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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. 101
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:44 am

    i like you on facebook!

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  2. 102
    Natalie
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I like you on FB :) Natalie W.

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  3. 103
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I’m making (for the second time in two weeks) a delicious variation of the 1950’s Nabisco Chocolate cookie wafer/whipped cream cake (http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/01/wafer-wonderland/). My version uses store bought chocolate chip cookies and Cool whip. Layer, freeze, and slice (frozen). Taste like an ice cream cake but little lighter and a hit with old and young tasters! I made this for a meet and greet at our church and it’s been highly requested for our Church 4th of July Celebration!

    I also Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook!!

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  4. 104
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:46 am

    And last, but not least, the twitterssss post – foodisagoodthng

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  5. 105
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I’m going to make devilled eggs for a 4th of july bbq!

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  6. 106
    Rita S
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I will be making some ribs and pasta salad. And probably some grilled corn on the cob.

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  7. 107
    Holly H.
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:57 am

    BBQ’ing flank steak and a few kabobs. Thinking fruit kabobs sound good for a hot weekend!!

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  8. 108
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Those look amazing but I haven’t been able to find an ingredients list anywhere. Are they vegan? If so I would love to try them, vegan truffles are incredibly hard to find and are quite expensive.

    This weekend I’m going to make a plain ol’ vanilla cake but deck it out with strawberries and blueberries. Hopefully the farmers’ market will have some good treats for me to can but fruits aren’t terribly in season in Boston yet.

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    • Posted On June 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Alyssa – looking at the back of the box it does have powdered milk listed as an ingredient in the filling. So no, not vegan, apparently. :(

  9. 109
    Erin S.
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:59 am

    blueberry and peach buckle! yum!

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  10. 110
    Jazmin
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I’ll probably be making some banana bread! As usual, I have a few too many ripe bananas.

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  11. 111
    Holly H.
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Like you on FB!!

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  12. 112
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I just posted about some Caramel Apple Cookies I made, which reminded me I’ve been craving an Apple Buttermilk Pie. It just made the list for this weekend :)

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  13. 113
    Amy P.
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Hopefully, cherry, cheesecake brownies – if the weather cooperates!

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  14. 114
    Amy P.
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I like you on FB!

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  15. 115
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    This weekend I’m hosting a bbq and we’re making burgers, sausage, grilled veggies, baked beans, mac-n-cheese, plenty of dips and my angel food cake with pineapple whipped cream!

    Reply

  16. 116
    Gretchen
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I’ll be making veggie omelets, pork rind crusted chicken fingers and burgers–I recently started the paleo diet and am thrilled to eat berries and meat off the grill this weekend!

    Reply

  17. 117
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I’ll be baking Blackberry-Almond Bread for my dad, and making Blueberry-Lime Iced Tea as our refreshing, cold beverage for our cookout. Yum!

    Reply

  18. 118
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I’m baking peanut butter oatmeal choc chip cookies, a spicy pumpkin soup with cilantro pepita pesto and tilapia with escarole and lemon pepper oil.

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  19. 119
    Lauren
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    BOILED CRAWFISH!!

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  20. 120
    Sarah S.
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I’m making apps and desserts for the weekend. Pinwheels, assorted cheese tray, plus puppy chow and cheesecake with berries. My husband will be smoking racks of ribs- yummy! Plus we just got back from the Chesapeake Bay with fresh crab meat so crab cakes are on the menu as well (I’m from Iowa).
    I am also a fan/like of your FB page as well (Sarah S.)

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  21. 121
    Ana
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I will be baking brownies, eating sushi and trying at least one new recipe.

    This is a fabulous giveaway!

    Reply

  22. 122
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    This weekend I’ll be trying to eat as much salad as possible, likely. I got loaded up with salad mix from my farm-share this week and I’m trying really hard not to waste anything. I’ve also got a beautiful looking kohlrabi and fennel in the crisper. As for more exciting eats, my parents will likely be coming to visit me on Sunday and we’ll got out for some extravagant and gourmet sushi dinner. Noms.

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  23. 123
    Nissa
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    We are attending a 4th of July brunch, so I’m making baked french toast & Eggies in a Basket.

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  24. 124
    Nissa G.
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I’m also a facebook fan :)

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  25. 125
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Some friends are planning a BBQ for the 4th, and I might bring some delicious corn & avocado dip or just some fresh corn on the cob to grill up and then cover in butter. Either way, it’ll be a delicious 4th!

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  26. 126
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    ack! haven’t decided yet.

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  27. 127
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I’m also a fan on Facebook!

    Reply

  28. 128
    Kristina Mansoor
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I am making beer bread. Again. Yum!

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  29. 129
    Rebecca
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Probably some potato salad, goes well with moving to a different house and a summer holiday weekend.

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  30. 130
    Lorraine
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I am baking a red white and blue pie that I found from pampered chef.

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  31. 131
    Natalie Morelli
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I’m baking peanut butter and jelly bars, and helping Dad man the grill!

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  32. 132
    Grace Sprehn
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Dark chocolate cranberry cookies!

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  33. 133
    TK
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Turkey burgers & perhaps a Tres Leches cake!

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  34. 134
    Katy
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Kabobs and cous-cous and rhubarb crumble and cinnamon pull-apart bread and…weekends hold a lot of possibilities! ;)

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  35. 135
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I will be grilling fresh Mahi!

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  36. 136
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Red, white, and blue candy bars!

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  37. 137
    amy
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    weekend eats include grilled corn and burgers!

    Reply

  38. 138
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    This weekend I’ll be making my jalapeno popper dip and going to pour vodka into a watermelon. ;)

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  39. 139
    Meghan
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I’m going to be a busy bee this weekend.

    Tonight I’m making something with ripe bananas for a company picnic.

    I’m also going to make a homemade funfetti cake to practice my cake baking/decorating skills.

    After that, we’ll see what my mom wants to eat when she visits! (I wish that I had a grill!)

    I already like you on facebook. I’m also going to tweet in about 2 seconds at @meghquinn. :)

    Reply

  40. 140
    Jenni
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I don’t have definite plans yet on what to make this weekend, but I’d like to make ice cream and three delicious breakfasts, one for each day I don’t have to work!

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  41. 141
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Tweeted the giveaway: @LostNCheeseland !

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  42. 142
    Julie
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I’m making mint chocolate ice cream! I have my mint steeping in cream right now! :)

    Reply

  43. 143
    Julie
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I like you on Facebook!

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  44. 144
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I think I’ll be making blueberry compote. I’ll definitely be buying and devouring the cupcake sundae from Philly Cupcake!

    Reply

  45. 145
    Laura
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    This weekend I’m going to make a red velvet cake decorated with blueberries and raspberries to look like an American flag…in keeping with it being 4th of July and all :)

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  46. 146
    Jill Shirley
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    It’s super hot here this weekend, and we don’t have A/C, so we will be grilling – brats, italians, hamburgers, chicken, you name it!

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  47. 147
    Jordan
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I’ll be cooking Tempeh-Quinoa Burgers for my vegan brother, I hope they turn out ok!

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  48. 148
    Hannah Z.
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I will be making margarita pizza and hopefully some delicious blueberry cobbler bites!

    Reply

  49. 149
    sarah b.
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    a red white and blue trifle!

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  50. 150
    Mia
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Graham cookies and sweet potato salad.

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  51. 151
    Leah
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I’ll probably make some pies or other fruit desserts for a couple of potlucks I’m attending and, as usual, I’ll make a big batch of some entree to eat for lunch during the week.

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  52. 152
    Jade
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I’m eating grilled veggies this weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited!

    I’m also making a chocolate caramel tart that should also be pretty epic.

    I’m already a fan on facebook- you can find me at Jade M!

    Reply

  53. 153
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I hope to be making corn tortillas from scratch to use for tacos: grilled chicken with a jalapeño-pineapple slaw and lime crema!

    Reply

  54. 154
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Following on Twitter, and tweeted the giveaway (@squirrelbread).

    Reply

  55. 155
    Kate
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    We are of course grilling out for the 4th. So hamburgers and hotdogs!

    Reply

  56. 156
    Rebecca Freedman
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I just made a tofu stir fry with mustard greens and black mushrooms- sooo good. This weekend we’ll probably grill. My husband is dying to grill another pizza- he’s gotten bit by the pizza grilling bug.

    Reply

  57. 157
    Alyse
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I am making homemade sausage, with a blend of chicken, pork, ham, and bacon. It also has herbs, steeped in milk to add.

    Reply

  58. 158
    Sarah
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    This weekend my boyfriend and I are roasting a whole Amish chicken and then I will be experimenting with honey, goat cheese and strawberries in a cupcake. Outside of that, there will probably be some homemade sangria in the picture!!!

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  59. 159
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Burgers, of course. But also a basil, rhubarb, and strawberry crisp.

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  60. 160
    Shandi
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I’m going to visit my parents next week, so this weekend I’m prepping a bunch of freezer meals for my hubby to make while I’m gone! Burritos, pizza pockets, and shepherd’s pie will be consuming my near future. Then I’ll let my momma take care of the cooking. =)

    Reply

  61. 161
    Shandi
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I “like” L&OO on FB! Shandi W. =)

    Reply

  62. 162
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    We’re BBQ’ing for sure. We also drinking Summer Solstice. My husband made fried okra tonight. It was soo yummy that we’ll have to make it again soon.

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  63. 163
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I tweeted! I’m @Fettbot.

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  64. 164
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook too!

    Reply

  65. 165
    Angela
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I already made Crawfish Pie & a Peach/Blueberry Cobbler….this weekend its going to be pulled pork, watermelon with mint & raspberry balsamic, and corn/tomato/avocado salad. Dessert will be a Key Lime Pie and a Berry trifle!

    Reply

  66. 166
    Angela
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook – Angela M.

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  67. 167
    Catherine
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I’ll be making some oreo cupcakes this weekend for a new friend’s birthday! I love cupcakes and new friends, so it must go hand-in-hand.
    Also, I’ve been saving a celebratory recipe–Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes–for when I get my first post-undergrad, full-time job. HOPEFULLY I’ll hear back tomorrow and be making those this weekend, too!

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  68. 168
    Cheryl Z.
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I started cooking TONIGHT as my son is arriving tomorrow with my grandbaby and it’s his 30th birthday this weekend. Tonight I made a big pot of tomatoe sauce (gravy) tweaking it using Tyler Florence’s receipe which adds kalamata olives to the sacue. This will be for the chicken parm I’m making this weekend. I also made peanut butter cupcakes, cupcakes done and frosting done will frost on Saturday. Going to make bruschetta as an appetizer on Saturday for the chicken parm/pasta dinner. I’m exhausted and would love to try the olive oil chocolates!

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  69. 169
    Allison C
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I’m going to take a stab at angel food cake again (first time not so successful) and make my hubby some midnight crackle cookies I have been promising him.

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  70. 170
    Kelly
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I’m making tzatziki with my garden cukes!

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  71. 171
    Kristyn
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I’m thinking that some BBQ chicken and some kabobs are in my future this weekend.

    Reply

  72. 172
    Jessica
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I’m probably going to make cookies, hopefully chocolate cookies with white chips!

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  73. 173
    Jessica S.
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I’m a facebook fan!

    Reply

  74. 174
    Leah
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I’m picking fresh strawberries, tossing romaine out of the garden with snaps and grilling New Yorks!

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  75. 175
    Lynda Clark
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    This weekend, we are planning on grilling steaks in the backyard and I am making my summer vegetable soup. Thanks for the giveaway, those chocolates look divine.
    lyndaclark81@yahoo.com

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  76. 176
    Lynda Clark
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I am already a fan of Love & Olive Oil on Facebook as Lynda Clark
    lyndaclark81@yahoo.com

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  77. 177
    Lynda Clark
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Following you on Twitter @lyndacooks and Tweeted this Giveaway
    http://twitter.com/#!/lyndacooks/status/86624888995053568

    lyndaclark81@yahoo.com

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  78. 178
    Ann Waranoski
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Going to a 4th of July party on saturday and eating my aunt’s delicious pistachio cake! Yummmm!!

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  79. 179
    Katherine
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Made a gruyere and shallot souffle. It was okay, but not as good as you’d think, what with the cheese and cream…

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  80. 180
    Jessie
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Our local farmers market is on Sunday morning so I’ll wait and be inspired by whatever looks incredible.

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  81. 181
    Chris Alkire
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I am planning a ricotta frittata with spinach and whatever other left over veggies in the fridge.

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  82. 182
    Leslie
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Three parties. I’ll be cooking ribs, beer can chicken, mac and cheese, blueberry cobbler, orzo salad, watermelon/tomato salad, etc. etc. Probably opening up multiple beers and bottles of wine.

    Reply

  83. 183
    Corisa J
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    First i was asked to bake a cake for a birthday party ! , Im going to make white chocolate coverd strawberries for my family party !

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  84. 184
    Corey E.
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I’m making a chocolate peanut butter layer cake (from Sky High Cakes) for my grandma’s 83rd birthday, a rhubarb and strawberry pie for a bbq on Sunday and a red velvet cake (epicurious.com) for the fourth. Probably will add a few more things, just not sure what yet.

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  85. 185
    Corey E.
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    I’m a fan on FB too!

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  86. 186
    Ashley
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Those look awesome!

    I hope to enjoy a rhubarb-related confection. Strawberries will probably become involved.

    Reply

  87. 187
    Ashley
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook.

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  88. 188
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    This chocolate looks very interesting and I love the combo of chocolate and olive oil. I am actually going to a macaron baking class at a fellow food bloggers house – I have long wanted to learn to make them. Doing a BBQ on Monday. Will most likely do a bit of canning this weekend! Enjoy your 4th of July!!!

    Reply

  89. 189
    Posted On June 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Yay for shout-outs! And I wanna win some chocolate!

    I hope to eats lots of watermelon, and whatever delicious desserts you make! ;) LOL

    Reply

  90. 190
    Posted On July 1, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Hi!!!
    Well, This weekend I’m going to eat “paella” and “sangría” and for dessert a delicius brownies cupcakes with vainilla. Hummm it’s sooo good!

    xoxo

    Reply

  91. 191
    Posted On July 1, 2011 at 12:50 am

    I love cats!!!

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  92. 192
    Anna Mkhikian
    Posted On July 1, 2011 at 2:05 am

    This weekend I’m planning on making a chocolate souffle for the first time – something I’ve been putting off for ages. Also, definitely eating s’mores on the 4th of July.

    Reply

  93. 193
    Anna Mkhikian
    Posted On July 1, 2011 at 2:06 am

    I like you on facebook – Anna M (my username is my real name…)

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  94. 194
    Jenny
    Posted On July 1, 2011 at 3:19 am

    It’s my sister’s wedding this weekend- so I have almost no cooking to do!

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  95. 195
    Sarah
    Posted On July 1, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Hopefully very little cooking and a lot of eating!

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  96. 196
    Christopher sorel
    Posted On July 1, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Making some smoked ribs and pulled pork

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  97. 197
    Christopher sorel
    Posted On July 1, 2011 at 5:41 am
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    Christopher sorel
    Posted On July 1, 2011 at 5:41 am

    follow you on facebook and user name is my real name

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  99. 199
    Posted On July 1, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Since it’s the 4th of July weekend, there will definitely be burgers. I’m also trying to figure out what to make in the dessert department. I bought strawberries and blackberries for that “red, white and blue” effect but haven’t settled on a recipe yet :)

    Reply

  100. 200
    Cristina B
    Posted On July 1, 2011 at 6:16 am

    I am planning on making a fruit tart for dessert this weekend.

    Reply

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