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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

101 hearty recipes: review and giveaway


Guess what!!!

It's time for another review and giveaway!

101 Hearty Recipes is another Gooseberry cookbook that's soon to be one of our favorites!  It's got 101 of the best Gooseberry recipes to date.  How did they pick them?  They turned to their readers' favorites!  One thing I particularly love is that each recipe is accompanied by a beautiful color photo to tempt your taste buds and help you visualize your menu.  The cookbook is also spiral-bound so that it can lie flat, no fancy cookbook stand required.  These recipes are gorgeous, easy-to-make, and absolutely delicious.  You MUST check it out!

Once again, we picked a recipe from each chapter to try out and share with you.  Here they are, each given its own "reward"!

Richest and Boldest Side Dish
Texas Hominy from the chapter "Casual & Comforting"
 

We've always liked hominy, so we had to try this dish.  Man is it BOLD!  Filled with bacon and cheese, this dish has tons of flavor all on its own.  I think we had to split the amount shown on the plate.  It was definitely a fun new way to eat hominy and an easy way to dress up a plain entree like grilled chicken.  Don't count on it to help you shrink your waistline! :)

Spiciest Kick
Texas Two-Step in a Jar from the chapter "Speedy & Satisfying"
 

This soup recipe is originally intended to be packaged dry as a gift, but we went ahead and made the full thing.  For such a small meal, it's got a lot of spice.  I found the spices a bit overwhelming and would probably cut them in half next time.  Cookie Bandit, however, slurped it right up!  It's a fun soup and would make a great gift-in-a-jar once the weather cools.

Most Restaurant Worthy
Cornmeal-Cheddar Biscuits from the chapter "Baked & Buttery"

We just loved, loved, loved these biscuits.  They remind me of something you would expect to get in a restaurant, and yet they were so easy!  This was one recipe that we couldn't get enough of.  Light and flaky, tons of butter flavor, and ribboned with melted cheese, these biscuits were winners!

Most Structurally Unsound Delight
4-Layer Cookie Bars from the chapter "Fun & Filling"

Lol...Cookie Bandit picked this award.  As an engineer, it bugged him that these 4-layer cookies kept wanting to separate.  However, just like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the lack of structural integrity didn't ruin their coolness factor.  These cookies were delicious!  We took the entire pan to our Bible study and ended up with just these two pieces left.  Overwhelmingly, everyone loved them.  Some even suggested adding cinnamon or cinnamon graham crackers to the cookie for an even more fun flavor combo.

My husband gets to pick which one of the above recipes I share with you.  It didn't take long for him to decide on his overall favorite...of course he picked the dessert!  4-Layer Cookie Bars!!!


Making these no-bake cookies was easy-peasy!  First, we combined the peanut butter, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips in a saucepan and got those melting over low heat.  You need to stir occasionally until everything is smooth and creamy.


In another saucepan, melt margarine and combine with sugar, brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and milk.


Heat the sugar mixture over medium-high heat until sugars dissolve, stirring constantly.


To assemble, line the bottom of a buttered baking pan with crackers...


Spread the sugar mixture over the top of the crackers...


Place another layer of crackers over the sugar mixture...


And then pour the chocolate mixture over the top!  Set it aside until the cookies are firm before cutting them into bars.


Hope you like them as much as we did!


4-Layer Cookie Bars
16-oz. package rectangular buttery crackers
1/2 cup margarine
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup milk
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips

Line the bottom of a buttered 13"x9" baking pan with a single layer of crackers; set aside.  Melt margarine in a heavy saucepan; add sugars, graham cracker crumbs and milk.  Heat over medium-high heat until sugars dissolve, stirring often; spread over crackers in pan.  Arrange another single layer of crackers on top; set aside.  Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan; heat over low heat until melted, stirring until smooth and creamy.  Spread over crackers; set aside until firm.  Cut into bars to serve.  Makes 2 dozen.

So...how can YOU win a free copy of 101 Hearty Recipes?  Just leave me a comment answering the following question - which of the other recipes featured above would you like me to share?  I'll tally up the answers and share that recipe when I announce the winner!  (Please also make sure I have access to a valid e-mail so that I can contact you if you win.  No contact info, no entry!)  Giveaway ends next Friday at midnight (Pacific time).  Winner announced Saturday, August 20.

PS - Gooseberry Patch gave me a free book to review as well as another to give away, but the views and opinions (and pictures!) presented in this post are entirely my own!   Disclosure...check!

94 comments:

  1. Yummmmm...would love for you to share your recipie for Texas Hominy....ciao4now64@yahoo.com

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  2. The Texas Hominy sounds so comforting! What a great giveaway,

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  3. I want to see the soup recipe - looks wonderful and I love the idea of making it a gift!
    frommytinykitchen (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  4. I am just glad that you shared the recipe for the desert! Looks like a great treat for school. Thanks so much for a chance to win. Blessings!
    Lori wifeofcop83@yahoo.com

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  5. Hello! This is a lovely giveaway!! I'd like to see the recipe for the Cornmeal-Cheddar Biscuits!! They look wonderful!!!

    ellagunter@ymail.com

    Ella,

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  6. Karen said...
    OH MY GOODNESS!!! Gotta try the 4-layer cookie bars, they look sooo yummy!! I would like to see the recipe for the Texas Two-Step in a Jar.
    What a great opportunity to try and win this book. Thank you. kmgervais@nycap.rr.com

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  7. Love the 4 layer cookie bars...

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  8. The texas hominy, I have never had hominy before and that will definitely change if you can so kindly post the recipe :)
    Meggs♥
    urbakinmecrazyy@aol.com
    urbakinmecrazyy.blogspot.com

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  9. I'd like to see the recipe for the Cornmeal-Cheddar Biscuits!! They look wonderful!!!

    crapo(at)shaw(dot)ca

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  10. I would love for you to share Texas Hominy.

    jonesmadelinee@yahoo.com

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  11. The soup! Texas Two Step

    thedomesticengineerblog@gmail.com

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  12. These look so yummy...can't wait to try them. I think I would like to see the biscuit recipe next. Thanks for chance to win.

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  14. The biscuits please!!!! bowles(dot)lindsay(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  15. I would love the Cornmeal-Cheddar Biscuit recipe. My mouth is already watering! MMMMM!
    rkhovater@earthlink.net

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  16. I'd love to see the hominy! The dessert bars look awesome!! Thanks!

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  17. Cornmeal Cheddar Biscuits please!!

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  18. The cornmeal cheddar biscuits look great--I would love to see this recipe!

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  19. I'd like to see the recipe for the cheddar biscuits. We enjoy them so much when we go to Ruby Tuesdays.

    jlpegram@vcu.edu

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  20. I'd really like to see the Texas Hominy...being a native Texan, I love the flavors of my home state. And it looks so rich and gooey!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Deb
    DebNJoizee919@aol.com

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  21. mmmm, texas hominy please!! circa1971@peoplepc.com

    BethAnn

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  22. Cheddar biscuits please!!! lre108@gmail.com

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  23. I would love to win so I could have all those recipes, but if I have to pick just one I would like the cheddar bisquits. they sound so yummy. You can contact me at mwalker954@yahoo.com. Thanks

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  24. Hominy ... hominy ... hominy

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  25. Oh my goodness, those cookie bars look scrumptious. I will definately be trying those and serving at a family gathering. Thanks for sharing that with us. My wish would be to see the soup recipe shared. My brother and daughter live so far away it is hard to send them something homemade...this is the next best thing (well, except for them coming home). If you could share that, I would definately pack some of it up and send to them. Thanks for your GREAT website. starz47833@gmail.com

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  26. I would definetly would love to make the Cheddar Biscuits. They sound awesome. Makes my mouth water thinking about them. You can contact me at jobie44-62@hotmail.com.
    Have a grand day!

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  27. looks yummy! would like the biscuit recipe!

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  28. Cornmeal Cheddar Biscuits look great. Please share that recipe. LHAMEE@yahoo.com

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  29. Wow!!!! The cornmeal cheddar biscuits look faantastic!! I would really love to have you share the recipe! Thanks for such wonderful recipes... Mshipley1953@gmail .com!

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  30. Yum! I agree with your husband---the 4 Layer Cookie Bars! I am drooling in anticipation just looking at the picture! Thanks! Would love to win the cookbook, too.

    Nancy Bowen
    nbowen@sals.edu

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  31. Without a doubt, the 4-layer cookie bars! mkonk@kci.net

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  32. So hard to decide, but the biscuits please!!
    wroyster@hotmail.com

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  33. The cornmeal cheddar biscuits have my mouth watering! I am also looking forward to making the Cookie Bars. Thank you so much for sharing and for the opportunity to win !
    Debby Gordon
    thehappycooker@rogers.com

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  34. Oh the Cheddar Biscuits please! I would love to win! Yumm!

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  35. The cornmeal cheddar biscuits look wonderful! I can't wait to try them!
    my email is, zippymom04@yahoo.com, I sure hope I win!

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  36. The Texas Two-Step looks like a great soup to be eating while thumbing through a newly won cookbook! :) And I'd just have to top it off with a couple of those yummy cookie bars for dessert!

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  37. taylor_laurie@hotmail.com

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  38. yum--I can't wait to make this recipe

    I would like to try the Texas Two Step!

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  39. These bars look delicious! I'd love to have the recipe for the Cornmeal-Cheddar Biscuits!

    sarahepardee(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. The Cornmeal cheddar biscuits sounds good to me. They would be nice with a bowl of chili.

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  41. Oh yum , the 4 layer bars.....great for a tail gating cookout....

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  42. I am torn, TORN I SAY, between the soup and the biscuits! If I must choose, I guess the soup wins! lsnlsw@yahoo.com

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  43. I think the cheddar biscuits sound great... hope that one gets posted!!! I will definitely be trying the cookies... they sound yummy! sandydean62@gmail.com

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  44. Texas Two-Step in a Jar from the chapter "Speedy & Satisfying" not only looks amazing but sounds delicious :)

    pixiehallow@hotmail.com

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  45. I think I would like to try the Cornmeal Cheddar Biscuits. They look wonderful! balmen@q.com

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  46. It would have to be the cornmeal Cheddar biscuits!! Yummy!!!

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  47. Oh thank you for that marvelous cookie/candy recipe ! I would like to see Texas Hominy recipe!

    Blessings
    xoxo Gert

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  48. I love new recipes. Can't wait to make the bars.

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  49. I would love the recipe for the Cheddar Biscuits...making my mouth water just thinking about them. School starts Monday here so I'll be making the 4-layer cookie bars for lunches....I love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks ! ! !
    I can be contacted at lrenner@charter.net

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  50. I'm glad you shared the recipe for the cookies as well. Man oh many I've been dying for chocolate all day.. haha.. Sweetness4713@gmail.com

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  51. Two step in a jar !! looks great a perfect for a winter warm up !!

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  52. I'm definitely going to have to try those 4 Layer Bars!!! All the remaining dishes sound wonderful, but I'll vote for you to share the Cornmeal Cheddar Biscuits next.

    rhondaree1958@yahoo.com

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  53. The 4-Layer Cookie Bars sound so yummy! Thanks for sharing! My vote is for the Cornmeal Cheddar Biscuits next. Fall is coming and they would be great with soups and stews.

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  54. You take great pictures of your food! Almost made me want to lick the screen! How about Texas Hominy for the next recipe? taylor9597@sbcglobal.net

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  55. God those chocolate layer bars look soooooooOOOO good! I would like to see the Texas Two Step In a Jar! Looks delicious! Please enter me in the Gooseberry Patch recipe book giveaway. I can't tell you how much I want a GBP book. I entered another giveaway and won, but never got the book 'lost in the mail' one of the Christmas books. I'm on extremely tight budget otherwise I'd go buy myself one. Here's hoping on another contest! Arlene Marie Pitts email carpediem5790@yahoo.com

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  56. I'd like to see the Texas Two-step!

    amybradsher@gmail.com

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  57. Second try. They all sound good, but I vote for the cornmeal cheddar biscuits. The soup doesn't quite sound inviting with these triple digit temps in Texas. Maybe they will be good with the soup after the temp falls.

    cassieblack@sbcglobal.net

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  58. Cornmeal Cheddar Biscuits would be the recipe I'd love to try. songgirlc@yahoo.com

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  59. I would love for you to share Spiciest Kick!

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  60. Spiciest Kick along with Cornmeal Cheddar Biscuits would really be nice to share..But since there can only be one, I'll go for the Spiciest Kick.
    Thank You

    chateaudumichelle@gmail.com

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  61. Oh, please enter me in and my vote is for Texas Hominy :)

    Blessings!
    Gail
    Geeprather@aol.com

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  62. I would love to see Texas Hominy!

    Thanks
    myraggdyann at yahoo dot com

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  63. 4 layor cookie email benball1981@yahoo.com

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  64. I would like to see the cornmeal cheddar biscuits

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  65. Cheddar Biscuits please! and The Texastwo-step.

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  66. Definitely the Texas Hominy!!!!

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  68. Definately the Texas Hominy. The 4 layer cookies will be on the list for the next mom and son cooking day I have with my son. Looking forward to either winning or purchasing the cookbook to add to my collection.
    Melissa Elgin mroseelgin@hotmail.com

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  69. Spiciest Kick-Texas Two-Step in a Jar!!

    Jennifer
    (Jbrosnahan@atlanticbb.net)

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  70. I would love to see the recipe for Cornmeal Cheddar Biscuits. That sounds good. Thanks.


    Irene
    iwbennett@yahoo.com

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  71. Would love to have the recipe for Spiciest Kick to share with family and friends.

    Peggy
    brownnie@cass.net

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  72. I would like the cornmeal-cheddar biscuits to be featured.
    ape2016(at)aol(dot)com

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  73. I vote for the Cornmeal-Cheddar Biscuits from the chapter "Baked & Buttery". They look amazing! Thank you for this cute, sweet blog!

    Erin
    estamile@gmail.com

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  74. I would love to have this recipe book. Please give us the recipe for Cornmeal Cheddar Biscuits!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  75. Most definitely the Cornmeal-Cheddar Biscuits! My husband just loves biscuits and this would be a treat for him! :)

    Thanks! Bridgette
    missgidgette75@hotmail.com

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  76. 4 layer cookie bars would definitely be a hit in this house. I can't wait to make them. mphillips52068@roadrunner.com

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  77. I would love the recipe for the Cornmeal Cheddar Biscuits.
    Thanks...
    Terri G
    terrigrondines@yahoo.com

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  78. Cornmeal Cheddar biscuits please!

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  79. Cornmeal Cheddar Biscuits get my vote! pmbeach@insightbb.com

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  80. Cheddar biscuits for sure! Tina Stuart tstuart@cox.net

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  81. Think that I would love to see the hominy recipe as I've always loved hominy. Thanks for the 4 layer cookie bar recipe - will be amking that for sure. Thanks for a chance to win a Gooseberry Patch cookbook - they are the best!
    Kathy M.
    tatertownqueen@yahoo.com

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  82. Cornmeal-cheddar biscuits!

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  83. I would love to see you do the corneal cheddar biscuit!! They sound like a bit of heaven on earth! :)

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  84. For me ... the Spiciest Kick - Texas Two-Step recipe.

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  85. All of it looks so good. But I'd love to see the recipe for Texas Hominy. I think this recipe would be a big hit with my family!

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  86. Oh my, please share the Cornmeal Cheddar Biscuits recipe with us! Please, please, please?

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  87. Texas Hominy sounds really good! I've never cooked it before and I live in TX! :0)

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  88. MMMM, the cornbread-cheddar biscuits...
    Brenda

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  89. I'd love to see the recipe for Speedy Goulash! I still haven't perfected that recipe and want to take a look at this one :)

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  90. Definitely the 4-layer cookie bars! ANYTHING with chocolate and you have my attention!

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  91. Becca.J.Jones@state.tn.usAugust 19, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    The Spiciest Kick Soup is my choice. Sounds so good on a cool night.

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  92. Susan at sshilo4@aol.comAugust 19, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    The Spiciest Kick soup....sounds like it would be a winner!!!

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  93. The soup sounds great. But the biscuits would

    probably go great with the soup.

    seputt@yahoo.com

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