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MAY 1, 2019
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Merriam-Webster Adds ‘Ghost Pepper,’ ‘Umami,’ ‘Mofongo’ and More Food Words to the Dictionary


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Every year, the logophiles over at Merriam-Webster add to their ever-growing list of English language words, including a slew of food terms and phrases. And every year, we find ourselves utterly shocked to learn that many of those words weren’t already in the dictionary!

This year, “umami”—regarded as one of the five tastes that register with humans along with salty, sweet, spicy and sour—tops the list of words we can’t believe hadn’t already received official status. Others like “ghost pepper,” “chai latte,” “java,” and “mofongo”—the hearty Puerto Rican dish of mashed plantains—were surprisingly not yet “words” until this year, according to the dictionary.

The release of new dictionary word inductees is always a fun cultural exercise, although rife with controversy and debate. 


5 Quick & Easy Backpacking Cocktails for Backcountry Bartenders


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Passing around the flask makes you a good friend. Whipping up one of these wilderness-ready cocktails from top bartenders? That makes you a legend.

Fir-Tip Fizz
Look for new, bright-green spring and summer growth on evergreen tree branches to make the citrusy syrup base for this refreshing cocktail, says Iso Rabins, founder of ForageSF, a foraging school and supper club in San Francisco. Gather needles from several trees to minimize impact. Serves 4

     •   25 fir or spruce tips, washed in filtered water
     •   1 cup water
     •   1 cup sugar
     •   8 oz. vodka
     •   8.5 oz. soda water

At home: Make the syrup: Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and whisk until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, add fir tips, and steep at least 8 hours. Strain out tips and chill. When cold, combine 8 Tbsp. syrup and vodka in a flask or water bottle.
In camp: Chill bottle, then pour equal portions of syrup-vodka mixture into 4 cups. Top with soda water and garnish with a fresh fir sprig.


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Guess the Places These Foods Were Named After


Many of the foods we eat are named after various cities or countries around the world — English muffins, French toast, pad Thai, Polish sausage, Peking duck, and so on. Scholars call these toponyms, literally “place names.”

These names don’t always accurately reflect where the foods came from, though. Yes, Peking duck is actually a specialty of Beijing (formerly Peking), and Poles first made Polish sausage. But Russian dressing was first formulated in New Hampshire — and not by Russians.

And as for Philadelphia cream cheese, it didn’t come from Philadelphia but earned its moniker because — believe it or not — in the late 19th century, when the first cream cheese was made (in New York state), Philadelphia was considered something of a gastronomic capital, and attaching its name to the dairy product gave it instant cachet.

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In this issue



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