Stuck for a Word

I’m scratching my head for a word.  Means something like miscellaneous food thing,  The word feels close to condiment or confection, but that is clearly not it.  It means close to novelty, in the sense of ice cream or candy.  In particular, it should apply to things like peanut butter or jelly, although those may not quite be in the target zone.  You see, if I could come up wit the word, I would be able to tell…

So: it seems to start with “con-“.  There’s a bit of word soup in its neighborhood: de gustibus, aperitif, digestive, trifle, staple, condiment, confection.  Note that not all of those have similar meaning — they’re just connected by unseen links.  The word is quite close indeed to comestible, but I don’t think that’s it.

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21 thoughts on “Stuck for a Word”

  1. The word “ort” means, like, a leftover scrap or bit of foodstuff…but I think you’re referring to the amuse-bouche  stage of dining, not to the cleanup…but, m’sieur,  you are being so coy, to leave us all here snapping and quarreling for the mot juste  like so many ornamental carp…

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  2. Well, don’t rack your brains.  Somewhere between sundry, comestible, and a couple of other words is a word for an otherwise nondescript thing of foodstuff.  Like a jar of peanut butter is a _____.

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  3. Feed commodities are feedstuffs used by stockmen as ingredients for rations for cattle or other stock.

    Domestically, I for the most part do what I call commodity cooking. That is to say, I serve (feed out) at a supper, let’s say, a meat dish, a carb dish, and a couple of vegetable dishes. That way each person can suit the ratios according to preference.

    In the pantry, peanut butter, flour, salt, sugar, pasta, rice, vegetables, meats, and so on are commodities. Chocolate, of course, is Queen of Commodities and Empress of Comestibles.

    This is just the opposite to a TMR, Total Mixed Ration, in livestock feeding, and to a complex dish such as a casserole when serving to people.

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  4. Haakon Dahl:
    Well, don’t rack your brains.  Somewhere between sundry, comestible, and a couple of other words is a word for an otherwise nondescript thing of foodstuff.  Like a jar of peanut butter is a _____.

    Morsel?

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