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     Lactic_Acid :  a colorless liquid produced as milk sugar ferments and milk sours. It is used to curdle milk in cheese making.
     ladle :  to move portions of a food using a ladle. A utensil with a cup-like bowl and a long hooked or pierced handle and available in various sizes; used to pour sauces and liquids (ex. soups) and to push sauces and other foods through a sieve
     Ladyfingers :  a small finger-shaped sponge cake, like a cookie.   Recipe ►
     Lager :   any light beer.
     Lamb :  the meat of a sheep slaughtered when less than 1 year old; generally tender with a mild flavor; also known as a yearling.
     Lamb's_Fry :   the heart, liver, sweetbread and inside fat of the lamb.
     Lamb's_Lettuce :  a handy annual plant also known as corn salad. A salad green.
     Lamb's_Wool :  a fancy hot alcoholic drink made of hot sweetened ale, roasted apples, and nutmeg or ginger.
     Langouste :  see spiny lobster.
     Lard :   tenderized hog fat used in pie crusts and for deep-frying. Also, to insert strips of fat into meat to keep it moist and add flavor.
     Larding_Needle :  a long needle with a large eye, used to insert strips of fat into lean meats.

 Lasagne :  1. Wide, flat Italian pasta sheets with ruffled or smooth edges.

                  2. An Italian dish made with boiled lasagna layered with cheese (usually ricotta and mozzarella) and meats and/or vegetables and topped with a tomato, meat and/or béchamel sauce and baked.

     Layer_Cake :   two, three or more layers of cake with a filling between.
     Lazy_Susan :  a revolving tray that sits in the middle of a dining table. Usually round.
   glossary_l/herb-laurel.jpg Laurel : bay leaf.  
   glossary_l/herb-lavender.jpg Lavender :
French Green

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     Lean :  the FDA-approved food-labeling term used to describe meat, poultry, game, fish or shellfish that contains less than 10 grams of fat, less than 4 grams of saturated fat and less than 95 mg of cholesterol per serving or per 100 grams.
     Leaven :  to lighten and increase the volume of bakery products. Leavening agents are yeast, baking powder, baking soda and eggs.

 Leavening_Agent :   1. A substance used to leaven a dough or batter; may be natural (ex. air or steam), chemical (ex. baking powder or baking soda) or biological (ex. yeast).

                                   2. A type of food additive used to produce or stimulate production of carbon dioxide in baked goods to impart a light texture.

   glossary_l/veg-leek.gif Leek ;  a member of the lily family (Allium porrum); has a thick, cylindrical white stalk with a slightly bulbous root end and many flat, dull dark green leaves; the tender white stalk has a flavor that is sweeter and stronger than a scallion but milder than an onion and is used in salads and as a flavoring.
     Lees :  the sediment of dregs left as wine or liquors ferments. Also, the settling of a liquid.
     Légumes :  a large group of plants that have double-seamed pods, containing a single row of seeds; depending on the variety, the seeds, pod and seeds together, or the dried seeds, are eaten.
   glossary_l/fruit-lemon-lime.jpg Lemon :  a citrus fruit (Citrus limon) with a bright yellow skin, and an ovoid shape with a bulge at the blossom end, juicy yellow flesh and a very tart, distinctive flavor.
Pink lemons
   glossary_l/herb-lemonbalm.jpg Lemon Balm :
   glossary_l/herb-lemongrass.jpg Lemongrass :
     Lemon_Sole :  a particularly delicate flounder taken in the waters of Georges Bank, Cape Cod and Massachusetts.
   glossary_l/herb-lemonverbena.jpg Lemon Verbena :
   glossary_l/bean-lentil-frenchblue.jpg Lentils :   the small flat seeds of a variety of legumes (Lens esculenta); sold shelled, dried or cooked.
Petite Crimson
Black Beluga
Red Chief
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     Lettuce :  any of a variety of plants of the genus Lactuca, probably native to the Mediterranean and now grown worldwide; their leaves are generally consumed fresh in salads or used as a garnish. There are three principal types of lettuces: butterhead, crisp head and leaf.

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     Liaison :  a thickening or binding agent for soups, sauces, stuffings and so on. Examples are flour, beurre manié (see above), cornstarch, eggs, arrowroot, etc.
     Light :  the FDA-approved food-labeling term used to describe a nutritionally altered food with at least 33% less calories, 50% less fat or 50% less sodium than the regular or reference (i.e. FDA standard) food.
     Lights :  the lungs of an animal.
   glossary_l/bean-LargeLima.jpg Lima Beans :
   glossary_l/fruit-lime.GIF Lime :  an ovoid citrus fruit (Citrus aurantifolia) with a thin, green skin; smaller than a lemon, it has a juicy, pale green pulp and a very tart flavor.
Lemons & Limes
Lime Leaf
     Linguine :  Italian for small tongue and used to describe long, narrow, slightly flattened strands of pasta.

 Linseed :





     Linzer_Torte :  a double hazelnut cookie filled with jam and made famous in Vienna, Austria.
     liqueur :   a sweet alcoholic drink also known as a cordial and as a digestif, to be drunk after meals and served in small glasses. Also used to flavor desserts and in pastry making.
     Littleneck_Clams :   clams 1 1/2 inches long.

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 Lobster :


   glossary_l/veg-mushroom-lobster.jpg Lobster Mushrooms :
   glossary_l/lettuce-LollaRosa.jpg Lolla Rossa :

 Lo_Mein :  1. Fresh Chinese egg noodles.

                    2. A Chinese-American dish of poultry, shrimp and/or meat with vegetables such as bean sprouts, mushrooms, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and green onions served over soft noodles.

   glossary_l/fruit-longan.GIF Longan :  
   glossary_l/fruit-loquat.GIF Loquat :  a small citrus fruit that sweetens as it ripens. It is good peeled, stewed with sugar, and served with cream or combined with other fruits.
     Lotus_Root :  a water lily whose root is used as a vegetable. It is crisp when fresh. Sold dried, cut into rounds in Oriental markets.
     Lotus_Seeds :   small and nutlike, these can be eaten raw or cooked into a stuffing.

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     Luau :  a traditional Hawaiian freest featuring roast pig.

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   glossary_l/fruit-lichee.GIF Lychee :  a small fruit native to South China. It has a sweet-sour flavor and is considered as good canned as fresh. Other similar fruits are : Longan , Rambutan .
     Lyonnaise_à_la : à la - “in the style of Lyons”, literally, and usually featuring shredded fried onions as a garnish. Lyons is a city in central France famous for its cuisine.

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