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A Glossary of Common Menu Adjectives

Amish: This chicken was raised without electricity and fear.
Asian: Something involving miso, Sriracha, fish sauce, shitake mushrooms, or shishito peppers.
Blistered: Like sunburnt skin, except less prone to cancer.
Charred/Seared: Charred applies to exquisite steaks and cleverly disposed-of bodies, as well your local kale and lettuce. Seared is a weaker char.
Cured: Salty, seasoned, wonderful meatstuffs.
Duck Fat: Duck fat fries, rillette, popcorn, confit, Brussels sprouts -- never skip this menu item.

Fried: Yes, particularly if it involves balls or eggs.
Gluten-Free: This dish contains a small trace of gluten, but a full dollop of bullshit.
House-Made: We made this with our dexterous fingers.
Selection of: A fancy wooden board consisting of two olives, a smear of mustard, some sugary almonds, and charred crostinis.
Skinny: Usually a vegetarian or turkey burger or sandwich wrap.
Smashed (starch): Smashed potatoes can also be confused with a group of wasted frat boys.

Stuffed: Always a good thing, particularly if there is a sausage component involved.
Truffled: Warning sign for truffle oil, an ingredient only used by chefs who cry themselves to sleep.
Wild: This trout was freshly caught from an ice display.
Wood Grilled: Essence of burning tree bark.

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Eugene / September 1, 2015 3:31 PM

House-Made: We promise we didn't pick this up at the local Costco.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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