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Prime Rib of Beef with Juniper Cream Sauce

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Prime Rib of Beef with Juniper Cream Sauce

Prime Rib of Beef with Juniper Cream SauceJuniper berries add an irresistible accent to this classic roast. Find them in your grocer’s spice rack or in speciality gourmet shops.

 

For the prime rib:

2 tablespoons freshly ground coffee beans
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 beef rib roast, 7 to 8 pounds
Olive oil for brushing roast

For the cream sauce:

3 tablespoons butter
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
3 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
1 quart beef gravy or brown sauce
2 cups dry white wine
10 to 20 juniper berries, tied in a cheesecloth sachet
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons red currant jelly
2 tablespoons gin

To prepare the prime rib: In a small bowl combine ground coffee, salt, and pepper. Rub mixture on beef roast, pressing into the surface. Brush lightly with oil.

Place roast in centre of cooking grate. Grill 2-1/4 to 2-3/4 hours for rare (140°F/60°C), 2-1/2 to 3 hours for medium (160° F/71° C). Remove from grill and let roast rest 10 minutes before carving. Make cream sauce in last half-hour of roast cooking time.

To make the cream sauce: In a medium saucepan melt butter. Add mushrooms and shallots; cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until tender. Add gravy, wine, and juniper berry sachet. Simmer over medium heat until liquid is reduced by half. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form.

Strain reduced sauce; return to saucepan. Stir in red currant jelly and cook over low heat until jelly is dissolved. Stir in gin. Remove from heat. Gently fold in whipped cream. Add salt and pepper to taste.

To serve, place a little cream sauce on a plate; top with a slice of beef roast.

Makes about 12 servings.

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Barbecue, BBQ, Beef, Meats

 

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Hot Tenderloin Sandwich

Hot Tenderloin Sandwich

Hot Tenderloin SandwichThin slices of supple grilled beef give this simple recipe most of its glory and glamour. The sour cream dressing, grated cheese, and peppery arugula add their own spectacular touches but remember, it’s still a sandwich. Plates are optional.

1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 center-cut beef tenderloin, 2 to 2-1/2 pounds
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large French baguette, sliced in half lengthways
1 bunch arugula, washed and dried
1 cup grated Fontina cheese

In a small bowl, mix together the sour cream, horseradish, and mustard. Set aside.

Lightly brush or spray the tenderloin with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Allow the tenderloin to stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before grilling. Sear over Direct High heat until well marked, 8 to 10 minutes. Continue grilling over Indirect Medium heat until the internal temperature reaches 140° F for medium rare, about 20 minutes. Remove from the grill, and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. The internal temperature will rise 5° F to 10° F during this time. Cut into 1/8-inch slices.

Lightly brush the cut side of the baguette with olive oil and grill, cut side down, over Direct Medium heat until lightly toasted, about 30 seconds.

Spread the baguette with the sour cream mixture, layer with arugula and sliced tenderloin, then top with the grated cheese. Cut crosswise into individual sandwiches.

Makes 6 servings.

 

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Barbecue, BBQ, Beef, Bread, Cheese, Meats

 

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Holiday Beef Tenderloin

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Holiday Beef Tenderloin

Holiday Beef TenderloinWrap a tender beef roast in garlic, rosemary, and pink peppercorns and you’ve got a dinner party. Hint: You can roast the garlic a day or two ahead of time while you are grilling something else.

 

For the paste:

1 whole head of garlic
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 beef tenderloin, 3-1/2 to 4 pounds
3 tablespoons whole pink peppercorns
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 

To make the paste: Remove the loose, papery outer skin from the head of garlic. Cut about 1/2 inch off the top to expose the cloves. Place the garlic head on an 8-inch square of aluminium foil and drizzle 1 teaspoon of the olive oil over the cloves. Fold up the foil sides and seal to make a packet, leaving a little room for the expansion of steam. Grill over Indirect Medium heat until the cloves are soft, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from the grill and allow to cool. Squeeze the garlic from the individual cloves into a small bowl. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil and mash the garlic and oil together with a fork to form a paste.

 

Trim the tenderloin of any excess fat and silver skin. Spread the paste on the tenderloin, rubbing it into the meat.

 

In a small bowl combine the peppercorns, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Mix well and press into the paste on the top and sides of the tenderloin.

 

Allow the tenderloin to stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before grilling. Grill over Indirect Medium heat until the internal temperature reaches 135°F for medium rare, 30 to 40 minutes.

 

Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. The temperature will rise 5°F to 10°F during this time. Cut into 3/4- to 1-inch slices and serve warm.

 

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

 

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Barbecue, Beef, Super Bowl

 

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Betty’s Classic King Ranch Chicken Casserole

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make a Classic King Ranch Casserole. This dish has been around a long time in the U.S., and this is a simple, basic version. The recipe is influenced by Southwestern cooking, and the dish is quite a lot like an enchilada casserole.

Ingredients:

12-oz. package frozen 3-pepper and onion blend (You may substitute 1 chopped onion plus ½ chopped green bell pepper, ½ chopped red bell pepper, and ½ chopped yellow bell pepper.)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 cups cooked chicken, chopped or shredded (I cooked 3 salted chicken breasts in a slow cooker for 4 hours—no water added– and then chopped and shredded them.)
10 ¾-oz. can cream of chicken soup
10 ¾-oz. can cream of mushroom soup
10 ¾-oz. can chicken broth
10-oz. can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained (Rotel brand is quite often used.)
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon garlic salt
(10) 6-inch corn tortillas, cut into 1-inch squares
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
cooking oil spray

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat. Add frozen 3-pepper and onion blend and sauté until softened. Drain and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Stir in 3 cups cooked chicken, a 10 ¾-oz. can cream of chicken soup, a 10 ¾-oz. can cream of mushroom soup, a 10 ¾-oz. can chicken broth, a 10-oz. can diced tomatoes and green chiles, 1 teaspoon chili powder, and ½ teaspoon garlic salt. In a 13-inch by 9-inch by 2-inch baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking oil spray, ladle 1/3 of the chicken and soup mixture. Evenly spread 1/3 of the 1-inch corn tortilla squares over the top. Sprinkle 1/3 of the shredded Cheddar cheese on top of tortilla squares. Repeat these 3 layers twice, ending with shredded Cheddar cheese on top. Bake in a 350 degree (F) oven for 30 minutes, or until bubbly and beginning to brown. Remove from oven and serve immediately. YUM!!! I hope you enjoy this recipe! Love, Betty ♥

 
 

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Baked Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

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by chefpriyanka
I love fries- who doesn’t! You’re only LYING to yourself if you say that you don’t like fries. I don’t eat fries because they’re deep-fried and unhealthy. Of course if someone handed me a nice crispy curly fry or waffle fry, I wouldn’t be able to refuse! However, I don’t like getting that greasy, fatty feeling that I generally get after eating deep-fried food; another reason why I avoid fried items!
But, this weekend I made some sweet & spicy sweet potato fries that were amazing- crispy, light, salty, sweet, spicy what can be better than that! Plus, sweet potato is generally low in calories (~150/medium potato) and high in Vitamin A and Dietary Fiber. Baked crisp with melted brown sugar and spicy cayenne- believe me the combination is delicious!
Baked Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potato Fries:
  • 3 sweet potatoes- washed & scrubbed
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2-1 tbsp smokey paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • coarse black pepper- few grinds
  • salt- to taste
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar (for garnishing)
  • few sprigs of chive- finely chopped
  • PAM olive oil flavor

1. Preheat oven to 425. In a small bowl whisk together oil, pepper, cayenne pepper and paprika.

2. Cut the potatoes into strips (french-frie size) and lay them on a baking sheet. Pour oil mixture over potatoes and toss until evenly coated. Spray with some pam and make sure each strip is hitting the baking sheet. Sprinkle with brown sugar evenly over potatoes.

3. Bake for 30-35 minutes until darker and crispy, tossing every 10 minutes. Remove and cool. While cooling, sprinkle with remaining brown sugar and garnish with chives. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce- I recommend Honey Mustard YUM :)

Serves 4

Look at those crispy fries sparkling with brown sugar.. yummy..

 

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Roasted Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Rosemary, Chili & Chives

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Here’s a great holiday side -dish for our next Christmas party! The title is self-explanatory, but this ain’t no typical Roasted Garlic Smashed Potatoes.

  • 4 medium Idaho potatoes- scrubbed
  • 2 heads of garlic- tops trimmed off
  • 4 dried cayenne chilies
  • 3-4 sprigs of rosemary- fresh
  • 1 cup fat free half&half (I use Land-o-Lakes Brand)
  • 1/2 cup light cream
  • 6-7 sprigs of chive- finely chopped
  • 1/3-1/2 cup freshly grated parmigiano cheese
  • salt
  • coarse black pepper
  • PAM olive oil flavor

1. Preheat oven 425 degrees. In a sheet of foil place both garlic heads, chilies, rosemary sprigs, salt and pepper. Spray liberally with PAM and fold foil to create a packet. Bake in oven for about 20 minutes until cloves are soft and rosemary and crispy. Remove and cool.

2. Meanwhile, cut potatoes in half and boil in salted water with peel on until fork tender. In a small bowl squeeze in garlic cloves, add rosemary, chilies, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined and garlic is mushed. Add this mixture to the potatoes and combine thoroughly. In a slow stream, add half&half and light cream. Mash together until smooth and well combined. More or less milk can be used to achieve desired consistency. Then stir in the grated parmigiano. I like smashed potatoes a little chunky and smooth. Taste for salt.

3. Place on a pretty serving platter top with a sprig of rosemary and chopped chives and a drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil (if you want!) Dig in!

Serves 6


Nutrition:

I cut the fat by a pretty substantial amount by using light cream instead of heavy cream and fat free half&half. If you want to keep it completely healthy, use only fat free half&half. The consistency will still come out yummy. I also didn’t put any butter, which traditional mashed potatoes have (it’s really not necessary, because the strong rosemary and garlic flavors keep it yummy)! Plus this dish serves 6, so a little light cream won’t kill you ;)

Like Potatoes? Try these!

Spicy Cumin Potatoes with Green Chili Tofu

Baked Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

 

 

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Spicy NYC Diner-Style Home Fries

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I like diner food. I think NYC has the best diner food- yes, I am biased. But, seriously take me to a a diner in another state that is better than a NYC diner. Yah, it probably doesn’t exist, hehe. In any case, we were in the mood for some diner-style food, and didn’t really want to drive to the local diner (which is 5 minutes away, I know laziness at its peak!). So I decided to make some homefries- crispy on one side, salty, and loaded with onions. Of course, I added a little spice, but it was pretty much pimped-out diner-style potatoes. Did I mention they’re healthy, vegetarian and vegan? Yup!

Diner-Style Homefries:

  • 1 idaho potatoes- washed
  • 1 medium white onion- thick diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • cayenne pepper- to taste
  • salt-to taste
  • coarse black pepper- few grinds
  • PAM original flavor
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil (I use extra virgin)
  • 2-3 tbsp cilantro- finely chopped (optional)

Ghetto style boiled potatoes.

1. Wrap each potato in plastic wrap and microwave for about 4 minutes each until 4 tender. Set aside to cool. Dice into medium-sized cubes (same size as onions preferably).

2. Meanwhile in a large non-stick skillet spray with PAM and pour oil and set over medium flame. Add onions and saute for 2 minutes. Add spices and saute until fragrant and onions are soft- about 5-7 minutes. Add potatoes and combine with spices and onions. Saute for about 8 minutes, with 5 minutes covered. This is when the potatoes will get crispy on one side- increase/decrease flame accordingly. I had it on medium-high flame. Uncover, taste for salt and spices. Place in serving dish and top with chopped cilantro (if desired). Serve with favorite breakfast meal!

Serves 2-4 people

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Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade with Roasted Onions & Garlic

The Superbowl is around the corner! Get out the chips, dips and fried wings!! NOT. The Superbowl every year is about tailgating and partying. Now, for most that does mean calorific fried food items and generally non-vegetarian dishes. But, it’s time to change that! Indulging once a year is okay, but taking in about a YEARS worth of calories in one afternoon is NOT okay. So, I’ve come up with some healthy, hearty and absolutely yummy superbowl party food options that’ll keep you coming back for more!

First up is my Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade with Roasted Onions, Garlic and Chilies. Its scrumptious, it’s zesty, it’s bold and best of all it’s VEGAN! Yes, an amazing Superbowl dip that’ll have meat-lovers and vegans rejoice! You won’t feel bad going in for seconds, or thirds.. or fourths. Filled with robust flavors of fresh roasted peppers and roasted garlic, blended with a bit of Tahini and lemon juice- it’s simple and filled with ingredients that households generally have! Eat it with pita chips, crackers, vegetables or top your favorite sandwich or falafel with it!

Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade:

  • 2 red peppers- diced into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 medium white onion- diced into chunks
  • 1 head of garlic- top trimmed off
  • 3-4 dried cayenne chilies
  • 1 tbsp Tahini
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice- preferably fresh
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil- more or less depending on consistency
  • warm water- couple tbsp
  • salt- to taste
  • coarse black pepper- few grinds
  • PAM Olive Oil Flavor
  • lemon rinds- for garnishing

1. On a baking sheet place a small piece of foil and place head of garlic. Spray with PAM and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold foil to create a packet. On the remaining portion of the sheet, add onions, peppers and chilies. Spray with PAM, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss so each piece is coated. Place in oven on broil and cook for about 10-12 minutes, shaking the tray half way thru, so the vegetables cook evenly. Remove and cool before handling. Garlic should be soft and easily squeezable thru the skin.

2. Once the vegetables are cool, peel off an excessively charred parts and place into a food processor. Squeeze in all the garlic cloves, making sure not to get any of the skin in. Add roasted chilies, tahini, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pulse until chunky-smooth. Blend on low and add a little warm water until its smoother. Blending a little faster, drizzle in olive oil until the dip comes together and is smoother, but not pureed. You want it to have texture. Taste for salt and lemon juice.

3. Place on a serving platter and top with lemon rinds and serve with pita chips, vegetables, crackers or with falafel!

Serves 6 (to make more, just double all the ingredients!)

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Stuffed Mexican Pizza Towers with Avocado-Jalapeno Crema

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and even if you’re not Irish, doesn’t mean you can’t partake in the festivities! Growing up in New York City, I’ve witnessed all kinds of St. patrick’s Day celebrations, and if you’re hosting a party of your own then this will be the perfect addition to your spread of delicious food! They’re my Mexican Pizza Towers with an Avocado-Jalepeno Crema.

So, it’s not really Irish, or from a region close to Ireland at all, but it IS green and awesome! Now, I’m not much of a historian, but according to some Irish legends, Saint Patrick used a green shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to pre-Christian Irish people (yes, grade school does come in handy once in a while!). That being said, even though my appetizer pizzas are Mexican, they fit right into the St. Patrick’s day theme! A great size, these pizzas are perfect for big parties where most of the guest are just grabbing bits of food here and they’re a good size to hold and eat! Loaded with smokey refried beans, spicy vegetables and a crema thats smooth, creamy and spicy all at the same time! Your guests will keep asking for more! Meat eaters won’t miss the meat, and vegetarians AND vegans will be happy! Plus, they’re super healthy and nutritious!

Tower Ingredients:

  • 3-4 large flour tortillas
  • 1 large white onion- finely diced
  • 1-2 (depending on size) red/green bell peppers- finely diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic- crushed and minced

  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp (or to taste) cayenne pepper
  • coarse black pepper- few grinds (be generous)
  • salt- to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 roma tomatos- seeded and finely diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro- washed and finely chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • PAM Olive Oil Flavor
  • 1 cup reduced-fat shredded Mexican cheese (I use Sargento Brand or vegan substitute)
  • Avocado-Jalepeno Crema (RECIPE BELOW)
  • Smokey Refried Beans (RECIPE BELOW)
  • curled lemon peels- garnishing (optional)

Tools: 2-3″ round cookie cutter, non-stick pan, toaster oven

1. In a medium-sized skillet spray with a little PAM and pour olive oil and set over medium-high flame. Add cumin seeds and toast for 30 seconds or so then add onions and garlic. Saute for about 2 minutes, then add the bell peppers. Add all the seasonings, including salt and pepper. Saute for about 5-6 minutes because the vegetables should be soft and flavored well. Taste for salt and seasonings.

2. While the vegetables are cooking, use the cookie cutter to cut out round tortilla disks. 3-4 large tortillas should make about 30-32 disks.

Place on a baking sheet in a toaster oven, and toast for about 5 minutes, just until they’re slightly golden color and crispy.

3. To assemble, place a layer of crispy tortilla disks on a serving dish and pile about 1-2 tbsp of bean mixture. Spread evenly, but not too much near the edge of the disk. Top with about 1 tbsp vegetable mixture and cheese (more or less depending on how much you like!).

Place another disk on top and press down slightly- you don’t want the mixture to be oozing out! Drizzle on avocado-jalapeno crema and garnish with chopped tomatoes, cilantro and lemon peel. To add a festive and more green touch, I sliced fresh jalapenos and layered them on the serving dish- just in case anyone wants an extra spicy kick!

Makes about 16 pizza towers

Smokey Refried Beans:

  • 1 can refried beans (I used Old El Paso- make sure they’re vegetarian!)
  • 1 medium onion- finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic- crushed and minced
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp (or to taste) cayenne pepper
  • coarse black pepper- to taste
  • salt- to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • PAM Olive Oil Flavor

Tools: non-stick pan

1. In a large non-stick skillet spray with PAM and set over medium flame. Add cumin seeds and toast for about 30 seconds. Add onions and garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add cayenne pepper, black pepper and seasonings. Saute for another 3 minutes until soft and translucent. Add salt and combine, and then add the refried beans and reduce heat to medium-low. Make sure to combine everything well and taste for seasonings. If it seems too thick, add a little warm water. Cook for about 4-5 minutes until heated through and flavored well. Once finished, set aside.

Avocado-Jalepeno Crema:

  • 2 ripe avocados- pitted and diced
  • 2 jalapenos- finely diced (I keep the seeds, skin and all!)
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin powder
  • salt- to taste
  • coarse black pepper- few grinds
  • 1/4 cup (a little bit less) reduced-fat sour cream (I used Breakstones brand or vegan substitute)
  • half a handful cilantro- finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (more or less) water

Tools: Blender

1. In a blender add avocados, jalapenos, cumin, salt, pepper, cilantro and sour cream. Blend on high until thick and smooth- it will be a little chunky. Blend on low and slowly drizzle in water until creamy and a bit thinner- not too thin, you want it to be the consistency of cream. Set aside.

Like Mexican? Check out these Zesty & Healthy Dishes:

Spicy Enchiladas with Smokey Corn & Roasted Pepper Sauce

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Gourmet “Taco-Bell” Mexican Pizza

Garlic-Chili Guacamole

 

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Avocado and Tomato Salad Recipe

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I found some beautiful tomatoes at the store recently and decided to make a very simple salad featuring the tomatoes and fresh avocado. I seasoned them simply with sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, along with a drizzle of olive oil and red wine vinegar and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro. It was simple and so delicious – we all loved this salad. I served this dish with the Slow Roasted Chicken with Cilantro-Lime Butter for a delicious and flavorful meal.

Avocado and Tomato Salad:
Recipe and photo by For the Love of Cooking.net
  • Red tomato, sliced
  • Orange tomato, sliced
  • Yellow tomato, sliced
  • 1-2 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • Drizzle of olive oil, to taste
  • Drizzle of red wine vinegar, to taste
  • Sprinkle of fresh cilantro, chopped

Place the sliced tomatoes on a serving plate along with the sliced avocado. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Drizzle with olive oil and red wine vinegar then sprinkle with freshly chopped cilantro. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

 

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Salad

 

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