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Fresh Pear Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2014
My family has been making pear pies for generations so I consider myself somewhat of an expert on the subject. The reason your pear pies are tasting like apple pies is the CINNAMON!!! Do what our family does and use NUTMEG! Other reviewers are correct: make sure your pears are ripe almost to the point of being soft. Also, don't be afraid of using salt in your dessert recipes! This recipe says use 1/4 teaspoon salt. That's not enough to even bother with! I would at least double that, and the reason is: SALT MAKES SUGAR TASTE EVEN SWEETER! We also traditionally sprinkle some white sugar over the top crust before baking. This always helps us differentiate it from an apple pie at a family meal.
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Blueberry Crumb Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2013
Great recipe but a little too much sugar and definitely will add cornstarch next time. I will recommend only 1/2 c. white sugar in with the blueberries. The lemon juice is fine, but squeeze it over the top of the berries before they are placed in the flour/sugar. There is absolutely no way to mix it in after coating the berries. (Duh!) The lemon zest is totally unnecessary. I used frozen Dole Blueberries and they were great. Note to self: EVERY pie recipe in this world that calls for sugar ALSO needs salt, at least 1/2 teaspoon, whether the recipe calls for lemon juice or not.
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Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2011
The filling in this pie sounds scrumptious but to truly be old fashioned, it should have a baked meringue topping with toasted coconut!
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Chad's Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2011
I was not impressed with this recipe. Hoping it will taste better after it sits in the fridge overnight. I found it bland even after adding an additional 1/2 packet of taco seasoning, 2 t. garlic, 1t. cumin, and 2 t. cilantro. The beer did NOT enhance the soup at all. Am looking for another Taco Soup recipe!
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