Emergency Response

March 27,2009
Sweet Pea Chef
Jessica Efird( )

Jessica, aka the Sweet Pea Chef, is a former U.S. Senate staffer/weekend gourmet turned full-time mom/family gourmet. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two sons.

So you’re cooking dinner, hoping to get a good meal to the table for you or your family and you realize you don’t have one of the ingredients. What’s a cook to do? Well, you can certainly call a friendly neighbor and hope they have what you need…but here is a quick last-minute substitution list of ingredients… Need? 1 tablespoon fresh herbs Use…1 teaspoon dried herbs Need? 1 cup buttermilk Use…1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or white vinegar and enough milk to make 1 full cup, let sit for 10 minutes before using. Need? 1 tablespoon corn starch as a thicking agent Use…2 tablespoons all purpose flour, but let simmer a 2-3 minutes longer to aid in thickening Need? 1 cup honey Use…1 ¼ cups sugar mixed with ¼ cup liquid, such as water or juice Need? 1 teaspoon baking powder Use…1/4 teaspoon baking soda and ½ teaspoon cream of tartar **FYI, there is no substitution for baking soda** Need? 1 clove of garlic Use…1/8-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder Need? 1 tablespoon fresh ginger Use…1/8 teaspoon ground ginger Need? 1 teaspoon allspice Use… 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves Need? 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice Use...1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon,1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg Need? 2 cups (or 15oz) Tomato Sauce Use…3/4 cup tomato paste plus 1 cup water Need? 1 cup of Tomato Juice Use…1/2 cup tomato sauce plus 1/2 cup water Need? 1 medium onion Use…1 teaspoon onion powder or 1 tablespoon minced dried onion Need? White Wine Use…White Grape or Apple Juice Need? Red Wine Use…1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar for every ¼ cup of wine Need? Yogurt Use…equal part of sour cream, and vice versa That’s just a start…I am sure there are other ideas out there, and I am all ears! SPC