I’ve been editing a cookbook this past week. Doing so always leads to a new blog post where I need to vent.
This time the food writer is too fond of the word “mixture.” (What, you thought my favorite over-used word was “delicious?”) So, in an homage to cookbook editor Judith Jones, I’ve been deleting as many “mixtures” as possible and inserting more specific words.
Instead of my usual venting this time, I invented a little game for you to play. It’s my very first “Mixture” Quiz! (Vigorous applause from our studio audience.) I hope you’ll play. Choose an answer to each question below. Correct answers follow.
Let me know how many of the following seven questions you got right, and whether you think I’m wrong about any of them or have some new ideas for me. There is no reward for correct answers, just a feeling of superiority. Good luck!
1. Combine the evaporated milk, garlic powder, and the Italian seasoning. Bring the _____ to a boil.
a) milk b) sauce c) mixture d) Get rid of second sentence and write “and bring to a boil.”
2. Combine the mashed garbanzo beans, garlic salt, and egg. Divide the ____ into 8 patties.
a) beans b) Edit second sentence to read “Divide into 8