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What is a more common substitute for Shaoxing cooking wine?

I have never cooked with Shaoxing wine, so I'm not sure what would be its best substitute.
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How to do hot spiced apple cider without apple cider?

When I lived in the United States, I developed an addiction to hot apple cider. I relied on powder mixes (Alpine, Mott's and so on) - just adding hot water to the content of a package... Now I'm back ...
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How can I substitute Tender Quick® for pink salt + kosher salt?

I have a recipe for pastrami that calls for 1 T of pink salt + 3/4 cup of kosher salt. I don't have access to pink salt or saltpeter, but I do have Morton® Tender Quick®. I imagine that I can use the ...
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What's an inexpensive substitute for Port wine?

Is there a good substitute for port? It's for a slow cooked pork loin recipe. I'm not concerned about the alcohol, but I would like to keep the cost down.
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Non-dairy creamer, dry

Is there a substitute for powdered non-dairy creamer that does not have transfat or hydrogenated fat? I want to make dry hot chocolate mix.
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Parmesan Crusted Steak - Replace olive oil with honey

I've recently been making a parmesan crust for my steaks, the recipe I'm using calls for olive oil on the steak itself, before cooking. It works well for the crust, but its hard on the grill, cause ...
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Any good substitutes for tamarind in Beef Rendang?

I have seen recipes for Indonesian Beef Rendang that call for tamarind (here is one), but tamarind is a little difficult to find here in Japan. So I have two questions: What could serve as a ...
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How to Rescue Too-Soft Cookie Dough Made with Butter Substitute?

The other day I made a batch of sugar cookies intending to roll them out and cut into shapes. I used the standard Martha Stewart's recipe, but didn't have butter, so I used Smart Balance Lite ...
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What can I substitute for puff pastry?

I have a recipe that calls for me to roll up turkey in puff pastry. What can I use as a substitute for the puff pastry, preferably that is lower in saturated fat?
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Fresh pearl onions vs frozen

Our recipe called for frozen pearl onions & I only found fresh. What do I need to do to the fresh ones?
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How to make a pie with no yolk?

I had a great low fat recipe for a squash pie that had in it four eggs. I tried to take only the egg-whites with no yolk but the pie didn't come out right. It just didn't coke completely, it took ...
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Tres Leche Without Homemade Cake?

I've been wanting to make a tres leche cake and I have a few cake box mixes at home (yellow cake, spice cake and a chocolate cake). Could I use the yellow cake and then just fork it and pour over the ...
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How to incorporate alcohol (rum) into a cake recipe?

How can I incorporate alcohol (rum, in this case) into an existing cake recipe (pumpkin cake, for example)? Can I simply replace the water with rum?
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What can I substitute for lager beer in a chili recipe? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some good substitions for alcohol in cooking? My Husband is a recovering alcoholic. One of our favorite slow cooker chili recipes calls for using Lager beer. ...
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What can replace vegetable butter?

I am making a dairy- and gluten-free cake. What can I use to replace vegetable butter?
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What is the ideal fake turkey substitute for a vegan Thanksgiving?

While recently experimenting with a seitan based fake turkey, I was curious if I was even pursuing the right media for making a fake vegan turkey. With respect to the following characteristics, what ...
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What is the purpose of nutritional yeast?

I have several recipes for seitan which call for nutritional yeast. I've never used it before and am curious about its purpose. Is it for flavor, texture, nutritional value?
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How can I improve my gluten-free pizza dough?

I've been making pizza dough for years, and recently found that I have a gluten allergy, and can no longer eat wheat flour! Very sad news, indeed. So... I bought Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza ...
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What are some good substitions for alcohol in cooking?

One of my favorite recipes these days is making a good bananas foster dessert. Everyone I know enjoys it, to some extent, so it's a go-to dessert, for me. One of my concerns, however, is that since ...
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Substitution for egg to bind hamburger mince

My wife is having pregnancy cravings for (homemade) hamburgers, but has developed a prenatal allergy / intolerance to egg. What is a possible replacement for egg to stop a hamburger pattie from ...
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What went wrong with my brownies?

I've read numerous forum posts and mini-articles about substituting applesauce for oil in brownie mix, but for some reason it went horribly wrong: (Okay, that's actually after trying to salvage it ...
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Substitute sugar free maple syrup in baking?

We're trying to make trailmix chunks. Is it alright to replace sugar free maple syrup (springtree low calorie maple syrup) in baking for this case? My concern is that the sugar free syrup would break ...
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Substitute for egg yolk in ice-cream (Egg Allergy)

I have a few questions regarding egg yolk in ice-cream. I would love to try making homemde ice-cream but a lot of recipes I see have egg yolk. Is there a substitute that I could use or is it ...
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How to prevent separation/layers in panna cotta?

I recently discovered how easy it is to make panna cotta via a recipe by Mark Bittman. The only problem I found was that my panna cotta started to visibly separate into two distinct layers after a ...
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Substitutions for greek yogurt?

Are there any available substitutes for greek yogurt? I don't have any in the fridge. Looking for a substitution besides regular yogurt or any yogurt based substitution. Looking to make a creamy like ...
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How to make a non-salty cheesecake?

There are lots of American cheese cake recipes which call for cream cheese. And I don't know about cream cheese in the USA, but in Europe, cream cheese is salted. It may be not as salty as, say, feta, ...
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Using yellow instead of green zucchini in vegetable soup

Can I use yellow zucchini instead of green zucchini in vegetable soup or is there a significant difference of between them?
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Can I use green cardamomm pods and ground cardamom interchangeably?

I have some green cardamom and would like to use it in dishes such as Indian-style rice pudding. Can it be used in place of the standard ground cardamom bought in an American grocery store?
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Non-alcoholic substitute for brandy?

I have a cake that calls for 4 Tablespoons of brandy. I don't have any brandy in the house, nor any kind of liquor at all (besides maybe red wine vinegar which doesn't help much). Is there anything I ...
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Can an American substitute for garam masala be made?

I love Indian food and have been experimenting with curry recipes, and many of them ask for 'garam masala'. I know it's a spice mix but I can't find it for sale anywhere around me. I've also read ...
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How to substitute vodka in home-made vanilla extract?

I came across this recipe for making my own vanilla extract. However, the vodka in my country isn't very cheap. So, I would like to replace it with a cheaper alternative. We discussed this in the ...
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Is “instant flour” worth bothering with?

I have not used "instant flour" before as it is not available in my home country, and I have never seen it on my travels I have seen a few references to it in North American cooking though. Does this ...
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Butter alternative for making breads

I'm interested in making dairy-free Banana nut bread. What can I use as an alternative to butter? I'm aware that there is soy and coconut milk as alternatives to cow's milk, but I'm not immediately ...
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Can I substitute teriyaki glaze and baste for teriyaki sauce?

I have some teriyaki glaze and baste, but my recipe calls for teriyaki sauce. Can I use this and just add some soy sauce to it to "water" it down. Currently it is the consistency of ketchup, but it ...
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Would it be alright to substitute white balsamic vinegar for wine in risotto?

I'm really craving risotto but I don't have any wine in the house at the moment. I do have white balsamic vinegar, however.
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Can I substitute cocoa for semisweet chocolate?

If I have a recipe that calls for semi-sweet chocolate (melted), what could I use along with unsweetened cocoa powder as a substitution? In other words, what quantities of sugar and cocoa powder would ...
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What to use instead of white wine in recipes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a substitute for red or white wine in a recipe? I am Muslim and we do not consume alcohol in any form. I love European cuisine, but many of the recipes call for ...
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Substitution for beef (veal) in a stew

I have a recipe for an Italian stew that is pretty much just caramelized onions and juice from tomatoes plus veal. My partner does not eat veal so we've substituted stewing beef to good effect, ...
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Can I replace pine nuts with other nuts in a pesto sauce recipe? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a good pine nut substitute for pesto? Pine nuts are very expensive here. I'm wondering if I can substitute any of the following: Walnuts Sunflower seeds ...
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Pimientos de Padron equivalent

In Spain I had a wonderful tapa called Pimiento de Padron. Green chiles fried in olive oil and salted. What type of chile could I find in the US to replicate this dish? The chiles should be mild, with ...
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Cheaper alternative to parmesan cheese?

The parmesan cheese in pasta recipe is quite expensive.....do we have cheaper alternative?? Are there are cheddar cheese which can replace parmesan cheese?
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Replacement for celery with equivalent nutrients?

I have this recipe: 2 celery sticks 1 cucumber (large) 2 large handfuls of spinach leaves 1 large handful of lettuce (dark) 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon But I don't like the "aroma" of celery. So ...
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Is Anise a substitute of cumin

I need cumin for everything I make, but its not available where i recently moved. However anise is available, and someone told me that cumin can be substituted by anise. Is this true?
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What’s a good alternative to rice wine vinegar?

I find it difficult to source rice wine vinegar for recipes. I can usually find “rice vinegar“, “rice wine”, and “white wine vinegar”, but not specifically “rice wine vinegar”. Can I use any of the ...
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How do I make liquid glucose from powdered glucose

I recently decided to make something that required liquid glucose, 140g of it. No problem in general, but for some reason none of my usual suppliers had stock (even tried pharmacies). The closest I ...
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How can I make breadcrumbs without a full, yeast-leavened loaf of bread?

What's the best (fastest, most efficient) way to make breadcrumbs from scratch, without having any old bread? I'm curious if there's something quick I can do, when I realize I want 5 cups of ...
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Replacing butter with olive oil

This is more of a food preparation/health question since it's after the food has been cooked. Recently I've been substituting butter with olive oil. For example, baked potatoes, instead of butter and ...
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Chicken Stock alternatives?

I want to make a barbecue sauce which has chicken stock in its recipe. This is the first time I needed chicken stock for cooking; somehow, I didn't come by it up until now. Anyway, neither me or ...
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How can I approximate wasabi taste?

I want to obtain a taste very similar to wasabi, but without wasabi ingredients. How do I do it?
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Can I substitute agar-agar for gelatin in pudding?

Can china grass (agar-agar) be substituted in place of gelatin when making pudding? Or is there any other ingredient i could use as a substitute that could give me better results?