If you’ve ever wondered what the teeny football of ice cream on your fancy dessert’s official name is, let us enlighten you: A quenelle (pronounced kuh-NELL) is a 3-sided scoop of something soft enough to mold, using two spoons to form an oval shape. Most quenelles you encounter today are made of ice cream, sorbet, whipped cream, delicious ricotta you made yourself in the kitchen, and the like. They were originally dumpling-like creations, formed in the same way using two spoons, made of finely ground meat, fish or vegetables poached in stock. Savory (but far from ideal) example: Gefilte fish.

Use today’s Word of the Day (ideal example): Bourbon Ice Cream