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Frozen Apple Pie (Lattice Topping): Marie Callenders

If you're on the west coast, you can pick up a Marie Callenders pie fresh from one of her chain restaurant locations, but for the rest of the country, Marie has made an oven-ready frozen version. We tried the Marie Callenders Lattice Apple Pie (runs about $7-8). Though a little sweeter than we like our pies to be, man, it sure was good. We're almost even willing to say it tasted homemade, though the slight jelly-goo filling, a common frozen pie offense, gave it away. Well-spiced with a nicely browned, crumbly crust, this was an office favorite. And those cinnamon specks on the box's photo? Those are no joke. Cinnamon haters might not appreciate the cinna-burst involved here but you can still taste the apples underneath, which is nice.

Sometimes you can't make every-single-thing from scratch. We understand. If you find yourself scrambling next week and need to take some shortcuts, here are the recommended brands for stuffing, frozen pie crust, cranberry sauce, and more Thanksgiving essentials in a snap. How about you? Ever cheat a little? Stovetop stuffing, anyone? (It's okay, you can tell us.)

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