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Substitute for Buttermilk

When I first came across a delicious looking, otherwise-Craig-friendly, recipe with buttermilk, my initial thought was Great, just another fake item I have to buy from a specialty store that is going to be overpriced.  My next thought was about how I probably wouldn’t even end up using all the fake buttermilk, which was also going to annoy me.  I mean, even people who can eat dairy aren’t typically eager to buy a bunch of items from the grocery store that won’t get used up and will just spoil.  There must be some sort of substitute for buttermilk.  Well, there is.  You can essentially make your own, and it is ridiculously simple!

To make your own buttermilk for baking, you need two ingredients: vinegar and milk or soy milk (or some other type of fake milk).

Pour a tablespoon of the vinegar into a container that measures one cup.  Fill the container the rest of the way up to the “1-cup” mark with your milk.  Let it sit for five minutes.  Then, use whatever amount of your homemade butter milk you need for your recipe.  It’s that easy!

Here is my most recent example of a delightful recipe that works great with this homemade buttermilk: Apple Pie Muffins.  Give this buttermilk a try in that recipe, buttermilk pancakes, biscuits, or something else!  Yay for time-and-money-saving!


How to Open an Avocado

Opening an avocado is actually really easy.  My dad taught me how to do it years and years ago, probably when I was early in high school.  I really never even knew that some people had trouble with it until I was older and saw friends actually attempt to open an avocado.  You know when you are watching somebody struggle through something relatively simple, and you are aching to say, “Just let me show you how to do it.”  Yeah, that’s how I frequently feel watching people open avocados.  (In my defense, I really only get that way when I’m watching people struggle their way through opening or cutting something in the kitchen, because I’m paranoid about people slipping with a knife and cutting themselves.)


  1. Cut the avocado lengthwise around the pit, making two halves (one of which will still have the pit).
  2. Put the edge of your knife into the pit, and you can generally pop it right out.
  3. Use a spoon to scoop each half of the avocado out of its peel.
  4. You’re done!  Now slice it, cut it into small pieces, or do whatever you want to enjoy your easily-opened avocado!  You can even do a happy dance if you would like!  😉

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