The Language Chef October 21, 2015 Bread, cereal, Italian

Semolina!!! Is that a girl’s name?

Yesterday I bought a loaf of Semolina bread – OMG! amazing –   it’s more chewy and sweeter than plain ol’white flour bread.  But I asked my self – ...

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The Language Chef October 20, 2015 Blog, Cakes, Latin, Spanish

Coocoo for Coconut

Coconut was one of those amazing discovers by the European explorers who found it all over south Asia.   In India, where they probably first found it, they heard the Tamil word, ...

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The Language Chef October 17, 2015 Blog, Cakes, German

Are you an Angel or Devil’s Food?

With Halloween approaching (my fav holiday:)), I wondered why is Devil’s food called Devil’s Food… oh and Angel’s food or Angel Food (I’ve seen ...

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The Language Chef October 6, 2015 Blog, Cakes, Frosting

Feel like Queen Victoria with Royal Icing

Royal Icing decorates cakes, cookies and other delectables.  It is the combination of confectioner’s sugar, egg whites and lemon juice – normally.  As you decorate ...

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The Language Chef October 4, 2015 Blog, Frosting

Frosting – for cakes or faces? I say both!

Today I write in praise of frosting. The word, in English, clearly refers to a light covering of snow as does ‘icing’. In French, Italian, Spanish you can see a ...

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The Language Chef October 3, 2015 Blog, Mexican

Churros, the Mexican cruller, is really Chinese?

Well sort of 🙂   Churros are fried, sweet dough extruded from a press and fried – then often served with hot chocolate  (definitely Mexican, the chocolate).   Now the ...

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The Language Chef October 1, 2015 Blog, Cocktails

Which first? Lamp or drink – The Hurricane

The Hurricane Lamp or Drink – which came first? Well the glass – designed to keep wind away from the kerosene flame. The shape had been around before kerosene to ...

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The Language Chef September 21, 2015 Featured Words, Mexican

Word of the Day – Chili

With cooler weather coming – I was thinking of Chili and found something sort of surprising.  It’s not that old.  The word comes from the Aztec word ...

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The Language Chef September 20, 2015 Featured Words

Word of the Day: Skillet

I always thought that words that began with an SK came from Scandinavia  – like sky, skein, skol! 🙂 But skillet seems not to!  Ceasar might have used a ...

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The Language Chef September 20, 2015 Blog, cereal

Fruit Loops? NO! Froot Loops

I love cereal, never have been a fan of the sugary kind, but I love the names.  Captain Crunch, Sugar Pops and my all time favorite Froot Loops!  And yet, I have to admit, I ...

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