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Zabaglione- An Italian custard made with egg yolks and wine or juices, which are beaten vigorously over hot water to form a rich, creamy dessert. The custard can then be poured into glasses and chilled to be eaten later, or eaten warm with fresh fruit. Marsala is the most common wine used, though any sweet wine such as Madeira, Champagne, or Sauterne may be used.

Zakuski- The Russian version of tapas involving a lot of food and vodka.

Zampone - A specialty of the town of Modena in northern Italy, this consists of a hollowed and stuffed pig trotter which is poached and served as a part of a traditional Bollito Misto.

Zanahoria- [Spanish] carrot.

Zartar Blend- From Lebanon. Find in Middle Eastern markets. A blend of zaatar (a marjoramlike herb), sumac bark and chick peas or sesame seeds. Common in foods from the Middle East.

Zarzamora- [Spanish] wild blackberry.

Zest- Grated rind of a citrus peel, used as a flavoring.

Zester - Small tool for scraping off zest.

Zingara- A sauce made with white wine, meat glaze, mushrooms, ham and tongue, finely chopped and peppered.

Zita- Wide tubular macaroni.

Zucca- [Italian] squash Fresh from FloridaZucchini-The fastest growing of the summer fruits, treated as a vegetable in our kitchens. Look for very firm specimens.

Zuccotto - This is an Italian form of Charlotte Royale. In this dessert, triangles of sponge cake are placed in a bowl to form a shell for the filling. The filling consists of stiffly whipped cream which is studded with toasted almonds, hazelnuts, chocolate chips and candied fruit. A final layer of cake is placed over this, and when well set, the dessert is inverted onto a platter to form a large dome, reminiscent of Florence Duomo.

Zunge- [German] tongue.

Zuppa- [Italian] soup.

Zuppa Inglese- A refrigerated dessert similar to the British favorite, trifle (Tipsy cake or Tipsy pudding). It is made with rum sprinkled slices of sponge cake layered with a rich custard or whipped cream (or both) and candied fruit or toasted almonds (or both).

Zwieback- A sweet, dry toast - also known as rusks.

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