June 15th, 2010
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grain, cereal, farina, corn (Europe)
Category: Ingredient
Definition: The carbohydrate-rich seed of cultivated grasses, the most commonly used grains are wheat, but other frequently used grains include barley, rice, maize, sorghum, millet, buckwheat and quinoa, among others. When not speaking cold breakfast dishes promoted by cartoon characters, "cereals" is a synonym for "grains." The word "corn" is, in Europe, a generic term for grains of all sorts, with "maize" specifically meaning what North Americans call corn. Farina is a dish of warm grains, usually semolina or wheat, boiled or cooked with milk until it achieves a pudding-like consistency

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