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Rice paper: An edible, translucent paper made from water and the pith of a tropical shrub called the rice-paper tree. Rice flour also is sometimes used. Rice paper is used to wrap foods and can be prepared by soaking or deep-frying.

Rice vinegar: A mild vinegar made from rice. Found in Asian sections of supermarkets or specialty markets.

Ricotta cheese: A fresh, moist, slightly sweet Italian-style cheese similar to cottage cheese. Used in savory dishes such as lasagna and desserts such as cheesecake.

Roma tomatoes: Small, pear-shaped tomatoes; also called Italian or plum tomatoes. Often used for making sauce or paste because they are fleshy and have few seeds.