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5 Things for Thursday (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Is it really Thursday? As in, almost Friday? Really? I actually have no idea what day it is because my internal (external, and upside-downternal) clocks are all out of whack. Back to back trips with delayed connections, multiple time zones, and to-do lists as long as the TSA security line will do that do you. Oy vey.

But I want you to know that just because I don’t have a recipe for you doesn’t mean I can’t post something. In fact, I have some stuff to tell you. Five things, in fact.

1. Food Blog Forum is coming to Nashville on October 8th! Mark your calendars! Save the date! I’ll remind you again (and probably a few more times after that), once registration for the event is up and running (soon, I hope! We’re working on it!). I’ve attended two FBF events (Atlanta and Orlando – the later of which I was a speaker), both have been some of the highlights of my food blogging career. The smaller nature of these one-day conferences (a hundred attendees vs. hundreds of attendees) make it much more personal and intimate. You come home feeling like you really got to know these people. Oh, and you learn stuff too. Because it is a conference, after all. You can look forward to informative sessions on food photography and styling, pr and working with brands, social media, and who knows what else. We’re super excited about this event and hope to see you there!!

2. I’m in print! L&OO got a nifty little shout out in this month’s HER Nashville magazine, along with Eat Drink Smile and Erin’s Food Files. Check it out, y’all (and thanks to the lovely ladies at Style Blueprint for the mention)!

HER Magazine Feature

3. If you’re going through L&OO withdrawals, be sure to follow me on twitter. I check in there every so often (when I’m, um, procrastinating dealing with that mile-long to-do list). I’m also on Instagram (if you’re into that kind of thing). You may even get some sneak peeks of goodies for the upcoming cookbook. Ok, it’s mostly crazy cat pictures. But there may be something edible in there once in a while, too.

4. Cats. They need no introduction.

5. Finally, it’s giveaway time!! It’s been a while since we’ve done a giveaway, and I know how much you all love them. :) This giveaway just so happens to bring two of my favorite things together. Olive oil and chocolate. Nudo’s new chocolates all’olio d’oliva, dark chocolate truffles with ganache fillings made with mandarin, lemon, and chili olive oil (remember I used their chili oil to make some delicious popcorn? That same stuff is now infused into chocolate truffles. Lordy).

What’s better than olive oil and chocolate? Giving some away, of course! Two lucky L&OO readers will each win a box of Nudo’s handmade Italian olive oil chocolates. Each box contains 12 artisan truffles, four each of lemon, mandarin, and hot chili.

Nudo Olive Oil Chocolates Giveaway

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!***

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What are you cooking/baking/eating this weekend?

Entries open through 7/6/11 at 11:59 CST. I’ll be randomly selecting the winners the morning of Thursday, July 7th. Prize will be shipped to the winners directly from Nudo. Please note that due to the perishable nature of this prize, this contest is open to US residents ONLY.

Want Extra Entries?
Increase your odds of winning! In addition to the main entry comment, leave a separate comment for each bonus entry.
1. Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
I just entered to win a box of handmade Italian olive oil chocolates from @nudoitalia and @loveandoliveoil! Enter here: http://bit.ly/mO0caQ.
Leave a comment here with a link to the tweet and/or your twitter handle.
2. Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (or if you are already a fan just say so!). Leave a comment here with your first name and last initial so I can stalk verify you.

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 72 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

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  1. 1
    kristen gilmore powell
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I think i will be snacking on homemade granola and yogurt and plan to cook all my veggies from my CSA delivery! can’t wait! salad turnips, swiss chard, carrots, radishes, 3 different kinds of lettuce greens! and some baked thing with blueberries!

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    kristen gilmore powell
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:36 am

    already a fan! also – these chocolates look amazing!!

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    Danielle McDermott
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I will be making a gigantic salad from homegrown greens. Yum!

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Cupcakes! And melon/prosciutto!

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    Jessica Hittner
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I am going to try my hand at French macaroons. I went to France for the first time in March and fell in love with all French cooking but absolutely loved the macaroons. My mom found me a Macaroons cookbook for my birthday shortly after and I haven’t had a chance to make them until now but I can’t wait.

    Also, I am a fan on your facebook/twitter.

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    Meg
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I am goining to make rhubarb bbq sauce and a rhubarb pie.

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    Meg
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I am a fan on FB.

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    Robin
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I will be grilling some veggies and chicken!

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    Abby
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Every 4th of July we make dozens of watermelon shaped cookies! And of course serve them on a watermelon shaped tray :)

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Probably cheesesteak sandwhiches. I’m pregnant and have been on a real cheesesteak kick recent. And strawberries. Those sound like a gross combination, I’m sure… but I bet it will be delicious. I’m glad to see you’re back, even if only temporarily. I don’t often comment, but I love to read your blog. I’m looking forward to your cookbook as well!

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    Maria
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Almond chocolate chip cookies! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Maria
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I’m also a fan on facebook. :)

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    Michele
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:45 am

    definitely going to be making coffee-rubbed burgers and homemade ice cream!

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Last night I baked banana chocolate chip cookies to take with me on the road trip I’m about to embark on. Would love to try these chocolates!

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I “like” you on FB too.

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    molly
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I’m hoping to make black bean burgers this weekend!

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I’ll be eating veggie burgers and making 4th of July cookies for my friends while I’m home from Paris!

    I follow you on twitter!

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    Meg O
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I just made the homemade cheese recipe posted on Smitten Kitchen, and I think I will definitely be making more of it this weekend!

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    Marie
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I will be in phoenix for a bachelorette party, so I’ll be eating lots of yummy Mexican food and drinking tasty drinks!

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    Michele
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:50 am

    already a fan on fb Michele R.

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    Marie
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I also follow you on FB. Marie T

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    Amanda
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I’ve got visitors galore coming in so I’ll be cooking/baking tons (thankfully, much of it is already prepped/frozen). Tonight is chicken taquitos, sprout & corn salad, and peach shortcakes. Tomorrow tortellini-veg salad (inspired by 101 Cookbooks), spanakopita, and homemade ice cream. Can’t wait for the weekend to get started already! Thanks for hosting another fun contest :)

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I’ll be grilling up some fish – no better way to celebrate our country’s independence than wild-caught American fish!

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    Cheryl
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Strawberry-Rhubarb cobbler made with fresh Oregon strawberries and rhubarb picked from my yard. Mmmmm! I am a follower!

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    jessica n.
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I’m hoping to make something with the crab meat my husband brought home from his recent fishing trip!

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:55 am

    This weekend I plan on making two tomato, zucchini and mozzarella pies for my friends backyard BBQ. Really looking forward to trying out a savory pie recipe!

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:56 am

    BBQ! Looking forward to firing up the grill this holiday weekend :)

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:57 am

    We are headed to the beach so lots and lots of seafood will be consumed!

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:57 am

    i have some brown bananas, so that means it’s time for some banana bread!

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I like you on Facebook (Heather K.)

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    Tina
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Eggplant parm with lots of fresh basil!

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I’m making a swiss chard quiche this weekend and maybe some cinnamon radish chips I saw on some blog somewhere out there. I will also be eating everything in sight! 3 day weekend hooray!

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I tweeted! Sweet_Remedy

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Lemon sugar pull-apart bread. I may or may not make two… one for me, one for… possible sharing?

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:05 am

    i’m making vanilla buttermilk cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Lots of food goig on this weekend…starting with a smoked brisket…ending with butterscotch bars…and lots of stuff in between.

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:09 am

    We’ll be grillin’ up some BBQ chicken and I think I’m going to try a rhubarb-strawberry pie :)

    Ps-I like L&OO on FB!

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    Stephanie
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I’m going to visit a college friend this weekend and we’re baking a rainbow cake together! Can’t wait!

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    Jennifer Cohrt
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Grilling pork burgers and making homemade vanilla ice cream.

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I’m baking white chocolate peanut butter cookies!

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    Jennifer Cohrt
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I already like L&OO on facebook.

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I’m not sure how much cooking I’m doing because we’re moving this weekend, but if I can get my kitchen un-packed I REALLY want to bake a pie

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Well, since I’m just getting over food poisoning or a stomach bug, I’ll probably be sticking to toast and applesauce, but I know I’ve got cucumbers to use, so I’ll trust that my body won’t reject something fresh and summery like a summer Panzanella!
    Also, I LOVE that shot of the cat on the shelf. How much is that kit-ty in the windowwww….. and yes, of course, I’m a fan on Facebook! :)

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    Holly
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I plan to make some yogurt and a blueberry peach cobbler. Then maybe some chocolate ice cream since hubby requested it and he did plant my new raspberry and blackberry plants for me.

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    Holly
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:14 am
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    karen b.
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I’m making ratatouille this weekend! Actually, I might give in and make it tonight. And if I can find berries at the farmers’ market Saturday I’m going to make a cobbler, yum.

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    karen b.
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:16 am

    And I’m a fan on the Facebooks (Karen F.)! :)

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    Regina S
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I am making frilled hawaiian chicken – (boneless thighs are are to find). Happy 4th everyone

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    Holly
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I Like you on Facebook – Holly C

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:25 am

    This weekend I’m planning on making a vanilla bean cheesecake with a lemon curd topping. It’s a test recipe that I’m making up as I go, so hopefully it will turn out. (and I got the vanilla beans after you did your last giveaway. I didn’t win, but had go to buy some myself!)

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Also, I’m a fan on facebook, Kelli M.

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    rlk
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I’ll probably be grilling!! Burgers, kabobs, corn on the cob, etc. And maybe baking some patriotic cupcakes! :)

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    Cindy
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I’m going to try Fennelicious Pizza, made on the grill – my sister made it for us a while back and it’s awesome!

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    Cindy
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:31 am

    oh – and already a fan on FB :-) (and will tweet!)

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    ricejen
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:36 am

    We are grilling 100% local burgers: peaceful pastures beef, provence buns, delvin farms tomatoes & kenny’s colby cheese :-)

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    ricejen
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:37 am

    @ricejen also tweeted for a chance to win.

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I know for certain I’ll be eating lots of grilled-goodness. I’m personallying make corn bread cupcakes, peach cobbler and baked beans from scratch! I love to get in the kitchen and cook for a crowd!!!

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    Rachelle M
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:49 am

    I will be making and eating some Strawberry Lemonade cupcakes on a first date picnic! The cupcake recipes I make from your blog have literally had people proposing marriage to me! I’m a huge fan- I follow you on twitter (and going to tweet about this contest for sure!), and am a fan on Facebook. Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

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    Katrina
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:50 am

    strawberry spinach salad w/honey dressing

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    Evelyn R
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:55 am

    We will be eating something yummy off of the grill and maybe a festive blueberry and strawberry dessert.

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    Evelyn R
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I follow Love and Olive Oil on Facebook.

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    Kayla
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I might homemade cheese-its last night and will be grilling lamb burgers with feta soon!

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I am going to Maine. I plan to have blueberry cake and a nice lobster! Red, white and blue all of the way!

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    Danielle
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Mexican hot chocolate cupcakes!! Tried the strawberry lemonade cupcakes a few weeks ago and now I am hooked.

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I will be eating my weight in watermelon and fresh Jersey corn, and probably be making homemade ice cream with some kind of 4th theme (blueberry and strawberry maybe?)

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:01 am

    What WON’T I be eating is the question. Just kidding. Let’s see:

    Burgers, brats, guac, ice cream, wine, wine, wine, wine, wine!

    AMERICA!

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    Aubrey
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Baked southwestern black beans and lemon buttermilk ice cream. Yum!

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    Ami
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:03 am

    We have a few friends coming over for a July 3rd celebration, and our menu is as such:

    *chips and homemade guacamole
    *peach collins made with fresh peaches and mint

    *roasted poblano pepper and onion turkey burgers with sharp cheddar cheese on whole grain rolls and a southwestern couscous salad with black beans, roasted corn, diced red onion, green pepper and tomato, cumin, cilantro, fresh lime and olive oil.

    *chocolate mint icebox cake

    I love summer menus!

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    courtney
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:06 am

    anything and everything with strawberries – my strawberries are bearing tons of fruit – go summer!!

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    Liz
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Strawberry pie!

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I’m going to make sorbet and ice cream–lots of both, I hope!

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Oh, and you know I’ve been a long time fan of L&OO on facebook!

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:24 am

    i have no idea yet what i’ll be making this weekend… baked beans perhaps! tonight i’m making some chicken curry

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    Crystal Jo Bruns
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:26 am

    We will be grillng hot dogs, brats, and german sausages. We will have corn on the cob, potato salad, and lemonade pie too! YUM!

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    Crystal Jo Bruns
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I also follow you on facebook!

    Crystal B.

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    Becki H
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I don’t know what I’ll be cooking, but it has been a while so I need to get on that.

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    Becki H
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I am a fan on Facebook – Becki Ming-yoke H

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:29 am

    We’ll be grilling out all weekend. Everything from hot dogs & hamburgers to freshly caught fish & shrimp! 4th of July is one of my favorite weekends at the beach!

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Love your kitty pictures :D

    I’m going to make a spelt banana bread and hopefully some graham crackers but since it’s going to be hot I want to make a quinoa or rice salad of some kind :)

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I like you on FB!

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    Dana
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I am making my Red, White, & Blue Firecraker Cupcakes – a blue blueberry cupcake with cream cheese frosting and topped with red cherry Pop Rocks – yum!

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    Maria
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Kabobs tonight, homemade delicious crispy thin pizza maybe on Monday!

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Won’t be cooking much this weekend because I have a wedding to go to, so I’ll be enjoying that. :)

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:47 am

    This weekend will mark my boyfriend’s & my one-year anniversary! We’re planning a big, fancy brunch at a place we’d never otherwise visit. I can’t waiiiiit!

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:59 am

    i’m going to make some turkey-goat cheese meatballs in a blueberry sauce… and a few other things i haven’t figured out yet :)

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:01 am

    tweeted! @tri2cook

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    Jessi
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I am baking irish car bomb cupcakes (for the boozie in all of us), red, white and blue jello and some sourdough bread for dunking in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Big weekend :)

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    Wendi
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I will be eating salad with homemade salad dressing.

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    Wendi
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:12 am
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    Wendi
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:12 am

    like you on FB
    Wendi N

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    EJ
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:13 am

    making some baked falafel with tahini and salad, maybe some yogurt sauce as well with cucumber. and black raspberry everything (crisp, pie, popsicles)!

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    Lily
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Every weekend, I make a bunch of meals and freeze them for week day lunches (it makes life so much easier when you don’t have to think about what to eat midday!) I’m also looking forward to waffles this weekend!

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    Erin H
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I will be making challah in preparation for a 4th of July potluck, and possibly a brown sugar cake that I’ve been looking forward to making!

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    Erin H
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I also like Love and Olive Oil on Facebook!

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    Laura Urso
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:39 am

    TIramisu cupcakes and blueberry banana bread!

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    Natalie
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I’m hopefully cooking ANYTHING for dinner in my NEW KITCHEN!! I’ve been packed for the last week and dying to cook!! Maybe a pie to say “hello and thank you new oven” :)

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    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:44 am

    planning to whip up some sort of salad/grilled veggie medley with whatever veggies are left over from our CSA delivery – no kale chips this time, bummer!

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