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Le Creuset Flower Cocotte Recipes and a Giveaway

Baked Lemon Risotto Recipe for Le Creuset

Hello, spring.

Hello, sunshine.

Hello, gorgeous flower cocotte.

Who would have ever thought cookware could bring such happiness?

In part 2 of our ongoing partnership with Le Creuset®, we’ve developed two delightful spring recipes for this gorgeous new piece.

This baked Lemon Risotto (pictured above) is perhaps the easiest risotto we’ve ever made. One pot. In the oven. 25 minutes and done. It’s tart and creamy and would be perfect topped with some seared scallops or grilled fish.

Starfruit Upside Down Cake Recipe for Le Creuset

Also, in a unique twist on a classic, our Starfruit Upside-Down Cake is nothing short of stunning, and perfectly fitting of the flower shape. We’d never worked with starfruit before developing this recipe, and were intruigued by the unique flavor, somewhere in between a pineapple and a concord grape. It’s a tart and fruity compliment to the lightly-spiced and oh-so-buttery cake. I’m not one to indulge in cakes that aren’t chocolate and/or smothered in frosting, but this cake is definitely an exception to that rule.

Like the Heart Casserole we featured in February, the Flower Cocotte is the perfect size for a meal for two or side dishes where a larger dutch oven seems like overkill (which is often the case in our two-person household). Not to mention Le Creuset’s newest color, Soleil, is stunning. Can you say great Mothers’ day gift idea?

Le Creuset Flower CocotteToday’s your lucky day, because Le Creuset is offering up one Flower Cocotte (valued at $150) to one lucky L&OO reader! You know you want one.

So, what are you waiting for? Click through to enter this fantastic giveaway!

Giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering!

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Giveaway open to US residents only. Void where prohibited. Winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen. Bonus entry requirements will be verified if selected as the winner, otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen. Giveaway sponsored by Le Creuset®. All opinions written are purely my own.

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    sarah
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I never thought I would use so much goat cheese. it’s not strange as much something i didn’t think would become a staple

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    sarah
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:08 am

    i followed you and le creuset on twitter – @dontcrymuffin

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Haha we’re an immigrant family so our cupboards are always full of weird foods. Jellyfish is one my bf cringed at (nom nom)

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:12 am

    coconut oil! it started in my bathroom as a moisturizer and make up remover. now I also use it to sauté vegetables and keep scrambled eggs from sticking to the pan.

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:13 am

    I’m subscribed on feedly

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    Kelly
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:20 am

    The most unusual thing I’ve used is food grade diatomaceous earth. It’s not really a ‘food’ but I mix it in with my food.

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    Kelly
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I already subscribe through feedly!

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    Kelly
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:22 am

    I liked you on facebook

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    Kathryn
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:24 am

    I don’t know that there’s one weird ingredient that has become a staple for me. I attempt to try something new and/or odd every week. I do love banana juice and find myself disproportionately happy when I have it around, though.

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    Kathryn
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I’m subscribed through Feedly.

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    Kathryn
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I like both of you on Facebook.

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    Kara D
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Well – my husband took up hunting and so we now have a lot of venison. I consider that unusual!

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    Katie P.
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Hmmm…this isn’t too crazy, but the most unusual ingredient in our kitchen is probably garam masala. I’m feeling pretty inspired to go buy some starfruit now, though!

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Edible lavender flowers. I need to bake with them more, but they are so fragrant!

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    Meghan
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Probably kombucha. Delicious but… come on. It’s really weird.

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    Katie P.
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I am already subscribed!

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    Katie P.
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I follow both of you on Twitter and sent the tweet!

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    Pam
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:29 am

    This week my husband provided us with a wild turkey, so that was dinner!

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    Sharon O'Connor
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I have been using flower extracts in my jams. The most unusual one so far has been Jasmine extract which was wonderful in Litchi jam.

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:30 am

    The most unusual ingredient that’s made it to my kitchen is lavender. I use it to make lemon and lavender cookies.

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Love this pot! So cute!

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    Pam
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Just subscribed!

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Seaweed, i never thought I would use that, but I love the sea flavor that it has

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    Pam
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Liked LeCruset!

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    Anna
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I think the most unusual thing I have right now is raspberry sea salt. My mom and I always buy each other unique food items for Christmas and this is one she got me this past holiday. Haven’t quite figured out what to do with it just yet, but I’ll be testing soon!

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    shanna
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I’m subscribed to the Love&Olive Oil list!

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    Anna
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I’m already subscribed :)

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I’m following you and Le Creuset on Twitter.My username is @annikiole and I tweeted about the giveaway: https://twitter.com/annikiole/status/330313323180589056

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I like your page and Le Creuset page on FB. My name Anna Barri

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    Alyssa
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

    The most unusual ingredient would have to be jellyfish! Tossed with some sesame oil for Chinese jelly fish salad! (Sounds gross and weird but I swear it’s delish!)

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I’m subscribed to your newsletter

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Wow – that is super cute!

    I have used lychees a few times in the past few months.

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I subscribe!

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    Kimberly
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I know I will think of something more unusual as soon as I post this, but the first thing that is coming to mind is preserved lemons.

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    Alyssa
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I subscribe!

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    Alyssa
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    Christina Badaracco
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Lavender flowers. Or dragonfruit!

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    Becca Entenberg
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I think the most unusual ingredient is the weird spiky orange fruit my brother brought home! He refuses to tell me what it’s called. Maybe he just doesn’t know.

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    Becca Entenberg
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I did the Twitter stuff

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    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I’e cooked with rattlesnake – deep fried, a little chewy but edible! But it was a one time thing…

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    Terra Hatcher
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Strangest ingredient…hmm…Durian!! My kids always get to pick one unusual new thing to try. The durian fruit (?) stinks to high heaven but tastes yummy! A texture nightmare for some! :)

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    Kimberly
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

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    Becca Entenberg
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I am subscribed :)

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:36 am

    The most unusual ingredient I’ve cooked with was a purple flower called lavender

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    Kat B.
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Most recently I received a number of Kohlrabi bulbs in my CSA share, which were fun to play with, and I have the remainders of a 5lb. bag of vegetarian “shrimp” sitting in my freezer from a recent project.

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    Krista Coleman
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:37 am

    The most unusual ingrediant that has come into my kitchen is some kind of caramel-esque block from Colombia. My boyfriend brought it back for my as a souvenir, but I never did quite figure out what it was. We melted it and poured it over pancakes!

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    Terra Hatcher
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I’m already subscribed!! :)

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    Katy B
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:37 am

    After reading all these unusual things, my kitchen is really boring. The most unusual thing, lately, has been garlic scapes, but only because they are in season and not something I can use all year long. [also, I subscribe]

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    Noelle
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I used to work at a stand at a farmer’s market and the farmer used to bring lamb’s quarters to sell (the weed, not the animal). Since I got to bring home extra produce, and none of the shoppers knew what it was, I ended up with a lot of lamb’s quarters!

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    Noelle
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I subscribed to your newsletter!

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    Kristin
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Most unusual ingredient is milk powder!

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    Kristina Belliveau
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Definitely prickly pears :)

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Rica-Rica, a plant from the Atacama desert :)

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    Noelle
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I followed and tweeted the message!

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    Tracy Spencer
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Purple or Thai basil-have enjoyed making my own Thai/Chinese food.

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    Terra Hatcher
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I ‘liked’ LeCrueset!

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    Heather Hicks
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I don’t really cook with unusual ingredients so for me the most exotic was fish oil.

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Hard to pick one thing… Between the vegan “scallops” in the freezer, rejuvalac in the fridge, and asafoteda hing in the cabinet, my kitchen is full of rather unusual ingredients.

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I have also used edible flowers in a salad recipe, which was pretty unusual for me.

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:42 am

    The most unusual ingredient in my kitchen… Hmmm maybe Cheetos, which I used to coat chicken with once. Or dried papaya in granola bars.

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I followed on Twitter and tweeted

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Unusual, hmmmm… compared to the others, it’s pretty boring, but I made a BBQ sauce with black tea last night!

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I like both on Facebook

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    Kristin
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    I liked both on fb!

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:43 am

    New subscriber to your newsletter!

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Hmm. Weird ingredient. Nothing I cook with seems too “out there,” but we received kohlrabi in our CSA share last year, and I had no idea what to do with it. :) (I ended up roasting it. Seemed to be the best bet… and it was great!)

    That risotto looks delicious!

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I subscribe via RSS in Google Reader (which means I’m looking for a new reader)!

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    Danielle A
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I put edible flowers in a salad. made it nice a colorful

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    Brie
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Not that unusual… but I have been cooking/cocktailing with meyer lemons for the past few years. I had never heard of them and now during meyer lemon season, they make their way into almost everything from iced tea to pasta to custard.

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Gluten free flours for what turned out to be delicious, winning recipe!

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    Ashleigh T
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I never really cook with many unusual ingredients, but I guess the most exotic ingredient I have used is black truffle.

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    rachel
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I’d say a Cornish Hen. Not that crazy but it was still fun!

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    Theresa Sea
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:47 am

    We’ve been using more ricotta in ways we never did before. And I’m liking it!

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    Theresa Sea
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I like you both on twitter and tweeted here: https://twitter.com/TheresaSea/status/330317460597268480

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    Theresa Sea
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    Kat B.
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Subscribed to the mailing list!

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Liked on facebook!

    Thanks for the giveaway; this looks like such a fun product and so bright and cheery for my drab, stuck in the 1960s kitchen.

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:48 am

    A mint rosemary sauce for leg of lamb it was definately different.

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:49 am

    The most unusual ingredient so far for me is lavender. I tried to make lavender ice cream, which was a huge fail. Tasted like perfume. That’s about as exotic as I’ve gotten! Both of your recipes sounds so good. I’ve never had starfruit. I need to add it to my list!

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    Lauren M
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I followed both on Twitter and tweeted :-)

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    Lauren M
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I liked both on facebook!

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Hmm…I guess chia seeds are the most unusual ingredient that comes to mind. I’ve been having them in homemade granola, but all I can think of is a Chia Pet!

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    Lauren M
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Well, I don’t find anything in my kitchen unusual because I use everything regularly! But some people would probably find chia/hemp seeds, millet, miso, tempeh, or sprouted grains a bit unusual.

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    Katya
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:51 am

    goat meat! my friend and I cooked a goat meat stew, a recipe that we found from the Dutch Antilles.

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    Sara Staffeldt
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:52 am

    My grandmother lives in Germany, and when she comes and visit’s she always brings me German Chocolate. I love chocolate from Germany! I bake with it and everything turns our super delicious! :)

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I just bought a ton of Fiddleheads, which is kind of weird. I made Fiddlehead soup. But actually the weirdest thing in my kitchen is probably truffle oil. I’m so budget-conscious that it seems out of place amid my no-name $1 spices and such.

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    Hanna B
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I always keep a supply of dark crystalized ginger, sometimes used as a garnish on things but often just for snacking on. I buy so much of it that the guy at my local spice store recognizes me.

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    Jessie R
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:52 am

    The most unusual ingredient so far has been fresh almonds.

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    I subscribed to Love and Olive Oil!

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    I follow you both on twitter AND tweeted :)

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    I am subscribed through Mail.

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    Melissa
    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Brown rice protein powder. I bought it for healthy eating, but wow, it’s terrible. I can only bring myself to use it on serious health kicks. It will probably live in infamy in my kitchen forever because I’ll never finish the stuff. I’m not even sure we can classify it as food unless we subcategorize it under “rabbit food”.

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    Posted On May 3, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Aaand I like you both on Facebook :)

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    Jessie R
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