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Jorj Morgan is the Director of Lifestyle Content for Her expertise in the culinary field incorporates 25 years of entertaining as well as owning a successful catering company. She is the author of 5 books including Gorgeous: The Sum of all Your Glorious Parts, Fresh Traditions and At Home in the Kitchen. Most importantly Jorj is a mom and new grand mom. Learn more on her website

Baking vs. Roasting

Margaret writes, "What is the difference between baked and roasted?

Answer: Basically the cooking term "baking" refers to the method of cooking food in the dry heat of an oven. According to Williams-Sonoma Cooking Companion (Time Life Books 2000), the terms "baking" and "roasting' equally refer to the method of cooking uniform pieces of meat, poultry or vegetables in a small amount of fat or liquid in an open pan or dish in the hot, dry air of the oven. "Baking" is most usually associated with the process of making baked goods like cakes, pies and cookies. While "roasting" generally refers to meats, poultry, large fish, and vegetables.

Many cooking terms are easily interchanged. The one thing to remember is which cooking method is best for the food you want to prepare.

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