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Premier Cheesecake Cranberry Bars

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2012
A real winner, and I'm not even a big fan of cranberries. This will go in my special occasion and potluck file. I accidentally picked up jelled cranberries, so bought a can of whole cranberries later. The berry layer looked like it would be very thin, so I used both cans with an extra TB of cornstarch. Absolutely delightful--the chips add a surprisingly perfect crunch. One note: Trying to lift the bars out of the pan straight out of the fridge can be disasterous because the butter hardens to the bottom of the pan even when it's greased. I set the pan on a hot, wet dishtowel for a few minutes to free them from the pan--and later I used a spatula heated in hot water first.
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Jet Swirl Pizza Appetizers

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2011
Simple, fast, and popular. These went fast, and were an excellent addition to my hot appetizers for our housewarming party. I was busy, so my daughter followed the recipe, along with the tips I gleaned from these reviews; and they turned out perfect. Tip #1, Heat the pepperoni on paper towels in the microwave for 30 seconds or so to remove the grease. Tip #2, Follow amounts exactly. Do not overload.
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Angie's Perfect Dinner Rolls

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2011
These are great. I really had to control my urge to knead the dough. I read through twice to make sure I hadn't missed something! I learned long ago to always add the last cup of flour sparingly, and did the same with these. I used some of that last cup to dust the top of the dough and my knuckles for the first punch down. (I also scraped the dough away from the sides and bottom at that point, and dusted the bowl also, which made the next 2 punchdowns quicker and cleaner. Also, please note that you will need much more than a 9X13 pan. Either about 3 of that size, or a large cookie sheet.
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Chef John's Easy Apple Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2011
Not sure what went wrong. Maybe it's because I used regular salted butter since that's all I had on hand. But there was no "gooey caramel", just sauce the consistency of broth. Possibly boiling longer would help. Even after 15 extra minutes of cooking, the bottom crust was not done. Too many apples that didn't hold any semblance to pie. It looked great before cutting, and once I made some penuche and poured over the top, it served up like an apple crisp.
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Creamy Cranberry Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2011
A hit! My family and I are not big fans of cranberries, and I only serve the obligatory dish at Thanksgiving. But this dish puts a whole new spin on the berry, and I had to print additional copies of the recipe for enthusiastic guests. I didn't have any nuts--which it needs, and I diced the apples instead of grating. I also chopped up a stalk of celery. I only had about 5 oz. of cream cheese, and I mixed that with a whole 8 oz. carton of whipped topping. Layered as directed, and served in a glass bowl. Gorgeous!
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Pizza Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2011
Quick, easy, kid-friendly, and a good pot-luck attraction. I only gave it 4 stars because it seemed quite dry. I used rotini as had been suggested --maybe the original egg noodles work better. I will make this again, but will mix an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce with the pizza sauce and see if that helps.
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Sausage-Stuffed Loaf

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2011
These are fantastic! I picked 3 of the top hot appetizer recipes from this site for our recent housewarming, and these were the best of the three. I made them ahead, and used Pillsbury refrigerated french bread dough. I was afraid the refrigerated dough might not be strong enough, so I was extra careful not to stretch it out too much--mainly just took excess dough from the corners, to square up and thicken the sides for sealing. I rolled it up pinwheel style, and used the dab of leftover filling to wrap refrigerated crescent rolls around to taste test for supper. They turned out great.
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