from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A spoon intermediate in size between a tablespoon and a teaspoon, used for eating dessert.

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  • n. An item of cutlery; a spoon, larger than a teaspoon and smaller than a tablespoon, used for eating dessert.
  • n. A unit of measure, being equivalent to two teaspoons or two-thirds of a tablespoon, or approximately 10 millilitres; a dessertspoonful.
  • n. More generally, that volume of a substance which is contained within a dessert spoon.


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  • Simmer lentils with a couple of cloves of raw peeled garlic, a dried chilli, a dessertspoon of red wine vinegar, and parsley stalks or a bay leaf if you have some.

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  • I seasoned the veal shanks by shaking them together with a dessertspoon of continental flour and some salt and pepper in a plastic bag and then I browned them in some olive oil.

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  • Saute, then add two cups of red wine, two cups of stock, a can of diced tomatoes with their juice and a dessertspoon of chopped rosemary.

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  • A dessertspoon sounds too much for a sweet cake, and being a Swiss recipe I thought it must be a precise metrical measurement.

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  • A dessertspoon of mixed spice, a tablespoon of treacle, a quarter teaspoon of bicarb soda.

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  • Add a teaspoon each of cumin and dried coriander, a generous dessertspoon of tomato paste and a good sprinkling of sumac, say half a tablespoon.

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  • Now toss in some cream - a dessertspoon or two - and swirl your pan around until the sauce is of a uniform consistency.

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  • Mix together in equal quantities some stiff mayonnaise sauce and cool, but liquid, aspic jelly then stir in some chopped capers and small pieces of tomato, in the proportion of a dessertspoon of each to half a pint of the mayonnaise and aspic mixture; and, lastly, add the sardines.

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  • _*Indian Dry Curry_ -- 2 pounds beef, 4 tablespoons Crisco, 1 onion, 2 tablespoons curry powder, 2 chopped gherkins, 1 dessertspoon chutney,

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  • Crisco, salt and red pepper to taste, 1 teaspoon mustard, and 1 dessertspoon sherry.

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