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Food on Friday ~ Menu Planning

For some people meal planning is like a chess puzzle.

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Planning what we are going to eat for a whole week is a pretty easy thing to do, but it does mean sitting down and writing a list or two.  It might also mean looking at some recipes, and then checking what one has in the larder, refrigerator, freezer, and garden.  That leads to making a shopping list ~ (and one should never go into a supermarket without a shopping list) ~ and a menu list for the week.

Get one thing straight, a recipe, a menu list, and a shopping list aren’t rules ~ these things are just guidelines to help us get organised without wasting lots and lots of time.

So, before I post some recipe collections, let me feature something about menu planning.  From Hali Bey Ramdene at The Kitchn I can give you The Beginners Guide to Meal Planning: What to Know, How to Succeed, and What to Skip.  Remember, when you plan your meals to allow enough quantity so that you have leftovers for another day, or to take to work for lunch.  Also, when you plan your meals try to follow some healthy eating guidelines.

The Beginners Guide to Meal Planning

Some more on the basics of meal planning and we have Common Meal-Planning Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid from Greatist, and The Ultimate Guide to Meal Planning from the Wellness Mama.

Winter Meal Plan

My own preferred menus lean towards Mediterranean food, and Heidi at Foodie Crush has a great post of 50 Favorite Mediterranean Diet Recipes, which also includes a Mediterranean diet plan and this recipe for Mediterranean Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Olive Tapenade.  I love the fresh herbs in this dish.

Mediterranean Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Olive Tapenade

It’s the heart of the apple season here, and I really do prefer eating organic foods in season.  But what to do with apples?  Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest found this post by Katherine Power at Clique Brands ~ 4 apple recipes she’s looking forward to baking this month.  I particularly like the look to this Honeycrisp Apple Pandowdy, (what a great name).

Honeycrisp Apple Pandowdy

Last up this week, from Alanna Taylor Tobin at The Bojon Gourmet we have Savoring Winter with 40 Vibrant Citrus Recipes. This is all so colourful, but I especially like the look of these gluten-free black sesame kumquat financiers, (except I’d call them tea-cakes).

Savoring Winter with 40 Vibrant Citrus Recipes

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if you can buy packet sauces, they make meal planning easy

Food on Friday ~ Vegetables and Salads

Cooking and eating outdoors, in the open air, is far more relaxed and mindful than exactly the same meal prepared and eaten indoors.

It really is high summer, a time for long evenings, barbecues, and alfresco dining.  Chill the wine and the beer, and prepare to be relaxed and happy.  This week we are going to concentrate on salads and vegetables to go along with whatever meat or fish you have on the grill.  Unless you’re vegetarian or vegan, or just like vegetables, in which case a lot of these recipes will make a complete meal for you.

Personally, I just love salads.

From San Diego cook Averie Sunshine we have this dish of grilled vegetables with smoky honey mustard dipping sauce ~ looks fabulous.  Averie says this recipe is easy ~ ready in 5 minutes ~ healthy and there’s zero cleanup. Grilling vegetables is so very good.

Grilled Vegetables with Smoky Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

The Bojon Gourmet has a very elegant looking dish, a summer vegan green goddess salad ~ avocado, crispy lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, seeds and a cashew herb dressing.  I think this salad looks interesting, different, tasty, and refreshing. I also think that most of us could add our own little interesting twist to this recipe.

Summer Vegan Green Goddess Salad

The cool and together Jessica at How Sweet Eats has published a recipe for a 20 minute Thai avocado salad, and you have to admit this looks fantastic, filled with taste and texture.  I guess it’s 20 minutes if you can use a chef’s knife.

20 Minute Thai Avocado Salad

Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes has found for us this dish by Summer Miller; lentil salad with summer vegetables.  This should take you 35 minutes to make, and is a brilliant side dish, or as a light lunch.  Make a lot and take some to work the following day.

Lentil Salad with Summer Vegetables

Heather Christo has a different kind of recipe for a warm summer afternoon, this tomato peach and avocado salad with cilantro vinaigrette.  Heather says that this is a beautifully simple 30 minute salad that will totally blow your socks off.  I tend to agree. Nice to take to work for lunch too.

Tomato Peach and Avocado Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

I very much like the recipes from Cookie + Kate, and this one is no exception.  Anyway, what’s not to like about colourful strawberry arugula salad with balsamic vinaigrette?

Colourful Strawberry Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Lastly for this week, from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have 15 quick and easy vegetable side dishes.  This cool collection includes this 25 minute recipe for baked Parmesan mushrooms ~ I love baked mushrooms.  Actually I often like side dishes and appetisers better than the entrée.

Baked Parmesan Mushrooms

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jack collier

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Marmaduke also likes salads

Food on Friday ~ Cauliflower

Cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education.  ~  Mark Twain

Most will regard the humble cauliflower as a boring side dish ~ at best.  Perhaps something not to put into one’s shopping cart on a regular basis.  But, as I hope these smashing recipes from some great cooks will show you, there are a lot of exciting dishes you can make with this cruciferous vegetable.  Cauliflower is from the same plant family as broccoli, cabbage, kale, and Brussels sprouts and is said to be even better for you, in some ways, than these green vegetables.

First this week we have these cool cauliflower rice carne asada bowls with mango salsa, from Teighan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest.  This whole meal will take you an hour to make, but you can do so much with the leftovers afterwards.  Lunch at work, tacos, burritos, topped with a fried egg…

Cauliflowere Rice Carne Asada Bowls with Mango Salsa

Cauliflower cheese is a classic dish, but this creamy cauliflower gratin from Chungah at Damn Delicious is just a little bit special.  Again this easy dish will take you about an hour, and again this is something that you can reheat in the microwave at work.  Or have with a nice steak for dinner later in the week.

Creamy Cauliflower Gratin

Next, from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower there’s this cool dish to think about; zucchini lentil pasta with mashed cauliflower.  Made with mushrooms, squash, and grape tomatoes ~ with a side of creamy mashed cauliflower.  It looks very delicious for a midweek dinner.

Zucchini Lentil Pasta with Mashed Cauliflower

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Yvette’s Gourmet Kitchen has this brilliant looking recipe for roasted cauliflower with almonds and capers.  I think you can have this dish ready in 30 minutes. It’s vegan if you use a vegetarian substitute for the Parmesan cheese.

Roasted Cauliflower with Almonds and Capers

Here’s something exotically different and up-market from Petra at Food Eat Love; cauliflower soup with beetroot and gin cured salmon.  This dish is something for a really posh dinner party ~or be even posher than that and serve to your house-guests at breakfast.  The dish only takes 10 minutes to prepare, but you have to cure the salmon for 36 hours before that.

Cauliflower Soup with Beetroot and Gin Cured Salmon

A blog-post of cauliflower recipes wouldn’t be anything without a soup.  Ergo from Alanna at the Bojon Gourmet we have cauliflower and yellow split pea soup with turmeric and curried ghee.  Both cauliflower and turmeric are supposed to be very good for you.  This is a great soup to make a lot of, to take to work later, as it will keep for about 5 days in the refrigerator.

Cauliflower and Yellow Split Pea Soup with Turmeric and Curried Ghee

And finally this week we have our list, this time from delish. So, how about 70 crazy creative things to make with cauliflower????  These 70 cool recipes include this loaded grilled cauliflower by Lauren Miyashiro, which should take you about 20 minutes to prepare.

Loaded Grilled Cauliflower

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cauliflower is easy to grow, even if you only have a small garden, it’s pretty decorative too.

Food on Friday ~ Booze

Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity.

Some of you may be giving up alcohol for lent, or to lose weight, or to control your cholesterol ~ in which case here are some cool drinks you may well be missing out on.

Or, some of you may be determined to have a good time now that we are really in the deep dark depths of winter ~ in which case here are some cool drinks to help you get the party going.

Whatever, please drink responsibly. Don’t end up feeling as though you need to give up booze for good and all.

First this week, and bearing in mind that we have just had Valentine’s Day, San Diego girl Averie Sunshine offers us this very aloholic kiss on the lips cocktail.  Who could possibly say no?

Kiss On The Lips Cocktail

Continuing the St. Valentine’s Day theme, Tieghan Gerard from Half Baked Harvest offers us this delicious looking rose and ginger paloma.  Nice if you like tequila and roses ~ who doesn’t?

Rose and Ginger Paloma

I’m not certain I’d ever have tried this cocktail from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats, but having seen some of the things The Girl Riding Shotgun drinks I’m pretty certain that spicy blood orange beergaritas will find a few takers, at least in Orange County anyhow. Highly alcoholic.

Spicy Blood Orange Beergaritas

Another blood orange cocktail, this time from Andrea at Cooking With A Wallflower; blood orange vodka soda ~ or you could substitute tequila for the vodka, if you don’t like vodka.  This is just so easy, but please squeeze the fresh orange juice for yourself.

Blood Orange Vodka Soda

One of the things about booze is that it plays havoc with your cholesterol levels and the triglycerides in your blood.  This recipe for Mumbai mules from the Bojon Gourmet could help a little, as it contains cumin, which is good for you.

Image courtesy of Alanna Taylor Tobin | The Bojon Gourmet

Mumbai Mules

On a really cold winter’s day there’s not much better to come home to than a hot toddy.  Cookie + kate have a very easy recipe for a classic hot toddy ~ and you can make this as strong as you like.  Also, try making a hot toddy with dark rum for a completely different and interesting flavour.  My favourite was always Woods 100 Old Navy Rum.

Classic Hot Toddy

I like recipe collections, and I hope that you do too.  From the chi-chi Town and Country Magazine we have a collection of 21 winter cocktails to help you survive the cold.  From their collection I’ve chosen to feature a Porto Santo, which rivals a Long Island Iced Tea for a total booze-fest.  You could always get your guy to take you to the Island of Madeira to try your first Porto Santo cocktail.

Porto Santo

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I hope that you,

and all the great drinks’ mixers

featured this week

had a lovely St. Valentine’s Day.

 

Food on Friday~ Mediterranean

Good food begins and ends with good talk.

Some say that a Mediterranean diet is good for you.  And, that if you eat a mostly Mediterranean diet you’ll be healthier and live longer.  All I know is that you should always have a really good extra virgin olive oil.

From Greece, tzatziki is basically a mixture of yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, garlic, and mint, and you can buy it from your local store, or you can even make your own.  The Bojon Gourmet has this nice little farro and cucumber salad with feta, dill, and mint that not only would be nice with some tzatziki, but also combines its flavours.  Both would go nicely with some grilled goat.

Farro and Cucumber Salad with Feta, Dill, and Mint

And now, from Heidi at foodiecrush we have this outrageous herbacious Mediterranean chickpea salad.  (I had to include this just for the name of the dish.)

Outrageous Herbacious Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

From Heather Christo this week we have Mediterranean pasta with grilled swordfish, lemons and gremolata.  Gremolata is also dead easy to make for yourself. (I love grilled swordfish, but some say we shouldn’t buy swordfish ~ I will go on eating it, because whatever I do won’t affect how much fish the Japanese rape from the sea.)  This 25 minute dish is perfect for a barbecue with the kind of friend who doesn’t expect a burned burger in a cheap bun.

Mediterranean Pasta with Grilled Swordfish, Lemons, and Gremolata

Sardines are a quintessentially Mediterranean dish, and Petra from Food Eat Love has some super taste combinations in this dish of fresh sardines, roast baby beets with whipped avocado and feta.  As you’d expect it’s the beetroot that going to take the longest to cook here.

Fresh Sardines, Roast baby Beets with Whipped Avocado and Feta

This is another Mediterranean dish I love, grilled lamb kebabs, this time from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest.  (Do you want to know my own secret ingredient for grilling Mediterranean style?  7Up ~ when the charcoal gets too hot and the meat looks like it might burn, I sprinkle 7Up over the grill.)  Tieghan’s is a half-hour dish, but one should really marinade the lamb overnight.

Mediterranean Grilled Lamb Kebabs

Dana at The Minimalist Baker has the ultimate Mediterranean bowl, looks fabulous, and it’s easy, healthy, and gluten-free.  However, I would definitely add a little more extra virgin olive oil.

The Ultimate Mediterranean Bowl

For hose of us who like recipe collections, Olive magazine has 19 of the best Mediterranean recipes, including this cod, cherry tomato, and green olive tray roast.  Looks smashing doesn’t it.

Cod Cherry Tomato and Green Olive Tray Roast

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get yourself a cookery book

Food on Friday ~ 2017 Cleansing

How many of us overindulged a little over the Holiday Season?

In some parts of the world the holidays began with Thanksgiving, November 24th 2016, and in some other parts of the world the holidays continued until Epiphany, last Friday, January 6th 2017.  Most of the people I know partied and overindulged on food and booze right through December 2016 until January 1st this year.  A lot of the people I know put on a little weight, and have New Year’s Resolutions to eat better and exercise more.  Good Luck with that.

However, perhaps to help a little, here are some nutritious, simple, cleansing dishes to tempt our jaded palates.  As far as exercise goes, in addition to my usual long walks, this year I’m checking out something called PiYo, which is an amalgam of Pilates and Yoga ~ allegedly.  (There is no way I’m spending any money on video courses / programs ~ but take your choice.)

All of these easy, cleansing dishes would make a great light dinner and something fabulous to take to work for lunch.

First up this week, from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, we have a simple cilantro and lime rice, (please, it’s called coriander in England).  Andrea says this would go well in a burrito, but that’s really missing the point, isn’t it?

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Cilantro and Lime Rice

Found for us by Jessica at how sweet it is, I am seriously going to make this fabulous looking winter salmon salad.  I would strongly encourage my friend in SoCal to give this the once over as it also contains radishes and avocado, along with salmon another couple of her favourites.

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Winter Salmon Salad

A very healthy vegetarian recipe from Kate Taylor at Cookie + kate we have chickpea salad with carrots and dill.  This is crisp, fresh, sharp, and protein rich ~ if you want a change make it with cilantro instead of dill.

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Chickpea Salad with Carrots and Dill

And now, from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have these wonderful looking spicy brown rice seared tuna roll bowls.  As well as tuna this dish uses lots of cleansing superfoods; mango, cilantro, garlic, radishes, and avocado.

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Spicy Brown Rice Seared Tuna Roll Bowl

Recovering pastry chef, the Bojon Gourmet, has a great recipe for a winter salad; beet citrus and chicory salad with ricotta salata and pistachios.  This is a seriously low calorie dish, (when it comes to the calories you can actually use), and beets are one of these superfoods we hear so much about.

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Beet Citrus and Chicory Salad with Ricotta Salata and Pistachios

Next from Heather Christo we have a 3 day soup cleanse, which looks a lot nicer than some ‘cleansing recipes I’ve seen.

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Three Day Soup Cleanse

Finally this week, another great collection, this time from Delicious; 50 fast recipes to kick start that winter cleanse.  One of the 50 featured recipes is this nice and easy sweet miso steak with ramen.  What’s not to like?

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Sweet Miso Steak with Ramen

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dscf0002a big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

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Food on Friday # 54 Party Drinks

Christmas Party Booze

‘Tis the season to be jolly.

Some people like parties, and some people like drinking.  For people who like a lot of both, here are some drinks that should probably go down well at Christmas Parties.  Good Grief!

Remember, anyone can make a really strong cocktail that will get people very drunk very fast ~ but how good a party does that make?  So here are some more tastefully interesting drinks.

First up this week is a great looking cocktail I found on Jessica Merchant’s site how sweet it is we have this great recipe for rose champagne mojitos.  I would serve these to my discerning guests.

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Rose Champagne Mojitos

For a different take on the mojito, Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest gives us this brilliant looking White Christmas Mojito.

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White Christmas Mojito

If your guests arrive cold and shivery, Tieghan also had a smashing recipe for hot maple apple cider in Food on Friday # 48, which was about apples.

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Maple Apple Cider

Here’s something for a Californian Christmas.  Recovering pastry chef, the bojon gourmet has these rosemary, pomegranate and grilled meyer lemon vodka sparklers.  Don’t try saying all that after drinking five or six of those things.

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Rosemary Pomegranate and Grilled Meyer Lemon Vodka Sparklers

From Chungah at Damn Delicious there’s a simple and easy strawberry pineapple mimosa, although in England we call champagne and orange juice Buck’s Fizz, and we make it a lot stronger.  Add a splash of brandy to that and you’ve got yourself a fresh juice Barbotage.  Consume that Barbotage very carefully.

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Strawberry Pinapple Mimosa

This recipe for holiday rum punch, by Tracy Shutterbean, (aka Tracy Benjamin), is straight from the San Francisco bay area.  I’ve drunk rum punch in San Francisco, and I know that if you’re not careful this punch could get you very drunk.  Nice.

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Holiday Rum Punch

At some time during your own party, you may want to retire to a quiet corner, perhaps with a special friend, and enjoy a glass of the water of life.  If you don’t know about whisky, here’s a post from Todd and Diane in LA, the White On Rice Couple, telling you all about the different types of whisk(e)y.  Back in the day I drank Laphroaig ~ too strong and too sophisticated for most ordinary men.

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If all that wasn’t enough, from Country Living magazine here are 28 Christmas cocktails that will make you forget all about the presents.  These are are pretty easy, including this winter wonderland cocktail, originally from Nicole at the Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie.

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Winter Wonderland Cocktail

How about some appetisers to go with all this booze?  Heather Christo has the ultimate vegan appetizer platter, Damn Delicious has cheesy garlic bread, and easy firecracker shrimp, Cooking up the Pantry has cheese and mustard puffs,  Half Baked Harvest has a cheese fondue boardor you can check out Food on Friday # 25 ~ Bar Snacks.

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Easy Firecracker Shrimp

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WAF Landscape Christmas Cards.qxdjust don’t be a crass American and serve beers in the bottle, give your guests a glass.

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Food on Friday # 43 ~ Eggs

On British television there used to be an honourable tradition of advertising the benefits of eating eggs.  (Food rationing did not end in Britain until 1954…. no wonder I was a very small baby…)  One famous slogan was; Eggs is cheap, eggs is easy…  But, for goodness sakes, how many things can you do with an egg….?  Well, as it turns out, a lot.

The thing is, eggs on their own are well, just eggs.

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First up this week we have Chungah from Damn Delicious with her Italian baked eggs.  Chungah says she used left-over marinara sauce in this dish.  I guess if it came right down to it you would get away with some chopped tomato or passata…

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Italian Baked Eggs

The very first time I was left alone in Southern California I made the twin mistakes of calling at an authentic Mexican roadside diner and ordering authentic Mexican Huevos Rancheros….  Terrible!  But Heather Christo has this wonderful recipe for Huevos Rancheros to die for.

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Huevos Rancheros

The lovely Averie Sunshine has something which is right up my street, an easy one pan dish.  Averie offers a recipe I would eat for breakfast, lunch, or a midweek dinner ~ this easy eggs, sausage, and hash browns skillet.

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Easy Eggs, Sausage, and Hash Browns Skillet

Next, and we are a little heavy on the potatoes here, but in my view they are a better source of carbohydrates than bread, and they make a great base for a work-lunch salad.  Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest gives us this grilled potato salad with almond-basil chimichurri and 7-minute eggs.  And, that’s one substantial lunch, or a fairly good dinner.  If I was avoiding carbs I think I’d substitute with extra mushrooms and some red peppers.

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Grilled Potato Salad with Almond-Basil Chimichurri & 7-Minute Eggs

From reformed pasty chef, The Bojon Gourmet, we have rice and eggs.  Allegedly this fairly sensible breakfast is authentically Chinese ~ doesn’t look like it, it looks nice.  This dish is the kind of thing I would eat for breakfast, or a light lunch.

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Rice and Eggs

Here’s something I hadn’t thought of, but now Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has told us, it’s flippin’ obvious that egg in avocado topped with turkey bacon is a flippin’ good idea.  Although, here in England I would likely use regular bacon.

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Egg In An Avocado Topped With Turkey Bacon

Here’s something else I hadn’t thought of, from Cooking Up The Pantry, baked eggs in mushrooms with parmesan.  I guess if you don’t have parmesan to hand you could give this a try with any decent cheese.

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Baked Eggs In Mushrooms With Parmesan

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A personal favourite of mine is to fry off some bacon and onion with a little garlic, in a small skillet.  Add a small can of chopped tomatoes, and cook it down a little.  Carefully break a couple or three eggs onto the top, and then bake in a medium oven for about 5 minutes.  A one pan complete meal in 15 minutes or so.  (Should have taken a picture the last time I made this.)

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liebster-12A great big thank you to all the fine cooks featured this week.

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