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toodie jane Sep 5, 2006 08:05 PM

while cooking today and substituting at will, I got to thinking about substitutions and shortcuts to desired effects.

Have any you'd like to share?

"When wanting to make_____, and missing_____, use______instead."

I'll submit:

chocolate chip cookies/walnuts/cherrios

  1. j
    Jimmy Sep 6, 2006 07:40 PM

    Well, I just can't pass this one up...Just me and the Pygmy Pony..at St. Alonzo's Pancake Breakfast..that's where I substitute for Margarine ! Any recipes for...Baby Snakes ?

    1. missclaudy Sep 6, 2006 04:05 PM

      Substitute Suzy Cream Cheese for anything you would have made for frank Z.

      1. b
        Bobfrmia Sep 6, 2006 02:52 AM

        When wanting to make brownies, and missing sugar, use pot instead.
        Sorry, I just thought it the subject line referenced Frank Zappa, we should keep with the 70's theme.

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        1. re: Bobfrmia
          Spencer Sep 6, 2006 04:37 AM

          That is creative (subliminal and wishful) thinking to the max.
          "A" for effort!

          1. re: Spencer
            toodie jane Sep 6, 2006 02:07 PM

            thanks for the hoot! I sure needed it.

            Maybe some creamcheese for the poundcake?


          2. re: Bobfrmia
            MollyGee Sep 6, 2006 04:46 AM


            I was trying to come up w/ a Frank Zappa line to express hilarity, but I could only come up w/, "Is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?"

          3. toodie jane Sep 6, 2006 02:28 AM

            cheerios absolutely!

            I use Joe's O's--no sugar, just add a delightfully nutty crunch in place of nuts. My mom used them to extend a typical CCC recipe to about x2. Try a couple next time you bake some CCC's.

            we're not talking fruit loops here.

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            1. re: toodie jane
              Emme Sep 6, 2006 03:16 AM

              and crushed apple jacks make a nice addition to sugar or oatmeal cookies...

            2. c
              curiousbaker Sep 5, 2006 11:26 PM

              Okay, please tell me you meant "cherries" and not "cheerios."

              1. Das Ubergeek Sep 5, 2006 10:49 PM

                When wanting to make POUND CAKE OR OTHER SIMILAR BAKED GOODS, and missing PART OF THE BUTTER, use GOAT CHEESE instead.

                1. b
                  Bostonbob3 Sep 5, 2006 08:14 PM

                  When wanting to make TUNA FISH SANDWICHES, and you hate MAYO, use HUMMUS instead.

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                  1. re: Bostonbob3
                    dette Sep 6, 2006 02:39 AM

                    I had a friend in high school who did not like mayo. He used peanut butter for his tuna sandwich.

                    1. re: Bostonbob3
                      Emme Sep 6, 2006 03:15 AM

                      or greek yogurt for extra creamy tangy salad.

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