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Pumpkin Gingerbread

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2011
AWESOME!!!! Even better in the days after baking as the flavor continues to develop. Made some changes: subbed 4 oz applesauce for 1/2 cup oil; used 1/2 brown sugar and 1/2 white sugar; subbed fresh squeezed OJ for the water; used heaping measures for all spices because I like things spicy. Made 12 reg. size muffins, 12 mini muffins and one 8 x 8 cake. I frosted the cake with cream cheese frosting. Did not take as long as stated to bake so watch the oven. Very moist with super fantastic taste! YUMMMMMMM!!!!!!
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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2011
These were terrific as advertised! They tasted great, and stayed soft but mine did not have crinkle tops. I did use 1/2 stick butter and 1 stick margerine for the 3/4 cup margerine. Used 1 TB fresh squeezed orange juice instead of water. Also doubled all spices and that was perfect. Will make again!
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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2011
Made a few changes: used regular milk and lemon juice for the buttermilk because I didn't have buttermilk and reduced sweetening to 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup white sugar. Hubby and kids LOVED it but I think it could still use a bit less sugar/honey. I served it with chili and would make it again.
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Morning Glory Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2010
Awesome!! Smelled great while cooking. Kids devoured them and hubby, who said he didn't want a taste due to the carrots, kept "tasting" until he had eaten a whole muffin! Changes I made: used 1/2 whole wheat flour, cut cinnamon to 2 tsp and added 1 tsp nutmeg, left out coconut and nuts, used walnut oil not vegetable oil.
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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2009
I have made this pie three times now and it is THE BEST! I have used other apples but find that Granny Smith apples make the best tasting pie with the mix of sweet and tart. I added a generous 1/2 tsp cinnamon and two dashes of nutmeg to the syrup. I mixed 1/2 the syrup with the apples before putting them into the pie. Serve with vanilla ice cream. YUM!!!!!!
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Chicken Korma II

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2009
This was a very tasty and easy dish that I will make again. I did make some changes, however. I added 1 cup of diced potatoes and 1 cup of chopped carrots because I wanted a one dish meal. I would have added peas if I had them. I like a lot of sauce so I increased the broth to 2 cups. I used half and half instead of cream and put in 1 cup half and half and 1 cup of yogurt. I served it all over steamed rice. Yummy!
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew I

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2009
Fabulous flavor and extremely easy to make! My 5 yr old son and husband both loved this stew. I did make a few changes based on flavor preferences. I added peas and my son does not like celery so I omitted that.I also served the stew over mashed potatoes so I didn't add potatoes to the pot. Excellent and will make again and again (by request).
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The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2008
These were delicious!! Here's what I did: added another cup of white sugar for 2 1/2 cups total; added another teaspoon of vanilla extract. Roll these cookies thinner for a crispy cookie and thicker for a chewier cookie. Take out of the oven when the edges just start to brown. My husband loved these without frosting but I frosted many of the cookies with the following recipe: 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 4 cups confectioners sugar, 1 tsp lemon extract and enough milk to whip up a creamy frosting. Then my 5 yo son and I dyed the frosting different colors and decorated Christmas cookies. EXCELLENT flavor much better than store bought. Took to a holiday party and everybody raved. Good luck!
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Gingerbread Boys

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2008
The good part: the flavor of these cookies is AWESOME! Even my husband who doesn't like gingerbread liked these cookies. I made some changes as suggested by other posters. I used less butter (1/2 cup melted at first), molasses instead of corn syrup and more ginger than called for in the recipe. I did use the orange zest (bought a bottle) and would suggest NOT leaving it out. The orange flavor probably is what makes these cookies taste so special. I frosted them with a basic vanilla/butter cream frosting and then decorated.... very YUMMY and a HIT at a Christmas party this morning! The bad part: DO NOT refrigerate this dough for longer than an hour. I refrigerated it overnight as called for and it was HARD as a ROCK the next day. I had to wait an hour at room temp to roll the dough out. The dough was WAYYYY too sticky and CRUMBLY. It was almost unusable until I added some more melted butter (1/2 cup more). Maybe if I had used the whole cup of butter at first (and maybe with corn syrup and not molasses) the dough wouldn't be so crumbly, I don't know. The dough rolled out and baked very UGLY. There were cracks all through the cookies. I was going to frost them before decorating so it didn't bother me but it would be a problem if I wasn't going to cover them with frosting. I don't think the intention was to have ugly, cracked looking cookies so I'm not sure what happened here. Bottom Line: The flavor was so addictive and good that I wouldn't throw this recipe out just yet. I woul
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