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POP QUIZ: What is a mezzaluna? a) an Italian layer cake, b) a chopping tool, c) a salad green, d) a Sicilian after dinner drink.

the Healing Kitchen staff
Mezzaluna (which means half moon in Italian) is a crescent-shaped chopping blade with handles at the tips of the crescent. You hold the mezzaluna by the two handles and rock it back and forth over an ingredient such as herbs or garlic to reduce it to a dice or mince. (You can achieve a similar rocking motion with a chef's knife: Anchor the tip of the knife on the cutting board with one hand, and use the other hand to rock the knife blade up and down over the food being minced.)
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