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Consuming cardamom pods

I'm making a dish that calls for six cardamom pods added while cooking. After the dish cooks, should I make the effort to locate and remove the pods? I'm assuming they're like Bay Leaves, unpleasant ...
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What substitutes are available for sugar?

I am told that I use too much sugar, and I am trying to use it less. What should I use instead of the sugar to cook, preparing desserts?
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Is MSG necessary or what to replace it with?

I have always heard that you should stay away MSG. For example when buying bouillon crystals we should always make sure that it doesn't contain MSG. Yet I came across this recipe for spinach soup that ...
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What olive is a good taste substitute for Kalamata?

I am aware that wikipedia has a nice list of olive varieties including tastes (sometimes). However, I'd prefer a considered answer, so this is the place. I'm looking to substitute based on taste, not ...
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Is there a way to make jam or chutney without Gelatin / Pectin?

I was wondering if there is a way to make jam without going through a gelatin type product. There is no real motive behind that question, except for curiosity
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Crushed tomatoes - sub with diced or whole?

I have a barbecue sauce recipe that calls for 1 can of crushed tomatoes. I have cans of whole & cans of diced. Could I just run one of those through the food processor and deem it "crushed"? ...
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Are MSG and Accent (Seasoning) the same thing?

Can the seasoning Accent be substituted for MSG, for example in General Tso's Chicken?
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What is Zwieback toast and where can I find it?

I am baking a black forest cake and it calls for zwieback toast. I cannot find this anywhere. Does anyone know what this is or where I can find it?
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A recipe calls for Brown Ale, I didn't want to use beer, are there any substitutions?

Here is the recipe - I didn't want to use Beer, any help? 3 lb chuck steak, cut into 2-inch chunks ***1-1/4 pints Liefmans Goudenband*** 2 Tbsp peanut oil 1 oz butter 1 oz brown sugar 1 Tbsp ...
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What type of sausage for bangers and mash?

On a recent trip, I ate at an authentic Irish pub that served the best bangers and mash I've ever had. As there's nowhere around town that regularly serves the dish, I've decided to try my hand at ...
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How to create a muffin recipe

I would like to experiment more with muffin recipes, but I don't want to stray too far and end up with inedible product. Are there basic parameters I should follow in creating my own muffin recipe? ...
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Savoury equivalent of choco-cornflake cakes

I'm currently trying to work out a savoury equivalent to chocolate to allow the creation of a non-sweet version of chocolate cornflake cakes. Currently the best equivalent of chocolate (in terms of ...
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What is 'Cooking Chorizo'?

I have a recipe that calls for "Cooking Chorizo" what is this, would normal cured Chorizo be an acceptable substitute, any advice?
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Replacement for pumpkin

I have a recipe that requires pumpkin, but I would like not to use it. Are there other vegetables, or combination of vegetables I could use? I would like to get the same consistency; if then the taste ...
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Why powdered eggs?

Powdered egg is emblematic of all that was was ghastly and difficult about cooking during WWII. At least in Britain, but perhaps also in other countries during that period. Supposedly it was pretty ...
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I have difficulty finding “ANGOSTURA” bitters, is there any substitute?

My preferred pre-dinner drink is the Manathan, but I have difficulties finding ANGOSTURA bitters. Is there anything else that I could use instead of it?
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Non Pork Bacon Alternatives

So, I love turkey bacon, and have it a lot; however, I always feel that i'm eating a mush processed meat. Are there any meat cut alternatives to pork bacon from other animals? Has anyone tried to ...
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How to make Pumpkin Fries

Sweet potato fries are one of my favorite sides. I also love the taste of pumpkin, and thought it would be good to replace the sweet potato in sweet potato fries with pumpkin. I am looking to make ...
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Can I substitute quinoa flour for bleached flour in a baking recipe?

I wanted to substitute Quinoa Flour for bleached in an apple nut-bread recipe - will it work, any adjustments for similar substitutions in general?
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Can I add unsweetened cocoa to a store-bought white cake mix to make chocolate cake mix?

I know that buying a chocolate cake mix would be the easiest, but there is a white cake mix whose flavor I like...
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Substitute for Parsley in South East Asia? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Parsley substitute So I'm currently living in Thailand and I'd like to try and make some of the Italian-American dishes I grew up loving. Most of the necessary ...
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What is sour cream?

What exactly is sour cream and How is it made? also Is there a relationship between 'sour-cream' and 'creme fraiche'?
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Substitute for Salt [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some good substitutes for salt for those on low sodium diets? What is the very best substitute for salt, and still tastes great?
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What vegetarian substitute for prosciutto could I use in Carbonara?

Instead of prosciutto, I used capers to try and maintain the salty aspect. It worked ok, but something about the capers and cheese didn't seem right. Any other suggestions? Also, to round out the ...
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Can evaporated milk be converted to sweetened condensed?

(Not a duplicate of this question, I don't believe) If I have a recipe that calls for sweetened condensed milk but only have a can of evaporated milk, is there anything I can do to it to the ...
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Can non-dairy creamer be used to make desserts like rice pudding?

I've used Soy Milk before, but never tried Non-dairy creamers - any help? What about other type of pudding?
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Is there a substitute for Dijon mustard and if so, what is it?

Can I substitute a small amount of say, hot english mustard for Dijon, or is there some other alternative. (Of course I will get some soon, but right now i have none, and was wondering if i can make ...
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I have a recipe for an asparagus/pasta dish with a goat cheese sauce, Can I substitute Feta?

Even generally speaking can Feta be substituted for Goat Cheese? I'm guessing that since Feta is usually more salty I would have to watch the salt, but any other consequences?
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What could I use in a vegetarian b'stilla?

I love the idea of b'stilla but not sure I have any great ideas for a vegetarian version. Searching the web I see people trying it with winter squash, chickpeas or seitan. Any other suggestions?
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With what can I replace eggs?

My girlfriend is vegan. How can I replace eggs in a recipe? Maybe with banana or soy? How much? The egg is the key ingredient to keep everything from falling apart.
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What can I use in place of allspice?

I have a recipe for Dutch apple raisin cake that calls for a half teaspoon of allspice, which I don't have. Would ground cloves or nutmeg or a combo of both work? I know that allspice is a spice unto ...
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Can active dry yeast be substituted for a compressed yeast cake in baking?

A "compressed yeast cake" is called for in each of my great-grandmother's bread recipes. Can I use active dry yeast as a substitution for one? If so, how much active dry yeast should I substitute per ...
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How can I make this antique ginger wine recipe using ingredients available today?

I have this old family ginger wine recipe, but some of the ingredients are hard to find or may not exist any more... Essence of Ginger 12mls Tincture of Capsicum 9mls Essence of Lemon 5mls ...
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When a Recipe Calls for Expensive Liquor, What's the Purpose and What Are the Substitutes?

As I begin cooking more advanced recipes, I've stumbled across a few that required small amounts (tablespoons) of (expensive) spirits such as Cognac, vodka, etc. The problem is that I don't keep that ...
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Brownies without egg

My son has a severe egg allergy. We've tried a couple of egg-less brownie recipes but they always end up terrible. I've tried making a batch with an egg replacement and one without. In both cases, the ...
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Difference between old fashioned and quick oats?

What are the difference between old fashioned and quick oats? Are they nutritionally different? Can they be substituted for one another in recipes?
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Can I substitute Soy Milk when a recipe for baking calls for regular milk?

If a baking recipe calls for regular milk, can I substitute Soy Milk...
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Can I substitute Molasses for Honey in Baking Recipes?

Can I substitute one for the other in baking recipes?
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Is it possible to make fudgy brownies without oil?

What can I substitute for oil in brownies and still get fudgy brownies? I've tried yogurt and sour cream (individually) and only replacing half the oil with one of those, but the brownies always end ...
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What can be used as a substitute for tomato sauce in typical italian dishes?

I have a friend that has developed an allergy or sensitivity of some kind to tomato sauce in foods. She has been craving pizza, pasta, and lasagna for a while now and I've been searching for a way to ...
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What can I substitute for Guanciale?

Guanciale is something I've never seen in the UK what can I use as a substitute? ..Or alternatively is there somewhere I can source this in the UK? Note: I'm thinking of experimenting with a ...
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In baking, can yoghurt replace butter?

By baking, I mean cakes / muffins / biscuits. This is mainly to cut down on fat. I've tried replacing butter with yoghurt in all of these and the results were OK. Are there any cases where it's not ...
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Can red wine vinegar replace white wine vinegar?

I have a recipe for broiled swordfish steak that uses the following ingredients for the baste: olive oil, butter, Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, and black pepper. I only have garlic-flavored red ...
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An alternative to Baileys?

In this video of triple chocolate pudding recipe, a shot of Baileys is added to whipped cream. Other than Baileys, what can I add to the cream?
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What can I substitute for dairy products in kosher meat dishes?

I have converted a number of traditional dishes to kosher (cannot mix meat and dairy ingredients) but have trouble finding substitutes for dairy ingredients that have the correct consistency or ...
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What good substitutes for saffron exist?

I am a big fan of paella, amongst other uses for saffron. However, it can be a very difficult and/or expensive spice to obtain. What good substitutes exist?
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Alternatives to serve with a tomato salad

This weekend we are making a Tomato and Chorizo salad. The recipie suggests serving it with goats cheese and ham, but we don't really fancy that. We are trying to think of alternatives to serve it ...
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Can tilapia replace sole?

I discovered tilapia, and started to like it. Could I use tilapia for recipes that require sole?
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Buttermilk substitute?

I've got a recipe that calls for some buttermilk, but none on-hand. Is there some way I could use some common ingredient(s) as a substitute?
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Is sweetened condensed milk a substitute for evaporated milk?

I have a recipe for Thai Green Curry that calls for evaporated milk, which I don't have. I do have sweetened condensed milk, will that do?