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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2013
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.
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Baked Ziti III

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2013
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.
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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2013
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.
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Black Magic Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2013
I made this for our Halloween get-together last night. My husband is VERY picky about cake and his response was: "This is what cake should taste like. I will judge all others against this one." My mother-in-law has been making a Devil's Food Cake for my father-in-law's birthday every year for decades, and she suggested I make this one in the future. Easy and delicious.
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Cream Cheese Squares

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2012
This recipe is ridiculous. In a good way. Warning: do not make this late at night. You'll devour the entire pan before bed.
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Strawberry Lemon Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2012
I make this again and again and love them every time. I use 1 and 3/4 cup all-purpose flour instead of including the wheat flour and I really feel it changes the whole flavor of the muffin. I also use far more strawberries than it calls for (2-3 cups), but it only increases the moisture and flavor.
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Bananas Foster Chimichangas

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2011
As I was making this (extremely easy) recipe, I was thinking to myself, "this is going to be just horrible". We don't fry many things so the oil smelled weird to me, and the burritos were falling apart. I was afraid I was just going to end up throwing them away. Boy was I WRONG. These were incredible! My husband actually asked me to remove the recipe from our box because it's so dangerously delicious. We settled on just saving them for special occasions. :)
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Blue Ribbon Curry Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2011
Overall, this was a good dish. It definitely wasn't as flavorful as I was expecting. The curry was nice, but otherwise was quite bland. Perhaps I've been spoiled by too many amazing Mediterranean restaurants in our area.
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