If You Can't Stand the Heat: Cooking Quiz
by Staff
You may be a whiz in the kitchen, but just how well-versed are you when it comes to the art of cooking? Test your culinary prowess with this cooking quiz.

Which of these terms means to cook food in its own juices with a small amount of fat over low heat, just until softened?

  • sweating
  • simmering
  • stewing

What's the difference between a convection oven and a conventional oven?

  • A convection oven uses a fan.
  • A convection oven lacks the broiler setting.
  • A convection oven uses radioactivity.

When it comes to Italian pasta and sauces:

  • the redder the sauce, the longer the pasta should be
  • long pastas are best with cream sauces or olive oil
  • It's all good!

What should you look for when buying fresh mussels?

  • mussels with widely opened shells
  • mussels that are light-colored
  • mussels with closed shells or shells that snap shut when tapped

Which type of wood should you NOT use for smoking foods on an outdoor grill?

  • softwoods
  • hardwoods
  • fruitwoods

Which of these is an 18th-century word for flattening chicken for quick cooking?

  • spatchcock
  • anvil
  • poundeyre

What salad dressing gets its name from a region that's popular among outdoors enthusiasts?

  • ranch
  • Thousand Island
  • green goddess

A basic pesto sauce consists of basil, Parmesan, olive oil, salt and:

  • pepper
  • tomato paste
  • pine nuts

What's a mycophile?

  • wine connoisseur
  • edible mushroom hunter
  • person who loves wild game

What's the hand test used for in grilling?

  • It determines the heat of coals.
  • It's used to test the doneness of meat.
  • It's a method of determining the difference between chicken and burgers when cooking in the dark.

When a recipe calls for wine, most cooks avoid using cooking wines because they contain what?

  • salt
  • too much alcohol
  • fat

What is the soft-ball stage of syrup?

  • The syrup can be rolled into a ball that gives some resistance when pressed.
  • The syrup can be rolled into a ball and flattens easily when pressed.
  • The syrup can be rolled into a ball and does not flatten when pressed.

Which of the following should you avoid marinating overnight?

  • chicken
  • pork
  • fish

What is a quick fix if your rice is too wet?

  • Turn up the heat.
  • Stir the rice.
  • Uncover the pot.

What degree is required to smoke meat?

  • 150-200 degrees Farenheit (66-93 degrees Celsius)
  • 250-300 degrees Farenheit (121-149 degrees Celsuis)
  • 350-400 degrees Farenheit (177-204 degrees Celsius)

What type of sauce is best for long, narrowly shaped pasta?

  • oil-based sauces (thin and smooth)
  • thick sauce that contains chunks of meat
  • Either is best.

Which of the following is a suitable substitute for oil in some bread recipes?

  • milk
  • margarine
  • applesauce

What is poaching?

  • quick boil
  • dry broiling
  • slow simmer

What is mincing?

  • make shallow cuts in the surface of the food
  • cut food in fine pieces
  • cut food lengthwise in thin strips

When doubling a recipe which of the following should you NEVER double?

  • flour
  • alcohol
  • water