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Big Fat Food Quiz

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Each week ushers in something new about what we should eat to stay healthy and strong while most us just want a good meal surrounded by people we love. Then again, some of us simply have food on the brain. Is all this information helping? Pull up a chair at the kitchen table and test your savvy in all things edible--nutrition, health, history, terms, techniques and more.

Terms & techniques

1. Gelato is:

A. A dairy-free frozen dessert made with syrup
B. A frozen custard made from eggs, milk and sugar
C. Similar to ice cream except it has more egg yolks, less air and is more dense

2. You can preserve parsley by:

A. Drenching it in water, then flash- freezing it
B. Washing it, blotting it on a paper towel and storing it in the fridge in plastic bag
C. Cutting it up and storing it in a cool dark corner

3. Dim sum is Chinese for:

A. Heart's delight
B. You'll never get full
C. Good eating

4. The photo below is a:

B. Bottle gourd

5. At right is a:

A. Kiwano

6. Which is true about kitchen emergencies?

A. Pour water on any fire
B. Baking soda will put out most electrical fires
C. Do nothing; leave and call the fire department

7. Which is the best way to microwave eggs?

A. Cook unbeaten eggs at 100 percent power
B. Cook beaten eggs on low power

C. Cover eggs with something (plastic wrap) to help them cook evenly.

8. Which is the best way to mail cookies?

A. Separate layers with plastic wrap or wax paper
B. Layer them without paper
C. Make bar cookies or soft cookies because they won't dry out or crumble during mailing; layer with paper

9. Which statement is true of cheese storage?

A. If the wrapping isn't airtight, rubbing vegetable oil over cheese and refrigerating it keeps it from drying out
B. Store it between damp paper towels dipped in baking soda
C. Thaw frozen cheese in the sink

10. Poaching works best when you:

A. Put a whole fish directly into hot water.
B. Use a high-fat fish to get the best flavor.
C. Start cooking with cold liquid so the outside does not get done first.

11. Which tea tip is true?

A. Storing a teapot with a sugar cube in it keeps it fresh and absorbs odors
B. Store tea in a sunny spot for up to a year
C. Leave the tea in the teapot after brewing to marinate the flavors

12. What's the key to cooking odorless cabbage?

A. Coat the pan with Febreze
B. Cook it less than five minutes
C. Stick half a lemon on the pot top

13. I'm a hot-hot chile and to quench me, you've got to:

A. Down an ice-cold beer
B. Swallow two gulps of lukewarm water
C. Eat a chunk of bread or drink milk

14. What's the best way to preserve fresh tomatoes?

A. Dice and freeze them
B. Freeze them whole
C. Preserve them in air-tight jars

Health & Nutrition

15. Vitamin D:

A. Aids calcium absorption
B. Is made in the body after exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays
C. Both of the above

16. ''Joe Frogger,'' ''jumble'' and ''snickerdoodle'' are all names for American:

A. Candy
B. Egg dishes
C. Cookies

17. The chief executive recognized by many as the ''gourmet'' president who contributed the most to American cuisine:

A. John F. Kennedy
B. Thomas Jefferson
C. William Howard Taft

18. When it comes to teens trusting food health claims, they:

A. Make choices of what's healthy based on nutrition labels
B. Tend to believe front-of-the-label claims
C. Don't make healthy choices at all

19. Garlic does what?

A. Lowers cholesterol
B. Prevents certain cancers
C. Neither

20. Some Americans who have become fed up with conflicting diet messages:

A. Try harder to eat healthfully, particularly consuming copious amounts of cancer-fighting foods such as broccoli, cabbage and tomatoes
B. Tune out, then eat fat-laden diets, giving produce the short shrift
C. Focus on exercising more

21. People most likely to exhibit backlash against healthy eating messages are:

A. Young men, the elderly and poor
B. College students
C. Professionals, managers and school-age kids

22. Since the U.S. Food Pyramid was introduced, Americans:

A. Don't even think about following the pyramid's advice
B. Eat more calories from the base of the pyramid (breads, grains, etc.)
C. Consume more calories from the lower-nutrient tip of the pyramid (oils, fats and sugars)

23. Who's at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency?

A. Black women
B. White women
C. Hispanic women

24. Calcium is best absorbed through:

A. Eating a cup of spinach daily
B. Drinking cow's milk
C. Drinking soy milk

25. Which is a good way to eat less?

A. Chew up your food to release the flavor, then spit it out in a napkin
B. Put a scale on the table and weigh every bite
C. Eat with your alternate hand

Food Savvy

26. What's the world most popular wine grape variety?

A. Port
B. Chardonnay
C. Malbec

27. Which of the following are wine bottle sizes?

A. Methuselah, Balthazar, Magnum
B. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
C. Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego

28. A wine label must include the:

A. Name of farmer who grew the grapes
B. Name of liquor store that sold it
C. Country of origin

29. Chocotini is:

A. A delightful after-dinner drink
B. Victoria's Secret's latest negligee style
C. Tiny chocolate-covered candies

30. A pullet is:

A. An instrument for making taffy
B. A "teenage" chicken
C. Another word for pulled barbecue

Who Said It?

31. "Conversation is the enemy of good wine and food."

A. Duncan Hines
B. Star Jones
C. Alfred Hitchcock

32. "No mean woman can cook well, for it calls for a light head, a generous spirit and a large heart."

A. Sarah Jessica Parker
B. Paul Gauguin
C. Eminem

33. "I have trouble with toast. Toast is very difficult. You have to watch it all the time or it burns up."

A. Julia Child
B. George "Dubya" Bush
C. Jennifer Lopez

34."The highlight of my childhood was making my brother laugh so hard that food came out of his nose." Who said it?

A. Dr. Phil
B. Austin Powers
C. Garrison Keillor

Who Am I?

35. I'm cute, I'm blond, and I speak with an accented lisp . Oh yeah, and I can cook, too--just pop it the oven and go: Who am I?

A. Jamie Oliver
B. Martha Stewart
C. Ming Tsai

36. I'm a TV chef original who's been known to get a little horsey: Who am I?

A. Graham Kerr
B. Austin Powers
C. Jacques Pepin

37. I tend to be quite loud in my TV kitchen, where I specialize in New Orleans-style cooking. Some say I resemble my mom, Hilda. Who am I?

A. Rick Bayless
B. Nigella Lawson
C. Emeril Lagasse

38. Look in your fridge--got any of me?

A. Beer
B. Milk
C. Eggs

39. Grill me, barbecue me, marinate me--vegetarians call me the "wheat meat."

A. Seitan
B. Tofu
C. Garbanzo beans

40. At age 21, I was the youngest person ever to pass the advanced exam of the Master Sommelier course. Who am I?

A. Burt Wolf
B. Alpana Singh
C. Katie Brown

The answers? Available in a few days... :D
When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.

- Desiderius Erasmus
When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.

- Desiderius Erasmus
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Re: Big Fat Food Quiz

Answer - none of them.
Port is a style of wine containing several grape varieties, Chardonnay is very popular worldwide, particularly in the US, but in terms of wine produced it lags behind the Ugni Blanc - produced in vast quantities in France, but mostly it stays there - also known in Italy as Trebbiano. Even if you discount that it lags behind Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache.
Malbec doesn't even feature in the top ten.
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1 C. Gelato is similar to ice cream.

2 B. The best way to preserve parsley is to starve it of oxygen and keep it cold. After you blot it dry, placing it in an air-tight plastic bag will save it for a couple of weeks.

3 A. Heart's delight

4 B. Bottle gourd, also called calabash or white-flowered gourd, according to The Oxford Companion to Food. Originally grown in Africa, it now is cultivated in Asia and America. It's an ingredient in Chinese stir-fry.

5 A. Kiwano. Sometimes called a horned cucumber or juicy melon, the kiwano is used more for decoration than flavoring.

6 B. Baking soda will put out most electrical fires, so keep a box of it near your range.

7 C. Cover eggs with something (plastic wrap) to help them cook evenly in the microwave oven.

8 C. Follow these tips, in addition to using a sturdy corrugated box and using pellets, popcorn or bubble wrap to absorb the shock. Don't skimp on postage, either.

9 A. Vegetable oil over cheese and refrigerating it will keep it from drying out.

10 C. Start with cold liquid. Actually, lean fish poach better and don't fall apart. A whole fish keeps its shape better if you wrap it in cheesecloth.

11 A. Sugar cube.

12 B. Hydrogen sulfide is the stinky stuff made when cabbage boils for five to seven minutes.

13 C. Capsaicin, which makes chiles hot, can only be quelled by starches like bread or potatoes, or fatty substances like milk and ice cream.

14 B. Freeze whole tomatoes in plastic; when ready to eat, run them under lukewarm water to thaw before serving.

15 C. Vitamin D (calciferol) is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is found in food, but also can be made in your body. The liver and kidney help convert it to its active hormone form.

16 C. Cookies

17 B. Thomas Jefferson

18 B. Teens tend to believe front-of-the-label claims. In a study of 90 adolescent shoppers, Penn State University researchers found that teens were five times more likely to trust front-of-the-package claims. Girls were more likely than boys to believe the packaging.

19 C. None of the above. Despite claims to the contrary, garlic has no unique health benefit.

20 B. Tune out and eat more fat. Hence the popularity of steakhouses, martini menus and cigar bars, suggest reports from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

21 A. Young men, the elderly and the poor were most likely to express negative feelings such as anger, skepticism and helplessness about healthy eating advice, say Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center experts in Seattle.

22 C. Americans tend to consume the same high percentage of fats, oils and sugars as they did in the 1970s, about a third of their daily calories in most cases, says a National Institutes of Health study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

23 A. African-American women were more likely to suffer from a lack of vitamin D, says the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Vitamin D is essential to maintaining strong bones and having healthy babies.

24 B. Although soy milk has grown popular, cow's milk is more easily absorbed into the body, says a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

25 C. Eating with your other hand might slow you down and allow you to feel full before you scarf everything.

26 B. Chardonnay is the most popular wine grape.

27 A. Magnum, Methuselah and Balthazar represent sizes of wine bottle. There are also the Nebuchadnez-zar, Rehoboam, Salmanazar and the Jeroboam.

28 C. Among the things that must be included on a wine label is its country of origin.

29 A. A chocotini is a delightful after-dinner drink made with confectioners' sugar, cocoa, vodka and chocolate liqueur.

30 B. A teenage chicken.

31 C. Alfred Hitchcock

32 B. Paul Gauguin

33 A. Julia Child

34 C. Garrison Keillor

35 A. Jamie Oliver, host of "Naked Chef" on the Food Network

36 A. Graham Kerr, aka the Galloping Gourmet

37 C. Bam! Emeril Lagasse is who I am.

38 B. Milk, star of the dairy industry's "Got Milk?" campaign. Ads have featured celebs such as track star Marion Jones, Amy Grant, Michael Jordan, and Venus and Serena Williams.

39 A. Seitan, derived from the protein portion of wheat, has a meaty texture and serves as a substitute for meat in vegetarian dishes.

40 B. Alpana Singh, now 25, is the renowned sommelier at Everest, where she was recruited by chef/owner Jean Joho.


Give yourself 3 points for each correct answer:

A=3, 5, 9, 11, 21, 23, 27, 29, 33, 35, 36, 39

B=2, 4, 6, 12, 14, 17, 18, 20, 24, 26, 30, 32, 38, 40

C=1, 7, 8, 10, 13, 15, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, 34, 37

Scrumptious! 93-120 points

You really know your food stuff. You live food, eat food, study food, travel food. Everything's food, food, food!

Yum. 82-92 points

You're not a foodie, but you pay attention to healthy messages and make adjustments for yourself and your family.

Bleech! 0-81

You just want to make a nice meal every once in a while and pull off a great party sometimes. You don't need a graduate degree in food, just a correspondence course.
When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.

- Desiderius Erasmus
When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.

- Desiderius Erasmus
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