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2011/01/28 10:52:25 (permalink)

Substitutes in recipes

I love to read recipes on line.  I particularly like
reading some of the reviews.  Love this type:
 
I followed the recipe except
I didn't have the shrimp it called for so I used chicken breast.
I didn't have linguini so I used bowties.
I didn't have broccoli so I used carrots and peas.
I used skim milk and half and half instead of milk and heavy cream.
I eliminated the parmesan cheese.
 
I give this recipe only 2 stars because it didn't wow my hubby
and kids.  It seemed to be missing something.  Also seemed watery. 
 
 
 
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    analei
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/28 10:56:13 (permalink)
    LOL..yes, i have sent that LAME-0-NESS far too often. I would like to tell these people..you need a lobotomy..now.
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/28 11:25:20 (permalink)
    Hey, when a recipe calls for using parmesan cheese from a round green container I don't. And I switch out steak for the canned dogfood called for in recipes.
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/28 14:40:38 (permalink)
    Michael---you are excused-----if you want to use steak it's OK with me.  And, using a real chunk of parmesan is prefered in my circles, don't you know. 
     
    What do you have against dog food pray tell?  The dog food in that can was bet on by me at Tampa Bay Downs just a few months ago.  He even winked at me and promised to win.
     
    Analei-------Yeah it is funny that people substitute everything in the recipe and expect it to come out the same as the original.  Like I am going to write the sequel to Hamlet. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/28 14:56:47 (permalink)
    I don't have anything against dog food. In fact I've eaten dog food -- but not since I was 3.
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/29 09:08:01 (permalink)
    Michael---It didn't stunt your growth or do any other damage did it?
    Maybe back when you were three they used better ingredients, and the Food and Drug people didn't stick their noses into the dog food.
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/29 09:58:16 (permalink)
    Ancient One, why are you so prejudiced against the Food and Drug people sticking their noses into the dog food?  Dogs stick their noses into it!

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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/29 12:12:09 (permalink)
    Michael Hoffman

    I don't have anything against dog food. In fact I've eaten dog food -- but not since I was 3.

    You haven't been to The Waffel House since you were 3????????????????????

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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/29 12:16:48 (permalink)
    On a serious note, I substitute granulated Chicken Base for salt in Mashed Potatoes, great flavor enhancer.
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/29 13:08:11 (permalink)
    This is one of the reasons I've generally quit posting any of my recipes. I've even got poor ratings and reviews by folks that by their own admission hadn't even made the recipe, it just didn't look right or had ingredients that they didn't like or approve of for health reasons. My all-time favorite is people criticizing the authenticity of recipe when they obviously never have had the real thing or think they have because someone they knew or a restaurant they ate at served some concoction of the same name.
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/29 13:46:47 (permalink)
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    Michael Hoffman

    I don't have anything against dog food. In fact I've eaten dog food -- but not since I was 3.

    You haven't been to The Waffel House since you were 3????????????????????


    Well if the Waffle House sells dog food.....call me a Retreaver,"woof.woof"!!
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/29 13:53:51 (permalink)
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    This is one of the reasons I've generally quit posting any of my recipes. I've even got poor ratings and reviews by folks that by their own admission hadn't even made the recipe, it just didn't look right or had ingredients that they didn't like or approve of for health reasons. My all-time favorite is people criticizing the authenticity of recipe when they obviously never have had the real thing or think they have because someone they knew or a restaurant they ate at served some concoction of the same name.

       I still post recipes even though I may get a bad review or rating. I don't really care if people don't like it. My posts are for those who like to try things that they might not otherwise tried.
     
      JMHO
     
      David O.
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/29 14:14:05 (permalink)
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    Michael Hoffman

    I don't have anything against dog food. In fact I've eaten dog food -- but not since I was 3.

    You haven't been to The Waffel House since you were 3????????????????????

    I was going to stop by Chubby's, but I was told they were out of the Red Heart Special of the Day.
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/29 17:06:59 (permalink)
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    Michael Hoffman

    I don't have anything against dog food. In fact I've eaten dog food -- but not since I was 3.

    You haven't been to The Waffel House since you were 3????????????????????

    I was going to stop by Chubby's, but I was told they were out of the Red Heart Special of the Day.

    We're really not, but sometimes we tell certain folks we suspect will pocket the fancy spoons, that we are!

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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/30 02:51:49 (permalink)
    There wasn't a Waffle House when Michael was 3.
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/30 02:54:42 (permalink)
    All seriousness aside, Waffle House does have an excellent, legendary breakfast, and Bert is a cool dude in a loose mood.  But I'm becoming more partial to Huddle House.  However, I won't comment on the rank coffee at both chains. 
    post edited by MellowRoast - 2011/01/30 08:36:49
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/30 08:15:54 (permalink)
    I'll agree about W.H. coffee...not the best!!!
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/30 08:36:01 (permalink)
    leethebard

    I'll agree about W.H. coffee...not the best!!!

     
    Leethebard: I've known lots of WH managers over the years, all of whom have told me that the hard, uncomfortable booths were intentionally designed so customers would eat, leave as soon as possible, and not linger drinking coffee.  Heck, they could have accomplished that with the coffee alone!

    post edited by MellowRoast - 2011/01/30 08:42:21
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/30 10:06:34 (permalink)
    Ancient mariner, I  agree that some of those recipe reviews are funnier than heck to read.  People have no  idea how  dumb they sound  when they  write things  such as  "I loved your recipe for beef stew but  used chicken instead.  It turned out wonderful.  This will be  my beef stew recipe from now on"
     
    Even better was  "This recipe is terrible  but I made lots of changes and got it to where it is really good.  Thank you for sharing this"
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/30 12:23:34 (permalink)
    I'm flattered and glad to share recipes when friends or co-workers have asked for a recipe, but I don't want to hear about their substitutions, or complaints that their dish didn't taste as good as mine.  I think sometimes I should include a disclaimer with the recipe, that if a substitution is made, they can no longer credit me with giving the recipe to them.
     
    The worst was a crawfish dish that a friend substituted  imitation crabmeat with. 
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/30 12:28:57 (permalink)
    I'm flattered and glad to share recipes when friends or co-workers have asked for a recipe, but I don't want to hear about their substitutions, or complaints that their dish didn't taste as good as mine.  I think sometimes I should include a disclaimer with the recipe, that if a substitution is made, they can no longer credit me with giving the recipe to them.
     
    The worst was a crawfish dish that a friend substituted  imitation crabmeat with. 
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/30 14:10:14 (permalink)
    When the recipe calls for camel, is dromedary an acceptable substitute?
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/30 14:14:52 (permalink)
    As far as substitutions are concerned if real butter and/or cream are in the recipe, I either use the real stuff or not make the recipe at all.  My grandparents had a dairy farm-4 Jersey cows milked by hand morning & evening.  They also raised 2-3 hogs to butcher in late fall & my grandmother had a large flock of white leghorn chicken.
     
    So everything my grandmother made was with freshly churned butter, heavy cream, lard from the hogs & fresh eggs.  I only cook like than 2-3 times a month, but when I do I use butter, cream, lard & eggs as farm fresh as I can get them. 
    Or none at all, I would rather have an orange or banana than cook something lowfat.
     
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/30 16:22:18 (permalink)
    kozel

    When the recipe calls for camel, is dromedary an acceptable substitute?

     
     
     
    Well, my favorite recipe for camel is  roast hump so I would stick with the camel as it has  two humps.

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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/30 16:30:00 (permalink)
    Claracamille--bless your soul.  I love your ansestors, love your devotion and love the low fat diet.  Weight to go !!
     
    Gray And Kozel  when in despirate need of a camel dinner I head for the Oasis Diner  in Westchester NY (forgot which town) had lots of "dates" there also.
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/30 17:04:57 (permalink)
    It was once explained to me that "necessity is the mother of invention".  I do not know about you all but often I do not have the necessary ingredients and I have to make a change.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not.  Occasionally I hit on something I really like and thus, a new recipe.  I think most of us have to improvise.  I have noticed Chewie does that quite often and we all adjust recipes according to taste.  A little more of this and a little less of that plus a couple of things that we like.  Personally I do not see anything negative about that and I do not see anything negative about folks who totally adhere to someone else's recipe.
     
    Just a thought.
     
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/30 17:09:48 (permalink)
    kozel

    When the recipe calls for camel, is dromedary an acceptable substitute?

    No, but a Lucky Strike is!

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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/30 17:16:28 (permalink)
    Actually,  I  preferred Kools!
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/30 17:20:14 (permalink)
    Paul,  I  agree with you that sometimes you have to change an ingredient  .  What  I am  talking about is how  funny it is that  people   "change" a  recipe around  and then  review it.  If you  make so many changes,  there is not much to review  as the  original recipe has been so  changed.
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    Re:Substitutes in recipes 2011/01/30 17:30:34 (permalink)
    Greymo

    Actually,  I  preferred Kools!

    Greymo, the menthol flavor screws up the entire recipe, makes it Hawaiian instead of Middle Eastern!

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