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Old 11-27-2020, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by SeamsSoSimple View Post
I received this tip from a friend: when making a big pot of vegetable soup, add flavor and fiber by stirring in a canned of refried beans. I use fat-free. No one ever guesses it's there, but it adds a bit of body to the soup.
Oh, this is a great idea! Wonder if my DH would notice.... He does not like beans, while I love them.

DH always stirs mustard into chili.

I make my own vanilla extract, have for many years (before the beans became ridiculously expensive!) and we love it. DH is allergic to almonds, so do not use almond extract.
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Old 12-23-2020, 02:00 AM
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I have a few that I use:

Add 1 tablespoon white vinegar to pie crust dough. It makes it tender & flaky.

Hamburger BBQ. Chop & add sweet dill pickles and/or some of the sweet dill pickle juice. It gives it a nice kick.

Add a tablespoon or two of dark maple syrup to chocolate chip cookie dough.
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Old 12-23-2020, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Feather3 View Post
.........Add a tablespoon or two of dark maple syrup to chocolate chip cookie dough.
You got me at maple syrup!!!
Will look forward to trying this, but first, I'd like to ask ....
... Do you adjust the sugar in the recipe? Or anything else?

Thanks for the "sweet" idea!

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Old 12-24-2020, 03:00 AM
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Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
You got me at maple syrup!!!
Will look forward to trying this, but first, I'd like to ask ....
... Do you adjust the sugar in the recipe? Or anything else?

Thanks for the "sweet" idea!
No I did not adjust the sugar amount.
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Old 12-24-2020, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Feather3 View Post
No I did not adjust the sugar amount.
Thanks ..... must give it a try!
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Old 12-24-2020, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Feather3 View Post
I have a few that I use:

Add 1 tablespoon white vinegar to pie crust dough. It makes it tender & flaky.

Hamburger BBQ. Chop & add sweet dill pickles and/or some of the sweet dill pickle juice. It gives it a nice kick.

Add a tablespoon or two of dark maple syrup to chocolate chip cookie dough.
I have a bunch of food sensitivities and gluten is one. I've noticed that a lot of gluten free/healthy recipes use maple syrup as a sweetener. I really like it!
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Old 12-24-2020, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by cashs_mom View Post
I have a bunch of food sensitivities and gluten is one. I've noticed that a lot of gluten free/healthy recipes use maple syrup as a sweetener. I really like it!
hhmmmmm??? now you have me wondering, what is the link?
IOW maple syrup has nothing to do with flour/gluten.
And if subbing for sugar, it's liquidity doesn't make for any easy switcheroo.

Any thoughts? as to why it's showing up in gluten free ...... or pure coincidence??

Merry Christmas!

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Old 12-28-2020, 09:26 AM
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I use a pinch of ground allspice or ground nutmeg (not both) in cream soups like clam chowder or potato soup
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Old 12-30-2020, 01:34 PM
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I put some kelp powder in a seafood stew, or Asian broth and twice baked, baking powder in homemade Asian noodle dough. Oh...and a pinch of curry powder in New England Clam Chowder.
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