Food companies simplify the language of cooking

03/20/2006 | Washington Post, The

The rise of working mothers and the cancellation of home economics courses in schools have created a generation ignorant of even basic cooking techniques and terms, leading food companies to scrap terms like "braise," "truss" and "fold" in company recipes. "We don't use the word 'cream' anymore. People don't understand what that means. Instead, we say 'Using your mixer, beat the butter and sugar.'" said Lydia Botham, director of corporate communication at Land O'Lakes Inc.

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