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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2013
I love this recipe! It is my go to holiday dessert! I do it slightly different but love the outcome each time. I use 2 store bought deep dish pie crusts, 5 kinds of apples and heap them super tall before dropping the other pie crust on top and sealing them. I cut a few slits in the top to help release steam. As I layer the apples I add sauce to each layer. For the sauce I use 1/4 c white sugar, 3/4 c brown sugar, use a heaping spoon of salted butter, I add quite a bit more flour, cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, and 10 caramel candies. It makes the perfect gooey sauce. I get rave reviews every time I make it. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!
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Homemade Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2013
This was an awesome basic recipe. I didn't use flour, added extra water, used dried basil and a couple other spices and simmered it a lot longer so the flavor was better. Added a little parmesan cheese, sour cream, half & half and made it a creamy tomato meat sauce to go over blanched butternut squash instead of noodles for a healthier dish. It was awesome and the hubbs actually liked it...he does NOT like tomato sauces. Did make a small batch of noodles for the kiddo to eat and she devoured it as well. Will definitely make this again. A+ in my book!
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Warm Italiano Spread

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2012
Mmmm, Mmmm, Good! I make a similar dip with salsa, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese and it's always a huge hit so I knew this one would be amazing! I made some homemade pita chips coated with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt, ground black pepper, onion/garlic powder, & parmesan cheese to go with ours and it was delish! For those of you who are having trouble with the amount of pesto versus the amount of cream cheese, I have a solution for you. The dip that I make that is similar to this I let my cream cheese soften, then I take a round baking dish lined with foil, put the block in the middle, and spread it around the pan by smashing it with a rubber spatula. Spread your topping on and cover with the cheese and each bite has the same amount of cream cheese and topping. Hope this helps!! :)
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Tasty Fried Eggplant Balls

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2011
My husband and I loved this recipe. I had 4 eggplants one of the doctors at work had given me and had to find a way to use them. The hubbs isn't a fan of eggplant parmesan and I wanted something different than I've been preparing them. The only thing I didn't put in was the bell pepper because hubby doesn't care for it. I added a little onion and garlic powder to the mix and instead of just bread crumbs also added some crushed ritz crackers to give it a buttery flavor. They turned out great! I actually served them with curried coconut chicken and rice and they went together very well. The sauce from the chicken was very tasty with the eggplant balls. I made a quadruple batch of mix and froze a couple of bowls of it to use as a quick side dish or appetizer later. Thanks for the awesome recipe! Love the creative way of utilizing a veggie that can be difficult to work with. Will definitely keep this one handy.
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Spinach Brownies

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2011
This recipe was wonderful! I seldom follow recipes to a T but I did this one and am glad I did. My husband and 6 year old loved it. Thanks for the great recipe!!
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Cheesy Zucchini Casserole I

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2011
I rated this recipe a 4 because my husband and everyone at the church potluck absolutely loved this dish. I thought it was ok but my taste buds aren't 100% right now so I based the rating off of the reviews I received. I did adjust the recipe a bit because I tripled it and I never really measure anything. I did toast the bread first, added cheese to the mix and it sat in the fridge over night so that when it baked up it was almost like a cheesy bread casserole with zucchini (and yellow squash) here and there. I also added a bit of celery chopped really fine and a few additional spices. Aside from that, all else remained the same. Thanks for the recipe!!
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Fluffy Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2011
I gave this 4 stars because everyone at our church potluck and my husband loved this dish. I didn't care for it all that much but it wasn't a bad dish. The only adjustment I made was to sautee the onion in a little bacon grease to add a little depth of flavor. Other than that I kept all else the same. My husband absolutely loves it so I guess it's a success if he's happy lol.
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Chicken and Red Wine Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2011
This is a great base recipe, but I seldom ever use a recipe exactly as it's written because I like to adjust to my family's tastes. I reduced the brown sugar to 1/4 c, added butter when I was sauteeing the garlic and added fresh mushrooms and onions in the mix along with rubbed sage, rosemary & thyme. Before I put the chicken in with the veggies I sprinkled the paprika, salt, and pepper on the chicken. Cooked in my stainless steel pan on stove top on medium heat for about 12 minutes then put in the oven at 400 for about 35-40 minutes and thickened the sauce with cornstarch and used it to coat my spaghetti noodles and served with chicken on top and baked garlic and cheese pita chips. I also used Burgandy cooking wine because we don't drink and that's all I ever have on hand, but it gave it an amazing flavor. Was very yummy. Family ate it up! Thanks for the recipe!
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Kristin's Fudgy Brownies

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2010
Oh.my.gosh.these.are.yummy. I just made these and we ate one after they cooled for about 45 minutes and they were delish! I can't wait til they're cooled down completely and the chocolate chips are solid again.(UPDATE: These are awesome once the chips have solidified again). They're quite good and so ridiculously simple to make. The only thing I did differently was I used one less egg and the syrup I accidentally bought the other day (sugar free). It had a slight wang to it but the flavor was really good. I took away an egg to try to make them denser and less cake like but they were still a lil fluffy, with the exception of the center pieces because I undercooked them by about 5 minutes to make them fudgier. Thanks for the recipe, will definitely make these again. UPDATE: 4 days later and the entire batch I made is GONE so I am making another batch of these yummy brownies! This time I did 1 1/2 times the recipe so they'd last a little longer. My husband and daughter LOVED these, as did I. I forsee making a lot of these in my future as the demand seems to be high for them! :)
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Mom's Best Peanut Brittle

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2010
I'm sure this recipe is great if you have a candy thermometer....I, however, did not. Thus, I ended up with very gooey caramel covered peanuts lol... I'm gonna freeze it and see if eating it frozen might make it a lil easier to chew...oh well...lesson learned....
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Famous Coconut-Almond Balls

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2010
I just made these a little while ago and they turned out pretty good. They're a bit grainy but that was my fault...I forgot to heat my corn syrup (with 2 6 year old girls running around I can't imagine why lol). They still taste awesome and turned out well otherwise. I did do a couple of other things differently (and successfully lol). I chopped my coconut in the food processor as well as my almonds and mixed them in with everything so I didn't have to worry about individually putting them on but still get the crunch & flavor. I also added a little coconut and almond extract for extra flavor and had to add a little more corn syrup since I added the nuts in the mix. I used a domed, silicone covered teaspoon and packed it and scooped it out with a spoon which eliminated the messy hands. After that, I dropped them in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes which made the 2nd rolling MUCH easier. I also used a double broiler and dipped them in the chocolate for better coverage and less mess. I'll try these again some other time when I can focus a lil better and hopefully make them correctly. Thanks for the recipe!! :)
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Quick Gnocchi

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2010
I'm always trying new things so I decided to attempt this last night since my husband LOVES gnocchi & often orders it at Olive Garden. I trippled the batch & invited my mother in law over who had never tried it before. Now, keep in mind I've never made gnocchi a day in my life before last night. My husband always likes what I cook (not sure if I'm that good of a cook or if he's really just not picky lol) but last night he told me this was the best meal I'd ever made. My mother in law raved about it & told me it was restaurant quality. Granted, I did make my own garlic cream sauce w/ spinach & mushrooms to serve over it along w/ sliced chicken & spicy italian sausage but my husband told me that just the gnocchi & sauce together would have made a great meal, & that's impressive because he is definitely a meat eater. The only thing I really did differently to the gnocchi themselves, is I added italian seasoning, garlic & onion powder so they wouldn't be quite so bland if eaten alone & did put indentations in them w/ a fork to hold sauce and look more traditional. I also served them w/ bruschetta (usually you would use french bread but I had some homemade bread that needed to be used &worked wonderfully-just drizzl olive oil on bread, cover w/ diced garlic, tomatoes & onions & cover w/ mozzarella& bake @ 375 for appx 20 min & broil to brown) which complimented it wonderfully. So, thank you for this awesome recipe, it will definitely be making it into the rotation of dish options.
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Grandma VanDoren's White Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2010
I am HORRIBLE at making bread and have tried numerous white bread recipes and found them all to be entirely too heavy ....I wanted something that was light, fluffy, and had not only the perfect texture but taste as well....with one minor adjustment, this is definitely it! I wanted a bread that could serve as my everyday loaf of bread instead of buying it at the store, so I dropped the sugar down to 1/4 cup as others suggested and it was PERFECT!! If my husband doesn't get home soon, he might be getting any! I rarely eat bread without butter or anything on it, but I could eat an entire loaf without anything!! (however, I totally dig it with some butter, too!) My 5 year old devoured a piece and told me I was the best cook ever...a HUGE compliment. I highly expect my husband to praise this bread just as much! Thank you SO very much for sharing your family recipe...I will use this from now on...DELISH!!!! (P.S...I liked it a little if you can't tell....I'd give it 100 stars if I could!)
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Fluffy Biscuits

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2010
Nancy, I would like to thank you so very much for this recipe. I did change 2 small things according to some of the reviews and upped the salt/sugar content and used half shortening and half butter. The reason I want to thank you is because this is EXTREMELY close to the way my mother used to make biscuits for our Saturday morning breakfast or she would make them and put sausage in them and freeze them for quick breakfasts thru the week. I have been trying for a very long time to make biscuits the way she did and just couldn't get it right. My mother passed away due to cancer in 2005 when I was only 24, so I really didn't have an opportunity to get into cooking very much and ask her for the recipes she kept in her mind. This recipe means a lot to me and I appreciate you posting it on this site so that I could find it. I would give it 50 stars for sentimental value if I could...Thank you, again. ~Ambrea
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Sausage Scalloped Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2010
WOW! This is an awesome recipe! I made a couple of adjustments to suit our tastes, but LOVED this recipe. Even my 5 year old daughter who can be a picky eater at times loved it. I did make a slightly larger batch, added a few spices such as garlic, paprika, and cavendars, and added processed cheese to make them taste more like scalloped potatoes. I had several packages of polish sausage in the freezer that I had bought on sale and like to keep for a quick fix meal and am so glad I came across this recipe. I also cooked it in the oven on 375 for a couple of hours while waiting for my husband to get in from school. We served it with seasoned sweet corn and homemade biscuits and it was delish!! Thanks so much for the awesome recipe!!!
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Potato Chips

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2010
I was looking for an easy chip recipe to serve for dinner with my chili cheese dip and came across this one. Like others who tried this recipe, I was VERY skeptical at first. However, after the first batch emerged from the microwave, I was hooked! I ate the entire first plate of chips before I could make another. When my daughter got home from school, I couldn't keep her hands out of them, and same for my husband when he got in from work. I actually ended up wearing my poor microwave out and made an entire ziplock back full of these! I spent half a day making chips just so we could have them to snack on but it was definitely well worth the time and effort it took. Oh, and by the way, DO NOT attempt to do them in the oven as you will not get the same effect as I discovered. I thought I would attempt a batch in there to see if it would work and I would be able to make more at a time....I was very wrong! I think I need to invest in another microwave just so I can double up on the amount I can make at one time!! Thank you SO much for this recipe...it is one of my (and my family's) favorites now!! PS>>>I made my thicker and cooked them longer since I was using them for dip. When you slice them thicker they don't shrink nearly as much as when they are thin, as I tried both ways. I had to up cooking time from 11-15 minutes depending on the thickness of that batch (I sliced mine with a knife since I have very sharp knives and had no problem getting them the consistency I wanted.)
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Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2010
This was wonderful! I love caulifower and wanted a new way to prepare it. My daughter didn't care for it but she doesn't care for garlic much. I did add a lil onion and garlic powder to the mix but other than that and adjusting temperature at which it cooked and extending cooking time, that's all I changed. Very yummy!
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Grandmother's Carrot Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2010
Was somewhat skeptical about this combination at first, like some of the other reviewers, but I have to say, it is AMAZING! My daughter even ate this and she hates cooked carrots of any kind! I did cut way back on the sugar and added butter and a lil less mayo, with a lil bit of onion and garlic powder. I will definitely make this again...it is AMAZING!
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Yeast Hot Rolls

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2010
I, like a lot of others who rated this, added a little more sugar and salt for flavor as well as letting them rise a 2nd time on the baking sheet before cooking them. The longer you let them rise the fluffier they will be...they turn out more like biscuits if you don't let them rise a 2nd time. My husband loved these and I've been attempting many recipes as of late, but this is the only one that came close to pleasing me as well as my family. Thanks for the recipe!!
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