Friday, October 30, 2009

Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms Cookbook Review and Giveaway


I am honored to announce that my very first give-away is the cookbook Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms by Jane Doiron.

Let me start by saying that Jane and I are friends. Our husbands have worked together at the same company for several years. She asked me back in April of 2009, if I would help to market her new cookbook. I am so glad that she did. I have learned so much from Jane. She is a full time elementary school teacher and the author of this amazing cookbook. She is an inspiration to me!

So, you may be thinking, well how honest will she be if she actually helped to market this cookbook? Well, let me just tell you that Jane’s cookbook has honestly changed the way that I cook!

Make-ahead meals can be frozen ahead, assembled ahead, or cooked ahead and reheated! The recipes in this book are a combination of all three. From Jane’s cookbook, I have tried many recipes, including the teriyaki chicken and the marinated steak. I opt to grille often, as it is a healthy way to cook, and these are flavorful, healthy recipes that I make again and again.

My sons are fussy eaters that usually stick to pizza, pasta and chicken nuggets. I was thrilled when they both gobbled up their tacos. The seasonings deliver an authentic Mexican flavor. I don’t buy the pre-packaged seasonings anymore- these don’t compare to the flavor of Jane’s taco recipe.

Helpful Tips

Jane suggests buying sale items in bulk in the helpful tips section of Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms. I now buy meats in bulk, when on sale and double the recipes. I freeze extra meals (like these marinated meats) so that I have them on-hand, ready for the grille when we are. I also buy the 93% lean hamburger meat in the big “log” (it really is cheaper than the pre-made patties). I make patties, placing waxed paper in between each patty and freeze them for future meals. This section of the cookbook has many more helpful tips for making meals ahead - like using the Reynold's Vacuum Sealer for sealing meals. I bought one and use it all the time now. It makes a noticable difference, keeping frozen meals looking and tasting great.

Review

I made the Italian Restaurant Chicken recipe shown on the cover of Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms. While it may look intimidating and difficult to make, I was surprised how easy it really was.

The recipe calls for a few simple ingredients. Jane recommends using Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for this recipe and conveniently provides instructions for making a portion of the recipe a day ahead.

First, I browned the seasoned chicken tenders and then transferred the chicken to a large sheet pan and cooked at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, I cooked the farfalle pasta as directed.

In the same skillet, I cooked the garlic and tomatoes for about one minute. I added the flour, wine and spinach according to the directions. Once the spinach was wilted, I warmed the light cream in the microwave and added it to the skillet. Next, I added the cheese and mixed well. I took the chicken out of the oven and added it to the skillet- so easy! From start to finish, I made the recipe in under 45 minutes. Note-it would have taken even less time, if I made a portion of the recipe the day before!

I was visiting my sister and her family that evening so I packed up this meal and brought it over for dinner. I typically don’t make recipes that are this rich - and I had a hunch this was going to be quite a treat. The Italian restaurant chicken was served over the farfalle pasta. It was no surprise to me that my sister, her husband and I all thought the meal was delicious. The cream sauce was divine! I happen to love spinach and the sun-dried tomatoes really gave the meal a gourmet flavor. We really enjoyed this meal that lives up to its Italian "Restaurant" Chicken name.

These pictures show the process of making Italian Restaurant Chicken:



Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms contains recipes for every meal of the day. You will find appetizers, brunch, desserts, sides and soups, in addition to main dishes.

More than just a cookbook, Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms gives moms a new approach to cooking that will save time, money and the stress about what to have for dinner night after night. You will forget about take-out, which does not compare to Jane’s healthy, home-cooked, make-ahead meals. With the variety of 140 recipes, there is truly something for everyone’s taste in this make-ahead cookbook and I know it will change the way you cook too!

Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Moms is available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.

The Contest Rules

Just one E-A-S-Y requirement for 3 entries!!
1. Go to the table of contents page at Jane's website and find one meal that your family would love. Write the recipe name in your comment. Please comment 3 times. (3 entries)

Bonus entries!!
2. Sign up for Jane's newsletter (1 entry)
3. Follow Jane's blog (1 entry)
4. Grab Jane's button and add it to your blog (give me a link in your comment telling me where it is). (3 entries)
5. Follow my blog (1 entry)
6. Grab my button and add it to your blog (give me a link in your comment telling
me where it is). (3 entries)
7. Follow me on Twitter (1 entry)
8. Follow me on Facebook Networked Blogs (on the lower sidebar) (1 entry)
9. Post on your blog about the giveaway and comment with the link to your blog (3 entries)
10. Tweet the following: -"Enter to win the Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms Cookbook" http://kristimaloneyblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/blog-post.html- may be done once daily - 1 entry (leave direct url to tweet)

PLEASE LEAVE YOUR EMAIL IN YOUR COMMENT SO I CAN REACH YOU IF YOU WIN!

Giveaway will end on Tuesday, December 1. I will be using random.org to pick the winner and will post the name by noon on Dec. 1. The winner will have 48 hours to get back to me otherwise a new winner will be chosen. U.S. & Canadian entrants only. Many thanks to Jane Doiron for this review and giveaway opportunity and Good luck!!!


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Eve said...

I want the crabmelts. I think my family would enjoy that too. sounds great!
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Eve said...

I want the crabmelts. I think my family would enjoy that too. sounds great!
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Eve said...

I want the crabmelts. I think my family would enjoy that too. sounds great!
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Kristie said...

I would love to try the Chicken Enchiladas!

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Kristie said...

I would love to try the Chicken Enchiladas!

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#2

Kristie said...

I would love to try the Chicken Enchiladas!

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#3

Joleen Ruffin (Sayazu) said...

The broiled honey mustard salmon sounds like something my family would love - jojoruffin@yahoo.com (Sayazu)

Joleen Ruffin (Sayazu) said...

The freezable Lemon Bars sound good too.

Joleen Ruffin (Sayazu) said...

And I always like to try new macaroni and cheese recipes!

Malinda said...

Chicken Cordon Bleu... yum.
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Malinda said...

Chicken Cordon Bleu... yum.
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Malinda said...

Chicken Cordon Bleu... yum.
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Malinda said...

Signed up for Jane's newsletter

Malinda said...

Follow Jane's blog

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Eve said...

Sign up for Jane's newsletter

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Tbird said...

As I just recently bought a slow cooker/crockpot , I would like to try the recipe for Meatballs and Gravy in the Crock Pot

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Tbird said...

As I just recently bought a slow cooker/crockpot , I would like to try the recipe for Meatballs and Gravy in the Crock Pot

Tbird said...

As I just recently bought a slow cooker/crockpot , I would like to try the recipe for Meatballs and Gravy in the Crock Pot

Tbird said...

I am following your blog

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Eve said...

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Donna L said...

Banana Bread, I love trying different recipes for banana bread

BusyJulie said...

#1 - I would love to try Marinated Steak!

BusyJulie said...

#2 - I would love to try Marinated Steak!

BusyJulie said...

#3 - I would love to try Marinated Steak!

BusyJulie said...

Following you on Twitter!

BusyJulie said...

Tweeted! http://twitter.com/BusyJulie/status/5416817725

theladya said...

1. I'd love to make the Chicken Enchiladas! abailey_crace@yahoo.com

theladya said...

2. I'd love to make the Chicken Enchiladas! abailey_crace@yahoo.com

theladya said...

3. I'd love to make the Chicken Enchiladas! abailey_crace@yahoo.com

Amanda said...

I'd love to try the BBQ pepper jack chicken. #1

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Amanda said...

I'd love to try the BBQ pepper jack chicken. #2

corley@wildblue.net

Amanda said...

I'd love to try the BBQ pepper jack chicken. #3

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Amanda said...

I signed up for Jane's newsletter.

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BarkerMama said...

Make ahead coffee cake would be perfect for Sunday mornings to take to church! barkermama@gmail.com #1

BarkerMama said...

Make ahead coffee cake would be perfect for Sunday mornings to take to church! barkermama@gmail.com #2

Amanda said...

I follow Jane's blog.

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BarkerMama said...

Make ahead coffee cake would be perfect for Sunday mornings to take to church! barkermama@gmail.com #3

Amanda said...

I follow Moms Own Words.

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BarkerMama said...

Signed up for Jane's newsletter!barkermama@gmail.com

Amanda said...

I follow on twitter as frugalmomto4.

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Amanda said...

I tweeted. http://twitter.com/frugalmomto4/status/5422044578

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Amanda said...

I follow on Networked Blogs. (Amanda Corley)

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intensev5 said...

I would really love to try the Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells for my family -- thanks for the great giveaway:)

intensev5 said...

comment #2

intensev5 said...

comment #3

wwrk said...

We love the Chicken Cannelloni.

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Paulina said...

Zucchini Squares

Paulina said...

Pound Cakes

Paulina said...

Blueberry Squares

Eve said...

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etirv said...

I would like to try the chicken stroganoff!

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etirv said...

Google friend connect follower!

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etirv said...

I follow Jane's blog!

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etirv said...

I subscribe to Jane's newsletter!

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Charlene Vidal said...

I would like to try Meatballs and Gravy in the Crock Pot

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Charlene Vidal said...

I subscribed to Jane's Newletter

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Charlene Vidal said...

I am following you on Twitter

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Wendi P said...

I think that we would like to try the Chicken Marsala with a Twist.

BusyMom said...

Baked Chicken Chimichangas

#1

BusyMom said...

Baked Chicken Chimichangas

#2

BusyMom said...

Baked Chicken Chimichangas

#3

BusyMom said...

Follow you on Twitter.

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Tbird said...

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Sondra said...

I have always wanted to make Italian Wedding Soup.

Sondra said...

I have always wanted to make Italian Wedding Soup.

Sondra said...

I have always wanted to make Italian Wedding Soup.

Eve said...

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Wendi P said...

I follow on Twitter (WendiP)

Wendi P said...

Tweet:

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Food According To Karen said...

We love soup in our household. I'd love to try the Chicken and Spinach Tortellini Soup.

Food According To Karen said...

We love soup in our household. I'd love to try the Chicken and Spinach Tortellini Soup.

Food According To Karen said...

We love soup in our household. I'd love to try the Chicken and Spinach Tortellini Soup.

Food According To Karen said...

I receive Jane's newsletter.

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Food According To Karen said...

I follow Jane's blog.

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Food According To Karen said...

I follow the Mom's Own Words blog.

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Food According To Karen said...

I follow on Twitter.

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Food According To Karen said...

I'm a facebook fan.

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Tbird said...

Tweeted. http://twitter.com/amt946/status/5654631785

Tbird said...

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pippirose said...

The Chicken Cannelloni looks scrumptious!

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pippirose said...

#2 The Chicken Cannelloni looks scrumptious!

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pippirose said...

#3 The Chicken Cannelloni looks scrumptious!

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pippirose said...

I'm already signed up for Jane's newsletter.

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pippirose said...

I follow Jane's blog.

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pippirose said...

I follow your blog.

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pippirose said...

I follow you on Twitter.
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pippirose said...

I follow you on Facebook Networked blogs (under my name, Piroska).
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Tbird said...

Tweeted. (amt946)
http://twitter.com/amt946/status/5751566120

Oh My Baby said...

Meatballs and Gravy in the crockpot #1

Oh My Baby said...

Meatballs and Gravy in the crockpot #2

Oh My Baby said...

Meatballs and Gravy in the crockpot #3

Anne-Marie T said...

Tweeted. (amt946)
http://twitter.com/amt946/status/5785357926

Anne-Marie T said...

Tweeted. (amt946)
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Angela said...

The chicken cannelloni! :) Although the banana bread would be a very close second.

Angela said...

The chicken cannelloni! :) Although the banana bread would be a very close second. (entry 2)

Angela said...

The chicken cannelloni! :) Although the banana bread would be a very close second. (entry 3)

plb8156 said...

I would love to try the chicken marsala with a twist #1
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plb8156 said...

I would love to try the chicken marsala with a twist #2
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plb8156 said...

I would love to try the chicken marsala with a twist
#3
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plb8156 said...

I subscribed to Jane's newsletter
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plb8156 said...

I follow Janes blog
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I follow your blog
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I follow on twitter
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plb8156 said...

I tweeted
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Kelly said...

Buffalo chicken dip!

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Kelly said...

BBq pepperjack chicken

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Kelly said...

Taco Salad
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Kelly said...

i signed up for jane's newsletter

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krkupr01 said...

I would love to make the chicken cannelloni!
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krkupr01 said...

I would love to make the chicken cannelloni!
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krkupr01 said...

I would love to make the chicken cannelloni!
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carol said...

I'd love to try the mini cheesecakes! #1

carol said...

I'd love to try the mini cheesecakes! #2

carol said...

I'd love to try the mini cheesecakes! #3

carol said...

I signed up for Jane's newsletter.

carol said...

I follow jane's blog.

carol said...

I follow your blog.

carol said...

I follow you on twitter,

carol said...

I follow you on facebook networked blogs.

carol said...

Tweeted giveaway.

Jen said...

I would like to try the baked chicken chimichangas. Sounds yummy!
Entry #1
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Jen said...

baked chicken chimichangas.
Entry #2
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Jen said...

baked chicken chimichangas.
Entry #3
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Jen said...

I follow you on twitter as greatgiveaways.
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Jen said...

tweeted
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sweepmom said...

I would like to try the Chicken Cannelloni.

plb8156 said...

tweeted
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Food According To Karen said...

Tweeted.

http://twitter.com/KarenB1961/status/5864291555

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Kristen said...

Chicken Parmesan

Kristen said...

Panko Crusted Pork Medallions

Kristen said...

Honey Mustard Chicken Fingers

Shawna said...

My family would love the chicken enchiladas, but ALL of the recipes sounded delicious!

Jen said...

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plb8156 said...

tweeted
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Anne-Marie T said...

Tweeted. (amt946)
http://twitter.com/amt946/status/5893825898

Nickolay said...

The Italian Wedding Soup sounds rockin

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Jen said...

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plb8156 said...

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etirv said...

Chicken Stroganoff -- #1

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etirv said...

Chicken Stroanoff-- #2

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etirv said...

Chicken Stroganoff - #3

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etirv said...

I follow your blog!

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etirv said...

I subscribe to Jane's newsletter

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etirv said...

I follow Jane's blog already!

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Dree said...

The BBQ Country Ribs/Pulled Pork sounds delicious.

Dree said...

The BBQ Country Ribs/Pulled Pork sounds delicious.

Dree said...

The BBQ Country Ribs/Pulled Pork sounds delicious.

plb8156 said...

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corrine said...

I would love the:Chicken Tortellini Tetrazzini!

corrine said...

My boyfriend would love the Crab Cakes.

corrine said...

We both would fight over the last Honey Mustard Chicken Finger.

Jen said...

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jennielee226 said...

My family would love the steak fajitas
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jennielee226 said...

I follow Jane's blog
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CJ said...

Chicken Enchiladas for sure!

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CJ said...

Chicken Enchiladas for sure!

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CJ said...

Chicken Enchiladas for sure

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Jennifer said...

I'd like to try the Taco Lasagna. (comment #1)

Jennifer said...

I'd like to try the Taco Lasagna. (comment #2)

Jennifer said...

I'd like to try the Taco Lasagna. (comment #3)

Jen said...

daily tweet
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plb8156 said...

Tweeted :)
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Allison said...

My family would absolutely flip over the buffalo chicken dip!

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Hannah said...

Strawberry Spinach Salad? That sounds crazy AND delish!

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Hannah said...

Ooo-wee, mini cheesecakes!!

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Hannah said...

Okay, mouth now watering ... CRAB CAKES!!

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Thanks!

Hannah said...

Now a follower of the Facebook Network Blog.

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Thanks!

Jackie said...

Taco Pie (Comment #1)

Jackie said...

Taco Pie (Comment #2)

Jackie said...

Taco Pie (Comment #3)

Jackie said...

Subscribed
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Jackie said...

following on twitter as jeloooo

Jackie said...

tweet!
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Jullee and Fam said...

We would love the Chicken Tortellini Tetrazzini! Sounds yummy!

Jullee and Fam said...

Chicken Tortellini Tetrazzini sounds great.

Jullee and Fam said...

Chicken Tortellini Tetrazzini please

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