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Can I always use butter instead of margarine when baking?

Some recipes says use butter or margarine, some say use butter and some say use margarine. My question is, can I always use butter or does margarine have some property that butter doesn't when baking?
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Similar flavors to caffeine?

My wife and I enjoy drip coffee, french pressed coffee, espresso, black tea, green tea, and just about anything caffeinated. However, my wife wants to avoid caffeine due to its physiological effects. ...
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Add gelatin to soup as a replacement for stock?

My wife made some chicken soup last night, but we didn't have any stock to start it with, so we used water. Flavor-wise, the soup was fine - it was just lacking the mouth-feel associated with good ...
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What happens if I use vegetable oil in a cake?

I want to bake a cake out of baking mix bought at a shop. The mix already contains flour, baking soda, vanillin, other minor components. The manual says I need to add butter. I'd like to use ...
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How to fix a sauce that is too sweet?

A while ago I attempted to make the Better than Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce from food.com. One of the ingredients it calls for is heavy cream and as I live in Canada where they don't sell heavy cream I ...
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Can Creme Fraiche be substituted for Heavy Cream in a Cream Sauce?

I am trying to make a past dish and I need to know if I can substitute Creme Fraiche for Heavy Cream in the recipe I am using. Said recipe calls for: Cream Sauce 1 quart heavy cream 1 head ...
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Substituting with Bacon and Bacon Fat in a Recipe

I've been thinking about throwing cooked bacon into various recipes like candy and bread. Are there any general guidelines for adjusting the recipes for handling this addition? For example, should I ...
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Parmesan regiano substitute

What would be an appropriate substitute for parmesan (parmagiano reggiano) in a recipe?
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Substituting Peppers

What pepper can be substituted for a habanero when no habaneros are available?
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What are the main differences between sugarcane jaggery, rapadura, and panela?

Jaggery, rapadura and panela are very similar ingredients according to their Wikipedia articles. However, jaggery can be made from not only sugarcane but also palm sap. Is there a difference between ...
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Firm risotto using generic rice. Is it possible?

How can I make a firm risotto, without using the appropriate rice? I'm italian, and I've been cooking delicious risotto for years. But in the place where I'm living right now there is only one kind ...
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How can I substitute or make soft brown sugar?

I have just moved to Germany. I haven't yet been able to find brown sugar of the type we have in Australia ie: soft, small grained, slightly sticky in that it holds its shape well when you dig a ...
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Non-cow's milk replacement for Parmesan cheese in Genovese pesto

My family loves Genovese pesto and we'd started making our own (with varied success). One of our number has been diagnosed as intolerant to cow's milk. This rules out pretty much all shop-bought ...
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What can I substitute for Kaffir Lime Leaves?

Kaffir Lime Leaves seem to be a common ingredient in Thai food, particularly coconut based dishes. I have never seen them in Atlanta, and I've looked (farmers market, whole foods, normal grocery, but ...
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What are the advantages of using agave sweetener instead of sugar?

From what I can tell, it seems that the only advantage is that it has a lower glycemic index. Here's my logic... On my organic blue agave sweetener bottle, it says that it's 25% sweeter than sugar, ...
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Are sushi rice and arborio rice valid substitutes of each other?

Sometimes I have only one sushi rice and want to prepare risotto, sometimes is the other way around. Both varieties have a lot of starch, but I don't know if it's the same starch. Is it?
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What's an acceptable substitute for Pandan Leaves?

When preparing Sri Lankan cuisine (especially curries) one of the key components is the Pandan Leaf (also known as a Pandanus Leaf). These aren't readily available where I live so I was wondering if ...
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What is a substitute for maple extract?

I am making cinnamon rolls with a maple flavoured frosting, however, I am having trouble finding maple extract for the frosting. What can I substitute it with? I have vanilla extract - will it change ...
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Can I use nut meal or nut butter as a curry base?

Does anyone have experience trying to form a curry with nut starch? Can I make it work at all? Will I need less oil because the nut carries some of it's own? Background for this: For the last few ...
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What can be substituted for vinegar in sushi rice?

If you could not use rice vinegar (for reasons of food allergy, perhaps), what could you use instead in sushi rice?
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DIY blender lid replacement

I just got a used Braun MX32 CDN from a thrift store. It's in great shape. Unfortunately, it came with a lid from some other model that apparently somebody tried to cut to make it fit. Naturally, ...
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How can this “Bloody Brain” cocktail be made without alcohol?

I found this recipe for a Halloween cocktail known as a "Bloody brain", here's a link, and I was wondering how I would go about making a non-alcoholic version. The recipe involves strings of Bailey's ...
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Substitution for baking soda?

I attempted to make pancakes this morning, only to discover that I was out of baking soda. I tried substituting baking powder, but it didn't work at all. The pancakes didn't bubble on the griddle, and ...
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Bundt Pan Substitution?

I have a cake recipe that calls for baking in a bundt pan (it's a sweet potato spice cake). Can I use another kind of pan, or will it affect the quality of the cake?
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How to substitute eggs in homemade pasta?

I am looking to make pasta at home, but all the classical pasta dough recipes I know of are egg-based. While I have no problem with eating meat and animal products from time to time, I would like to ...
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What hot sauce should I use for Buffalo wings sauce?

After watching "The Wing and I" in Good Eats and being the one that always ordered Buffalo wings (I no longer live in the US), I decide to give it a try. The recipe for the sauce is: butter garlic ...
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Chili powder substitutions

I'm having trouble converting the chili recipes I find to use something other than of-the-shelf chili-powder. Thanks to a simply wonderful local spice shop, we have several different kind of chili-...
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What is substitute for rum in baking?

Some cake recipes calls for rum, and there is none available. How to substitute? If possible, it should be non-alcoholic. Also, what is its role in baking or cooking?
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Substituting lime juice for lemon juice in hollandaise/mayonnaise?

If I have fresh limes on hand but not fresh lemons, can I use the limes to make hollandaise and mayonnaise? Assuming it works, what effect will the lime juice have on flavor and texture?
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In general, can I substitute egg species for either egg-only or egg-centric dishes?

(Prompted by an interesting radio show on ducks and duck eggs). For general uses, in either an egg-only dish, or an egg-centric dish like a custard or quiche, can I use eggs other than chicken eggs? ...
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Using spaghetti squash for 'pasta'

I've recently gotten into making primal/paleo cooking, i.e. (no grains,legumes,processed foods) and have been meaning to try spaghetti w/meat sauce with spaghetti squash noodles instead of regular ...
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UK alternative to corn syrup?

I've noticed that often when using recipes from the US that corn syrup is called for, and I was wondering what the best alternative to it would be to get in the UK? I've heard some people saying that ...
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What's a good substitute for cilantro?

I have several friends with the soap gene (cilantro tastes like soap to them), my father's allergic (it gives him a headache) and because of a lifetime of avoiding the stuff, I find cilantro ...
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Are there any other gums that work in gluten-free baking besides xanthan and guar?

I'm curious, are any other substances that could substitute for guar gum or xanthan gum in gluten-free baking? Xanthan isn't an option because of allergies, and while guar gum seems to work OK for ...
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Why can applesauce be used in place of oil?

In many recipes, mostly desserts, it is suggested that you can substitute oil with applesauce to reduce the fat content. But why applesauce? Is there something special about applesauce or are there ...
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Cream based substitute for milk

I typically have heavy cream on hand but not milk so I'm frequently in need of a method to substitute the milk in recipes with cream. It seems to me that adding some amount of water and sugar to the ...
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Powdered milk in bread recipe

I have a book with several bread recipes that call for 1-2 tablespoons of powdered milk. This isn't something I usually use and I was thinking substituting it with normal milk, and putting less water ...
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How can I replace canned tomatoes with fresh?

I have a tomato sauce recipe that calls for 1 can (28oz) of diced tomatoes (including the liquid). How can I replace the can with fresh tomatoes? I'm not sure if there is a particular type of tomato I ...
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Why would I use Arrowroot instead of Cornstarch?

I've heard that arrowroot can be used just like cornstarch as a thickening agent. If I have both ingredients on hand, under what circumstances would I choose one over the other?
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Can a “regular” eggplant be substituted for a chinese eggplant in a recipe?

I'm going to attempt this hot and sour chinese eggplant recipe which calls for chinese eggplant. However, I only have a "regular" eggplant that you find in the typical American grocery store. Can ...
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Why does my omelet with Velveeta froth up in the microwave?

I like to make a quick cheese omelet in the microwave, in a bowl (no pans to clean up). I had the technique working well, but one day switched from shredded cheese to some Velveeta. The amount of ...
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Can I replace honey with maple syrup in recipes that require honey?

There are many recipes (or recipe variants) that require honey as ingredient. Barbecue Spareribs Honey Lamb Chops Honey Raisin Choc Drops Honey Shortbread Biscuits Chocolate Chip Cookies Krispie ...
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Substitute frozen cranberries for fresh berries

I just came across this recipe that calls for 1 1/4 cups of fresh cranberries. I was wondering if it was possible to substitute frozen cranberries instead. I am assuming that I have to thaw the ...
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Can you substitute capers for green peppercorn?

Can you substitute capers for green peppercorn? I'm making a sauce for a roast.
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Are there any substitutes for honey when trying to activate yeast?

Are there any substitutes for honey when trying to activate yeast? I have a bottle of corn syrup and was wondering if I could just use that.
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Butter substitute for 1 cup of butter for baking

What can I substitute for 1 cup of butter in baking recipes (e.g. cookies, muffins, cakes, etc.)? I'm looking for something that has less saturated fat (and also doesn't have trans fat). Update: ...
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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 ...