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  1. What does the term <i>sauté</i> mean?
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    To quickly cook something in a dry, hot pan
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    To slowly cook something in water until tender
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    To fry something in a small amount of fat
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    To cook something in a hot pan and finish it in the oven
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    "Sauté" means to fry something in a small amount of fat.

    This is different than deep-frying because the food is not fully submerged in the oil. Learn more about this fundamental cooking technique here.

    "Sauté" means to fry something in a small amount of fat.
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  2. Which of these herbs is oregano?
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    Oregano (aka wild marjoram) is a soft, leafy herb with fragrant leaves.

    It's commonly used in Italian and Greek cooking and has a slightly bitter taste (which you might recognize from your favorite tomato sauce). Learn more about the powerful herb here.

    Oregano (aka wild marjoram) is a soft, leafy herb with fragrant leaves.
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  3. What is a mirepoix?
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    A bundle of herbs tied together with string
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    A mixture of onion, celery, and carrot
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    A mixture of chopped mushrooms and shallots
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    Cooked butter and flour used to thicken sauces
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    Mirepoix is a mixture of onion, celery, and carrot used as the foundation for soups, stews, and braises.

    The standard recipe is two parts diced onion, one part diced celery, and one part diced carrot. Learn how to make it here.

    Mirepoix is a mixture of onion, celery, and carrot used as the foundation for soups, stews, and braises.
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  4. How many tablespoons are in a cup?
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    8
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    12
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    16
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    24
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    There are 16 tablespoons in a cup.

    Each tablespoon is half an ounce ― and 1 cup is 8 ounces. Check out this handy chart for all your cooking conversion needs.

    There are 16 tablespoons in a cup.
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  5. Which of these is a julienne cut?
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    Julienne (aka allumette or matchsticks) is a knife cut measuring ⅛ inch by ⅛ inch by 1-2 inches.

    Check out all the standard knife cuts, including julienne, here.

    Julienne (aka allumette or matchsticks) is a knife cut measuring ⅛ inch by ⅛ inch by 1-2 inches.
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  6. If a recipe calls for a cup of butter, how many sticks should you use?
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    Half a stick
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    One stick
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    One and a half sticks
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    Two sticks
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    There are two sticks of butter in a cup.

    Each stick is four ounces (aka half a cup).

    There are two sticks of butter in a cup.
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  7. Which of these peppers is the hottest?
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    Serrano
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    Habanero
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    Banana
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    Jalapeño
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    Habanero peppers are one of the hottest peppers you can cook with (almost 100 times hotter than a jalapeño).

    They are small, floral, and sweet (and of course, really damn hot). Check out a complete ranking of pepper hotness here.

    Habanero peppers are one of the hottest peppers you can cook with (almost 100 times hotter than a jalapeño).
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  8. What does it mean to macerate something?
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    To soak fruit in a flavorful liquid or sugar
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    To cook fruit in simple syrup until tender
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    To toss fruit in salt to remove excess water
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    To slightly smash fruit
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    "Macerate" is the term used to describe tossing fruit in a flavorful liquid or sugar.

    The fruit (usually berries) will soften and the flavor will intensify. Learn how to do it here.

    "Macerate" is the term used to describe tossing fruit in a flavorful liquid or sugar.
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  9. Which of these cuts of beef is a flank steak?
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    A flank steak is an inexpensive cut of meat from the chest of a cow.

    Although tough, this cut is extremely flavorful and a favorite among chefs. Learn how to cook with it here.

    A flank steak is an inexpensive cut of meat from the chest of a cow.
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  10. How many teaspoons are in<br />a tablespoon?
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    2
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    3
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    4
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    5
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    There are three teaspoons in a tablespoon.

    Check out this handy chart for all your cooking conversion needs.

    There are three teaspoons in a tablespoon.
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