MISFICTIONARY

Kitchen Knife

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

See utility knife.

Knead

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

The method of stretching dough repeatedly in order to give it a good consistency and proper quality. You need to Knead!

Knit Five, Purl Two Ribbing

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Crochet / Knit

Refers to a multiple of seven stitches plus five extra.

  • Row 1 (right side): Knit five, purl two, knit five, purl two...continue to the end.
  • Row 2: Purl five, knit two, purl five, knit two...continue to the end.
  • Repeat rows 1 and 2.

Knit One, Purl One Stitch

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Crochet / Knit

Refers to an odd number of stitches.

  • Row 1 (right side): Knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one...until the end.
  • Row 2: Purl one, knit one, purl one, knit one...until the end.
  • Repeat rows 1 and 2.

Knit Stitch

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Crochet / Knit

There are two methods for basic knit stitches: English and Continental (or German).

English Knit: The yarn is held in the right hand.

Continental Knit: The yarn is held in the left hand.

Knit Two, Purl Five Ribbing

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Crochet / Knit

Refers to a multiple of seven stitches plus five extra.

  • Row 1 (right side): Knit two, purl five, knit two, purl five...continue to the end.
  • Row 2: Purl two, knit five, purl two, knit five...continue to the end.
  • Repeat rows 1 and 2.

Knit Two, Purl Two Ribbing Stitch

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Crochet / Knit

Refers to a multiple of four stitches plus two extra.

  • Row 1 (right side): Knit two, purl two, knit two, purl two...until the end.
  • Row 2: Purl two, knit two, purl two, knit two...until the end.
  • Repeat rows 1 and 2.

Knitwise (as To Knit)

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Crochet / Knit

Refers to the insertion of the needle into the stitch as if you were going to knit it.

Lactic Acid

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Cheese Making

Is a by-product that occurs when a cheese starter culture consumes the milk sugar or lactose, thus creating an acid.

Lactose

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Cheese Making

Is a sugar naturally present in milk. Lactose generally constitutes up to 5% of the total weight of milk.

Lame

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Bread Baking

A type of curved razor blade used to slash bread dough.

Laminated Dough

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Bread Baking

Refers to dough which contains a high percentage of fat layered into it, such as croissants.

Lard

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

Is rendered pork fat.

Lean Dough

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Bread Baking

Refers to dough that has little or no eggs, fat or sugar.

Leavener

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

Any process or ingredient that produces gas and causes the rising of baked goods.

Levain

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Bread Baking

Created from wild yeast, it refers to a fully mature dough starter, which can be the consistency of a batter or of stiff dough.

Liliaceae Family

Category: Garden
Subcategory: General Term

A plant family that encompasses asparagus, chive, garlic, leek, onion and shallot.

Lily Family

Category: Garden
Subcategory: General Term

See Liliaceae family.

Lime

Category: Garden
Subcategory: General Term

See Calcium Hydroxide.

Lipase Powder

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Cheese Making

Is a cheese making enzyme added to milk to create a stronger flavored cheese.

Liqueur

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

An alcoholic spirit flavored with fruit, spices, nuts, etc. and is usually sweetened.

Liquid Starter

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Bread Baking

Is a dough starter with a batter-like consistency.

Loam

Category: Garden
Subcategory: General Term

Is a type of soil with equal parts silt, sand and clay that has a high content of humus.

Low-fat Milk

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Cheese Making

Is a type of milk that contains 1% to 2% of butterfat and has had most of the cream removed.

Lower Edge

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Crochet / Knit

Refers to the bottom edge of the piece, usually the cast-on edge.

Lox

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

Is salt-cured salmon.

Lozenge

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

Is a knife cut in which foods are cut into small diamond shapes.

Madre Bianca (mother)

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Bread Baking

Created from wild yeast, it refers to a fully mature dough starter.

Mandoline

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

Unlike the musical instrument, this is a device for slicing foods into various shapes and thickness'. It is made out of stainless steel.

Marinade

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

Liquid or dry ingredients combined to give added flavor and to moisten foods.

Marinate

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

To soak foods in liquid or brine to give added tenderness and flavor.

Marzipan

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

Is a paste used to fill and/or decorate pastries. Made from ground almonds, sugar and egg whites.

Matching Colors

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Crochet / Knit

Refers to working the stitches in the same color sequence as on the previous row.

Melt

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

To liquefy an ingredient by heating.

Membrane Test

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Bread Baking

This is a test to gauge whether there is adequate gluten development within moist dough. If a small piece of dough is able to be stretched until translucent without tearing, you are on the right track and adequate gluten development has taken place.

Memory Wire

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Is a steel spring wire that comes in various sizes and can be used without clasps to make rings, necklaces and coiled bracelets.

Meringue

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

Is the end product of beating egg whites until stiff, sweetening and possibly baking until stiff. Varieties includes Italian, Swiss and regular.

Mesophilic Cheese Starter Culture

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Cheese Making

Is a blend of lactic acid producing bacteria used when a cheeses cooking temperature is 102˚F or below.

Micronutrients

Category: Garden
Subcategory: General Term

Refers to mineral elements that are essential to plant growth. Only needed in very small quantities, mineral elements can be Boron, Chlorine, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum and Zinc.

Milkstone

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Cheese Making

A residue from milk that is deposited onto cheese making utensils over time.

Mill / Milling

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

The process of grinding grains into flour or meal.

Milling

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Cheese Making

The process of breaking curds up into smaller pieces before placing them into a cheese press.

Mince

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

Is a knife cut of ingredients into very small pieces.

Mirepoix

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

Is a combination of onions (50%), carrots (25%) and celery (25%) used to flavor stocks, soups, stews, etc.

Mise En Place

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

Is a French term that literally translates to "to put in place." This is the method of preparing ingredients, kitchenware, etc. prior to the start of cooking a particular dish.

Mist Or Misting

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Bread Baking

To spray a dough with water before baking.

Mock It Away!

Category: Betty's Lingo
Subcategory: Idiom

Means you should immediately take an item to the garbage receptacle. Quickly, throw the item away and never, ever look back!!

Mockalicious

Category: Betty's Lingo
Subcategory: General Term

Adj. (2010) 1: appealing to ones taste or smell in a highly and most gratifying manor (That soup is mockalicious!)

Adv.(2010) 1: the best or most advantageous manor (What is the mockalicious way to build a vegetable garden? Ans.: Hire Betty)

N. (2010) 1: the greatest degree of excellence (Do your mockalicious!)

Synonyms: Delicious, Fabulous, Best

Antonyms: Disgusting, Crappy, Blah, Mockwurst

Mockwurst

Category: Betty's Lingo
Subcategory: General Term

Adj.(2010) 1: emitting disgust to ones taste or smell in a highly and most displeasurable manor (That is mockwurst bread because it's moldy!)

Adv.(2010) 1: the worst or most destructive manor (What is the mockwurst thing you can do when trying to grow vegetables? Ans.: Not water)

N. (2010) 1: aversion aroused by something highly distasteful (He is a mockwurst for never cleaning the litter box!)

Synonyms: Disgusting, Crappy, Blah, Worst, Gross

Antonyms: Delicious, Best, Mockalicious

Molasses

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

Is the sweet dark brown syrup made from refining sugar cane.

Mold-ripened Cheese

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Cheese Making

A type of cheese in which mold is encouraged to grow on the surface and/or the interior. Most common types are blue mold (Blue Cheeses) and white mold (Camembert, etc.)

Molding

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Cheese Making

To place the curd in a mold in order to achieve a desired shape and encourage proper drainage.

Mother Starter Culture

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Cheese Making

See prepared starter culture.

Mousse

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

Is a sweet or savory dish made with beaten egg whites and/or whipped cream that is folded into a flavored base ingredient.

Mulch

Category: Garden
Subcategory: General Term

Is any ingredient (sawdust, leaves, bark chips, rotted hay, straw or grass clippings) applied around your crop on top of your soil. It helps to control weeds, reduce erosion, and retain moisture in the soil.

Multiple Zigzag Stitch

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Sewing

Is a type of sewing stitch used to finish seam allowance on synthetics and other fabrics that tend to pucker. It is also excellent for darning and mending tears.

Mustard Family

Category: Garden
Subcategory: General Term

See Brassicaceae family.

N-P-K

Category: Garden
Subcategory: General Term

Refers to the necessary nutrients that plants need to survive and thrive. N-P-K is an abbreviation for Nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P), Potassium (K).

Napoleon

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

Is a sweet pastry made from layered puff pastry filled with pastry cream and usually glazed with fondant.

Nappé

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

Is when a sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. It is not a reference for badly tangled hair.

Nightshade Family

Category: Garden
Subcategory: General Term

See Solanaceae family.

Nightshade Family

Category: Garden
Subcategory: General Term

See Solanaceae family.

Non-fat Milk

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Cheese Making

Is a type of milk that contains less than .5% butterfat and has had most of the cream removed.

Noncorrosive

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Cheese Making

A material that can not be broken down or eroded by acid.

Oblique

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

Is a knife cut of ingredients into a diagonal, then rolled 180 degrees, and cut on the same diagonal. Used with long cylinder-like vegetables.

Oiling

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Cheese Making

Refers to the application of vegetable oil to cheese in order to provide a protective layer to keep the cheese from drying out.

Old Bread

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: Bread Baking

See Altus brat.

Omelet

Category: Culinary
Subcategory: General Term

Is a beaten egg, cooked in a pan with butter, then rolled or folded into an oval or half-circle. It can be filled with cheese and/or vegetables.

On All Foll Rows

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Crochet / Knit

Refers to a direction that applies to all the rows that follow the row just worked.

Open Pollination

Category: Garden
Subcategory: General Term

Refers to pollination of flowers or plants by birds, wind, insects or other natural methods.

Organic

Category: Garden
Subcategory: General Term

Refers to the growth of fruits and vegetables without the use of chemically or synthetically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics or pesticides.

Overcast Stitch

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Sewing

Is a sewing technique that is useful in garment construction and in finishing raw edges of any sewing project to prevent unraveling.

Overcast Stretch Stitching

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Sewing

Is a type of sewing stitch for sewing a seam with an overcast finish. It is used when making swim wear, ski pants and other garments that require stretch.

Ovule

Category: Garden
Subcategory: General Term

Refers to an outgrowth of the ovary of a seed plant.



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