Mr. Rosenberg: Alton Brown is messing with me. I know he's one of those snarky, know-it-all, smart ass kind of guys. How am I supposed to follow a recipe if he's doing his joking thing? The recipe says I should heat mirepoix and then 'sweat.' It's not even funny, even if it's accurate.
Me: 'Sweat' is an actual cooking term. When you 'sweat' an onion, you heat it until it starts to release moisture.
Mr. Rosenberg: If you say so. Okay, then what the heck are 'Grains of Paradise?'
Me: Yeah, I don't know about that. I'll Google it... looks like it's a type of peppercorn.
Mr. Rosenberg: Is it common?
Me: I've never heard of it.
Mr. Rosenberg: I knew he was messing with me.