Wednesday, May 4, 2011


So I know you've probably seen those "if you don't have 1 cup of arborio rice, use 1 cup of short-grained white rice!" Yes....those lists do in handy we have the urge to spontaneously try a new recipe. I was doing some grocery shopping and nearly had a heart attack when I had to swipe my credit. Creme fraiche and vanilla beans can be expensive! So in celebration of our crummy economy, I've decided to compose of a substitution list. But there's a catch, I'm only offering substitutions for expensive ingredients! I've been collecting this list for a while, copying ideas down from cookbooks and magazines. You're welcome :) 

REPLACE THIS.....................................WITH THIS
Red wine >> pure cranberry juice

White wine >> white grape juice or apple juice

Mascarpone >> cream cheese mixed with a bit of heavy cream

Buttermilk (1 cup) >> 1 cup milk + 1 Tbs. lemon juice (let stand 10 minutes)

Creme fraiche (1 cup) >> 1/2 cup sour cream mixed with 1/2 cup heavy cream

Edamame >> green or black-eyed peas

Maple Syrup >> .brown sugar with a little water

Molasses >> honey

Cake flour (1 cup) >> 1 cup minus 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour

Brown sugar (1 cup, packed) >> 1 cup white sugar with 2 Tbs. honey or dark corn syrup

Macadamia nuts >> walnuts, almonds, or cashews

Fresh herbs (1 Tbs.) >> 1 tsp. dried herbs

Light corn syrup (1 cup) >> 1 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup water

Dark corn syrup (1 cup) >> 3/4 cup light corn syrup plus 1/4 cup honey

Allspice (1 Tbs) >> 1 tsp cinnamon with 1 tsp. nutmeg with 1 tsp. ground cloves

Vanilla bean (1-inch long) >> 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Chives >> scallion greens

Poultry seasoning (1 tsp) >> 1/4 tsp. ground thyme with 3/4 tsp. ground sage

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