In many parts of the world, spice blends are the hallmark of distinctive regional cuisines. In my pantry, I keep many spice blends, including ras-el hanout, baharat, and the one I use most often, chili powder.
Which of the following ingredients is common to four-spice (French), five-spice (Chinese), and seven-spice (Japanese)?
3. Black pepper
4. None of the above
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True or false?
I love cashews (true). In fact, I no longer buy them until I have a recipe planned, because I will nibble at them nonstop (true). For each of these statements about cashews, answer true or false:
1. Cashews are not nuts.
2. They are in the same plant family as poison ivy.
3. Cashews are native to India.
4. Cashew paste is sometimes used to make vegan cheese.
5. Cashews can be stored in the freezer for up to six months.
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What is it?
Native to Africa, this pantry ingredient, derived from a pod-like edible fruit, is sour when young, and sweet when it's older. Hint: you'll find it in your bottle of Worcestershire sauce.
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More people than ever are eating gluten-free, by choice or necessity, so we're all learning more about gluten and keeping gluten-free ingredients in our pantries. Which of the following thickeners are gluten-free?
3. Potato starch
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