Don't you hate it when you thought you had an ingredient and you're in the middle of a yummy recipe and you realize you DON'T have it? Ack!
Fortunately, I can usually find a substitute or I improvise. It's like I'm on Chopped - make something from what you have!
So here are some handy substitutions that I use sometimes...
(borrowed from my cookbook by Better Homes & Gardens)
Baking powder: for 1 teaspoon, substitute 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar plus 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Bread crumbs, fine, dry: for 1/4 cup, substitute 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs, or 1/4 cup cracker crumbs, or 1/4 cup cornflake crumbs, or 2/3 cup rolled oats
Buttermilk: for 1 cup, substitute sour milk: 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar plus enough milk to make 1 cup (let stand 5 minutes before using); or 1 cup plain yogurt
Half-and-half or light cream: for 1 cup, substitute 1 tablespoon melted butter plus enough whole milk to make 1 cup
Heavy cream/Whipping cream: for 1 cup, substitute 2 cups whipped dessert topping
Honey: for 1 cup, substitute 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar plus 1/4 cup water.
Molasses: for 1 cup, substitute 1 cup honey
Sour cream, dairy: for 1 cup, substitute 1 cup plain yogurt
Usually no one notices the difference! There are a lot more at the website, for spices too.
Then there's always emergency pizza delivery!
What emergency substitutions have you made - that you would recommend?