Dec 12

Test Your Clean Food Vocabulary

“We always make sure to spatchcock our capons on the plancha while we make salmagundi on the side.” Don’t you?

This is the opening from last week’s Huffington Post article “50 Words Every Food Lover Should Know.” I failed miserably, identifying fewer than 25% of the terms! Evidently, “burgoo” is not a verb, a jerobaum is not an appropriate substitute for my green smoothies, and I should definitely be calling my family to the table for Fläskpannkaka every time I make pancakes!

In effort to redeem myself, I decided not to study these terms and gain from the knowledge, but rather simply to make a new list! A list that proves that we love not only clean food, but sustainable good health for ourselves and our environment. So, for all of you clean food lovers out there, here’s a list you might be able to relate to even more! How does your clean food knowledge stack up?


Arrowroot, Agar, Alkaline, Amaranth, Arame, Antioxidant




Cacao, Clean (of course), CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), Compost, Chew


Farro, Free radicals, Farm, Farmer


Gomasio, Groats, Gluten, Garbanzo, Genetically engineered






Local, Living


Kombu, Kimchi, Kudzu, Kale


Millet, Miso, Mirin, Mochi








Raw, Rainbow (of color)


Seasonal, Sprouting, Slow


Tatsoi, Teff, Tamari, Tahini, Tempeh




Wasabi, Wakame, Whole

Y (one extra for indulgence & necessity!)


Don’t forget that this is week two of my Giving Thanks Giveway! Two more CLEAN cookbooks will be given away this Friday and all you need to do to be entered into the random drawing is to 1) share or retweet one of my posts on Facebook or Twitter or 2) leave a comment here on my blog. (Prizes can be shipped within the continental US only)

Eat clean live well!



  1. Posted December 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    caught my eye on face and clicked over to your blog and what a nice blog you have, also love the vocabulary. Noticed you also have a give away if it is weekly I would surly love to be included in the pile of names, I love your book, I was very surprised to find your book in our public library and I was taken by it, So see your give I hope that your doing it often but will now be able to chim into your blog ty for all you do to help in Clean Eating

  2. Posted December 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for stumbling upon me, Donna, and welcome! I don’t do giveaways year round, but you caught me in the beginning of a 4 week Giving Thanks Giveaway…and now you’re entered!

  3. Posted December 12, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    I just found your blog and recipe for granola on Where Women Cook and I can’t wait to try it.

  4. Posted December 12, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    I just made your polenta pizza with chard. Deeeeeelicious!

  5. Posted December 13, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    This is my kind of food list!
    Thanks for the generous giveaway. 🙂

  6. Posted December 14, 2011 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Oh, I like this list so, so much more than the one on Huffington Post. I think I knew maybe 2 words off of their list? My favorite word on your list: Yummy!

  7. Posted December 14, 2011 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    I clicked over from Facebook and now these are words I can relate to! Thanks for keeping your books real for the “everyday” cook!

  8. Posted December 17, 2011 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    you and I corresponded via email about a month ago and I want to thank you and continue to thank you for the inspiration. I am starting a Clean Health program at my office hoping to inspiration coworkers to eat clean and add a little exercise and quiet time to their day. so far so good. we have a fairly sizeable group (24) and I am sharing recipes from your books. If I win one of these it will get passed along to a “newbie” to clean food and hopefully inspire then as it has inspired me. Thank you

  9. Posted December 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Is it too late to be entered in the contest? I just love your recipes and blog and would love the chance to win!

  10. Posted December 19, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Not too late, and you’re entered, Ashley!!!

  11. Posted December 20, 2011 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Just found your blog. I will be spending time looking around….and learning! Thanks so much 🙂

  12. Posted December 20, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    I borrowed your book from the library and I hope, hope, hope I win my own copy!! It will be a very nice Christmas present! I am making the roasted root vegetables for Christmas Eve dinner – 😀

  13. Posted February 10, 2012 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    I have a Z for ya
    Zija – made from the organically grown Moringa Tree

  14. Posted February 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Yet another term I’m not familiar with! Just in case I’m not the only one, here’s a link to learn more about the Moringa tree. Very funny that the article talks about how nutritious its leaves and fruit are but the picture shows a tree with no leaves or fruit! Love wikipedia!

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