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July 19, 2014

The Pantry Quiz #96

Four herbs

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What do four herbs of the herbs in this picture of my garden have in common? (Hint: it's musical.)

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July 12, 2014

The Pantry Quiz #95

Mystery grain.

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This ancient grain that's really a green is popular in gluten-free recipes; we eat it hot or cold, but we always cook it first. What is it?

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July 5, 2014

The Pantry Quiz #94

Carnaroli rice.

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Buongiorno! Thank heaven for Italy, which gives the world carnaroli, the choice of chefs for making super-creamy risotto. Carnaroli is classified as a superfino rice; that's an official designation. What makes a rice superfino, as opposed to semifino or fino? (More than one answer might be correct.)

1. The grains of rice are more long than wide.
2. The grains of rice are longer than 6.4 millimeters.
3. The rice is high in starch.
4. The rice is super fine.

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June 28, 2014

The Pantry Quiz #93

Sliced bread

Multiple Choice

A few weeks ago, I watched a very funny clip from Jimmy Kimmel's late night show, which I can't stay up late enough to watch in real time. He asked people who are eating gluten-free by choice (not of necessity), "What is gluten?" I thought that might be a great quiz question as we are all trying to learn more about it, though I'm betting all of you know the answer. What is gluten?

1. Bread
2. Wheat flour
3. A starch
4. A protein

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