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What is the Difference Between Cocoa and Cacao?

What is the Difference Between Cocoa and Cacao?

Although these two chocolatey substances are spelled nearly identically, there is a significant difference between cocoa and cacao, especially when you’re using it in a recipe. Both cocoa and cacao come from the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao), which is found in tropical regions of Central and South America. READ MORE

What Is a Caper?

What Is a Caper?

Smaller than an eraser nub on the end of a pencil, capers pack such a wallop of flavor they can wake up many a boring dish. A caper is the unopened flower bud of the prickly caper plant Capparis spinosa. It looks a bit like a dark green pea and is native to the Mediterranean region. READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Crème Brûlée and Flan?

What is the Difference Between Crème Brûlée and Flan?

Silky smooth, sweet, rich custards are a sensual way to end a nice meal without being too heavy. Dessert custards all share something in common: a glossy, silken texture and lavish flavor. The difference between crème brûlée and flan (two of our favorite kinds of custard) lies in four factors: the ratio of ingredients, the manner in which the custard is thickened, the method of cooking, and any additional components. Those extra components — different toppings and presentation — are easiest to see. READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Orange Chicken and General Tso’s Chicken?

What is the Difference Between Orange Chicken and General Tso’s Chicken?

We Americans love our fried chicken and just about everything sweet. So it's not surprising Chinese dishes landing in the United States have evolved into gloppy, sticky, syrupy, deep-fried Chinese-American chicken takeout. But we can make two of our favorite chicken fixes better at home if we learn a few things. To start, the difference between orange chicken and General Tso's chicken appears after the battering and frying: It's all in the sauce. READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Vinaigrette and Dressing?

What is the Difference Between Vinaigrette and Dressing?

Comparing vinaigrette to dressing is like comparing linguine to pasta. Vinaigrette is a type of dressing. You can tell you're drizzling the former because it has a lighter texture and more runny nature. The distinction isn't a matter of subjective mouthfeel though. Vinaigrettes possess a few clear, identifying components that set them apart from other, often creamier, dressings. READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Buttercream Icing and Royal Icing?

What is the Difference Between Buttercream Icing and Royal Icing?

The difference between buttercream icing and royal icing is in the ingredients, which produce vastly different results on desserts. So they have different purposes. READ MORE

What Is the Difference Between Chuck Roast and Chuck Steak?

What Is the Difference Between Chuck Roast and Chuck Steak?

The difference between chuck roast and chuck steak is simply the cut. Chuck is an inexpensive beef that comes from the muscle between the neck and shoulder blade of the beef cattle. That's why other names for chuck roast include blade pot roast. Roasts and steaks are most popular cuts of chuck. In a roast, the meat often includes part of the blade bone, and it's cut in a cylindrical or oblong shape in which the grain runs in the same direction as the long side of the meat. How to cut a chuck roast? Simple. A chuck steak is that same piece of meat, but cut into 1- to 3-inch thick slices, according to Livestrong. Measure out equal portions and use a longer chef's knife for an even edge to each slice. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Cheesecake and NY Cheesecake?

What’s the Difference Between Cheesecake and NY Cheesecake?

There is New York cheesecake, and then there are all the others. Not to be totally New York-centric, but that's kinda how it is. Although, you could say ricotta cheesecakes are an Italian-inspired third version. Here's the deal. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between a Macaron and a Macaroon?

What’s the Difference Between a Macaron and a Macaroon?

In one heavenly confection, a crispy almond meringue shell with a chewy interior yields to a lush, creamy ganache sandwiched within. In the other, a bite clean through reveals a consistent concentration of coconut that's dense and chewy. Macarons and macaroons: Many Americans confuse these two separate desserts. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Devil’s Food Cake and Chocolate Cake (and German Chocolate Cake)?

What’s the Difference Between Devil’s Food Cake and Chocolate Cake (and German Chocolate Cake)?

Devil's food cake is heavenly. And German chocolate cake isn't German. Naturally, people can get confused about the difference between these two variations plus plain old chocolate cake. For the record, we wouldn't turn away from any of them. READ MORE