in press release The venerable Merriam-Webster dictionary, published on September 7, 2022, announced the inclusion of some food terms in its database: Omakase, mojo and Pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice blend, which most of us know from being in everything from hummus to bread (via vegetables), defined as “a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and often allspice commonly used in pumpkin pie” (via Merriam-Webster). The definition indicates that the term was first used in 1931, although it does not provide the exact context.
Japanese food lovers are likely already familiar with the meaning of omakase, which You know Merriam-Webster now Like, “…a series of small meals or courses (starting with sushi) offered at a fixed price and the choice of which is left to the discretion of the chef.” And those who love Cuban food may crave mojo, Definition of who reads, “…a sauce, marinade, or seasoning usually consisting primarily of olive oil, garlic, citrus juice, and spices (such as black pepper and cumin).” We don’t know about you, but now we’re craving all three preparations: maybe a small batch of sushi rollsfollowed by Cuban sandwichwash everything down with a little Vodka infused with spices and pumpkin?
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