Lard substitute?

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I have a cookbook of traditional Hungarian recipes at home that I’m itching to use. Most of them use meat, which can easily be substituted for, but the problem is that almost every dish calls for lard.

Can anyone recommend a good substitute for lard (and how much would be equal to x lbs. of lard)?

Mad cow round-up

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With all the other news of international importance recently, these blurbs have been easy to miss:

Food Headlines and VegSource are good resources for current Mad Cow-related info.

Eggplant Mykonos

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Last night was chilly, chilly enough to turn on the gas fireplace, so I decided to start the “stew-making season” by trying out a new recipe from Moosewood Cooks at Home: Eggplant Mykonos.

The eggplant added a nice heartiness to the stew, but I liked the fact there was fennel, dill, and spinach mixed in as well. It also got a good response from my non-vegetarian wife, who seems to really dig these vegetarian stews. She said this was one of her “new favorites,” so it’ll be finding it’s way into a regular rotation. It warmed us up and filled our tummies quite nicely and didn’t take all that long to prepare and cook (a little over half-an-hour).

For dessert, we made up some incredibly good (but simple) orange creamsicle smoothies, based on the recipe from The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet. Even better than Stewart’s Orange N Cream soda and similar to the ever-popular Orange Julius, this particular recipe didn’t even require a blender, though we used one to get that extra frothiness.

Faux chicken salad

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The other night I made a chicken salad-like recipe from The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet that had crumbled tempeh mixed with curry, non-dairy mayo, and mustard. I had it with some crackers as a light dinner, but it would have also been a nice side dish for a more substantial meal.

Food poisoning and labeling

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While the PCRM’s request of the USDA to label all meat and poultry with a biohazard label is laughable, they do bring up an important issue: current factory farming practices can cause some serious illness due to fecal contamination.

A PCRM representative said on the radio today that every day 200,000 people become ill from food poisoning and in the majority of those cases, it’s due to fecal contamination of the meat or poultry that they’ve eaten. While it may sound like a scare tactic, it’s enough to perk my ears up.