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Gourmet Glossary: "V"

Gourmet Glossary: "V"

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Vanilla Pod The fragrant dried pods of the vanilla orchid, used as a flavoring.

Vegetable Shortening The vegetarian alternative to lard.

Verjus A sour grape juice used in cooking.

Vinaigrette A cold sauce made from a mixture of vinegar, oil, pepper, salt and flavorings used to dress green salads.

Vodka A clear spirit distilled from grain.

Vol-au-vent A puff pastry case with a lid, often filled with a savory filling after baking.

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