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chorizo A highly seasoned, coarsely ground pork sausage flavored with garlic, chili powder and other spices used in both Mexican and Spanish cooking. As opposed to other sausages, casing should be removed before cooking.
chowder Most often thought of as clam chowder, but really is any thick and chunky soup.
churn The process of agitating cream until it separates into solids and liquids. The solid fat result is butter.
chutney A spicy, Indian condiment made from fruit, vinegar, and spices. It is served with curries and other dishes, or as a spread or appetizer with cheese.
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.
coddle Slow cooking of eggs in hot water. Used as a way to reduce the danger of salmonella poisoning from tainted raw eggs, when raw eggs are called for in a recipe (such as in Caesar Salad.)
coffee World-wide popular beverage produced by steeping roasted, ground coffee beans. Coffee flavor is produced by hundreds of chemical compounds, and is among the most complex of any food or beverage.
cognac A fine brandy from the Cognac region of France. Various grades, such as VSOP and XO indicate how long the product as aged.

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