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  1. Ice cubes dropped into hot soup or stew will allow you to eliminate some of the fat.  The fat will cling to the ice cubes, quickly remove the ice cubes.
  2. When you are making whipping cream add a couple of drops of lemon juice.  The lemon juice helps the cream whip faster.
  3. To saute is to cook is a small amount of butter.
  4. To score is to cut shallow grooves or slits through the outer layer.
  5. To simmer is to cook in a liquid that is just below the boiling point.
  6. To toss is to mix ingredients lightly by lifting and dropping.
  7. Baking is cooking in the oven.  Always bake your dishes uncovered unless the recipe specifies otherwise.
  8. Baste is to brush or spoon the drippings over the food as it cooks to add flavor and keep moist.
  • Beat:  a brisk up and over a motion that adds air.
  • Boil cook in a heated liquid until it bubbles.
  • Braise:  cook slowly with a small amount of liquid in a covered pan.
  • Broil:  cook by direct heat.
  • Caramelize cook sugar over low heat until it melts and turns brown, or cook onions with a small amount of butter until they turn brown.
  • Chop:  cut into small irregular pieces.
  • Cool:  let stand at room temperature to reduce the heat of the food.
  • Cream:  beat with a spoon or mixer to make light and fluffy.
  • Cube:  cut into equal-sized 1/2 inch pieces.

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