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Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
Oh my WORD. This is an award-winning pie. Suggestions for making this pie stellar: 1) I used store-bought refrigerated pie crust. I'm sure making your own is fine, but if you need a time-saver, this is where to do it. It already takes a while to prepare the apples. 2) Use the granny smith apples like the recipe states. The sugar content and water content of red delicious will ruin the pie. 3) I only used 4 apples, since they were large. I sliced them VERY thin with a mandolin and was able to fit more in because of it. 4) Pour the sauce on the apples AFTER you've placed them, but BEFORE you put on the top crust. I was planning to mix the apples with the sauce before putting them in, but since I was unsure exactly how much of the apple was actually going to fit, I decided to place them first. Which was good because I ended up only needing about 3/4 of what I'd prepared. 5) Pour the sauce on SLOWLY. It will be a huge mess otherwise. 6) Save the last bit of sauce (1/4 - 1/5 of the sauce) to brush onto the top pie crust. The sugar crusted top helps give this pie 5 stars. 7) Brush the bottom pie crust with egg white before putting the apples in. Helps keep it from getting too soggy. 8) Add 1 tsp cinnamon, dash of nutmeg, and a tbsp of vanilla to the sugar/butter mixture. Be sure to remove 1 tbsp of the water to compensate. 9) Bake at 350 the entire time. Took me about 55 minutes. 10) Use an oven liner. This is a messy pie to bake. Don't use foil - it will alter cooking time.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 6, 2013
Baked Ziti III
Put RICOTTA CHEESE in this! The only thing I did to modify was to add a small container of ricotta cheese, and I mixed the noodles with the ricotta and sour cream before I started layering. It took the recipe from a 3 to a 5. This is a keeper! Also, be sure to use a 9x13 pan - it will fill it to overflowing.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 5, 2013
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
While there's a good chance I messed up somewhere along the way, I have to say that I'm disappointed after all the hype. These are pretty standard chocolate chip cookies. They aren't the best I've ever had, nor the best I've ever made. Guess I will be going back to my old favorite - Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies by Crisco (it's on this website as well). Those cookies are everything this recipe claims to be.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2013

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