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Word of the Day: Garam Masala

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Aug 5, 2011 3:21 pm

Masala is a word on on every Indian menu, from spicy chicken tikka to milky chai tea. So what does it mean? 

A masala refers to a blend of spices signature to Indian and other South Asian cuisines, ranging from a blend of a few elements to over a dozen. Garam masala is the most popular type (garam meaning "mixed") and is used extensively across India, containing up to twelve ingredients. 

Word of the Day: Socarrat

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Aug 4, 2011 3:50 pm

Socorrat... A beautiful word for something seemingly banal — the rice that gets crunchy and forms a crust at the bottom of the pan. You might wonder why crusty rice deserves such a name, especially since it is a by-product that many people discard. 

A true paella is cooked in a wide, shallow metal pan...

Word of the Day: Viticulture

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Aug 3, 2011 1:41 pm

The word viticulture is one you might consider while drinking your favorite Merlot or Pinot Grigio. After all, viticulture is key to wine's existence. Viticulture is the study and practice of cultivating grapes, and some serious tending is needed to create a wine's resulting bouquet.

Word of the Day: Pith

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Aug 2, 2011 4:03 pm

In some cases, a fruit is more than skin, flesh and seeds. With citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and limes, the skin is made up of two layers - zest and pith. If you've ever engaged in the procedure of zesting a fruit (delicately rubbing a...

Word of the Day: Halal

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Aug 1, 2011 3:16 pm

Halal is an Islamic word given to foods that are permitted in the Muslim culture. This practice calls for prayer and the practice of slaughtering animals as respectfully and humanely as possible. Only foods that are considered "clean" are acceptable in halal. Pigs, alcohol, blood, previously dead animals, birds of prey and carnivorous animals are haram, or...

Word of the Day: Hibachi/Teppan

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Jul 28, 2011 4:56 pm

hibachi is a small, portable Japanese coal-burning heating device and grill. Oh, like at Benihana, you say? Kind of.

Word of the Day: Adobo

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Jul 22, 2011 4:31 pm

Chicken adobo. Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Giant shaker of Goya adobo seasoning that's been in the spice cabinet for ages. Do they have anything in common? Yes, they're all delicious. The word adobo can mean marinade, sauce or seasoning. And they're respectively Filipino, Mexican and generally Latin American in ethnicity...

Word of the Day: Mirepoix

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Jul 20, 2011 4:31 pm

In modern cuisine, a mirepoix (pronounced MEE-ra-pwah) is a combination of chopped onions, carrots and celery, otherwise known as aromatics, used to add a preliminary layer of flavor to long-cooking dishes. 


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