Word of the Day


ragout \ra-GOO\
noun1 : well-seasoned meat and vegetables cooked in a thick sauce 2 : mixture, mélange
The movie is an ill-conceived ragout of fantasy, science fiction, and old-fashioned romance.

“Chef Tin Huynh is cooking up a menu of northern and southern Italian favorites—think pappardelle topped with pork ragout and balsamic-glazed octopus.” — From a restaurant review by Bao Ong in Gotham Magazine, November 19, 2013
Did you know?
If you need an English word that can refer to either a combination of food items or a random assortment of things, there’s no shortage of options on the menu. If you’re in the mood for a stew, there’s “hodgepodge” (formerly “hotchpotch”), “olla podrida,” or “gallimaufry.” Perhaps you’d rather start with a palate cleanser, like “macédoine” or “salmagundi.” We also have “gumbo” or “jambalaya,” if Southern cooking is more your thing, or “smorgasbord” if you prefer words of Swedish descent. Then there’s today’s word, “ragout,” which comes from French “ragoûter,” meaning “to revive the taste,” and ultimately from Latin “gustus,” meaning “taste.”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s