Dear Readers: Here are some substitutes that will come in handy when you’re out of the ingredients you usually use:

No celery for tuna or chicken salad? Use chopped coleslaw or minced water chestnuts. Fresh, crunchy and delicious.

Need an unsweetened square of chocolate but don’t have one? Mix together 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of solid vegetable shortening.

No buttermilk? You can use yogurt in some baked goods.

— Heloise