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Apple Crisp II

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2012
I have been making apple crisp for 7 years based on my mother-in-law's great recipe. In our last move, I lost the recipe (and suffer from a terrible memory). I searched for a version similar to hers, but when I saw this recipe I decided I would try this instead. My husband said this was the best apple crisp I had ever made. Personally, I loved the melted butter idea instead of cutting cold butter in like I used to do. I also put it in an (roughly) 8x8 baking pan so the apples were thick. That also made the topping thick, almost like a crust, but I loved that. I don't usually eat apple crisp either. I didn't add any water, just added juice from a lime since the apples were browning very quickly and that's all I had on hand. We used Jonathan apples (about 8 medium sized) because that's what we picked last week. I cut the apples thick so they wouldn't turn to mush. We used about 1 tsp Pumpkin pie spice in the oatmeal topping because my 3 year old wanted to add it (really, no other reason than that, haha). It was juicy and the apples were cooked to perfection (about 45 min baking time). The topping was crunchy and perfect. Thank you!!!
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PHILLY Cheesecake Brownies

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2010
LIGHT VERSION! I wasn't looking for it, since I would substitute the oil for applesauce, eggs for egg whites, and cream cheese for light cream cheese... but awesome! They're amazing. Made them for my girlfriend's birthday and she's trying to lose weight so I didn't want to sabotage her completely. Definitely give this a try... I did add a TSP of vanilla extract to the cream cheese mixture (we love vanilla around here) and I don't think it would be as good had I not added that, probably a bit bland? My husband wants me to try doing an espresso brownie next time (with granulated coffee, add to water) so maybe I will!
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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2009
My husband and I love this basic recipe! It's easy for me (I'm VERY pregnant right now) and we can add whatever we want to it! Today we made banana pancakes, last week it was blueberry. They're AMAZING just as they are, too :) But when you have cravings, you have to give in... haha. Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe!
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Key Lime Cheesecake II

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2009
Unfortunately, I was not as impressed as I hoped I would be... for one reason: the cook temperature turned out to be too low for my personal taste. The cheesecake turned out too creamy/custard-like instead of the texture of New York cheesecake. I've made lots of cheesecakes at lots of temperatures but this one just didn't work for me. I did make the alterations of using 3 packages of cream cheese and 4 eggs. I also added a tad more sugar because I kept the 3/4 cup of lime juice (I'm pregnant, I love lime!). I also added lime zest to the mixture. It TASTES amazing, but the texture doesn't work. After baking at 250 for 60 minutes, I took it out wanting to give it a shot at setting up. It only cracked and didn't change texture, so I put it back in the oven at 300 for 15 minutes. That did the trick... luckily I don't care about cracking. Haha. Overall I would recommend this, but with previous suggestions and upping the temperature if you like hard cheesecake like me!
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Cinnamon Bun Icing

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2009
This icing is amazing... I prefer to put it in the fridge for a while before spreading it on the buns (usually make the icing before the buns and allow the buns to almost cool before serving). I also add about 1/2-1 teaspoon of orange extract. It's just a HINT of orange, and it tastes AMAZING with the cinnamon. I use my favorite roll recipe: 90 Minute Cinnamon Rolls. I definitely recommend that recipe, and this!!!
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Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2008
This is my favorite cookie recipe. I have made it as is (no changes!) and it's delicious. I have also substituted orange extract for the vanilla and used craisins instead of chocolate chips to make an orange cranberry cookie. I have also done coffee extract with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, etc. It's a great basic recipe. Be sure to cream the butter and sugar for a good bit. Then add ROOM TEMPERATURE eggs. Every thing I try with this is delicious!
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Melt - In - Your - Mouth Shortbread

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2008
I'm not a huge shortbread fan, but thought I'd give these a try these on my friend who really loves shortbread... I did make a few changes (which I don't normally do)... they were: 1 tsp almond extract, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 T packed brown sugar. I think that really cut out the "powder" like consistency a lot of people get with these cookies. I also lowered the temp to 350 and they baked for only 12 min... PERFECT! These DO melt in your mouth and they are excellent!!! I will be making these a lot in the future!
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4H Banana Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2008
I really loved this recipe. I doubled it so my husband could enjoy twice as long :) I also added 2 tsp rum extract to my recipe. Very bananas foster! Tomorrow I plan to make banana bread french toast before church. Should be enjoyable!! Thank you so much for this great recipe!!!!!!
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Mediterranean Baked Fish

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2008
My husband and I made this tonight... it was amazing. We of course added extra leeks and used tilapia and kalamata olives instead of what it said. OH and we also threw some shrimp in there! Lastly we drizzled olive oil on there when it was finished. Incredible. Will defintitely be saving this recipe!! 10 stars.
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