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Do You Actually Know What These Fancy Food Terms Mean?

Do you even know what a bisque is?

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  1. What is a tartare?
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    A dipping sauce made from mayonnaise
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    A dish of seasoned raw meat (usually beef)
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    A mixture of cooked beef and minced veggies
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    A type of dressing made without vinegar
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    A tartare is a dish of seasoned raw meat (usually beef) sometimes topped with an egg yolk and served with bread or crackers. (Not to be confused with tartar sauce.)

    Learn how to make it here.

    A tartare is a dish of seasoned raw meat (usually beef) sometimes topped with an egg yolk and served with bread or crackers. (Not to be confused with tartar sauce.)
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  2. What is crème brûlée?
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    A dessert sauce typically served with fruit
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    A technique used to thicken cream sauces
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    A sweet custard topped with caramelized sugar
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    A thick dairy product similar to sour cream
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    Crème brûlée is a classic French dessert made from a sweet custard topped with caramelized sugar.

    Learn how to make it here.

    Crème brûlée is a classic French dessert made from a sweet custard topped with caramelized sugar.
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  3. What is a bisque?
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    A small bite of food
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    A sauce made from thickened stock
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    A creamy soup
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    Meat (usually beef) cooked slowly in liquid
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    A bisque is a type of puréed soup (usually made from seafood) that is super creamy.

    Learn how to make a classic lobster bisque here.

    A bisque is a type of puréed soup (usually made from seafood) that is super creamy.
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  4. What is a consommé?
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    A type of dessert sauce
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    A clear soup
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    A method of gently cooking seafood
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    A protein (usually fish) marinated in citrus juice
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    A consommé is a clear soup.

    It's made by clarifying stock — a process that takes a bit of practice to get right. Learn how to do it here.

    A consommé is a clear soup.
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  5. What does blanch mean?
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    To quickly cook something in boiling water
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    To cover a piece of meat in fat as it cooks
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    A plank of wood that you cook on top of
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    To cut leafy greens into thin strips
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    Blanching is a cooking process in which you quickly boil something and immediately transfer it into an ice bath.

    This comes in handy when cooking certain veggies like green beans or broccoli. Learn how to do it here.

    Blanching is a cooking process in which you quickly boil something and immediately transfer it into an ice bath.
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  6. What is a gastrique?
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    Meat (usually pork) cooked in vinegar
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    A creamy soup made with potatoes and leeks
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    A method of cooking that involves both wet and dry heat
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    A sweet-and-sour sauce made from sugar and vinegar
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    A gastrique is a tangy sauce made from caramelized sugar and vinegar.

    The term can be applied to many types of sauces, but the main characteristic is the sweet yet sour flavor. Learn how to make one here.

    A gastrique is a tangy sauce made from caramelized sugar and vinegar.
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  7. What does chiffonade mean?
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    Raw veggies dressed in an acidic dressing
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    Veggies served raw
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    To cut leafy vegetables or herbs into thin ribbons
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    A cold soup
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    Chiffonade is a slicing technique in which leafy greens (usually herbs) are rolled up and sliced into thin strips.

    Learn how to do it here.

    Chiffonade is a slicing technique in which leafy greens (usually herbs) are rolled up and sliced into thin strips.
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  8. What is a crudo?
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    A type of citrus
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    Thinly sliced beef fat
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    A dish of raw seafood
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    Oil infused with spices
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    A crudo is a dish of raw seafood generously seasoned with some sort of dressing (such as oil and citrus juice).

    Learn how to make it here.

    A crudo is a dish of raw seafood generously seasoned with some sort of dressing (such as oil and citrus juice).
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  9. What is a quenelle?
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    A knife cut similar to a dice
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    Food shaped into a football shape
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    A spice blend typically used in desserts
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    Something gently cooked in oil
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    A quenelle is a football-shaped scoop of something — usually ice cream or whipped cream.

    It also refers to a poached dumpling made out of minced meat (usually fish). Learn how to perfect the quenelle shape here.

    A quenelle is a football-shaped scoop of something — usually ice cream or whipped cream.
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  10. What is an amuse-bouche?
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    A small bite of food to start a meal
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    A bite-sized cake typically coated in fondant
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    A tender cut of pork from the neck area
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    A protein gently simmered in stock or broth
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    An amuse-bouche is a small bite of food the chef sends out before a meal.

    It's a way for chefs to give a little something extra and set the tone of the meal.

    An amuse-bouche is a small bite of food the chef sends out before a meal.
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