and in doughs and noodles.
Highly nutritious. |
|betty ||Baked pudding made from sugar, spices, fruit,
butter, and breadcrumbs. Very old, colonial
American dessert, though Betty Rubble was
much older still. |
|beurre blanc ||French sauce, meaning "white butter". Made with
wine, vinegar, and shallots reduced over heat,
into which butter is whisked until the sauce is
|beurre manie ||A sauce thickener of softened butter combined with
an equal amount of flour. Small pieces can be
stirred into broth to thicken. |
|biltong ||From Africa; air-dried, cured meat strips. Like
American beef jerky, but considered finer. Made
from beef or game. |
|bisque ||A thick soup made of pureed seafood and cream. |
|bitters ||Bitter flavored distillation of herbs, bark,
roots, and plants. Used in cocktails and cooking.
The most popular brand is Angostura bitters. |
|blackened ||A cooking technique made famous by Louisiana chef Paul Prudhomme. Meat or fish is usually seasoned with a cajun spice mixture and then cooked in a cast iron skillet that has been heated almost red hot. This technique gives the food an extra crispy crust and sears in the juices. It is also guaranteed to set off your smoke detector--unless the battery is dead. |
|blanch ||A cooking technique of placing food into boiling
water for a short time, then in cold water to
stop cooking. |
|blanquette ||A French term for creamy stew made of veal, chicken, or lamb, mushrooms and whole small white onions. |
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