If You Can't Stand the Heat: Cooking Quiz

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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 is a cooking method that allows food to gently cook in its own juices over a long period of time, just until it's soft, but not browned.

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

A convection oven uses a fan to circulate heat throughout the oven. With this additional apparatus, the convection oven generally cooks food 25 percent faster and at 25 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 degrees Celsius) cooler than conventional ovens.

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When it comes to Italian pasta and sauces:

Flatter and longer pasta shapes tend to go best with olive oil and cream sauces; sturdier shapes go best with chunky and assertive sauces.

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What should you look for when buying fresh mussels?

When buying mussels, look for ones with tightly closed shells or shells that close when you tap them. Those shells that don't close when tapped mean the mussel is dead. Don't purchase those.

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

Never use softwoods -- like pine, spruce or cedar -- as they release resins that taint the food's taste. Opt for hardwoods or fruitwoods instead. Hickory, oak, mesquite, pear and apple all produce aromatic smoke that will enhance the flavor of your food.

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

Spatchcock (believed to have been derived from the phrase "dispatch the cock") is a way of flattening a whole chicken by cutting out the spine before cooking.

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

The Thousand Island region in upstate New York is known for its good hunting and fishing -- and salad dressing.

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

Pine nuts are an essential ingredient in any basic pesto recipe.

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What's a mycophile?

A mycophile is someone who hunts edible wild mushrooms. The word comes from the Greek "mykes" (meaning "fungus") and "philos" (meaning "loving)".

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What's the hand test used for in grilling?

The hand test is used to estimate the temperature of charcoal when grilling. Hold your hand 4 inches (10 centimenters) above the coals. If you can hold it there for five seconds before the heat forces you to pull it away, the coals are at medium-low heat. Four seconds equals medium heat, three seconds equals medium-hot heat and two seconds means the coals are at high heat.

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

Products labeled as cooking wines contain salt. Most cooks use a regular wine for their recipes.

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What is the soft-ball stage of syrup?

At the soft-ball stage, the syrup can be rolled into a soft ball and flattened when removed from cold water.

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Which of the following should you avoid marinating overnight?

Fish and vegetables should only be marinated for short periods of time, since they don't need tenderizing.

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

If the rice is too wet, uncover the pot and cook over low heat to gently evaporate the extra water.

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What degree is required to smoke meat?

Smoking may take several days at temperatures around 150 degrees to 200 degrees Farenheit (66-93 degrees Celsius).

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

Thin and smooth sauces are favored by long and narrowly shaped pastas like spaghetti and vermicelli.

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

Applesauce will work in recipes for quick breads, muffins and other cake-like baked goods.

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What is poaching?

Poaching is a technique of cooking food slowly in a simmering, but not boiling liquid.

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What is mincing?

Mincing is cutting food into very fine pieces.

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

Alcohol can overpower the other flavors of the dish so you should not double it in a recipe. Use 1.5 times the amount instead.

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