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Reviewed Sarasota's Simple Pear and Apple Tart

Oct 12, 2014 in on

This was delicious! And very easy to make. Came out beautifully and is as good cold as it is warm. The only thing I did differently is substituted dried cranberries for fresh, as that is all I had on hand. I used Bosc pears and Granny Smith apples. I will definitely be making this again."

Reviewed Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie (Uses Fresh Pumpkin)

Nov 30, 2013 in on

I followed this recipe to the letter. Unfortunately, it wasn';t anything like the photo or previous reviews. One thing that the recipe didn';t mention was that you need to thoroughly beat/whip in the spices after each addition. Mine all floated to the top. The filling baked up nicely, then fell flat and had a watery texture. Just no real ...

Added Recipe Photo to Sweet Hot Pepper Jelly

Sep 7, 2013 on

Shared Recipe Sweet Hot Pepper Jelly

Sep 6, 2013 on

"I have been making this for years, and people always request the recipe. It's easy to make, and perfect for holiday gift-giving. The heat depends on what kind of peppers you use, I love to throw a mix of chili peppers and get the nice heat at the back end when you eat it. Enjoy!"

Reviewed Grilled Parmesan Broccoli

Aug 31, 2013 in on

Delicious!! Perfect side dish for BBQ chicken and rice with black beans. Instead of salt, I added about a tablespoon of teriyaki sauce. It was perfect! We have one of those gas grills with a grate on it which is perfect for plunking down veggies directly on the grill. If you have a traditional grill with the wide slots, they make wire baskets spe...

Added Recipe Photo to Grape Jelly

Aug 25, 2013 on

Reviewed Grape Jelly

Aug 25, 2013 in on

Beautiful jelly! Easy to make, tastes delicious, just the recipe I was looking for. I made two different types using homegrown grapes from my father';s arbor. My pink concord jelly is so pretty, as is my green concord jelly. I followed the recipe exactly with only a couple of modifications, with excellent results. I cooked 4 lbs. of grapes to...

Reviewed Easy Cheesy Breadsticks

Aug 24, 2013 in on

I was not impressed with this recipe. Mine came out flat, not puffed up like the ones from Pizza Hut. But the dog liked them."

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Jun 7, 2013 on

Reviewed Strawberry Jam

Jun 7, 2013 in on

Just finished making a batch with fresh strawberries picked earlier today. It tastes great! Not too sweet, just perfect. I followed the recipe exactly, but I only got 9 half pint jars when finished. It was quick and easy to make, with the aid of my Cuisinart to crush the berries. I don';t know how our grandmothers made jam without the aid of a...

Reviewed Pumpkin Pie Squares

Mar 30, 2013 in on

These are delicious, but the cooking time is way off. I followed the instructions to the letter, and no way was it close to being ready after baking for 45 minutes, adding the topping, and baking another 20 minutes. It took an additional 20 minutes before the center wasn';t jiggling anymore."

Reviewed Beautiful Petit Fours - Paula Deen

Jan 17, 2012 in on

This recipe was a flop for me. I had made little cakes and needed a good recipe for the icing. Saw this one, and followed it exactly. I wound up with clear liquid that did nothing but slide off the cakes. I had to add more confectioner's sugar and it was still runny and gooey. I think I wound up adding about 3 lbs. of sugar in order to get it to ...

Reviewed Crisp Bread and Butter Pickles

Jun 22, 2011 in on

While I've been making pickles for more years than I care to mention, I have longed for a bread and butter pickle that was crisp. I'm still longing. The title of this recipe is misleading. While the pickles taste great and were easy to make, they were nowhere near crispy. I knew as soon as I drained off the liquid from the soak that they were goi...

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