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 19, 2015 Featured Words, Native American

Quinoa – Kinwa

EEK!  Collins online dictionary says that ‘Quinoa’ is Spanish in origin.   NO WAY!!  The word, pronounced, kinwa, is from the Native American language called ...

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The Language Chef September 13, 2015 Featured Words

Word of the Day : Gerund

I always loved this word ‘gerund’ – basically it’s a verb like ‘EAT’ and adding and “ING” on the end.  It can be a noun or ...

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The Language Chef September 12, 2015 Featured Words, French, Wine

Word of the Day : Cépage

For some reason, this word has been dancing around in my head for days – maybe because it’s getting close to the wine harvest.   Cépage  means ‘grape ...

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The Language Chef September 10, 2015 Featured Words

Word of the Day: Reinheitsgebot

If you’re a German beer fan, you may have seen this on a bottle of German beer.  Reinheitsgebot: or Purity law is pronounced  as (rine heights geh boat),  German beer ...

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The Language Chef September 8, 2015 Featured Words

Word of the Day – Pavlova

Anna Pavlova, a principal dancer of the Russian Ballet, was a lucky lady.  A chef in New Zealand (some say Australia) named his meringue-based cake after the illustrious dancer ...

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The Language Chef August 28, 2015 Featured Words, French

Word of the Day – Pâte à Choux

Pâte à Choux pronounced ‘pat ah shoe’  is actually 3 words; 1. Pâte means ‘dough or paste’ the hat over the A means that in Latin there was an S after ...

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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 19, 2015 Featured Words

Gianduia

  Word of the Day  – Gianduia (Jee Ahn do ee ya) Gianduia is Nutella, that is, a chocolate paste mixture where hazelnut paste is added.  It’s named for a ...

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