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Updated on May 11, 2020. Posted on May 3, 2020

This Quiz Will Test Your Home-Cooking IQ

Let's put your cooking skills to the test.

Good evening! Tonight you're going to be cooking a multi-course meal for a small group of guests who are eagerly awaiting dinner. Let's see if you can impress them with your cooking without messing up.

  1. First up: salad. Which of these ingredients is not required for a classic Caesar?

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    Sardines

    Sardines are not included in a Caesar salad. The Caesar dressing traditionally includes anchovies, beaten eggs, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice, which is tossed on romaine lettuce and topped with Parmesan cheese and croutons.

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  2. Time to prepare a roux for your main course. What two ingredients do you need?

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    Butter and flour

    A roux forms the foundation for many dishes from soups to gravies, and it is made with equal parts flour and fat (butter or oil). In a sauce pan, melt the butter and whisk in the flour, stirring until it forms a thick white paste.

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  3. Next, time to julienne some carrots. Which photo shows a proper julienne cut?

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    A julienne cut is long thin strips.

    One of the basic knife skills, a julienne cut means cutting food (most often veggies like carrots, potatoes, or celery) into long, thin matchsticks that can be used as a garnish or in slaws.

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  4. Before your guests arrived, you started to brine the chicken. How do you brine?

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    Brining means to soak meat in a salt water bath.

    Brining is a great way to tenderize meat before cooking it. To brine, add salt water to a large pot and submerge the meat into the water. Let the meat soak for a few hours or as long as overnight.

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  5. You've decided to make risotto on the side. What kind of rice do you need?

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    Arborio rice

    Arborio rice is the rice used to make risotto. It's a short and milky grain of rice that gets super creamy when cooked.

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  6. Now it's time to braise the chicken. How do you braise?

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    Braising is the process simmering meat in a small amount of cooking liquid.

    Braising is one of those cooking techniques that takes meat to the next level and turns it into an impressive main dish. To braise, lightly fry meat in a dutch oven, slow cooker, or heavy bottomed pot. Then add a small amount of cooking liquid to the covered pot and let the meat slow cook. The result is juicy, tender, melt-in-your-mouth meat.

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  7. You want to make an aioli for the chicken. Which of these ingredients do you need?

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    You need egg yolk to make aioli.

    An aioli is a creamy sauce similar to mayonnaise that is made with olive oil, egg yolk, garlic, and lemon juice. Mix everything together until emulsified and serve as a delicious dipping sauce or condiment.

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  8. For dessert you're making pie dough from scratch. What should you do with the butter?

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    Add small pieces of cold butter to the flour.

    Homemade pie dough calls for cutting in the butter, which is just the process of slicing cold butter into small pieces and adding it to dry ingredients (in this case, flour). The result is that little lumps of the raw butter remain whole in the flour, a crucial step for flaky homemade pie dough.

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