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Substitute for whipping cream in frosting

Can I use butter or margarine for frosting instead of whipping cream in cakes? I tried frosting cake with butter and icing sugar but I did not like the outcome.
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How do I use no-boil lasagna noodles in a normal recipe?

How do I convert a normal lasagna recipe to use no-boil noodles? Do I need to add extra liquid or just make sure that the dish is covered really well?
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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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Can I substitute white wine vinegar for balsamic vinegar in a steak marinade?

I am following a recipe for a beef marinade. It calls for 1/4th cup of balsamic vinegar. However, I only have red and white wine vinegar and cider vinegar.
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What is a substitute for red or white wine in a recipe?

If someone cannot or will not use wine for cooking, what would be a good substitute? Question applies to both red and white wine.
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How to predict what the final result of a recipe will weigh?

I have a recipe for a mascarpone substitute. How much does that recipe make? I need a pound's worth, so I don't know if that will be a enough or is too much. Here is the recipe: 1 16 oz block of ...
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Substituting almond milk for regular milk in coffee without bitterness

I've tasted my local coffee shop's specialty coffee in which they substitute homemade almond milk for regular milk, and it tastes creamy and smooth. No bitterness. When I try to recreate this with ...
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Can pickled pepper oil be used as cooking oil?

I have about a half jar of pure pickled pepper oil as I have recently used up all of the peppers. The oil is a strange translucent color of yellow; I'm imagining a cup of highlighter fluid (if there ...
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How to substitute canned Apricots with fresh when cooking

My recipe calls for canned apricots, but I have fresh. What do I need to co to make sure the recipe is successful.
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Can I substitute buttermilk by curdling coconut milk with acid?

I love to bake but can't justify buying buttermilk for the odd time a recipe calls for it. Instead, I add vinegar to milk to replicate the buttermilk.(it works perfectly). At the same time, I LOVE ...
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How much dried lemon zest to substitute for “zest of one lemon”?

Most recipes that use lemon zest call for "zest of one lemon" or some such amount. To avoid the bother of organic lemons that invariably go bad before I use them and having to fiddle with zesting I'd ...
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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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What's a good vegan substitute for sour cream?

There's a recipe I grew up with, that I would like to try to make a vegan version of. Basically, it's mushrooms sauteed with onion and paprika, and then sour cream. Since my kitchen is now vegan, I'...
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What is a good substitute for full cream milk powder?

I'm interested in making this milk bread recipe and noticed it called for full cream milk powder. I only have skim milk powder on hand, but read that using just skim milk powder won't provide the full ...
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yeast substitutes and proper measurements

I was wondering if I could get some advice as I have intolerances to yeast and have heard of a few substitutions from: baking soda, baking powder, lemon juice, milk and yogurt. The question comes to ...
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Is there a super close substitute for graham crackers?

I'm from Canada (where there are multitudes of graham crackers!), but I'm currently living in Australia. They do not have anything like graham crackers here, and I could really use them for a couple ...
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May I use cacao butter in place of coconut butter?

I'm out of coconut butter and am making fat bombs that call for coconut butter. I have plenty of cacao butter on hand. Can I use that instead? Thanks!
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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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Effect of xanthan gum on agar agar gels?

I just recently got into using agar agar to prepare solidified gels, and I'm wondering what effect adding xanthan gum to the mixture before gelling it would have. I'm particularly interested in trying ...
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Substituting for Candlenuts in Indonesian Food

Indonesian cuisine relies heavily on candlenuts as a base and thickener for spice pastes which are the foundation of the cuisine. This includes many of the various rendangs and sambals, such as ...
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What's a good vegetarian substitute for Worcestershire sauce?

The only thing I really miss since I started the whole rampant vegetarian thing is the taste of Worcester sauce in all sorts of dishes. Is there a way to get close to the flavour without doing ...
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Is there an alternative to using oil when baking muffins

I make a lot of muffins and I am constantly altering the recipes to try and create the perfect muffin to satisfy my taste and keep me regular. I also avoid using sugar and oil. I have been ...
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how to seperate peanut oil from roasted peanuts at home?

I want to enjoy a peanut’s protein without a concern of a lot of calories , so I want to sepearate some oils from peanuts with simple home equipments , is it possible ?! How much ...
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Difference between Maida and All purpose flour

I'm baking tonight and I'm out of All purpose flour. I'm lazy to run out to the grocery store. Can I replace All purpose flour with Maida (Maida is better known to Asian Indians - we use it for making ...
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What can I substitute for eggs in a pancake recipe?

I'd like to make pancakes. I have all the other ingredients that I'd normally use (flour, canola oil, sugar, salt, and corn starch) in a pancake mix, but I don't have any eggs. Can I substitute milk, ...
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What is the texture/taste difference between cured and uncured bacon?

I understand that the main difference between cured and uncured bacon is that one is cured and one isn't. But, is the curing process the same for all slab bacon? And does it make a difference, taste ...
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What is the difference between corn flour and corn meal?

I have a recipe that calls for a mix of corn and wheat flours, but my local grocery stores (in the south east US) only carry corn meal. What is the difference between corn flour and corn meal? Can ...
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What would be a good substitute for coconut milk in curry sauces?

Specifically, if I work from a started paste that require adding coconut milk, what would be a good substitute?
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How to substitute unsweetened baker's chocolate for powdered cocoa in cake recipe

My friend would like to make a chocolate cake using this recipe: HERSHEY'S "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" Chocolate Cake. The ingredients: 2 cups sugar 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa ...
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How can I thicken my smoothie without frozen ingredients?

I like thick drinks and I cannot lie. You other posters can't deny, That when a shake pours out, all watery and fast My first thought is "that's just nast(ay)" Normally, I put in my smoothies a ...
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Using beef jerky cuts for stir fry?

I have some cuts of beef intended to be used for beef jerky. I have not yet dried them -- the meat is still fresh. I don't know what cut of meat was used. Can I use it for stir fry?
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Is there any substitute for saltpeter / sodium nitrate in corned beef brine?

I realize there is another question about corned beef from scratch, but the answers don't really cover my question. Many recipes for making your own corned beef still refer to the use of saltpeter (...
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What are some good substitutes for salt for those on low sodium diets?

I try to keep my sodium intake fairly low to ensure that my blood pressure doesn't get too high. Salt is such a common part of cooking, and it's especially difficult to cook Asian-style food without ...
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What are the difference between outside and inside skirt steak?

Skirt steak comes in two cuts: outside and inside. While I am sure the difference in cut affects how the meat should be prepared and cooked I am not sure in what ways. A few things I've read about the ...
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Using Chakki Atta instead of whole wheat flour?

I bought a bag of chakki atta from an Indian grocery store. The back of the bag says that it's 100% whole wheat flour. It was cheaper than traditional American style whole wheat flour, so I decided to ...
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heavy cream and half-and-half substitute

I am trying to make ice cream and it calls for 3 cups half-and-half and 1 cup heavy cream. I don't have either but I do have one gal of 2% milk If I can make some half-and-half and heavy cream out ...
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Substituting for Madeira wine in a mushroom stuffed with sausage recipe

The recipe calls for Madeira but I am thinking about using another wine. My choices are: Pernod, Calvados, pinneau du Terrier or dry sherry. What does anyone recommend on this subject?
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What can I use as a substitute for grated coconut in heavy syrup?

I have a Latin American recipe that calls for grated coconut in heavy syrup. Apparently, you can commonly buy it in cans in Latin America, but not here in the USA. Can I substitute some mixture of dry ...
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Kosher alternative for blood sausage

The title explains it all, is there a kosher substitute for blood sausage?* Blood sausage is not kosher due to the inclusion of blood, the consumption of which is forbidden by Jewish law.
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Can I substitute whole eggs for egg whites in cake mix?

A box of white cake mix needs three egg whites. If substituting whole eggs for egg whites, how many whole eggs would I use?
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What vegan substitutes are available for cheese?

Suppose I want a cheesy-tasting sauce that is vegan. How could I obtain this flavor (or something close to it) without using any actual milk or cheese?
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How to cook for a diabetic without making the other guests suffer

I'm looking to host a big dinner and want to make it as diabetic friendly as possible. I'm also looking to not make special diabetic friendly dishes that only 1 person gets. I want to make meals that ...
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What can I use instead of clam juice?

I would like to make a "Thai beef with carrot-basil salad" recipe. The sauce for the ground beef includes the following ingredients: 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 teaspoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 ...
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Tarragon: French vs Russian vs Mexican

In this question about tarragon lookalikes on the gardening stackexchange, I asked about whether I have grown a tarragon lookalike or whether tarragon can be tasteless if grown improperly. I added an ...
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Possible to thicken gravy without flour or cornstarch?

I'm on a diet where I can't eat a number of things that I would typically use to make gravy, specifically corn and flour. I'm planning on roasting a chicken tonight and I was thinking it would be ...
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Fat free oil substitute

Can someone please tell me a fat free substitute for oil in cooking (not baking) that will not compromise the flavour of the dish? I am asking for a substitute in frying/sautéing vegetables and ...
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What can I use as a replacement for ricotta or cottage cheese in a lasagna?

I really cannot take the texture of ricotta or cottage cheese in food, to the point where I will gag when it is in my mouth. However, most of the recipes I have seen for lasagna involve using one or ...
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Substitute for Calvados, reduced cider?

I am interested in making America's Test Kitchen's French Apple Cake. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of Calvados. Oh for heaven's sake, that's the worst case of 1/4 cup of squab stock syndrome I've ...
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To make a cream cheese icing, can I use cottage cheese?

Can I use cottage cheese instead of cream cheese to make a carrot cake icing?
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Can Apple Butter be substituted for Apple Sauce in baking?

Can Apple Butter be substituted for Apple Sauce (unavailable) in baking muffins?