The Language Chef September 16, 2015 Blog, Spain, Spanish, Wine

Rio HA! Rioja!

Last night we had a great bottle of Rioja.  Rioja wines are one of the oldest, officially recognized wines – in the year 1130, the King of Navarre gave his blessing to this ...

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The Language Chef September 13, 2015 Albanian, Basque, Blog, Korean, Language

The lonesome language

Recently I read an article about the Basque – the people nestled between France and Spain.  With DNA testing and biological anthropology, they determined that the Basque ...

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The Language Chef September 8, 2015 American Food, Blog, English Food

Let’s cobble a Cobbler

As requested, today is Cobbler Day on TLC!   Oddly enough, the word cobble or cobbler has a murky and unclear history.  The word ‘cobbeler’ is a Middle English word ...

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The Language Chef September 7, 2015 Blog

You say Tamale and I say Tomalley!

Labor Day weekend in Connecticut meant Lobster!  Last night we showed a friend how to dissect and devour the red-shelled crustacean.  When she reached the ‘green ...

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The Language Chef September 5, 2015 Blog, Vegetables

What the heck is a Cob?

Corn on the cob, hmmm…. corn on the cob – we say it all the time (we ate some last night – first party in my new digs), and I thought,  WHAT’S A COB? Well ...

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The Language Chef September 3, 2015 Blog, Italian

Fennel is gay in Italian?

Last night we were talking about gardens and next year I said I’m going to grow fennel!  I love its liquorice flavor. Our word fennel comes from Old English by way of the ...

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The Language Chef September 2, 2015 Blog, Chinese Cusisine, Spice

Anise! and don’t giggle!

Star Anise is probably my favorite flavor in both savory and sweet.  I love Anisette cookies that my grandma made, and the fragrant, soy-sauced smell of anise-flavored red cooked ...

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The Language Chef August 28, 2015 Blog, Italian

Polenta Pots are hot!

So you think you can make polenta in some Creuset fancy pancy pot?  WRONG! Well you can but according to my Grandfather, it just ain’t Polenta unless you make it in a ...

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The Language Chef August 27, 2015 Africa, Blog, Featured Words

Word of the Day – Bunny Chow

Word of the Day  –  Bunny Chow Bunny Chow? Say what? NO it’s not food that Bugs Bunny would like, but a South African fast food dish. It’s a hollowed out loaf ...

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The Language Chef August 27, 2015 Blog, Vegetables

You simply MUST eat your Sponge!

Tonight had Chinese food and my friend from Taiwan wanted to eat – Luffa!  yes!  just like the sponge!  Luffa or Loofah is an Egyptian Arabic word that describes a ...

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