Quahog - The American Indian name for the East Coast hard shell
clam. It is also used to describe the largest of these hard shell clams. Other names
used are chowder clam or large clam.
Quark - [German] cottage cheese. Soured/curdled milk turned
into a very loose cottage cheese-like substance.
Quatre-epices - A French spice mixture containing ground cinnamon,
nutmeg, cloves, and pepper. This mixture is used to season stews and pates.
Quelitas - [Spanish] lamb's quarters; pigweed; goosefoot; wild
spinach; wild greens; bean and spinach dish seasoned with bacon and chile.
Quemar, quemado - [Spanish] to burn; burned.
Quenches - [French] Light savory dumplings made of meat or fish
and used as a garnish or in a delicate sauce.
Quenelle - A dumpling made from fish or meat forcemeat then
Quesadilla - [Spanish] sandwich; flour tortilla turnover which
is usually stuffed with cheese, then toasted, fried or baked. Originally a corn
masa empanada filled with meat then deep fried. Modern versions found throughout
restaurants in the US are made with flour tortillas that are filled with cheese
and perhaps beans, meat, salsa. or vegetables, and folded over when cooked. Usually
pan-fried or cooked under a broiler.
Queso - [Spanish] cheese.
Queso anejo - [Spanish] aged cheese; salty white cheese slightly
similar to feta in flavor, but since it is not brined, its flavor is somewhat milder;
a good substitute is grated feta cheese.
Queso asadero - [Spanish] also known as quesilla de Oaxaca;
a rubbery-textured cheese that is pulled and twisted into strands; traditionally
used in fillings where it becomes stringy when heated; whole-milk mozzarella, Monterey
jack or Muenster may be substituted.
Queso blanco - [Spanish] fresh white cheese, often called queso
Queso flameado - [Spanish] flamed cheese; queso fundido (melted
cheese); cheese roasted over a flame.
Queso fresco - [Spanish] cheese which has a texture similar
to farmer's cheese; crumbly white cheese made from partially skimmed milk; lightly
tangy and very subtle; usually sold in small round cakes; used for fillings and
crumbled into soups and over sauces; often called queso blanco; white Cheddar or
a mixture of farmer's and feta cheese are fairly good substitutes.
Quiche - [French] a savory, open top pie made of eggs, milk
or cream, and anything else within reach. The most famous of these is the quiche
Lorraine of Alsace, made with bacon and Gruyere cheese.
Quiche Lorraine - [French] A custard pie containing cheese and
ham or bacon.
Quick rising yeast - Quick rising yeast causes a dough to rise
in half the the time. Be sure to follow manufacturer's instructions for best results.
Find in any supermarket.
Quince - This yellow-skinned fruit looks and tastes like a cross
between an apple and a pear. Its texture and flavor make it better cooked than raw.
Its high pectin content makes it ideal for use in jams, jellies and preserves. Introduced
to Latin America by the Spanish and/or Portuguese; looks like a large pear, but
is hard and very sour; usually cooked with sugar, after which it becomes faint pink.
Quinoa - Pronounced (KEEN-wah). A natural high-protein whole
grain grown in South America. Originally used by the Incas, it can be substituted
for rice in most recipes. It is a unique grain in that it serves as a complete protein
containing essential amino acids.