Saucy Spider with Hairy Leg Sticks

So I wanted to make sure you all had a Halloween-y recipe for whatever parties or events you may be having this year. My tia shared this recipe on facebook, and I decided I HAD to make it.

This recipe for how to make the spider comes from Woman’s Day and calls for 2 balls of pizza dough. I decided to make it myself and instead of trying the Sicilian pizza recipe, I got this pizza dough recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking’s 15-Minute Pizza Dough Recipe (No Yeast)

Pizza Dough Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Cups of Flour
  • 3 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 3/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons of Water
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

Pizza Dough Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F
  2. In a mixing bowl-combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Whisk until thoroughly combined and set aside.
  4. Combine the water and oil in a separate jug or cup.
  5. Slowly add the water and oil mixture to the flour mixture, holding back a little in case you don’t need it all.
  6. Using a wooden spoon, or your hands, mix until the dough is combined. It should be soft, but not sticky.
  7. Add a splash more water if you dough is dry.

Saucy Spider Ingredients:

  • 2 Balls of Pizza Dough
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp of Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Large Pitted Black Olive
  • 2 Cups of Marinara Sauce

Spider Directions:

  1. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Make the spider by cutting one ball of dough in half.
  3. Shape one half into a 5-inch ball to make the spider body.
  4. Cut a 1 1/2 inch strip from the remaining half and shape into a 2 1/2 inch ball to make the head.
  5. Cut the remaining dough into 8 strips and roll each strip into a 6 inch rope to make the legs.
  6. Arrange the body, legs, and head on one of the prepared baking sheets to resemble a spider, gently pressing all of the pieces of dough together.
  7. Brush the spider with some of the egg.
  8. Sprinkle the legs 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese.
  9. Place 2 of the olive slices on the top of the head for eyes and 2 on the bottom for pincers.
  10. Bake until golden brown, 25-30 mins. (Cover the legs with foil if they brown too quickly).
  11. Meanwhile, make the spider leg sticks. Cut the remaining ball of dough into into 8 pieces.
  12. Roll each piece into a 3/4 inch thick rope.
  13. Cut each rope into various lengths.
  14. Taper one end of each piece and slightly bend the others to resemble legs.
  15. Place on the second baking sheet, brush with the remaining egg and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese.
  16. Bake until golden brown-15-20 minutes.
  17. Meanwhile, warm marinara sauce.
  18. Using a knife, hollow out the body of the spider and fill with the warm sauce.
  19. Serve with the leg sticks.

The Pizza Dough:

The Spider Before Baking-I Didn’t Have Any Olives:

Spider After Baking:

Spider Body Filled:

Thoughts After Reading:

So the dough was okay, but too salty for me. I don’t think I would make it again. It also only made one ball of dough so I didn’t get any spider legs out of it.

The spider was so cute. I ended up making White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens and filled my spider with it.

It was easy to make too, and I’m going to try and do it for a future party.

Soo good!

For more Halloween recipes, go to Pumpkin French Toast

For more pizza dough recipes, go to Pizza Siciliana

 

Egg and Spinach Hummus Toast

So I was on facebook one day and scrolling through my newsfeed and spotted this recipe from Sabra. It looked delicious so I had to try it.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons of Hummus (I actually use Athenos, I think it is the best hummus)
  • 2 Slices of Sourdough or Your Bread of Choice
  • 1/2 Cup of Fresh Spinach
  • 1 Teaspoon of Chopped Garlic (optional)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Hard boil the eggs however you like. (I prefer to do 12 mins, but it is up to you.)
  2. Toast bread to desired doneness and set aside.
  3. Place spinach in microwave safe bowl and cook in microwave for 30 seconds.
  4. Add optional chopped garlic to spinach and toss.
  5. Spread hummus over toasted bread.
  6. Place spinach on top of hummus.
  7. Peel hardboiled eggs and slice in half.
  8. Place egg halves on the spinach.
  9. Add red pepper flakes if you desire and top with salt & pepper.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was delicious. A wonderful and healthy breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner.

For more egg recipes, go to Hillshire Farm Crustless Quiche

For more hummus recipes, go to Cucumber Hummus Sandwich

For more breakfast dishes, go to Amish Baked Oatmeal

The Tuesday Club Murders

The Tuesday Club Murders AKA The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple #2) by Agatha Christie

So I was debating whether to post this on Sunday, Agatha Christie’s birthday, as it is a short story and I do Short Story Sunday, but the title of my copy is The Tuesday Club Murders. I have to post on Tuesday! Right?

So here we go, the first story will be posted today, while the following will be on Sundays as they usually are.

Plot Synopsis:

So Miss Marple is an elderly woman who has lived in her village St. Mary Mead all her life. But even though she grew up in a small town, she has the observational skills of a hawk.

So one night there is a gathering at Miss Marples home: Miss Marple; Raymond West, Miss Marple’s nephew and a writer; Joyce Lempriére, an artist; Sir Henry Clithering, former commissioner of Scotland Yard; Dr. Pender, the elderly clergyman of the parish; and Mr. Petherick, solicitor.

They are enjoying themselves, when Raymond starts talking about unsolved mysteries.

Joyce decides they should start a club and meet every Tuesday and present a mystery. One they know they answer to: The Tuesday Night Club. 

Or Murder Club!

Sir Henry starts them off:

There are three people who sit down to a dinner of tinned lobster. Later that night all fall ill, two recovered and one died.

Mr. Jones was a traveller and a good looking man of fifty. He is married to Mrs. Jones who was average looking and forty-five. Mrs. Jones’ companion is Miss Clark, a sixty year-old stout woman.

Now no one would have thought anything of this except that shortly before the incident, Mr. Jones stayed at a hotel and wrote some mail. One of the maids had been reading tons of mystery novels and decided to go over the blotting paper and see what was written and finds part of a note:

Entirely dependent on my wife…when she is dead I will…hundreds and thousands…

That started the wheel, and they then discovered that he was very friendly with the doctor’s daughter.

Hmm…

They did an autopsy and then discovered she died of arsenic poisoning.

So they started digging-Mr. Jones was a ladies’ man, who’s wife had the money, but he only inherited $8000-not hudreds and thousands.

Dinner that night had been tinned lobster, salad, trifle, bread, and cheese. Nothing of the dinner remained so there was nothing for them to test.

They questioned the young maid, Gladys Linch, who was terribly upset-but had no helpful information.

All three ate the same food, and it couldn’t be Mr. Jones who did the poisoning as he came right when the food was being served.

Miss Clark was looked at but there was no motive-she wasn’t having an affair with Mr. Jones, and with Miss Jones dead she had to find a new job-not easy for a woman of her age.

Mrs. Jones did ask her husband to make her some corn-flour after dinner. However, she didn’t eat it. She didn’t care for it, and her companion was banting (dieting), and starving and ate it.

All guess and are wrong, except for Miss Marple. Who did it and how did she figure it out?

(I will post the end upside down on the bottom for those interested.)

Thoughts After Reading:

I loved this! Although there was no hope of me ever getting it as I’m an American. I only got it this time because I discussed this item and them with my British boss. I know I’ve read this story a hundreds and thousands of times and I just finally get it!

For more Miss Marple, go to The Murder at the Vicarage

For more Agatha Christie, go to The Secret Adversary

For more short stories, go to The Man with the Twisted Lip

For more poisonings, go to A Much Expected Murder

And in other news happy 10 years to:

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Waffle Maker Grilled Cheese

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I have a waffle maker and was interested in what else I can make in the waffle maker. I’m not sure where I found this, but I thought why not try it out?

Ingredients:

  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Cheese

Directions:

  1. Turn your waffle maker on.
  2. Butter one side of the bread.
  3. When waffle maker is ready, place a slice of bread, butter face down.
  4. Add cheese and top with bread, butter side up.
  5. Put top of waffle maker down.
  6. Let cheese melt then remove sandwich and eat.

Thoughts After Reading:

Yummy, easy, and a much faster clean up.

For more Grilled Cheese sandwiches, go to Garlic, Tomato, Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich

For more sandwiches, go to Cucumber Hummus Sandwich

For what else you cando with a waffle maker, go to Waffle Quesadilla

Slow-Cooker Bread

This comes from my sister blog, JaneAustenRunsMyLife.wordpress.com

I love bread. I could eat it, non-stop.

So you probably saw this pic on facebook/instagram, about me making bread. Usually bread takes quite a bit of time, but my friend shared this post on pinterest with me about making bread in your crock-pot!

Huh?

It was delicious and easy, so I felt I should share. It originally comes from delish.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 Envelope of Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp of Sugar
  • 1.5 Cups of Lukewarm Water
  • 3.5 Cups of Flour
  • 2 Tbsp of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp of Salt

Directions:

  1. Line a crock-pot with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine yeast and sugar.
  3. Add water and stir until combined.
  4. Add flour, olive oil, and salt; stir until combined and a shaggy dough begins to form.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough until it becomes smooth and soft, about 5 mins.
  6. Roll dough into a ball, then place in a slow cooker.
  7. Cook on high until golden brown and cooked through, about 2 hrs.
  8. Carefully remove bread from slow cooker.
  9. To crisp up the crust, transfer bread to a baking sheet and broil until golden, 2-3 mins.
  10. Let cool for 20 mins and serve warm or at room temp.

So delicious!!!!

For more pinterest recipes, go to Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

For more bread recipes, go to Caraway Rye Bread

For more slow cooker recipes, go to Crock-Pot Potato & Kielbasa Chowder

Basic Chicken Salad

This recipe comes from the Betty Crocker website. It is just a basic Chicken Salad recipe, not anything fancy with nuts or grapes or such. Just something quick and easy.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups of Cooked Chicken (I like using the rotisserie chicken)
  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Celery
  • 1/3 Cup of Chopped Onion
  • 1/2 Cup of Mayonnaise
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Bread

Directions:

  1. Toast bread.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Spread the chicken salad on the toasted bread.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was absolutely delicious. You should make it!

For more Betty Crocker recipes, go to Flag Cake

For more salad recipes, go to Spinach Pasta Salad

For more recipes, go to London Fog Smoothie

 

Cottage Cheese Toast

Every time I make a recipe with cottage cheese, I always have a ton left over and am looking for something to do with it after. I found this recipe online, what site? I don’t remember.

Well here we go, a fast and easy (healthy) recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Cottage Cheese
  • Bread (Any but I like Sourdough)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Toast the bread.
  2. Cover toast with cottage cheese.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was delicious and a great snack or breakfast.

For more toast, go to Twin Sun Toast

For more low calorie recipes, go to Cucumber Hummus Sandwich

For more recipes, go to Sugar Puffs

Cucumber Hummus Sandwich

Thoughts Before Cooking:

Here is a healthy, low-calorie sandwich that is tasty and easy to make. I used to eat this al the time when I was at University. I hope you all enjoy it.

Ingredients:

  • Cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • Hummus
  • Bread (I use Whole Grain)

Directions:

  1. Toast bread.
  2. Slice the cucumber.
  3. When bread is toasted, spread each slice with hummus.
  4. Lay cucumber on bread, and place a bread slice on top of the other.
  5. Enjoy!

Thoughts After Reading:

You can add as much or as little cucumber as you like-and make the slices as thick or thin as you prefer. Either way it is delicious!

For more sandwich recipes, go to Garlic, Tomato, Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich

For more low-calorie dishes, go to Two-Cheese Roasted-Veggie Pasta

For more vegetarian meals, go to Eggplant Tomato Bites

For more recipes, go to Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach

Garlic, Tomato, Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Thoughts Before Cooking:

Who loves grilled cheese sandwiches?

Of course you do, everyone does! It is one of the ultimate comfort foods.

Well this is a little twist on the classic sandwich. I came up with this after making Eggplant Tomato Bites

Ingredients:

  • Bread
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, Halved
  • Cheese of Choice (I did Gouda)
  • Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup of Fresh Basil
  • Butter

Directions:

  1. Place a tablespoon of butter in frying pan and melt.
  2. Brush the bread with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill bread until lightly browned, one to two minutes, remove, and rub with garlic.
  4. Grill tomatoes, turning occasionally, until tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  5. Place the mozzarella, tomato, and basil leaves on a slice of bread, cover with another slice of bread and grill until it is warm and cheese is beginning to melt.

Thoughts After Reading:

I thought it was absolutely delicious.

It was soo good, we forgot to take pics!

For more sandwich recipes, go to Chicken Cashew Wrap

For more basil recipes, go to Green Goddess Salad Dressing

For more recipes, go to Fries Quatro Queso Dos Fritos

Crostini

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So I have been wanting to make this tortellini soup recipe for quite some time now. I actually have two pinned on pinterest, and chose one of them.

I picked one and then went to pick up all the ingredients, not realizing that the recipe also included the side dish crostini. But since I had everything, I made them too. This recipe comes from The Yellow Bliss Road blog.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Baguette
  • Butter
  • Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Slice baguette into 1/2 inch thick slices.
  2. Butter one side and place butter side down in a hot skillet until golden brown.
  3. Flip bread slices over and sprinkle with Parmesan while the other side gets golden brown.
  4. Transfer to a plate and immediately cover loosely with foil if cheese has not completely melted.

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Spinach Pasta Salad

For more bread recipes, go to Caraway Rye Bread

For more recipes, go to Triple Green Protein Smoothie

Eggplant Tomato Bites

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I’ve never been a big eggplant fan-but when I saw the picture in the Real Simple magazine. I decided to try it, and hoped it would turn out right.

Ingredients:

  • Safflower Oil, for the Grill
  • 4 Large Slices of Country Bread, 1 inch thick
  • 1 Large Eggplant, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, Halved
  • 12 Ounces Smoked Mozzarella (They didn’t have it so I used Low-Skim)
  • 2 Large Tomatoes, Sliced
  • 1 Cup of Fresh Basil

Directions:

  1. Heat grill to medium. Once it’s hot, clean the grill grate with a wire brush.
  2. Oil the grill grate with the Safflower Oil.
  3. Brush the bread and eggplant with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Grill bread until brown and crisp, one to two minutes, and rub with garlic.
  5. Slice in half crosswise, and put aside.
  6. Grill eggplants, turning occasionally, until tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  7. Place the mozzarella on the bread and grill, covered, just until it is warm and beginning to melt.
  8. Top with the eggplant, the tomato, and then basil.
  9. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve with a salad. (I recommend the caesar.)

Thoughts After Cooking:

I LOVED IT!

I thought it was so good and couldn’t stop eating it.

You should try it out!

For more Real Simple recipes, go to Orecchiette with Red Onions, Almonds, and Green Bell Pepper

For more grill recipes, go to Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups

For more eggplant dishes, go to Ratatouille

For more Vegetarian recipes, go to Crazy Cantina Chili

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StarWars

As Tuesday’s book review was on a fantasy/science-fiction book, I thought that the perfect recipe to pair it would be one from The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookie Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes by Robin Davis.

This is similar to the Joanne Fluke recipe, Hole in One, but doubles it! Is it doubly delicious? Or a double fail?

Ingredients:

  • 1 Wide Slice of Sourdough Bread (at least 7 inches wide)
  • 1 Teaspoon of Butter
  • 2 Small Eggs
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions:

  1. Put the bread slice on a cutting board.
  2. Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out two holes side by side, but leaving bread between and around the holes.
  3. Put a skillet on the stove and switch on the medium heat.
  4. Put the butter in the skillet.
  5. As butter melts, spread it evenly around the bottom of the pan.
  6. Place the bread slice in the pan and break an egg into each hole.
  7. Add salt and pepper.
  8. Fry until the clear parts of the egg turn white, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  9. Slip a spatula under the bread and flip it over quickly and carefully enough to not let the eggs slide out of the holes.
  10. Cook for one minute more.
  11. Slide toast on a plate and a plate and enjoy.

Thoughts After Reading:

So this did not work out at all like the image in the cookbook. The bread kept ripping and egg went everywhere.

But I did not see that they needed to be small eggs, I just used the regular large ones.

So I will try to make this again and make sure I use small ones. But otherwise it was a delicious way to start the morning.

For more recipes from theThe Star Wars Cookbook: Wookie Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes, go to Wookie Cookies.

For more breakfast recipes, go to Herbed Eggs with Sour Cream

For more recipes, go to Vanilla Crackle

Ham and Cheese Monte Cristos

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

I received this book as a Christmas present one year and was astounded at all the things you could make with Kellogg’s products.

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I had heard of Monte Cristos before, but they always had jelly and cheese which sounds really gross to me.

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This was jelly free so I thought I would test it out and see.

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Ingredients:

  • 5 Cups of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies
  • 3 Large Egg Whites
  • 3/4 Cup of Fat-Free Milk
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt, or to Taste
  • 12 Slices of Day Old White or Wheat Bread
  • Approximately 1/4 Cup of Dijon Mustard, or to Taste
  • 6 Medium Thick Slices of Smoked Ham
  • 6 Medium Thick Slices of Swiss, American, or Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon of Butter (Melted) or Olive Oil
  • Butter or Nonstick Cooking Spray

Directions:

  1. Place the Rice Krispies in a resealable bag. Seal the bag, and using a rolling pin, lightly crush the cereal to make a medium crumb.
  2. Open the bag and measure the crumbs, there should be 2 cups. Transfer the crumbs to a shallow bowl and set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray or butter. Set aside.
  5. Place the egg whites, milk, and salt in a shallow bowl. Using a whisk, beat until foamy.
  6. Place the six slices of bread on a flat surface. Using a spatula, coat the bread with mustard-as thin or as thick as you like.
  7. Place a piece of ham and then a slice of cheese on top of each piece. Top with remaining slice of bread.
  8. Working with one at a time, dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture, turning to coat both sides. Quickly press each side into the crumbs, pressing down to insure that the crumbs adhere to the bread.
  9. Place the coated sandwiches in the prepared baking pan. When all the sandwiches are in the pan, give a light drizzle of melted butter, or olive oil, to each one.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven, without turning for about 15 mins, or until crisp and golden brown.
  11. Remove from the oven and serve with additional mustard if desired.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I loved it.

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It was just delicious!

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For more Rice Krispies recipes, go to Rice Krispies Peanut Butter Banana

For more recipes, go to C is for Chocolate Oat Crackles

Arugula-Walnut Pesto

 

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

So I found this in a Good Housekeeping magazine, I can’t remember what issue. You all know how much I love Pesto:

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So I thought I would try a new recipe. I’ve never had arugula, so we will see how it turns out.

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Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Cups of Arugula
  • 1/3 Cup of Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup of Toasted Walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp of Lemon Juice

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in blender or food processor.

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Thoughts After Reading:

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I tried it on bread and pasta, it just was not that good.

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It just felt like it was missing something. I would not make this again.

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For more Pesto recipes, go to Pesto Parmesan Popcorn

For more recipe reviews, go to Happy Trail Mix

Caesar Salad

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

So this recipe comes from my sister blog theCatWhoWroteaBlog.wordpress.comI was going to a work function and had to bring an item. Originally I was going to make something different, but then I found myself running out of time and needed something delicious, easy to make, and fast. I choose this salad.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons of Butter or Margarine
  • 2 Slices of Bread, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 Small Clove of Garlic, minced
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons of Salad Oil
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
  • 5 Cups of Romaine Lettuce, torn into pieces, washed and dried
  • 1/4 cup of Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat butter or margarine in skillet. Add bread cubes and minced garlic.
  2. Fry until bread is crisp and golden. Remove from pan and put away for later use.
  3. Rub salad bowl with cut garlic; then add salad oil, a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice.
  4. Mix ingredients.
  5. Then add lettuce and toss gently.
  6. Sprinkle with croutons, Parmesan cheese, and pepper. Serves 4-6.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I thought this was the best Caesar salad I have ever tasted.

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It was just the perfect blend of everything. I could eat this again and again.

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For more Cat Who Cookbook recipes, go to Crasins Scones

For more salad recipes, go to Simple Pasta Salad

For more recipes, go to Pesto Parmesan Popcorn