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Recipes, Copycat & Mixes

These are recipes of all sorts that are copycats, knock-offs, substitutes, or mixes for existing products, restaurant offerings, or pantry staples...all essentially recreations of something else. (There are also some "real" recipes contributed by the restaurant/producer/chef who originated the recipe.) Other recipes are found in many other boards, especially "Tips, ___," (for more mixes) and "Recipes, ___"

Recipes, Copycat & Mixes

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"Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar" -- Well, rats! I just (10 minutes ago) got rid of all the apple leavings from starting a batch of applesauce. Oh, well, I'll make more again soon and try this...

Easy Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar Recipe

"Homemade KIND Bars: Copycat recipes for 8 popular varieties of these high protein, energy, & nutritional nut bars" -- Includes illustrated recipes for: Nut Delight; Almond Coconut; Dark Chocolate, Nuts & Sea Salt; Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate; Dark Chocolate, Cherry & Cashew; Apricot Almond; Fruit & Nut; and Blueberry Pecan. Notes about gluten free and vegan versions, as well. YUM!

Homemade KIND Bars

"Crush 11's fall-inspired crab cakes with apple Bourbon Mustard" with a garnish of celery & parsley leaves, Concord grapes, and smoked almonds. -- Just saw this original recipe from Cocoa Village’s Crush 11 restaurant featured on TV and it looked amazing!!!

Crush 11's fall-inspired crab cakes with apple Bourbon Mustard

"Sticky Fingers' Dry BBQ Rub" via "Charleston Magazine" -- SH: I am lucky to be able to find their totally addictive rub in my grocery store (or here www.stickyfingers... in a pinch), but I'm pinning this in the event it ever goes away.

Sticky Fingers' Dry BBQ Rub

"Maple Walnut Blondie [with Maple Butter Sauce]" by "The Girl Who Ate Everything" -- Applebee's copycat recipe (Recipe at the click-through, but more about it here: www.the-girl-who-...)

Maple Walnut Blondie

"Ruth's Chris Steak House Barbecued Shrimp - recipe"

Ruth's Chris Steak House Barbecued Shrimp-recipe

"That [Duke's] Hula Pie dessert you had in Hawaii? Here's the recipe." -- Pretty simple macadamia nut ice cream pie recipe on page 2 at the click-through.

"Red, White [and] Blue Tie-Dye Cupcakes Recipe" from "The Disney Diner" -- Click through for more photos, plus all instructions and recipes for cupcake and icing.

The Disney Diner: Red, White & Blue Tie-Dye Cupcakes Recipe

"So curious about the Cronut!" -- Click through to find the recipe and read about the experiment with homemade versus store-bought puff pastry.

So curious about the Cronut !

"Homemade Broccoli Cheddar Rice A Roni," by Life Currents -- Also includes a recipe for a Mixed Veggie version, which has no pre-packaged counterpart. Healthier, vegetarian, less salt, no trans fat, yum!

Homemade Rice-a-Roni - Life Currents

"Make It Tonight: Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps" -- "You get the full-on flavor without the bloat-inducing sodium in traditional restaurant versions." While the recipe at the click-through sounds like P.F. Chang's, it does not claim to be a copycat, and this photo is actually "Chicken lettuce wrap at Shanghai Mong" in NYC. (

Make It Tonight: Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps: Flash

"155 recipes for your favorite restaurant dishes: You've told us about the dishes you couldn't stop thinking about. Here are the recipes." -- Click-through has a photogallery leading to links to restaurant recipes from around the country scouted by the "Culinary SOS" column from the "LA Times." Shown: "Imperial, in Portland, Ore., serves this gingerbread cake with sticky toffee sauce."

"Lawry's Nutella chocolate espresso Kahlua mousse," a recipe from the "Culinary SOS" column from the "LA Times" -- Not very low in calories, but easy and good for a special occasion.

"DIY Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix" -- [Use it as secret fruit salad dressing here:]

"'Better than Kool-Aid' Cool-Aid" from "Lexie's Kitchen" -- "The only things missing are the artificial flavors and a good dose of Red #40." Herbal tea base for this one; sounds good.

"Ruth’s Chris New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp"

Homemade Shamrock Shake Recipe - Never had one but looks good!

Previous pinner: "That amazing ginger salad dressing they use at Hibachi restaurants... make it yourself!" -- Click through for the recipe and nutritional information.

Click through for "Todd Wilbur's Healthier Bloomin' Onion [& Dipping Sauce]" -- "This [baked, not fried] healthier version of Outback Steakhouse's Bloomin' Onion [made for the "Dr. Oz Show"] from celebrity chef Todd Wilbur has all the same, delicious flavor as the original for just a quarter of the calories!" -- Photo is: "Blooming Onion !" by Charlie Anzman, via Flickr (

Todd Wilbur's Healthier Bloomin' Onion

"Copycat Krispy Kreme Donuts," from Tartelette

"Old Bay Seasoning Recipe" via "Mom, What's For Dinner?"

Mom, What's For Dinner?: Old Bay Seasoning Recipe

"Gluten-Free Homemade Milky Way Bars" from "Mom, What's For Dinner?" -- She says: "Mine may not look as cute as the ones made in a factory, but they taste just as good if not better."

Recipes from Bonefish Grill at the click-through. -- Shown: "Grilled Salmon and Asparagus Salad." See also

Via "Stephanie Cooks": "Homemade Soy Sauce (Soy Free Soy Sauce!)" -- Original source: Chloe's Kitchen by Chef Chloe Coscarelli

Stephanie Cooks: Homemade Soy Sauce (Soy Free Soy Sauce!)