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scallops, scallions and shallots, oh my

March 19, 2009

These similar-sounding ingredients can be confusing. Here are some definitions you can take to the supermarket.

Scallops: some kind of seafood, but let’s not get bogged down with details
Example: “See the scallops gallop in the sea.”

Scallions: green onions
Example: “Those skinny green guys sure are scalawags.”

Shallots: small onions that look a bit like garlic cloves
Example: “Tennyson failed to mention that ‘The Lady of Shalott’ had garlic breath.”

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2009 10:32 pm

    I had to go to the grocery store once to get some bouillion for a recipe. I always thought bouillon were gold coins. Turns out it’s soup 🙂

  2. March 20, 2009 8:32 am

    That’s helpful, thanks.

  3. Evan permalink
    March 25, 2009 4:49 pm

    Eons ago, I made (tried to, anyway) some candy (don’t recall the name) that called for corn oil or corn syrup. I know they are different and can show you what containers they come in, but back then I didn’t know they were different.

    Our dog loved the product.


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