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June 7, 2014

The Pantry Quiz #90

The Pantry Quiz

What is it?

Three of the most famous sauces in world cuisines -- aioli, skordalia and toum -- have one common pantry ingredient that defines them. What is it?

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May 31, 2014

The Pantry Quiz #89


Multiple Choice

Your recipe calls for tahini, but there's none in the pantry. Which of these pantry ingredients would make the best substitute?

1. Miso.
2. Peanut butter.
3. Hoisin sauce.
4. Garlic paste.

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May 24, 2014

The Pantry Quiz #88

Thai red curry paste.

Multiple Choice

I've always got a tub of Thai red curry paste in my refrigerator; it's one of those key pantry items I rely on for last-minute flavor in soups, stews and stir-fry dishes. One of the ingredients in red curry paste is galangal. Which of the following is another name for this common Asian ingredient?

1. Blue ginger
2. Lemongrass
3. Wild garlic
4. Shallots

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May 17, 2014

The Pantry Quiz #87

Kosher salt

Multiple Choice

[This weekend my husband Ted and I are in San Francisco, visiting our cousins Ben and Sandra. Ben is a chemist, so he's got an advantage here, but if you took chemistry in high school, you're ready for this quiz.] Salt might be the world's most common seasoning, found in everyone's pantry. I've got several types of salt on hand at all times. So, today's question: what is the chemical composition of kosher salt?

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May 10, 2014

The Pantry Quiz #86

Extra virgin olive oil.

Do You Know?

Chefs and cookbooks encourage us to cook with heart-healthy extra virgin olive oil, and I'll bet every reader of The Perfect Pantry has extra virgin olive oil in their own perfect pantry. What percentage of the world's production of olive oil is extra virgin olive oil?

1. 3%
2. 10%
3. 25%
4. 40%

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