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Missing ONE ingredient

Don'tcha just hate it when you're all set to make something or the mood suddenly strikes you and you realize you're missing one simple ingredient for which there is no substitution. :<(

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  1. There's ALWAYS a substitution...or one can just leave it out.

    Now that I've said that, let the debate begin!

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    1. re: ttoommyy

      Made a pumpkin pie once and didn't realize I didn't have ground cloves. Worst pie ever!

      1. re: Babyducks

        Really? I guess it just has to do with personal taste. I can take or leave cloves. I think I wouid be fine with a pumpkin pie that had just cinnamon, ground ginger and nutmeg.

        1. re: ttoommyy

          I didn't think it would make that much difference either, however the pie just tasted flat.

    2. Depends if you can get by without it. Sometimes yes and sometimes no

      1. It really depends on the dish but there is rarely things I don't make because I am missing one thing.

        Unless it was flour and I was making bread I can usually make do.

        Why not tell us the dish and what you are missing as a challenge?

        1. Yes, I do hate that. And sometimes it is something that you really HAVE to have. Like ...

          Shortbread cookies - but no butter in house
          Beef Stew - but no onions in the house (or garlic)
          Chili - but you're out of chili powder

          This is why I love having a big freezer, but even so, it doesn't work for everything. I mean, I can be craving a spinach salad and that freezer isn't going to help me have spinach on hand (at least not spinach that I'd put in a salad).

          1. Turmeric when I am making a curry.

            Tarragon when I am cooking fish.

            And for me, there are no substitutes for bacon and butter.