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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2012
These make the BEST chocolate chip cookies. I tried about 10 cookie recipes from this site as I am always in search for the 'better' recipe. When I first made this, I didn't change a thing other than using butter for margarine(I kept the shortening as I wanted to see if it make a huge difference. I usually never use shortening) and added 1 cup of chocolate chips, and 2tsp of vanilla. They were the best cookies I have made and reminded me of the thin, chewy subway style cookies which I prefer to thicker cookies. After trying few other cookie recipes from the site which gave me mediocre cookies, I remembered the delicious cookies I've made once! So I went back and made again with these changes: Used all butter instead of short/marg combo(better taste but slight lesser texture), doubled the oats, added chocolate chips and vanilla. I baked 12min for first batch, 10min for second. 10min was definitely much better tasting and 12min was a bit dry and too crispy for my taste. Doubling the oats was a bit too much since it gave too much of the chewy oat texture, which my family preferred but I like softer cookies. Third time I baked, and my favourite result was this. ALL BUTTER, 2 TSP OF VANILLA, 1.5 CUPS OF OATS, 1 CUP OF SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS, KEEP EVERYTHING ELSE SAME, AND BAKE 10MIN. Some say salt is too much but I tell you it is not. If using slow-cooking oats, just let the dough sit in fridge couple of hours to soften them. They do get a bit flat but I prefer that anyways :)
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Caramel Apple Pork Chops

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2011
I had some sirloin porkchops at hand and decided to try this recipe. I read the review about making it in oven so I decided to take that route. For the caramel sauce, I failed horribly the first time. I had some butter I accidentally had melted the day before sitting on the counter(fat and liquid had been separated) I used that and perhaps that's where it went wrong? The sauce was burnt, tasted bitter(not to mention burning my tongue while tasting! It is VERY hot so be careful if anyone wants to taste the sauce like I did) I used a shiny metal sauce pan and used highest heat setting. Second time, I used fresh butter from the fridge, and used medium heat, and used non-stick T-fal pan and it turned out better. I was expecting gravy like sauce so it was a bit of a surprise to get dry looking sauce with not much volume(I doubled the sauce too) I rubbed this all over the pork chops and mixed the rest with the apples. In a baking pan, I layered very thinly sliced onions, then the porkchops, then apples. I also added some sliced mushroom and few pecans on top. baked 50min covered at 350 degrees. The result: Tasted good. Not amazing but good enough. Pork wasn't as tender or flavourful as I expected.(bit dry and tough) There was so much juice everything was swimming in it! I am a beginner when it comes to cooking. Perhaps I didn't do the best job. Since I like the bled of spices used here and I like some sweetness to my food, I'll make this recipe again and see if it gets better!
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