Words to Cook By....C-Ch

For those of you who don’t know French, understanding what you are reading is essential prior to cooking up a savory dish. If you aren’t familiar with a particular word-don’t let that throw you off. Creating delicious dishes is relatively easy once you understand exactly what you’re reading. The following are explanations of some of the lesser recognizable words and cooking terms that you will find on Gourmandia.com beginning with the letter C.

•Caponata-An eggplant appetizer that is served with pine nuts, tomatoes, capers, anchovies, and onions that has been sautéed in olive oil.
•Cappuccino-Espresso coffee served with steamed milk. There are many variations and flavors of cappuccino.
•Cardamom-A spice of the ginger family
•Carpaccio-Thinly sliced rare beef served chilled with various sauces and accoutrements.
•Carre-Translates to the word square
•Caviar-A blanket word referring to the eggs of any number of fish. Usually served chilled, as an appetizer.
•Char-A species of Trout
•Chard-A type of leafy beet
•Chateau-A distinctive, stately manor
•Chez-From the home of
•Chicory-A plant used for it’s root (for coffee) and as a salad
•Chutney- A blanket word referring to any number of sauces or relishes that may contain various fruits, herbs, or spices that can be used as a topping for meats or fish.

Now that you have a few more pointers you will be able to tackle some of these recipes with no problem whatsoever. Check for future articles translating the remainder of the alphabet. To put these words to tasty use, visit Gourmandia.com. Happy Cuisson!

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