The Language Chef August 12, 2015 Featured Words, Vietnamese

Nuoc Mam

   Word of the Day  – Nuoc Mam Fish sause is a staple of many asian cuisines.  Nước mắm is the name of it in Vietnam.  I hear so many people say this is several ...

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The Language Chef August 10, 2015 Featured Words

Nuoc Mam

   Word of the Day  – Nuoc Mam Fish sause is a staple of many asian cuisines.  Nước mắm is the name of it in Vietnam.  I hear so many people say this is several ...

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The Language Chef August 10, 2015 Featured Words

Banana

Word of the Day  – Banana We eat so many Bananas I think people think they grow in every garden in America.  But it’s really a very recent addition to the American ...

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The Language Chef August 3, 2015 Featured Words

Mozzarella

Word of the Day – Mozzarella Last night a friend asked me if mozzarella meant anything.  Ya I said, it means ‘stringy cheese’ – which of course is wrong.The word is ...

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The Language Chef July 29, 2015 Blog, Dessert, Featured Words

Chantilly Lace.. oops I mean Chantilly Cream!

In French, whipped cream is fondly referred to as ‘Creme Chantilly” (pronounced ‘Chan Tee Ee) double L’s and a Y! The story goes that as Chantilly was a ...

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The Language Chef June 18, 2012 Featured Words

Affogato

Warmer weather means more Ice Cream! A good friend of mine, last night, had an espresso and then plopped a nice round scoop of vanilla ice cream in it. Affogato! We screamed! ...

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The Language Chef June 4, 2012 Featured Words

Goulash

Goulash is guylas (pronounced the same) in Hungarian and means ‘herder’.   It refers to stews or soups made by herders in the field whilst they tend their cows, etc. ...

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The Language Chef May 29, 2012 Featured Words

Masala vs Marsala

Masala is often misunderstood to be Marsala. One is a city in Sicily with a very good wine, and Masala couldn’t be anything farther away from wine. Masala means essentially ...

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The Language Chef May 29, 2012 Featured Words

Licorice

  Licorice is so popular in Holland. They LOVE it! In Dutch it’s called ‘dropjes’ and come in many shapes and sizes. The word, licorice or liquorice, both spellings are ...

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The Language Chef March 11, 2012 Featured Words

The Oreo

Oreo!   Oreo is a word that always fascinated me.  There are several ideas as to what the origin is.  First produced in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, the name ...

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