#38 on my list of 101 Things to do before December 6, 2011 is:
Learn 100 new cooking terms/tips/tools.
I learned a new term/process yesterday. It's a bain-marie. Which I guess can either be a double-boiler-type item, or just a simple process of dumping a container filled with food into water to be boiled and therefore cooking whatever the contents are without actually exposing them to the water.
This is how I heated a package of pre-cooked quinoa, spelt, lentils, and red beans I bought at a health food store by the Hotel de Ville. On the package it said to cook by bain marie, and showed a pot of boiling water with the pouch floating inside.
So. There's one term. Only 99 to go.
So, how about some help. What is your favorite cooking word, helpful tip, or appliance/utensil that you would hate to live without?