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to mind • shredded • pureed
saute • a try
  1. This soup is just vegetables.
  2. Many good memories come when I think about my life in Vietnam.
  3. You have to the chilies first or they will be too spicy.
  4. I would love to give rock climbing .
  5. My cat the plastic bag to get at the fish inside.
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161 Recipe
Alexandra gives her special Cuban recipe.

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comes to mind

I've got one recipe that comes to mind.

If something "comes to mind" you remember it, usually because it has something in common with a topic of conversation or situation.  So the sentence before the example sentence could have been: Do you know how to make an excellent pasta salad?  Notice the following:

  1. What comes to mind when you think of our vacation to Florida?
  2. When I think of driving long distances, the memory of our trip to Canada always comes to mind.


With a couple of forks shred the meat.

To "shred" something is to tear it into tiny pieces, like paper.  Notice the following:

  1. You need to shred all the important documents after you read them.
  2. The recipe says two cups of shredded chicken.


Put a puree of tomatoes on top.

Cooked food that has been put into a blender to make it a liquid is a "puree."  It is combined very well and usually there are no obvious pieces because it is a liquid.  Notice the following:

  1. There are two cans of tomato puree in the cupboard.
  2. We are having vegetable puree and steak for dinner tonight.


Saute for a while.

To "saute" something is to cook it in a pan with a little bit of oil.  It is very common to saute the onions in a recipe before adding the other ingredients.  Notice the following:

  1. Do you like sauteed mushrooms on your hamburger?
  2. You need to saute the onions and the garlic first.

give that a try

I'm going to give that a try.

If you "give something a try" you try to do it for the first time.  Notice the following:

  1. You should give acting a try.
  2. I know the pasta looks terrible, but you should really give it a try.