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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, ___"
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"If you are looking for the only dry rub you'll ever need check out this Chicken Dry Rub Recipe! Use this on your chicken before grilling or baking ... it's the Best!"

Chicken Dry Rub Recipe! - The Frugal Girls

"Chef's Kitchen: Scallop Mornay Pasta - West 82 Bar and Grill at Plantation at Crystal River [FL] serves up a delicious dish called Scallop Mornay Pasta."

Chef's Kitchen: Scallop Mornay Pasta

"Vegan Parmesan Cheese"

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad With Pear, Cranberries + Vegan Parmesan - Love and Lentils


Healthy Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

"Outback Steakhouse's crab stuffed mushrooms go healthy with our revamped recipe" -- Drops the calories for 3 mushrooms from 400 to 150.

Our take on Outback's crab stuffed mushrooms is healthy, easy and fast

Women's Healthfrom Women's Health

9 Easy DIY Spice Blends That Can Help You Lose Weight

"9 Easy DIY Spice Blends That Can Help You Lose Weight," via "Women's Health Magazine"

9 Easy DIY Spice Blends That Can Help You Lose Weight

Real Food Real Dealsfrom Real Food Real Deals

Apple Cider Vinegar

"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 in a pinch), but I'm pinning this in the event it ever goes away.

Sticky Fingers' Dry BBQ Rub


Maple Walnut Blondie

"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:

Maple Walnut Blondie


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"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.

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"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

Good Food Everydayfrom Good Food Everyday

So curious about the Cronut !

"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 !

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Homemade Broccoli Au Gratin Rice-a-Roni

"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

"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


Culinary SOS: recipes for your favorite restaurant dishes

"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."

Culinary SOS: recipes for your favorite restaurant dishes


Culinary SOS: Lawry's Nutella chocolate espresso Kahlua mousse

"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.

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DIY (Homemade) Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix

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

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Cool-Aid (the un-Kool-Aid)

"'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.

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

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Shamrock Shake Recipe

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

Shamrock Shake Recipe - Saving Dollars & Sense


Carrot-Ginger Dressing

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

Carrot-Ginger Dressing - SELF

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

Doughnuts For My Valentine