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Strawberry Buttermilk Cake with Preserved Whole Strawberries (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Guess what? I have another something special for you. I’d like to welcome a very special guest, miss Maggie Battista of Eat Boutique. Yes, that Eat Boutique, the fabulous blog and purveyor of our favorite foodie gift boxes. Not only is she sharing a delicious summer dessert recipe, but don’t miss the end of the post. You just might win an EB Summer Gift Box (also, a hearty congrats to Molly and Nichole, the lucky winners of the Nudo chocolate giveaway!). Take it away, Maggie!

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake with Preserved Whole Strawberries

This happens to be a short story of two yeses, two recipes and a giveaway.

Let’s start with the yeses. I’ve only known Lindsay since the start of this year, but I feel like she’s a sweet, forever friend. We’ve built up our friendship over the course of two giveaways (here and here). Lindsay’s a big supporter of my blog, Eat Boutique, where we share recipes and guides, spotlight food makers and sell homespun gift boxes. (Thanks, Lindsay!)

Preserved Whole Strawberries

When I told Lindsay about Eat Boutique’s summer gift box, a crafty box packed with food fit for a summer picnic, she said, “yes” to a summer box giveaway. (Don’t you just love a giveaway?) And when she asked me to write the blog post, I couldn’t help but get excited and say “yes” – though, of course, secretly stressing about what I might share with you all.

Preserved Whole Strawberries

While I’ve been a food blogger for four years, baking for this crowd is a bit scary; you’re all such great bakers! More so than baking, I love preserving. I’ve found my passion in homemade jams, vinegars, syrups and sweet cordials with whatever is in season. Our strawberry season is coming to a close in New England, but I managed to preserve several quarts, including this easy recipe for preserved whole strawberries.

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake with Preserved Whole Strawberries

Since we’re not preserving these strawberries to take us through to next year, the preparation is really easy. And let’s be realistic, local strawberries don’t last more than a few weeks in my house, whether freshly picked or preserved; they’re just too delicious.

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake with Preserved Whole Strawberries

Keep in mind: You could add spices, like an adobe chile during cooking, or even liquor, like a few splashes of Campari just after the cooking, to the strawberries for some added flavor. (My oh my, Campari-flavored preserved strawberries make for a great Americano cocktail!) But I kept it simple, as this strawberry buttermilk cake doesn’t need much to shine. Maybe just a touch of homemade whipped cream. And while the cake is perfect at room temperature, I actually loved the “ice box” nature of chilling it in the fridge for a bit before serving.

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake with Preserved Whole Strawberries

Yield: about 8 servings

Ingredients:

For cake:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon homemade vanilla extract
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 handful fresh strawberries
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon sugar (If you don’t have lemon sugar on hand, there’s a nice version in the Eat Boutique gift box, or just use plain sugar)

For preserved strawberries:
1 pound cleaned and hulled strawberries, but kept whole
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 a lemon, juiced

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. Butter and flour an 8-inch spring form cake pan or a 9-inch regular metal cake pan. If using a spring form cake pan, cut a round piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of the pan and place in the pan. (I got lazy and just placed a large sheet of parchment paper on the base and placed the spring form side right on top snugly.)

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside. In a larger bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, then beat in vanilla and zest. Add the egg and beat well.

At low speed, mix in flour mixture in three batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour, and mixing until just combined. Spoon batter into prepared cake pan, smoothing out the top. Scatter strawberries evenly over top, loading in as many as you would like. Sprinkle the top of the batter with the lemon sugar.

Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove the spring form or invert from your pan, and cool. Some prefer to serve this cake warm with a bit of vanilla ice cream. I opted to put mine in the fridge and serve it with freshly made whipped cream and preserved strawberries.

To make the preserved strawberries, place the strawberries in a heavy, medium-size pot with the sugar and the lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat – as the fruit begins to juice, the sugar will melt. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes, skimming off the foam, if you’d like. Stir it every 10 minutes or so – do so gently because you want the strawberries to stay intact. The strawberries are done when they’ve shrunken and the syrup has thickened a bit. Serve drizzled on top of the slices of the buttermilk cake and store any leftovers in the fridge for two to three weeks.

These recipes were adapted from Amanda Hesser’s Preserved Strawberries with Chiles on Food 52, and Melissa Robert’s Raspberry Buttermilk Cake featured in Gourmet in June 2009.

Eat Boutique Summer Gift Box

Now let’s get to the good part. (Finally!) I am thrilled to be able to personally giveaway one of my Eat Boutique summer gift boxes. This summer box is filled with the following handmade food that I’ve personally sourced and tasted: lime & hibiscus syrup, s’mores marshmallows, a picnic set of preserved pickles, sweet beets and a sweet & spicy barbecue sauce, bacon fat roasted Old Bay peanuts, a trio of citrus sugars, and, perhaps, the best brownie I’ve ever tasted.

Just enter your comment below, per Lindsay’s directions, and one lucky winner will get this box shipped directly to them or, if they’d like, shipped to a friend (with a personal hand-written gift message). And because I am so in love with this site, all Love and Olive Oil readers will get free shipping on their summer gift box order by using the code “LAOO” at check out.  Happy summer!

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What artisan treat from the summer Eat Boutique gift box would you most like to try?

Entries open through Tuesday, July 12 at 11:59 CST. Winner will be selected using a random number generator on the morning of Wednesday, July 13th. Prize will be shipped to the winner directly from Eat Boutique (to either you, or the recipient of your choice). Due to the perishable nature of this product this giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States 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:
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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 48 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
    Courtney McElhaney
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Smores marshmallows!!!!

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  2. 102
    Ellie B
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Oh, those sound wonderful! I’m kind of addicted to s’mores, so I’d want to try the marshmallows!

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  3. 103
    Katrina
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    the syrup, I wonder if it would be good over vanilla ice cream……….

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  4. 104
    DMC
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Pick Me! Of course the sweet beets sound so great… especially because I won’t make beets for fear of staining…

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  5. 105
    ella
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I would most like to try the Square One Brownie.

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  6. 106
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I’d love to try lime & hibiscus syrup!!!

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  7. 107
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm
  8. 108
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I like on FB! Nelly R :)

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  9. 109
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    the sweet beets & lime & hibiscus syrup sound amazing!

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  10. 110
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I’m already a facebook fan (Amanda G)

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  11. 111
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    i also follow you on twitter (@Ulixis)

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  12. 112
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I am super curious to try that lemon and hibiscus syrup. It sounds really good!

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  13. 113
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Also, I’m now following Love & Olive Oil on facebook! (Megan L.)

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  14. 114
    Caroline
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    S’mores Marshmallows please. S’mores on a campfire scream summer to me.

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  15. 115
    Annette
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I would love to try the s’mores marshmallows as my Daughter-in-law is trying to make different flavored marshmallows. But all of it just sounds delightful!

    Reply

  16. 116
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    The citrus sugars sound wonderful.

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  17. 117
    Dee
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    The pickles would be lovely.

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  18. 118
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I would love to try the citrus sugars :)

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  19. 119
    Becky
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Your cake looks lovely….I cannot wait to try it out!! Although everything in the box sounds amazing, I would have to go with the brownies! I am such a chocolate lover and your description of them sold me!

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  20. 120
    Rhonda
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I would have to pick the Lime & Hibiscus syrup. It sounds wonderful and I am already thinking of a few things to try it with. Although, everything in the box sounds wonderful!

    Reply

  21. 121
    Rebecca Freedman
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    You had me at bacon fat roasted peanuts…. drool.

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  22. 122
    Rebecca Freedman
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I also “like” you on FB.

    Reply

  23. 123
    Chantal
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Lime & hibiscus syrup sounds fresh and summery!

    Reply

  24. 124
    Natalie M.
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I’m a chocoholic, so most certainly the brownies-YUM!

    Reply

  25. 125
    Natalie M.
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Just became a facebook fan!

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  26. 126
    kristen gilmore powell
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I think i would have to choose s’mores marshmallows!! Sweet beets is a close second. But really this box sounds glorious! What a dream to win!!

    Reply

  27. 127
    kristen gilmore powell
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I am a facebook fan!

    Reply

  28. 128
    Wendi
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Everything sounds delicious, I love marshmallows so the S’mores Marshmallows would probable be my fave.

    Reply

  29. 129
    Wendi
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm
  30. 130
    Wendi
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    follow you on FB
    Wendi N

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  31. 131
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Mmm, I would love to try the s’mores marshmallows! I am a fan on Facebook!

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  32. 132
    Meghan
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    As a S’mores addict, the marshmallows sound amazing. However, I also have a new obsession with beets, so they are a close second.

    Reply

  33. 133
    Meghan
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I like (really love) you on facebook!

    Reply

  34. 134
    Meghan
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I also tweeted! (@meghquinn)

    Reply

  35. 135
    Patricia
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    The lime and hibiscus syrup sounds interesting. I would love to try it.

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  36. 136
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I would love to try the lime and hibiscus syrup!

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  37. 137
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway (@drwinnie) :)

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  38. 138
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I am already a fan on facebook :)

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  39. 139
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Hands down, the lime hibiscus syrup- can someone say cocktail?!

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  40. 140
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I’m a sucker for s’mores. Would love to try Sweet240′s s’mores marshmallows.

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  41. 141
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    i am canadian so im a no-go for the contest, but just wanted to say thanks for turning me on to Eat Boutique! its fabulous :)

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  42. 142
    Kara
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Love s’mores, love marshmallows = would love to try s’more marshmallows!!

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  43. 143
    Kara
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    And I’m a fan on Facebook

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  44. 144
    Anne
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I love to grill and try new sauces so I’d like to try the sweet & spicy bbq sauce most. And then I’d dive right into that brownie! Thank you for the opportunity to try new things!

    Reply

  45. 145
    eli
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I’m intrigued by the old salties!

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  46. 146
    Rosemary
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I think the lime and hibiscus syrup sounds divine!!!

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  47. 147
    sarah b.
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    the brownies sound AWESOME!

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  48. 148
    Sarah
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Mmhmm, I want to try those delicious looking s’mores marshmallows!!!

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  49. 149
    Milea
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    S’mores marshmallows just sound incredible!

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  50. 150
    Julia
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I would LOVE to try the different sugars!

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  51. 151
    Judy Blinkenberg
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    First: I will have the S’Mores! Second: Thank you for this great recipe. I live in Sacramento, CA. but from Watsonville, CA. where we get the best strawberries in the US., DRISCOLS. And we can have them through summer. They are terrific dipped in chocolate, or dip the strawberry in sour cream then brown sugar. Super! We have lots of strawberries, on pancakes, plain, dipped, on cereal and on any cake. Love CA berries.

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  52. 152
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Um, bacon fat roasted peanuts all the way! What’s not to love?

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  53. 153
    Danna
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    How could I not want to try the best brownie ever tasted?!

    Reply

  54. 154
    Corisa J
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I would love to try the jellies and jams ! I would love to learn how to make my own!

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  55. 155
    Elle Hyson
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I’m another one for the lime and hibiscus syrup.

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  56. 156
    Elle Hyson
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook.

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  57. 157
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Oh my goodness, I’m drooling over your pictures. I’m also very curious about the Lime & Hibiscus Syrup. I bet it would be amazing on frozen yogurt or ice cream!

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  58. 158
    Traci
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Lime & Hibiscus Syrup!

    I would love to try this syrup because I have never tried any syrup like this before! It sounds soaked in summer and delicious!

    The Strawberry Buttermilk Cake sounds incredible! I have another inspiration for my strawberries that are awaiting to be picked in the garden right now!

    Thank you!

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  59. 159
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook. I’m Emily Fette!

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  60. 160
    Diane Ward
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Lime and hybiscus syrup – exotic, tropical, sunny – I’m already drooling!

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  61. 161
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I tweeted. I’m @Fettbot

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  62. 162
    Lisa
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    the citrus sugars

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  63. 163
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    The lime & hibiscus syrup sounds divine! I’d love to drizzle some of that goodness on vanilla ice cream! Love you blog XOs

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  64. 165
    pam dean
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Lots of goodness in that gift basket! Can’t wait to try your strawberry cake. I’m a fan on facebook.

    Reply

  65. 166
    Lindsey
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I am a chocoholic so of course the brownie!

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  66. 167
    Maria
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I would love to try the citrus sugars because they are great to put on anything. Scones, muffins, cookies, anything…

    Reply

  67. 168
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I would love the s’more marshmallows!

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  68. 169
    Sarah
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    the s’mores marshmallows!

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  69. 170
    Jessica S.
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    The lime hibiscus syrup sounds delicious!

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  70. 171
    Jessica S.
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I follow on Facebook!

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  71. 172
    Amanda Thompson
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I’m really interested in checking out The Trio of Citrus Sugars!

    Reply

  72. 173
    Joanna
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Brownies! Yum!

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  73. 174
    Mariah
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Definitely the old salties–I just discovered Old Bay and it is amazing!

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  74. 175
    Mariah
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

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  75. 176
    Angela
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    The lime-hibiscus syrup sounds lovely. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  76. 177
    Sharon
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    I would especially love to try the Lime and Hibiscus Syrup. It sounds so unique and delicious. Thanks!

    Reply

  77. 178
    Sharon
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I follow you on twitter @sharonjo2
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    Sharon
    Posted On July 7, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I like Love & Olive Oil on facebook.
    (Sharon O.)

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    Kai
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 12:03 am

    The lime and hibiscus syrup sounds so refreshing! Can’t wait to try it (hopefully)

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  80. 181
    Cheryl W.
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 12:31 am

    I would love to try the Lime & Hibiscus Syrup, for sure!

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  81. 182
    Cheryl W.
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 12:33 am

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    Cheryl W.
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 12:34 am

    I like you on Facebook (Cheryl HeartnSoulmom)

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  83. 184
    Lynda Clark
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 12:35 am

    I am excited to try the Trio of Citrus Sugars from the Summer Eat Boutique Gift box. Thank you for this exciting giveaway.
    lyndaclark81@yahoo.com

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  84. 185
    Lynda Clark
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Liked Love and Olive Oil on Facebook as Lynda Clark
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    Lynda Clark
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Following @loveandoliveoil on Twitter @lyndacooks and Tweeted this:
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  86. 187
    Maggie
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 1:12 am

    The lime & hibiscus syrup for sure- i’m imagining some wonderfully refreshing beverages right now! Thanks!

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    CarolT
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Umm, how could you pick just ONE? They all sound sooo good, though salty, the peanuts would be what I first reached for in this kit! oh yum!

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  88. 189
    Jenny
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 4:04 am

    I am pretty sure the brownie would disappear as soon as I opened the box!

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  89. 190
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 4:20 am

    The citrus sugars sound amazing, but I’m even mire curious about that brownie…

    Reply

  90. 191
    Claudia
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 4:59 am

    I would love to try the s’mores marshmallows. I love s’mores, but the only marshmallows we get where I live are strawberry flavored and I don’t really like them.

    Reply

  91. 192
    Christopher sorel
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 5:08 am

    The bacon fat roasted Old Bay peanuts sound great and want some of those

    Reply

  92. 193
    Christopher sorel
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 5:10 am
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    Christopher sorel
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 5:11 am

    like you on facebook c sorel

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  94. 195
    Eva Sabolek Smith
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Lime and Hibiscus syrup….!

    Reply

  95. 196
    Cristina B
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 5:36 am

    I would love to try the Old Salties, bacon-fat roasted, Old-Bay peanuts. They sound amazing!

    Reply

  96. 197
    Cristina B
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 5:36 am

    I am a fan of Love and Olive oil on facebook

    Reply

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    Mara My
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 6:44 am

    240Sweet’s Smores marshmellow looks so good I can almost taste it. Without being able to have a campfire, this would be the next best thing!

    Reply

  98. 199
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 7:07 am

    I love the citrus sugars and can think of so many uses to bring the flavors of summer all year long.

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  99. 200
    Posted On July 8, 2011 at 7:47 am

    The lime and hibiscus syrup would definitely be my favorite. It just sounds like it would inspire creativity! This summer gift box looks gorgeous and the cake sounds fantastic!

    Reply

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