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Sep 5, 2006 08:05 PM

Freakout! We're all Mothers of Invention

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

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

    2 Replies
    1. re: Bostonbob3

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

      1. re: Bostonbob3

        or greek yogurt for extra creamy tangy salad.

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

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

          1. 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

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

            2. 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

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

                1. re: Spencer

                  thanks for the hoot! I sure needed it.

                  Maybe some creamcheese for the poundcake?


                2. re: Bobfrmia


                  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?"