Activity 1

Remember a recipe from the past


2%: two percent /pəˈsent/

¾ cup: three quarters of a cup
¼ lb: a quarter of a pound
A quarter pounder is a burger that weighs 113g.
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a. What is a dip? What should you dip in it?

b. What type of food does this recipe belong to?

c. Is this recipe for an everyday dish or for certain cases or occasions? Which ones?

Why is this kind of food popular?

Useful vocabulary: This seems to be ideal to feel at ease / relax / unwind / share...

This is the perfect fit for… friendly / relaxed moments.
A fusion between… and...
Finger food appeals to me...

Culture note

How to convert American units

Freezing point: 0°C = 32°F
Body temperature: 37°C = 98.6°F
Boiling point: 100°C = 112°F

1 cup = 16 tablespoons = 237 ml
1 tablespoon (1 tbsp) = 3 teaspoons = 14.8 ml
1 teaspoon = 4.9 ml

1 pound (1 lb) = 16 ounces (16 oz) = 453 g
1 ounce (1 oz) = 28.3 g

Cheese Dip



  • low-fat (adj.)
  • savoury /ˈsɛɪvəri/ / tasty (adj.)
  • appetizer (food) (n.)
  • granny / grandma (n.)
  • stir in /stɜː ɪn/ / mix (v.)
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Granny's Cheese Dip

Granny's Cheese Dip
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
How to make it: Combine ¼ cup milk and flour in a saucepan; stir with a whisk. Stir in remaining ¾ cup milk and salt; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low; simmer 2 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese and pepper, stirring until cheese melts. Get ready to dip your nachos, tacos or corn cones!

Granny’s tip: Remove from heat, then stir in the cheese. The flour helps stabilize the dairy mixture, but if it’s boiled after the cheese is added, the sauce will curdle. For a tastier and healthier experience, alternate this mixture with layers of black olives, avocado, chili peppers such as jalapeño peppers...
Cooking Light, Annual Recipes, 2013.

Over to you!

Write a blog post about a food discovery

Let’s use what you have learnt in
Activity 1
and / or in
Activity 2

You are a blogger. You have loved an American recipe that you have just tasted. Share a photo along with a 100-word post for one of the food blogs listed above.

Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings with your classmates.

You have now heard about many recipes from the USA. Discuss to choose which recipe you would like to taste the most and why.

Useful vocabulary: I’d like to taste... from (state) because I’m fond of… I have never tasted any… I’m curious about…
I wonder what… tastes like
I have a sweet tooth. Since it was my hero’s favourite dish, I must try it!
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