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New Campaign Lets Aspiring Chefs and Artists Work with Celebrity Mentors and Over $3000 in Tech Toys

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Got a million-dollar food, photo, film, or music-related idea, a love of British celebrities, and (here’s the kicker) an address in the UK? Well aren’t you just a lucky duck.

Samsung is hosting a new, Kickstarter-like talent show and competition searching the United Kingdom for passionate innovators in food, film, music, or photography. Dubbed “Launching People,” the contest lets participants compete for a chance to work one-on-one with four celebrity mentors: actor-producer Idris Elba, singer-songwriter Paloma Faith, fashion photographer Rankin, and pop-up chef and food writer Gizzi Erskine, for two to three weeks, in a house completely decked out with fancy Samsung tech. Did we mention it’ll also be on TV?

Entries to the food category so far have been mildly impressive, from the life-size, celebrity-inspired cakes from Insane Cake Creations to the tea delivery subscription service Tea Storks.

“The simple ideas can be the best,” food mentor Erskine told Samsung, “But a simple idea with a bit of glitter on it is far more exciting.”

To enter, would-be Launchees just need to upload a two-minute video pitch to the campaign’s Facebook page. Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges, though a “People’s Choice” prize of £500 ($832) for personal tuition and up to the value of £2000 ($3328) in Samsung technology is also available. Entries must be submitted by March 6.

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MillerCoors Debuts Unexpected New Beer with 6.9% ABV and Notes of Bourbon

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Looking to appeal to 20-something males, MillerCoors is rolling out a very ambitious new brew. Dubbed “Fortune,” their latest offering packs 6.9 percent ABV — almost a full percentage above Bud Light Platinum and Budweiser Black Crown and over 2 percent more than a standard PBR. Supposedly, Fortune features a malty, complex flavor with subtle notes of bourbon. Yes, bourbon in your MillerCoors beer.

Sounds ambitious? The brand takes it a step further by decking out their bottles with a jet black look, a playful Heads & Tails cap and a sleek Ace of Spades icon. A high ABV and notes of bourbon flavor? Check. Craft beer-esque packaging? Check. We see what you did there MillerCoors.

To top it off (yes, we went there), Miller Coors plans on asking bars and vendors to serve the beer in a rocks glass versus the standard pint glass. If you’re looking for this new stuff at a store, you’ll likely shell out $6.99 for a six-pack.

For those readers in Los Angeles, you have a chance to checkout Miller Fortune at its Los Angeles launch party happening this Friday, February 7th @ The Vault. Powered by Power 106 and DJ Felli Fel, the launch event is to include the first West Coast tasting of Miller Fortune, Custom Blackberry Fortune Cookies (see FOODBEAST Instagram), VIP Casino & Raffle, Power 106 Valentine’s Crush Ticket Giveaway, and of course Miller Burlesque Dancers and Fortune Girls.

The Vault Los Angeles

801 S. Hill St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

9 PM – Close

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Latest Jack in the Box Burger Has Bacon IN the Patty, Dubbed ‘Bacon Insider’

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In an attempt to one-up the competition, Jack in the Box has released a bona fide bacon-infused patty. Candidly named the “Bacon Insider,” the new item comes decked out in a gourmet brioche bun, melted cheese, bacon mayo sauce and several bacon strips on top of a burger patty embedded with chunks of bacon.

We spotted the signage for the new item at a location on Main St. in Santa Ana, California. Naturally, we had our go-to fast foodie Peter snap some glamour shots.

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Curly fries were a must to this mini adventure, naturally:

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Bacon mayo drool porn:

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Another photo of Elie stuffing his face, per usual:

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The shot below gives you a real closeup of the bacon chunks in the patty:

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Overall, the burger was really tasty, with the bacon adding a nice crunch to the beef patty. Protip: order an extra side of bacon mayo to add a nice juicy sloppiness to the whole bacon-happy shebang.

At the moment,  the Bacon Insider is available for a limited time at participating locations. The price is $4.99, but may vary by location.

OH, we also discovered that the new sandwich will be tied to a Super Bowl campaign featuring Jack and an animal dubbed as ‘Bork,’ a beef-pork spotted pig with horns that squeals “moink.”

Seriously, we can not make this biz up:

 

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I kid you not — check this spot out, and watch it live on February 2nd:

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Oreo Actually Made a Rap About Cookie Balls [SPONSORED]

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Oreo has released a rap dedicated solely to how spectacular Cookie Balls taste. Really. In true Oreo fashion, the video is filled with an over-the-top amount of cuteness and the rap is ridiculously catchy. Oreo Cookie Balls dance across the screen in unison to the Christmas-themed song. Lending a helpful hand to sweet tooths, the clip drops a handful of sugary ways you can decorate your Cookie Balls with. Want a snowman? Stick on a carrot nose. A penguin? Break the cookie in two for wings. A reindeer? Stick some pretzels on that sucker.

If you do end up making them, make sure to save some for Santa. You wouldn’t want to get on his naughty list, now would you? Check out the video and recipe below:

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Oreo Cookie Balls

What You Need

1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened

36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)

4 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted

 

How to Make It

MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well blended.

SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.

REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.

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Our Favorite Holiday Foodie Gifts From Red Envelope Including The Picnic Backpack

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Earlier this Fall, we got our hands on a customized FOODBEAST picnic backpack. And it’s exactly what it sounds like – everything you would need to implement a picnic on the fly. The canvas pack includes plates, fancy beverage cups, cloth napkins, blanket, salt and pepper shakers, cutting board and corkscrew. Oh, and of course the satchel includes a detachable wine cooler so you can break out the bubbly and woo all the ladies you’ve ever had an eye on.

Because the picnic backpack was one of our favorite gift ideas this year, we took another look at the foodie selections at Red Envelope and came up with a list of our favorite holiday gift ideas. The list includes personalized wooden cutting boards (we recommend you customize it with ‘FOODBEAST’),  Upside Down Triple Bottle Wine Rack, Meat Diagram Towels, The Snack Bath Caddy and more.

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Meat Diagram Towels – Cow or Pig

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The Snack Bath Caddy + Wine Glass Holder

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6-Pack Wooden Beer Holder + Opener

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Check Out These Four Holiday Dinners For Under $40 Including Char Siu Turkey Burgers and Sweet & Sour Ham Steaks

There can be a lot of pressure and stress when preparing for a holiday dinner. Entertaining family and friends in a larger group setting isn’t an easy task and can be darn expensive. Knowing some of the obstacles our fellow FOODBEASTs have during the holiday season, we’ve partnered with Walmart to bring you 4 custom holiday meals that all serve 6+ people AND cost less than 40 bucks. We brought in our partner chef Frank Deloach and spent countless hours at a local superstore to brainstorm these dishes that include: German Sweet & Sour Glazed Ham Steaks, Char Siu Turkey Burgers & Tater-Tot-Mac Casserole, Mexican Spiced Turkey Breast & Adobe Yam Chilaquiles and Hand-Made Bolognese Pasta & Spumoni Ice Cream Sandwiches.

That was a mouthful (literally). And we haven’t even listed all the sides! Check out all the ingredient lists, recipes and photos below. Photos by Peter Pham.

Mexican Spiced Turkey Breast, Adobe Yam Chilaquiles with Marshmallow, Black Bean Soup and Pumpkin Pie

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What you’ll need from Walmart (prices and taxes may vary slightly):

  • Turkey Breast – $9.98
  • 6 Cans of Black Beans – $4.08
  • 2 Cans of Swanson Chicken Broth – $1.20
  • 1 Can of Chipotles – $1.40
  • 2 Cans of Great Value Enchilada Sauce – $1.36
  • Mexican Crema – $2.66
  • Cotija Cheese – $3.48
  • Pork Choriz0 – $1.18
  • Cilantro – $.58
  • Garlic – $.41
  • 2 Jalapenos – $.17
  • Onion – $.93
  • 2 Avocados – $1.36
  • Yam – $1.77
  • Santitas Tortilla Chips – $2
  • Achiote Paste – $1.78
  • Ground Cumin – $.88
  • Pumpkin Pie – $3
  • Total: $38.22

Chilaquiles

  1. Large dice yam(s). Season with salt
  2. Toss yam(s) in oil, place on a baking tray
  3. Place yam(s) in oven at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes until tender
  4. Add chiptole, chicken broth, enchilada sauce, chips and yams into a large skillet in medium heat
  5. Reduce until half of the initial liquid remains. Make sure everything is coated in sauce.
  6. Place contents in casserole dish and cover with mini marshmallows while still hot
  7. Place casserole dish under broiler or use butane torch to toast marshmallows. Toast to taste.

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Mexican Rub Turkey Breast

  1. Pat turkey breast dry. Make sure it has completed defrosted.
  2. Rub turkey breast with cumin, salt and achiote
  3. Place on a small toasting pan, place in oven at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the thermometer readers 160 degrees.
  4. Let turkey breast rest for 15 minutes. Carve and serve.

Black Bean Soup

  1. Dice 1/2 a large onion. Crush 4 cloves of garlic
  2. Place onion, garlic and a jalapeño with oil, 1/2 teaspoon of cumin and salt
  3. Sweat this mixture until translucent
  4. Open all 6 cans of beans and place in the pan with caramelized onions and garlic
  5. Add the can of chicken broth
  6. Heat thoroughly over medium heat
  7. Carefully place the mixture in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add chicken stock or bean liquid if needed.
  8. Place in bowls and top with cotija cheese, crema and avocado

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Char Siu Sriracha Mayo Turkey Burgers Topped with Pineapple & Red Cabbage Slaw, Mac ‘n Cheese Tater Tot Casserole and Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie

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What you’ll need from Walmart (prices and taxes may vary slightly):

  • (2) 1 lb Ground Turkey – $5.56
  • 1 lb Ground Pork – $2.98
  • Sriracha – $2.64 (c’mon we know you have it already)
  • Char Siu Seasoning – $.93
  • Great Value Mayo – $1.86
  • Great Value Pineapple Slices – $.96
  • Dozen Eggs – $2.38
  • Red Cabbage – $1.87
  • Scallions – $1.00
  • Cilantro – $.58
  • 1 lb Green Beans – $2.98
  • Baked Buns/Rolls – $2.48
  • Frozen Tater Tots – $2.00
  • Great Value Premium Mac N’ Cheese – $1.68
  • Great Value Fried Onions – $1.28
  • Too Much Fun Ice Cream – $4.14 (we bought the good stuff)
  • Oreo Pie Crust – $2.00
  • Total: $37.32

College Ingredients

 

Turkey Burger Slaw

  1. Thinly shave red cabbage. Slice 3 scallions. Chop 1 bunch of cilantro.
  2. Juice half a lime
  3. Place cabbage, scallions, cilantro, lime, 1.5 teaspoons of mayo, and large pinch of salt in large bowl and toss.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for half an hour.

 

Sriracha Mayo

  1. Combine 3 tablespoons of mayo with 2 tablespoons of Sriracha. Scale as needed.

 

Char Siu Turkey Burger

  1. Follow directions on char siu packet to prepare seasoning
  2. Combine the 2 lbs of ground turkey, 1 lb of ground pork, char siu seasoning and 1 teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Mix with hands thoroughly.
  3. Form 6 patties.
  4. Grill For 4-6 minutes until thoroughly cooked.
  5. Toast buns during last few minutes of burger grill time.
  6. Place sriracha mayo on bottom bun.
  7. Place burger on bun.
  8. Top with slaw, pineapple and egg (optional)

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Tater Tot Mac N’ Cheese Casserole

  1. Place tater tots on oven tray. Follow instructions on package.
  2. Prepare mac n’ cheese with instructions on the package.
  3. Blanch green beans. Bring pot of salted water to boil. Get a bowl of ice water ready. Place green beans in boiling water for 2 minutes. Remove and place in ice bath. Obviously this is fancy, there are many ways to prepare green beans.
  4. Combine tater tots and mac n’ cheese.
  5. Pour tater tots and mac n’ cheese into larger casserole dish. Top with shredded cheese (optional, but really worth it)
  6. Top again with fried onions. Serve.

 

Ice Cream Pie

  1. Let ice cream soften for 10 minutes outside the freezer.
  2. Scoop ice cream onto oreo pie crust. Flatten.
  3. Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes. Serve.

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 German Sweet & Sour Glazed Ham Steaks, Oven-Roasted Mustard Vinegar Sprouts, Fall Apple Kale Tangerine Salad and Corn Bread

What you’ll need from Walmart (prices and taxes may vary slightly):

  • 6 lb Cooks Pork Shoulder – $10.28
  • Great Value Apple Cider Vinegar – $.96
  • Great Value Spicy Mustard – $1.00
  • Aunt Jemima Country Rich Syrup – $1.00
  • Package of Brussels Sprouts – $2.48
  • (2) Onions – $1.84
  • 5 lb Bag of Potatoes – $1.77
  • Garlic – $.85
  • Jiffy Cornbread Mix – $.56
  • Great Value Butter Unsalted – $2.98
  • Dozen Eggs – $2.38
  • Gallon of Whole Milk – $3.25
  • 3 Granny Smith Apples – $2.78
  • 4 Tangerines – $2.32
  • Baby Kale Baby Spinach Blend Bag – $2.98
  • Great Value Raspberry Vinaigrette – $1.66
  • Total: $39.09

Porksgiving Ingredients

 Ham Glaze

  1. Combine 1/2 cup of spicy brown mustard, 2 cups of home style syrup and 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar in a bowl and whisk

Ham Steaks

  1. Unwrap the ham and cut 1/2″ wide steaks to the bone. You will need to rotate the ham as you hit the bone.
  2. Throw the ham steaks on a high heat grill.
  3. Once the ham steaks are on the grill, glaze the top side. Flip every 3 minutes, a total of 4 times. Glaze each time.
  4. Pull off the grill and serve.

Brussels Sprouts

  1. Make a glaze with 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 cup mustard
  2. Cut Brussels sprouts in half. Place on sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil, salt. Put in the oven at 425° for 15 minutes
  3. Rotate sprouts, place back in oven for 5 minutes
  4. Place glaze in a skillet on medium high heat. Then add the sprouts. Cook until glaze cooks down and reduces by half. Sprouts should be covered
  5. Serve

 

Apple Tangerine Salad & Corn Bread

  1. Cut tops and bottoms off the tangerines. Peel. Slice them into rings.
  2. Slice 3 apples.
  3. Combine tangerines, apples, kale/spinach mix into a bowl with vinaigrette dressing. Toss.
  4. For Corn Bread – follow Jiffy Corn Bread Mix instructions.

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From Scratch Bolognese Pasta, Grilled Vegetables & Spumoni Ice Cream Sandwiches on Toasted Hawaiian Rolls

 

What you’ll need from Walmart (prices and taxes may vary slightly):

  • Parmesan Cheese – $2.48
  • Red Wine (1 Cup) – $1.97
  • (4) Large Cans of Crushed Tomatoes (28 oz cans) – $6.48
  • Small Can Tomato Paste – $.44
  • Dozen Eggs – $2.38
  • Great Value Flour – $1.96
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (2 Tablespoons) – $3.55
  • Ground Turkey or Beef – $2.78
  • Salt Pork – $3.84
  • Onion – $1.54
  • Garlic (9 cloves) – $.85
  • 3 Carrots – $.78
  • 1 Lemon – $.49
  • Bag of Celery (8 sticks) – $1.98
  • 1/2 lb Zucchini – $.95
  • Parsley – $.88
  • Radish Bunch – $.88
  • King’s Hawaiian Rolls (12 pk) – $2.48
  • Spumoni Ice Cream – $2.97
  • Total: $39.68

Italian Ingredients

The Bolognese

  1. Small dice the carrots, onion and celery Should have a rough 2:2:1 ratio respectively. Crush garlic cloves.
  2. Render out fat from the salt port over low/med heat in a large sauce pot. Remove pork once a liquid layer of fat covers the bottom of the pot
  3. Add in the carrots, onion and celery
  4. After 5-10 minutes, add tomato paste and garlic
  5. Mixture should become caramelized after another 5 minutes.
  6. Once caramelized, make a hole in the center of the sofrito (vegetable mixture) and add your olive oil and ground meat. Change heat to med/high
  7. Season turkey with small pinch of salt
  8. Add 1 cup of red wine to deglaze the pan
  9. Reduce the mixture for 3-4 minutes to cook out the alcohol
  10. Add the four cans of crushed tomatoes. Finish with one can of water
  11. Bring up to boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover the pot.
  12. Let summer until reduced by almost half, and sauce is dark red. At least 2 hours
  13. Stir the sauce regularly to prevent bottom from burning

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The Fettuccine Pasta

  1. Combine 2 cups of flour, 7 egg yolks and pinch of salt into a food processor. Pulse together until you can form a ball.
  2. Slowly add water, tablespoon by tablespoon, until the dough starts to pull away.
  3. Take dough and place on clean and lightly floured surface or counter
  4. Knead until it comes together. Shiny and firm but not sticky. Flour as needed.
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for one hour.
  6. Use a pasta roller/maker to finish. These instructions may help. 

 

 

Grilled Zucchini

  1. Slice l lb of zucchini long ways in 1/2″ thick slices. Finely chop bunch of parsley.
  2. Juice lemon and combine with sliced zucchini, parsley, 1 clove of garlic, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of salt. Make sure mixture is completed coated.
  3. Marinate for 15 minutes then grill with radishes.

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Spumoni Ice Cream Sandwiches

  1. Grill or toast hawaiian rolls
  2. Scoop ice cream onto rolls and serve.

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Double-Decker Train Gets Converted into the First Mobile Starbucks

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Starbucks partnered with Swiss Train Company SSB to convert a double-decker train into the first mobile coffee store on a train. The sleek car runs from Geneva Airport to St. Gallen, and is exclusively in Switzerland, for now.

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The car is designed to be cozy, with a bar area on the floor and a comfortable seating area on the upper deck for commuters with further to go.  It’s furnished with a carpeted floor, textured wood tables, and leather chairs.  There’s even a coffee waiter to deliver your orders to you on the upper deck, meaning no wobbly walks up and down the train with potentially scalding liquid. Well played Starbucks, well played. Looks like Amtrack will have to step its game up.

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H/T + PicThx Fast Company

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10 Melty Cheese Recipes to Keep You Warm for the Holidays

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One of the best parts about any meal is the cheese. Rich and creamy, it’s a must have for practically any dish, anything from winter greens to bacon double cheeseburger bites (see below). We’ve compiled some of our favorite holiday party-inspired cheese recipes, with some help from the folks over at Sargento. Because the holiday madness is already creeping upon us, we might as well eat heartily with friends and family in the process. It’s simple, do what your French teacher always told you – “J’Aimer le fromage.

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Scalloped Potatoes with Cheese

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Recipe: Sargento

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Bacon Double Cheeseburger Bite Size Puffs

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Recipe: Slow Roasted Italian

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Cheddar, Chicken & Cranberry Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes

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Recipe: Sargento

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Pepperoni & Cheese “Calzonies”

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Recipe: Cozy Apron

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4 State Mac & Cheese with Porcini Mushrooms

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Recipe: Sargento

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Mini Cheese, Ham, and Olives Pizza

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Recipe: Ty Life

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Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

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Recipe: Cooking and Beer

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Crêpes with Caramelized Apples and Creamy Ricotta Filling

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Recipe: Julia’s Album

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Purple Cauliflower Cheese

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Recipe: Food Opera

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Apricot Cheese Squares

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Recipe: Little B Cooks

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H/T Sargento, Tasteologie, Tastespotting