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Overhead view of a pitcher of pumpkin spice creamer, a pumpkin, teacup and saucer with infuser, and a bag of loose leaf tea on a wooden table.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer Recipe

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It wouldn’t be fall without pumpkins. They’ve become synonymous with this time of year, when the leaves turn to rich bright colors and crackle underfoot. Perhaps your favorite part of fall is the abundance of pumpkin spice treats. Plum Deluxe has some wonderful fall tea flavors, such as Pumpkin Spice, Apple Cinnamon Warmth, Full Moon […]

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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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A split sweet potato scone is slathered in butter and served with a cup of tea.

Sweet Potato Scones Recipe

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As spring inches its way towards summer, heading outdoors for afternoon tea is becoming a sheer pleasure, especially when it includes the following Sweet Potato Scones recipe. The color of these beauties is spectacular. Unlike most scones, which need a bit of extra time in the oven to achieve a golden top, these have that […]

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Strawberry Blueberry Salad Recipe with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

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April means that spring is in full swing. Birds are flitting about, early spring blooms are pushing their way out from the newly defrosted ground. We are all getting excited for warmer weather, fun spring activities, and of course all the amazing flavors of spring — like the ones found in this strawberry blueberry salad […]

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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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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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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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Slow Cooker Bouef Bourgignon

Slow Cooker Bouef Bourgignon with Honey Thyme Cornbread

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Slow cooker bouef bourgignon has got to be one of the best comfort food meals around, and when you pair it with a thick slab of honey thyme cornbread slathered in homemade honey butter, it’s time to let the swooning commence. Slow cooked foods are such a delight to make, especially when meat is involved; the […]

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Easy Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread

Easy Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread

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Easy chocolate chip cinnamon bread is sheer pleasure on a lazy Saturday morning. Toasted until light brown, slathered in unsalted butter, and eaten with a hot cup of tea, it is one of life’s great pleasures. Such bread is meant to be savored and lingered over, taking the time to inhale the mingled scents of […]

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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 Dinner Rolls

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Dinner rolls tend to be a staple at dinner parties year round, which means that they are pretty easy to get tired of, especially if you are making the same recipe over and over again. That’s why we love this super easy sweet potato dinner roll recipe. It’s a fun way to add some new […]

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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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Maple Pecan Buckwheat Tea Loaf

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This afternoon, as cool winds blew through our farm, I baked a comforting gluten-free Maple Pecan Buckwheat Tea Loaf. Light yet substantial and oh-so-fragrant, it is a delicious thing to make and serve for afternoon tea. My husband and I settled in with thick, warm slices slathered with butter and felt the stress of the […]

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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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Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce Recipe

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce Recipe

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This is a special recipe that goes out to all the squash haters out there. That’s because we have the recipe that will change your tune: creamy butternut squash pasta sauce. This creamy and decadent butternut squash sauce is a complete show stopper. It has an amazing sweet and salty flavor and the creaminess of […]

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wild rice lentil salad recipe

Warming Winter Wild Rice and Lentil Salad

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What is a winter salad, you ask? That’s a very good question and, truth be told, we aren’t really sure ourselves — but we’re going with it because it sounds like fun. Yes, I just described a salad as fun. With Thanksgiving and Christmas and all of the holiday get-togethers, we are pretty much surrounded […]

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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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Mixed Summer Berry Tea Jelly Recipe

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Summertime is berry season, and throughout these warmer months a multitude of different berries become ready for harvest in a seemingly unending succession of sweetness. Preserving these berries at the height of their flavor and freshness becomes of the utmost importance, since once the weather starts to cool down there will be no more berries […]

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whipped honey butter recipe

Whip It, Spread It, Love It: Whipped Honey Butter Recipe for Pure Bliss

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Whipped honey butter has been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. I loved smearing great dollops of it on biscuits still hot from the oven — pure bliss on a cold winter’s day. It’s such a simple thing to make, taking only a minute or three to prepare, with ingredients that […]

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honey bread recipe

Simple and Sweet Honey Bread Recipe

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I’m a big believer in making good food as easy as possible. Sometimes it’s lovely to spend hours making bread yourself from start to finish, but most days our time is taken up by jobs, families, and a few precious moments to catch our breath. It doesn’t mean you need to forego the smell and […]

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Crispy Almond Crusted Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

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So, guys, I have a food addiction. Specifically, an addiction to almonds. I want to eat all. the. almonds. Salty, spicy, sweet, savory — give me all the almonds! (It’s even in my tea.) It’s gotten to the point where I’ve been wondering if I have some sort of dietary deficiency because I’m craving them so much. And […]

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Break Bread, Make Marinara: The Little Black Dress of Recipes

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Spicy marinara sauce is a lovely thing to have on hand for last-minute, stress-free entertaining during the holidays. Delicious hot or cold, it can quickly be turned into a light snack or hearty meal. Breaking Tradition While marinara sauce is traditionally a topping for pasta, it works equally well as a dip or spread. Serve […]

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Savory Cheese Scone Recipe: Parmesean Wheat w/Tomato Goat Cheese Spread

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Afternoon tea is often marked by cakes, jams, tarts, and sugared cream, but some days a savory tea is just the thing to warm up an afternoon. A savory cheese scone recipe can play a starring role with their flaky, buttery insides that are an excellent base for sumptuous cheesy spreads. Hold the Cream, Pass […]

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Drink Your Greens: Double Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

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Green smoothies are having something of a moment. There’s a reason why these brightly hued drinks have been dominating your social media feeds: they’re an easy way to increase your intake of green vegetables (and the corresponding nutrients that come with them). Smoothies are easy breakfasts for those of us on the go, and by […]

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Summer Sweet Tea Rib Rub for Grilling Goodness

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When it’s too hot to use the oven, we here at Plum Deluxe like to get our grill on. And what better way to spend a summer evening than enjoying some barbecue? We recently took a pile of pork ribs into our outdoor test kitchen — I mean, back porch — along with our Summer […]

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Citrus Carrot Jam Recipe with Ginger & Cardamom

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Previously here at Plum Deluxe, we’ve covered jams extensively. No, not the musical kind — though we’ll get to that in a second. Fresh berry jam? Check. Veggie jam? Got it. While strawberry is a summer jam staple, I’ve found a new love momentary fascination: carrot jam. What I like in particular, besides all those […]

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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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Chopped Challenge: Twice Baked Party Potatoes

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This feature was brought to you by Sargento Cheese and the Chopped at Home Challenge. One of our favorite household foodie shows is Chopped, on the Food Network. If you aren’t familiar with it, basically a bevy of chefs — from celebrities to stay-at-home moms — compete for a prize by cooking through three challenges. […]

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Palate Pleaser: How to Make Your Own DIY Focaccia Bread

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Flatbreads have become so popular. They are crispy, delicious appetizers in restaurants, great finger food with wine at home, and can be used for sandwich makings and croutons or a nice lunch with soup. There are lots of crusty edges. It is an excellent use of seasonal produce, yet can be fantastic with just some […]

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Perfect Bread for Soup: Crusty Olive Rosemary Loaf

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In the midst of winter, few things are as nourishing and comforting as homemade soup and warm, crusty bread — especially when that bread is fresh out of the oven, still warm, and slathered in butter. Homemade bread can seem a little daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. This Crusty Olive Rosemary loaf is […]

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minty chocolate chip cheesecake recipe

Yummy Minty Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Recipe

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Few flavors pair so beautifully together than mint and chocolate. There’s hot chocolate with mint tea. Or a chocolate mint cocktail. And need I mention mint chocolate ice cream?! Your dinner party guests will be thankful for your hospitality when they see this beautiful mint chocolate cheesecake recipe come out of your kitchen at the […]

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Superb Side Dish: Parmesan Peas, Please!

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While your focus at any meal should be on attention-getting main dishes, upgrading your sides can make a big impression on guests and friends. And here at Plum Deluxe, we love to give our veggies the gourmet treatment. This easy side is one magical way to get any picky eater in your family to eat […]

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Cooking Calm: Transform Your Tastebuds with Lavender

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from The Lavender Lover’s Handbook by Sarah Berringer Bader On a warm, sunny day, it doesn’t get much better than brushing up against a lavender plant and inhaling the intoxicating aroma. You can experience this just about anywhere in your landscape. From pathways to rock gardens, lavender makes a wonderful focal point, and it is […]

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Cooking With a Coffee Kick

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Joe, java, jitter juice, nectar of the gods, lifeblood — whatever you call it, we like our coffee. In the morning, it makes daylight bearable. On the road or on deadline, it keeps things moving. And it’s not just for drinking. Coffee has long been a popular flavor enhancer in both sweet (think tiramisu) and […]

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How to Make Turkish Twice-Fried Taters

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One of the incredible things about Turkey that my wife and I discovered when we traveled there in September of 2013 was the taters. In other words, the potatoes. As both of us have Irish in our blood, discovering great taters was something of a divine encounter for us. We never thought that we would […]

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Recipe: Hawaiian Savory Stuffing (Not Just for Thanksgiving!)

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Here at Plum Deluxe, we are always thinking about the next dinner party, and party planning always starts with food! One dish I could never get my head around why it isn’t enjoyed more often is stuffing. With such a delicious combination of fruits and veggies and meats and bread, all whipped and baked into […]

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Even MORE Lemon Recipes

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A few weeks ago, Amanda shared with us a most excellent lemon recipe roundup. We know you liked it – we saw the photos on Facebook – and so did our friends at Limoneria, who sent us a whole box of lemons of various shapes and kinds, with a kind note and a challenge to […]

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From Simple to Splendid: 5 Things You Can Do With Frozen Bread Dough

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Frozen bread dough is a wonderfully versatile staple to have tucked away in the freezer for parties, casual get togethers, or a simple night in with a few close friends. Once the dough is thawed it can be kneaded, twisted, folded, and shaped into myriad tasty morsels to serve as appetizers with a glass of […]

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Get Pine Nutty: 5 Ways to Go Beyond Pesto

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Pine nuts are one of my favorite things to use in cooking, but most people only know how to work with pine nuts when they’re in pesto. This is a crime against cooking, in my eyes, and I would like to fix this situation by giving you a few new recipes that you can work […]

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Tasty Tapenade: 3 Ways to Flavor Your Next Party

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Tapenade is a delicious — and easy — way to add a burst of flavor to all sorts of familiar foods. Essentially a flavor-packed paste of olives, capers, and anchovies with a drizzle of olive oil and splash of lemon juice, traditional tapenade is super easy to make. Just dump all the ingredients in a […]

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Perk Up Your Pucker with Hungarian Sauerkraut and Other Sour Superfoods

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They may make your lips pucker, but sour SUPERfoods are a brilliant way to benefit digestion, increase absorption of minerals, and help the body resist disease. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi are chock full of vitamins and probiotics, and pickled foods made with vinegar are effective at controlling blood sugar levels and increasing […]

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The Perfect Recipe: Two by Two Pesto

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I love pesto — all kinds of pesto. I mean, what’s a better than grabbing a few sprigs of basil from your garden? The mere thought of pesto sends this cook’s mind spinning with possibilities. Pesto should be able to complement whatever you’re making, but should also be able to stand on its own. That […]

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Flavored Butters: Impress Your Guests with this Easy Upgrade

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This 4th of July when all your friends and family are at your place for a backyard cookout, serve up a spectacular spread with the help of flavored butters. Also known as compound butters, flavored butters are the easy way to make everything that comes off your grill as appetizing and delicious as the food […]

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Homemade Pasta: Is It Really Worth It?

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I‘m a single mom, working three jobs, and trying to keep my child healthy by serving the best possible food, and swearing by traditional methods. On the other hand, there are really only 24 hours in a day, and sometimes it’s not that easy to whip up homemade pappardelle on a school night. I swear […]

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Presto Pesto: Five Pestos to Make, Buy, or Share

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When you think of pesto, what comes to mind? I’m going to bet it’s something green, and includes some basil. Also, it’s probably Mediterranean in flavor, right? Well, allow me to open your mind a little bit. Pesto is a delicious condiment with so many possibilities! What is Pesto? According to Wikipedia, pesto comes from, […]

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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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