You've probably encountered ingredients in recipes and other food products that sound really similar and have wondered what their differences are. What's the difference between pinot gris and pinot grigio? Are polenta and cornmeal just really the same thing in different languages? Here are 25 common food mixups that we've demystified so that you're armed with the right information.
Q: Every year for the holidays, my parents buy me and my husband a set of large (very sweet) milk chocolate bars. We are both dark chocolate lovers and have no clue what to do with these sweet confections.
Q: My husband bought a bag of Yukon Gold potatoes from the grocery store and many of them were green. Are these okay to eat? They kind of creeped me out and I tossed some, but surely they wouldn't bag five pounds of potatoes if most of them are inedible, right? Is this safe?
Q: I accidentally bought a bunch of half-and-half instead of whipped cream for a recipe. Now I have two pints of half-and-half sitting in my fridge. Is there a good recipe that will use all that up? I would love to make some candy or dessert to give away for the holidays.
Q: I recently took a trip to Paris and visited the Galleries Lafayette gourmet store. While there, I splurged on a jar of edible gold leaf. I've seen it used on desserts and sushi, but what are some things I can use it on at home? It's a small but expensive jar, so I plan to use it sparingly for beautiful presentations. Any ideas?