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Three blue and white mugs filled with the best pea salad recipe ever are displayed on a blue and white platter on a wooden table.

Spring Salad with Peas and Prosciutto

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Spring is around the corner and we are getting so excited to start serving more fresh, spring-y recipes. ‘Tis the season for all things green! In the process of rounding up some amazing food to share with you, we stumbled on what we think is the best pea salad recipe ever. I mean, anything with […]

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Overhead view of three tea party salads on brightly colored floral plates on a wooden table, surrounded by greens.

3 Tea Party Salads for Your Next Soiree

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Tea parties are delightful with their platters of cookies, sweet scones, and tender cakes, but now and then it’s nice to have a healthier version replete with gorgeous tea party salads that delight the eye as well as the taste buds. Just because a tea party features salads instead of desserts does not mean that […]

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Closeup side view of pear brie bites sitting on a black plate.

How Appetizing: Pear Brie Bites

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As the cooler temperatures start to make their appearance, all those favorite summer appetizers like chips and guacamole are starting simply not to cut it any more. This time of year we start craving something a little warmer, creamier, and decadent. However, we still aren’t looking for something quite so heavy as cocktail meatballs or […]

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Overhead view of a roasted strawberry beet salad with balsamic dressing.

Roasted Strawberry Beet Salad

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Around here we love strawberries, and we love beets. They are both naturally sweet and delicious, which makes them extra special in our book. So when the idea popped up to combine these ingredients using a couple of our favorite recipes, we were totally on board and this roasted strawberry beet salad was born. Using […]

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A row of goat cheese and honey stuffed cherry tomatoes sits on a plate.

Two Bite-Sized Stuffed Cherry Tomato Recipes

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Cherry tomatoes are the host’s dream when it comes to simple appetizers that pack a punch. These two stuffed cherry tomato recipes are just the right size for a single bite, making them the perfect vessel for a number of delicious fillings. Not to mention, the bright red color makes them stand out on just […]

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Apples and Blue Cheese Sweet Potato Bites

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Looking for something a little different to serve for your next party? Why not try these sweet potato bites with apples and blue cheese? They come together quickly and are packed with flavor. These savory little bites will go a long way to livening up your usual spread. Starting with sweet potato chips as the […]

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Overhead view of three easy prosciutto appetizers – prosciutto with asparagus, mozzarella, and melon – on a white platter.

3 Easy Prosciutto (Make Ahead) Appetizers to Delight Party Guests

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Prosciutto is one of those things where a little goes a long way, but it’s also never enough. You know what we are saying, right? The stuff is delicious and while just a little bit of it can really boost a dish, we could probably eat a whole pound on our own without batting an […]

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Closeup of a mini chicken and waffles appetizer with honey mustard dipping sauce.

Mini Chicken and Waffles Appetizer with Two Dipping Sauces

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Chicken and waffles is a well-loved American classic, there’s no doubt. However, we decided to give this homey southern dish more than one fun new twist that will make it the biggest a hit at your next party or potluck. First, we made this entree into an easy-to-handle mini chicken and waffles appetizer. Then we […]

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overhead view of an arugula salad with candied pecans, peaches, and honey citrus dressing on a blue and white plate

Arugula Salad with Candied Pecans

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Lettuce can be downright boring all by itself, but with a bit of imagination, it can be transformed into something not just delicious, but truly decadent. This recipe for arugula salad with candied pecans is one way to launch a plain old salad from simple to divine. Lettuce Any lettuce can be made delectable with […]

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overhead view of two different pasta salads on a wooden table

Two Different Pasta Salads Your Party Guests Will Never Forget 

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Pasta salad is possibly one of our most favorite dishes to bring to a party. However, we are not talking about the tired old tricolor pasta salad with Italian dressing, cheese, and some vegetables. You know the one — it shows up at every event and it’s good, but that is not the pasta salad […]

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a bowl of cocktail meatballs covered in sauce sits in the foreground while spicy popcorn and marinated olives and cheese rest in the background

Three Easy Snacks to Bring to a Party

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We have all had that moment: You’re headed out to a party and suddenly it dawns on you that you’ve completely forgotten to bring any kind of dish to share. Now, it’s always ok to show up with a bottle of wine to share as well, but sometimes you just need a last-minute party snack. […]

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When you’re planning your cold-weather parties with friends and family, turn to this warming winter foods list for easy and creative small menus.

Warming Winter Foods List for Easy Entertaining

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When you’re planning your cold-weather parties with friends and family, turn to this warming winter foods list for easy and creative small menus. Menu duos offer simplicity to your planning when hosting a party, and they highlight for your guests memorable tastes to truly savor. Gluten Free: Chicken and Dumplings & Rice Salad This hearty […]

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Antipasti Tray

The Art of the Antipasti Tray

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In my family, we have taken the humble antipasti tray and turned it into a focal point of all our celebratory dinners. The word antipasti means “before the meal,” but in my family the trays have a way of becoming the meal! Antipasti began in Italy as a way for families and restaurants to serve […]

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Sweet and Spicy Corn Dip

Sweet and Spicy Corn Dip

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This is a simple southwestern style corn dip recipe that is addictively good, wonderfully bright, and comes together in just minutes. It’s the perfect thing to serve for an early fall get together or a potluck. This time of year sweet corn is at its height of flavor and available everywhere, so of course we […]

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Sweet Potato Nachos

Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos with Avocado Crema

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Nachos are one of our favorite summer dishes. They can be anything from an appetizer to a whole meal depending on how involved you want to get. They are completely customizable and make a great addition to your next cook-out menu. We love these Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos because they are a little on the […]

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bruschetta bar

How to Create a Build-Your-Own Bruschetta Bar

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While you all know we love a good party, throwing an entire dinner party can be a lot of work! Sometimes we just want to invite “our people” over for some company and good food. The options to make this happen are to either cook everything yourself, which can be a bit grueling, especially in […]

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spicy shrimp guacamole cups

Spicy Guacamole Shrimp Cups

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We are always on the hunt for creative, delicious, and, of course, easy to share appetizers. We want something that is not only easy to eat and make but can also really catch your eye and tantalize your taste buds. These spicy shrimp guacamole cups are just the thing that really checks all of our […]

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strawberry peach pico recipe

Perfect Summer Strawberry Peach Pico Recipe

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Summer is fast approaching. It’s a time of year when salsa seems to be on every single menu, and why not? It’s an easy, delicious appetizer that almost anyone can enjoy, even with most dietary restrictions. However, it can be easy to get a little tired of the same thing all season, so we decided […]

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tea brined chicken wings

Tea Brined Chicken Wings to Up Your Grilling Game

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These are not your typical chicken wings. First off, they are not breaded or fried, or slathered with sauce or served with a mandatory side of blue cheese dip. (Not that we will hold it against you if you love blue cheese, we are pretty partial as well, it’s just not mandatory in this case.) […]

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A Trio of Unusual Root Vegetable Soup Recipes

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Rain fell beautifully this morning as I fried onions and peeled potatoes and collected the things I needed to make soups with unusual root vegetables. While most of us are familiar with carrots, turnips, beets, and taters, there are some other less familiar but equally wonderful root veggies that taste marvelous and work brilliantly in […]

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balsamic beet salad

Beet It: Balsamic Beet Salad

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Beets are one of those unique vegetables that you either love or hate; there’s very rarely anyone on the fence about the flavor of beets. Touted as “nature’s candy,” this vibrant purple root vegetable generally has a bright and very sweet flavor. Beets have such a rich color that they have often been used to […]

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sweet savory pierogi

Sweet and Savory Pierogi

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Since I moved away from Canada at 16, I have been homesick for those beautiful pillows of dumpling heaven: pierogi. Pierogi are thin circles of soft dough filled with something delicious, folded, sealed, boiled, and tossed in melted butter or bacon grease. They’re blissful comfort food on cold winter nights, and have the benefit of […]

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Parmesan Peppercorn Party Dip

Parmesan Peppercorn Party Dip

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Parmesan cheese and peppercorns are natural companions, making everything from savory scones to pasta taste infinitely better. One of my favorite ways to combine them is in a Parmesan Peppercorn Party Dip. This is creamy, cheesy heaven with a hint of heat to make things interesting. This dip is delicious with so many things. We’ve […]

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Smoked Vanilla Cinnamon Almonds

Smoked Vanilla Cinnamon Almonds Recipe

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There are few things that delight me more in autumn than the smell of spiced roasted nuts. I have yet to meet a roasted nut I did not swoon over, especially when they’re glistening with a buttery cinnamon glaze heady with the mingled aromas of smoke and vanilla. Yesterday massive dark clouds rolled in, making […]

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grilled apricot chicken

Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Apricot Chicken with Goat Cheese Appetizers

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At Plum Deluxe we are always looking for fun and unique new appetizers to brighten up summer events. This grilled apricot chicken recipe with bacon and goat cheese has a lot going on, but all the flavors blend together wonderfully to create a real party for the taste buds. It’s a great addition to any […]

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spinach artichoke dip bites

Spinach Artichoke Dip Bites

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Who doesn’t love spinach artichoke dip? It has been a staple at many restaurants and home gatherings for generations. The combination of the tangy and flavorful vegetables with the mixture of cheeses creates the perfect storm of comfort food that is enjoyed by so many. So we think you’ll go nuts for these spinach artichoke […]

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crab puff recipe

Mini Crab Puff Pastry Recipe for Dinner or Brunch

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There is something about the spring season that always seems to bring on an influx of dinner parties and brunches. I like to think that it has something to do with the weather warming up. We are all just so ready to break out of our winter shells, get out there, and see people. I’m […]

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hot reuben dip recipe

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this Hot Reuben Dip Recipe

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Any excuse to have a get together is a good excuse in my book, and what better reason than to celebrate St. Patrick’s day? What better way than a cheesy, hot Reuben dip? Traditionally, in the States, St. Patrick’s day is celebrated with feasting of traditional Irish food, green beer, and the donning of ridiculous shamrock […]

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chickpea chicken curry bites

Chickpea Chicken Curry Bites on Mini Naan

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This feature was brought to you by Stonefire Authentic Flatbreads. As you may know, here at Plum Deluxe we are sort of addicted to chickpeas – we always try to find ways to sneak them into pretty much every dish possible. (They’re healthy, right?) The latest chickpea recipe I’ve whipped up includes chickpeas as an […]

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Sweet and Savory Bonfire Snacks

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One of the great pleasures of summer is sitting around a campfire roasting marshmallows for s’mores. But you can make the experience even more memorable and tasty by trying out an array of snack hobo ideas for making over a fire. Traditional hobos are simple aluminum foil packets filled with meat, potatoes, and other veggies […]

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Award-Winning Pomegranate and Avocado Salsa to Knock Their Socks Off

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I never thought I’d add “award winning chef” to my resumé, but thanks to my favorite salsa recipe (a combination of avocado, pomegranate, mango, and cilantro), I can legitimately do so. For what greater recognition exists for the home chef than the accolades of the local grocery store — and what greater reward is there […]

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flatbread spreads

2 Easy, Appetite-Pleasing Flatbread Spreads

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This feature was brought to you by Wasa. One of the things I’m always working on when it comes to healthier living is my snacking. I work from home and, being an entrepreneur, work irregular hours — both things I enjoy immensely. But this also means that I eat at really random times. My favorite […]

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gluten free party rice balls

Gluten Free Party Rice Balls

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This feature was brought to you by our sponsor, Minute® Rice. The opinions reflected here are that of the author. There’s something to be said for the satisfaction of enjoying a hot snack, whether that’s a midday treat or welcoming your dinner guests. One of my favorites is arancini — Italian rice balls. They’re full […]

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3 Crispy, Crunchy, and Delicious Gluten-Free Crackers for Your Next Cocktail Bash

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Whether or not you avoid gluten-containing products in your diet, you’ll love this trio of easy-to-make gluten-free snack crackers! If you’re searching for a gluten-free cracker that doesn’t taste like cardboard to serve with your cheese platter, try the Herbed Amaranth Crackers. When you’re craving a salty snack you don’t have to sneak, whip up […]

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Elegant Eggplant Rollups Recipe

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Eggplant is one of those recipes that I’d like to use often, and yet, whenever I decide to prepare it, all I can think of is eggplant Parmesan. How unsatisfying. Just this past weekend I was eating an Egyptian sandwich (to clarify, a sandwich from an Egyptian food cart here in Portland), and noticed inside […]

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Dipping Duo: Two Favorite Appetizers for Your Next Bash

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Appetizers are my favorite party food option. They are easy to make, filling, cheap, and come with many dipper choices. There are dips that are savory and dips that are sweet, dips that are hot and dips that are cold, dips that are healthy and dips that are cheese and grease and butter and all […]

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cinnamon chip muffins

Road Trip Car Snack Recipe: Cinnamon Chip Muffins

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This recipe is the first in a new recipes series coming here to Plum Deluxe, gourmet car snacks. On the road, I really love to have nice, homemade snacks to enjoy when hunger strikes. Baked goods are one of the best things to enjoy when traveling, as a little calorie boost can help for when […]

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Ciders & Sliders: How-To Tips and 4 Fabulous Pairings

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You’ve savored sliders with beer or wine, but what about cider? One of the most popular beverages in Colonial America (it’s why John Appleseed planted all those apple trees), cider is making a comeback with flavor and styles that are better than ever. Best of all, cider is a versatile pairing partner thanks to its […]

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Lunch Is In the Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide to Foraging

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I’m not what you’d call a survivalist; living off the land Bear Grylls-style has never been my thing. I mean, I like grocery stores as much as the next person. However, the idea that there could be delicious, edible, and free eats outside, all around me, without my ever knowing it — well, that’s just […]

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A Pair of Recipes for Deluxe Dinner Party Chicken Wings

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This feature was brought to you by Hidden Valley Ranch. When I prepare for a dinner party, one of the foods that is always in the game plan is a flavorful chicken wing. Chicken wings are quite possibly the perfect party food. Though they’re not always seen as elegant, a properly prepared chicken wing can […]

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Pop to It! Gourmet Popcorn That’s Easy to Make at Home

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The holidays are a great time for cozy nights, beloved movies, and that ultimate comfort food, popcorn. While popping a bag in the microwave may be easy, it only takes a few minutes more to make your own stove-top or air-popped popcorn, and the results are so much more delicious and nutritious. Choose Your Corn […]

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3 Baked Cheese Recipes to Delight Dinner Party Guests

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Ah, cheese — staple of good parties everywhere. If you’re hosting guests, chances are you’re considering putting out some kind of cheese plate. But don’t stop with a simple block of cheddar or wheel of brie! With a few extra motions, you can create a baked cheese that’s sure to impress. Baked cheeses look good, […]

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Better than Potato Chips: How to Skin and Roast Chickpeas

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Recently, when I posted photos on Instagram of my addition to roasted chickpeas, I was flooded with requests to the recipe. I have to admit, when it comes to indulgences, I can crunch my way through a bag of potato chips within one sitting. Not so good. I love roasted chickpeas as a healthier alternative […]

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Slow-Cooked Southwest Shredded Pork Sliders

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We obviously have an obsession with slow-cooked anything – first it was pizza, and now sliders. These slow-cooked southwest shredded pork sliders taste like you’ve slaved away for hours, when really the slow cooker does all the hard work. These are fantastic for dinner parties as you can prep the pork beforehand and then quickly […]

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Beat the Sweet with Savory Roasted Nuts

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These days we can get rather overwhelmed with the amount of sugar found in the vast array of delectable cakes, cookies, and sweets on offer at most parties and events. Thankfully, we can still feel festive and celebratory with treats on the savory side. Home-roasted nuts are a delicious alternative to sugar and fat-laden snacks. […]

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Roasted Pear Bruschetta with Chèvre and Serrano Jamon

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I always think of summer as bruschetta season; there’s no better way to eat fresh tomato than with a little mozzarella, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and basil. It’s freshness personified. In fact, the bruschetta is incredibly flexible, so you can use it to highlight whatever fruit or vegetable is in full season. I’ve been […]

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Fresh this Spring: Pineapple Pomegranate Salsa

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Looking for a quick, simple dish to freshen up your meals this spring?  What if I told you it was healthy and tasted great?  It may sound impossible, but I’ve got just the little treat to get you going. Pineapple Pomegranate Salsa Ingredients: 1/2 Pineapple chopped into bite size pieces (must be fresh, not canned) […]

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