Share: Parboil To boil foods, usually vegetables, until partially cooked. Most often used when vegetables are finished using another cooking method or chilled for marinated salads or appetizer dips. Related Tips Direct Heat To cook foods on an outdoor grill directly over coals or heat source. Flake To separate foods into small pieces. The term is frequently used when describing the… Al Dente An Italian term meaning “to the tooth” used to describe pasta that is cooked but still firm.