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How To Make Bruschetta: A Delicious and Easy Italian Appetizer

Updated on April 6, 2012

A Fresh Tomato and Basil Delight!

Once you know how easy it is to make delicious Bruschetta it will become a great go to for any meal, party or get together. A refreshing appetizer fabulous for vegetarians too, this a must have recipe to keep handy in your arsenal of Italian dishes.

Having a father who is not only an Italian immigrant but also a chef, I have been lucky to eat lots of great Italian food. Bruschetta is one of our favorites and a staple, it has all the ingredients that scream Italian - tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil and bread, yum!

I am excited to share our family recipe, hope you enjoy it and as we always say before a big meal - and is there really any other kind when it comes to an Italian family? - Buon Appetito!

All photos from my personal collection

I am not giving exact amounts on the ingredients because it really depends on how many people you are serving and other factors such as tomato size or garlic preference. If it is a starter course 2-3 pieces per person works great. In this recipe I used 3 medium sized tomatoes, 6 basil leaves and 3 cloves of garlic (strong garlic taste which I love!) and it produced 12 slices of bruschetta.

You can definitely make bruschetta with any personal choice of tomato and it will still be delicious; however, I have to point out that whenever possible I highly recommend using Heirloom tomatoes.

They are like natures candy and will really make your bruschetta explode with flavor. They are also wonderful because they come in a variety of colors, mixing them up makes for a visually beautiful presentation. Unfortunately, I was not able to get any for this recipe, sorry.

You can use a variety of breads but try to keep it in the sour dough, baguette or ciabatta families. I suppose you could use your typical sliced bread but I have never tried it so cannot attest to how it will come out.

There is an amazing array of Olive oils out there too, so pick your favorite. I tend to use extra virgin.

Sea salt really gives a good punch rather than regular table salt but either will work.

Ingredients

  • A loaf of your favorite sour dough bread
  • ciabatta or baguette.
  • 3 or more Tomatoes depending on the size of them and how many you wish to serve. 3 tomatoes are perfect for 2 -3 people.
  • A Fresh Basil Bunch
  • Garlic Cloves - It really is a personal preference however I would say for a full loaf at least a miniumum of 3 or 4.
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt - Preferably Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Chop your tomatoes into small pieces and place into a mixing bowl
  2. Cut up your fresh basil and add it to the tomatoes in the mixing bowl
  3. Add salt to taste and about a two count pour of the olive oil. You want just enough to coat them not to drown them.
  4. Gently stir all the ingredients so as to avoid crushing or smashing the tomatoes.
  5. Peel your garlic gloves and cut off a small piece on one side of each clove.
  6. Slice the loaf into fairly thin slices, too thick and it can becomes more difficult to eat, think half an inch.
  7. Toast each slice of bread.
  8. As they come out of the toaster take a garlic clove and scrub the bread with it. This really infuses the garlic flavor. If you want more garlic, which I always do, you can dice a clove or two and add it to the tomato and basil too.
  9. Coat the now garlic toast with olive oil.
  10. Put the tomatoes on top of each slice, arrange on a platter and dig in!
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Need a Great Set of Knives? - A Kitchen Must

It is so important to have a great set of knives in your kitchen arsenal. It makes cooking easier and far more pleasurable when your knives are sharp and do their job with ease and precision.

Gathering the Ingredients - Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic, Olive Oil, Salt and Bread

What a lovely ensemble of flavors!

Tomatoes and Basil Prepped - With the Salt and Olive Oil at Hand

Once you have prepped your tomatoes and basil add them into the mixing bowl adding your salt and olive oil

Pronouncing Bruschetta

Did you know that Bruschetta is commonly mispronounced? We often say brew-che-ta giving it our "ch" sound. In the Italian language "ch" produces a "k" sound so it is really pronounced brew-ske-ta.

The Olive Oil Kiss - Adding the Olive Oil

All the ingredients mixed

Prepping Garlic - A Personal Preference

I prep the garlic for scrubbing and I also finely chop up a clove or two to add it to the tomato and basil mix, as I like the extra garlic flavor. However it is a personal preference.

Garlic Peeling Made Easy

Peeling garlic can be time consuming, this handy little tool makes it a piece of cake. It is possible to buy already peeled garlic but I have found the flavor is not as good so I prefer buying a garlic bulb and peeling them as I need them for the best taste. This is one of my favorite handy kitchen gizmos, easy to use, clean and store.

Zak Designs E-Z-Rol Garlic Peeler (Blue)
Zak Designs E-Z-Rol Garlic Peeler (Blue)

Old fashioned peeling no more, it just got a lot easier with this handy kitchen tool. I love mine and it doesn't take up a lot of space either.

 

The Bruschetta Patiently Awaits - It's an Italian Flag

Here is the garlic, tomatoes, basil, olive oil and salt mixed together.

Cutting the Bread

Keep Your Bread Fresh

I always have a few different loaves of bread. Storing them and keeping them fresh is important, a bread box is perfect for that. When making bruschetta you may not need a whole loaf especially if it is for only 2 people, keep the loaf for later use by storing it in a bread box.

Oggi Stainless Steel Roll Top Bread Box with Tempered Glass Lid
Oggi Stainless Steel Roll Top Bread Box with Tempered Glass Lid

Bread can easily go to waste if not used in a timely fashion, keep it fresh in this handy bread box

 

Prepping the Toast - Scrub the Garlic and Coat with a Light Layer of Olive Oil

Need a Platter - Presenting Your Bruschetta

Part of serving food is in the presentation of it. If you are making bruschetta for a party it is wonderful touch to arrange them on platter like these. The white is a nice background for the rich color of the tomatoes and basil.

ECO-WARE Serving Platter, Kristel, Set of 2
ECO-WARE Serving Platter, Kristel, Set of 2

Using a white platter is a fun way of sneaking in the Italian flag colors; the red of the tomatoes, the white of the platter and the green of the basil. These are on my wish list!

 

Pronta di Mangiare - It is Ready to Eat!

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      Juan 2 years ago

      BION I'm imdessrep! Cool post!

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      MindOfPeyton 4 years ago

      Snack inspiration, COMPLETE! Thanks lensmaster sofia star!

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I love bruschetta. It's so simple but so tasty.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love bruschetta. Thanks for the recipe.

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      DeannaDiaz 5 years ago

      Such a simple recipe yet AMAZINGLY delicious!

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      hippiechicjewelz 5 years ago

      A DELICIOUS lens! I love Brushchetta, so yummy!!!

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      evaemilie 5 years ago

      Lovely lens! I love the Italian kitchen :) Use good ingredients, make it simple and tasteful. I lived in Spain Catalonia a couple of years. A local speciality is cutting a garlic clove and a tomato in half and rub each on a toast from a good bread - so simple and so good!

      Bruscetta is such a delish summer snack. Thanks for sharing this great recipe

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      absolutely - sometimes I add Feta cheese with the tomatoes - naughty but nice!

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      jseoseo 5 years ago

      If you want some incredible olive oil just out of the ancient stone press for your bruschetta, come to Tuscany mid November and help us olive picking :)

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      jseoseo 5 years ago

      Want some 'real' extra virgin oil just out of the mill for your bruscetta? Come help us olive picking here in Tuscany in mid November :)

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      Yes. Looks delicious.

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      getwellsoon 5 years ago

      Oh it is so good, but try it with some olive oil and spices. Yum Yum!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      So yummy-really great directions-thanks :>)

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      Chris Tyler 5 years ago from Orlando, Florida.

      And it's off to the kitchen I go, lol.

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      couldnothelpfo 5 years ago

      Look very delicious! Thank you for sharing! I can also try to give

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      It seems very delicious! And I feel hungry now!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Yes, unfortunately I love it a bit too much! So many of my favorite foods in one tiny bite. Total yum factor. I've never tried rubbing the bread with garlic cloves. Can't wait to see how that sparks it up.

      Congratulations on a well-deserved lens of the day, and thank you so much for including my new lens, "Where To Find Organic and Heirloom Seeds." You made my day!

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      MaartjeJepsen 5 years ago

      Looks like a yummy!

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      Barbara Isbill 5 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Delicious and worthy of a try. Thumbs up!

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      LooLooBird 5 years ago

      I LOVE bruschetta! But I can no longer eat bread (sadness), so the toppings are still okay, but I am searching for an alternative...

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I love bruschetta - this has whet my appetite. Blessings.

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      I love Italian food of any kind and this looks so good. Great lens.

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      cheerfulmadness 5 years ago

      I will definitely try this: it looks delicious :)

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      Malu Couttolenc 5 years ago

      Delicious Bruschetta recipe, I love them and will try yours for sure :)

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      This looks yummy! I will definitely try to make this thanks!

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Congrats on lotd! ;)

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      kismet80 5 years ago

      Delicious...I think I've made bruschetta a thousand different ways at this point, but I'm always looking for new ideas. I can't wait until tomatoes are back in season here and it gets REALLY good :)

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      dwnovacek 5 years ago

      Yummmmm... Awesome lens about an awesome dish. Angel Blessed!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      It does not get much better than bruschetta!!! Yum!

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      abb1fan 5 years ago

      Yummy :)

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      digitaltree 5 years ago

      Looks delicious, i have to try this someday, great lens.

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      OMG my mouth is watering. Love bruschetta but never tried to make it.

      Now I'm gonna try this. Congrats on LOTD

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      missroxa lm 5 years ago

      Looks wonderful! Really tasty snack, I agree!

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      empathzone 5 years ago

      mm yummy!! this looks good!!

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      brianthegreat 5 years ago

      Awesome Lens, and inspiring for both an enthusiastic cook, and a new Squidooer! Thanks for the tips!

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      JohnnyNassar 5 years ago

      Hmmm, can I have one please ?

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Looks very good and healthy!

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      poutine 5 years ago

      yes, i'm a huge fan of bruschetta.

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      modz 5 years ago

      Looks tasty :)

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Absolutely! My husband makes it a lot. Wonderful job on the lens. Your photos are making me very hungry. Congratulazioni!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Yum! I love Bruschetta. My husband makes delicious bruschetta.

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      futurefocus57 5 years ago

      Love me some bruschetta.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hmm.. looks yummy

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      Coreena Jolene 5 years ago

      I love these and love the way you presented in your lens. Ack! I have been pronouncing it wrong for years, thanks for the tip :) Congrats on lens of the day.

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      jwcooney 5 years ago

      Yum, thanks for sharing this bruschetta recipe, it looks amazingly tasty!

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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      Yummy Bruschetta!...I try this next time..

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      bwet 5 years ago

      i love bruschetta. never knew how to make them. hope to make them right by following your recipe!

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      KingGnoy14 5 years ago

      that seems looks very delicious :d

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      MarisaWright 5 years ago

      I've just started the Weight Watchers diet and am looking for healthy snacks - a variation of this might be just the ticket, because onions and tomatoes are "zero points". It doesn't look like I'd need too much oil and I can cut the bread thin - this could be yummy!

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      MarisaWright 5 years ago

      I've just started the Weight Watchers diet and am looking for healthy snacks - a variation of this might be just the ticket, because onions and tomatoes are "zero points". It doesn't look like I'd need too much oil and I can cut the bread thin - this could be yummy!

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      @TheFalconPress: Thank you! Yes Parmesan cheese on top is great!

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      @ifeelgod lm: Thank you I hope you try out one day!

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      @YourDatingDiva LM: Thank you! Adding capers would be great, I would probably go light on them though as they are pretty salty:)!

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      @garethjax lm: Grazie! I speak fluent Italian but it is not my first language so I make mistakes often:)

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      @Spokanewebdesig1: No of course not many people enjoy adding their own touch and some fresh mozzarella would be great!

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      @tinnitusnaturalcures: me either:)

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Wonderful way to do a great lens. Congrats on the award and now featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012 and also on Squidoo LOTD Lenses. Hugs.

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      So delicious and easy to make! I am a huge fan. Thanks for sharing this mouth-watering recipe and congrats on LotD! :)

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      Just wanted to congratulate you on your lens of the day award. It is very deserving!

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      just looking at the photos, I've already got a craving for bruschetta

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Love it, love it, love it! But I've never made before. Thanks! d

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      neuromancer lm 5 years ago

      I like that device for garlic peeling, never seen that before.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love it but I've never made it. You make it look easy. I can't wait to try it!

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      irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

      AAh my saliva is running now! I know how good this is. Cannot wait to do them.

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I love brushetta, but I've never made my own. Certainly seems easy enough to give a try! Thanks for the recipe. Congratulations on LotD!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yummy. I never had it but that looks very nice

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes. Blessed!

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      LM 829917 5 years ago

      nice

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      Jake_2525 5 years ago

      This looks great! The only bruschetta I've had was a Pizza Hut Bistro and it was good. But this looks a lot fresher. I need to try this. Good Lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! Now I'm hungry ;)

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      Wealth-seekers LM 5 years ago

      I too like to use, sea-salt and star extra-virgin olive oil, in my Home Cooking Recipes. Thanks

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      dumutu 5 years ago

      Yummy... I like brucheta. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I'll try to make some now :)

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      Paperquest5 5 years ago

      I love it no matter how you pronounce it. Great job on the lens!

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      sanchit11 5 years ago

      love it

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      FurryCud 5 years ago

      Awesome lens :D

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      chookyco 5 years ago

      I love Brushetta, haven't had it years but what a fantastic starter

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I've always loved a good crunchy bruschetta. Your lens is filled with mouth watering photos and great instructions.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yum, yum! I'm crazy about Italian food and would also like to visit Italy some day. Thanks for a great recipe.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      the food looks delicious to I wanna eat it

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      justholidays 5 years ago

      Well, now that I'm non a strict diet, I'm looking for any kind of low cal and fat recipes. This one seems extra to give a try to since, in addition, I can just add my false salt; which is one of the biggest problem of this diet... Excellent! Congrats on this LOTD!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Congratulations on winning LotD! Your lens is so well done, I am not at all surprised! Breschetta makes a nice snack! Angel Blessings!

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      tyrosine 5 years ago

      Looks really easy n neat! Yummy too especially

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      jinggaberseri 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      bidzinger 5 years ago

      Bruschetta is wonderful. This lens really breaks it down step by step and shows how it's done.

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      KKBOOKSTORE 5 years ago

      looks great thx

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      Joy Neasley 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      yummmm.....sounds delicious! Great lens.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      LOVE bruschetta- congrats on LotD

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      Kowgirl 5 years ago

      Love the lens. I also found a great way to use up my Texas Toast and serve up a nice snack. This is one Italian dish I can eat even if I am a diabetic, that is if I stick to just one serving.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      This looks so tasty!

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      goodee 5 years ago

      wow this sounds delicious!! thank you for sharing.

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      BlueTrane 5 years ago

      gonna try it! Thanks!

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Looks yummy ... will have to try these. Congrats on your Purple Star and LOTD!