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fold (to) to gently mix ingredients with a down,under,up,and over motion so as not to eliminate the air that has been incorporated into beaten eggwhites or whipped cream, for example..
garbanzo beans Also called chickpeas, these large peas are common in Mediterranean, Indian, and Middle Eastern dishes.
gari Ginger root pickled with sweet vinegar and colored red. Often served with sushi in thin slices. Also known as beni shoga.
ginger The root of the ginger plant is a mainstay in Asian and Indian cuisines, providing a peppery and slightly sweet taste and spicy aroma. Fresh ginger may be found in the produce section and should be peeled and sliced or ground before using. Dried ground ginger (not an appropriate substitute for recipes calling for fresh ginger)has different characteristics and is used in curries, soups and baked goods (i.e. gingerbread and ginger snaps). Ginger can also be found candied, preserved and pickled, each with its own uses.
glucose A type of sugar used in commercial candies and frosting, baked good, soft drinks and other processed foods because it doesn't crystallize easily. also call dextroglucose or dextrose, check in a store that has a large cake decorating section or offers cake decorating classes.
glycerin, glycerine A colorless, odorless,syrupy liquid made from fats and oils and used to retain moisture and add sweetness to foods. It also helps to prevent sugar crystallization in foods like candy.
guinness stout A brand of of strong dark beer which originated in the British Isles. It is made with dark-roasted barley and is more fragrant of hops than other types of beer.
half and half A blend of light cream and milk, which produces a cream with about 12% milk fat.
hanger steak Beef muscle over the 7th and 8th ribs; similar to flank or skirt steak in texture and rib-eye in flavor. This muscle is little used by the animal and full of blood giving the cooked meat a reddish appearance.
hardtack A large, hard biscuit made with unsalted, unleavened,flour and water dough. It is baked and dried to give it a longer shelf life and has been used as a staple by sailors at least since the 1800's. It is also known as ship biscuit and sea bread.
haricot vert Haricot vert is a fancy name for green beans or string beans.
heavy cream see cream
horseradish sauce A condiment used with fish or meat. Available at most supermarkets.
hummus A Middle Eastern sauce or spread made from mashed cooked chickpeas or garbanzo beans and seasoned with lemon juice, garlic and oil. It is often served with pita bread for dipping.
Jane's Krazy Mixed-Up Salt Jane's Krazy Mixed-up Seasonings including Original Mixed-Up Salt. Distributed by Flavor Delite, Inc. in Richburg, SC. Phone 1-800-257-6174 EX 225. It is primarily a coarse ground salt most noticably flavored with onion and garlic powders but also contains some anonymous spices. Found with the other spices and herbs in our local Safeway supermarket right between the Lawry's seasonings and the Shilling-McCormick stuff. $3.49 for 9.5 oz.
kale A member of the cabbage family closely related to collard greens. Both crinkly and smooth leaved varieties are winter vegetables and a good source of vitamin A. Kale is best steamed or boiled and served with butter.
Kirsch Kirsch or kirschwasser is an unsweetened distillate (liqueur) of fermented cherries having the flavor of fermented cherries and brandy.
mache A salad green native to Europe with narrow dark green leaves and a tangy, nutlike flavor. It can also be steamed and served as a vegetable. It is also called field salad, field lettuce, lamb's lettuce, and corn salad (though unrelated to corn).
margarine a butter substitute that is a blend of hydrogenated vegetable oils and other ingredients, as emulsifiers and vitamins. Also known as oleo in some areas.
marinara sauce A highly seasoned Italian sauce generally made with tomatoes, onions, garlic and oregano used on pasta and some meats.
mesclun A mixture of young, small salad greens often including arugula, dandelion, frisee, mizuma, radicchio and sorrel. It is simply a salad mix or gourmet salad mix.
Milnot a brand name of a canned evaporated milk.
miso A fermented soy bean paste used in flavoring many Japanese dishes. Light colored versions are used in flavoring soups and sauces while darker versions are used in flavoring heavier dishes. It is high in vitamin B and protien and can be found in Japanese markets and health food stores.
oleo An old fashioned or regional term for margarine which is often a non-dairy substitute for butter but also often high in trans fats.
orange jello shots Orange jello made with vodka instead of the cold water addition. Cut into squares and served at parties, it is the adult and teen (sadly) version of jello jigglers.
orange water Orange water or orange flower water is a fragrant distillation of orange blossoms and used in flavoring baked goods and other sweet and savory dishes and in drinks such as a Ramos Gin Fizz. Look for it in the liquor section with things like grenadine and margarita salt.
parboil To partially cook food by boiling briefly in water. This may be done to longer cooking ingredients to make sure all ingredients are done at the same time such as in stir-fries.
passata Italian for mash or puree.
Periperi A spicy marinade from Mozambique for a variety of meats. Use word search for recipe. Other versions are used in Portugal, Brazil and other cuisines.
Pick Over To look through the berries or other fruits or vegetables to remove any spoiled ones, leaves or other things you might not want in the dish you are cooking.

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