Corn Dog Muffins

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Corn Dog Muffins

I really (really) wanted to make this recipe to share with you today. I shopped my pantry for all the ingredients, had them right out on the counter (except for the beer ~ I planned to swap that one out with water. . . ), ;) and had just about pulled down the bread machine from the top shelf.

 

But then I started thinking that lots of folks might not have a bread machine. Or the energy to put together pretzel hot dogs. Or would just figure that if you’re going to wrap bread around a hot dog you might just as well make a pig-in-a-blanket with some crescent rolls out of the fridge.

 

So you’re getting these instead. ;)

 

Please don’t judge the fact that my kids eat corn dogs occasionally. In all reality they love them, and I figure that if you’re heading to the ballpark where you’re going to buy them a corn dog anyways, you can just as easily pop these in the oven and save at least a few calories since they’re not fried. (And did I mention you’d pinch a few pennies too?)

 

You’re welcome.

 

In just a few weeks I {hope!} we’ll be all set up in our new kitchen and I’ll be sharing a few 0h-so-fancy recipes that aren’t made completely for folks under the age of 14.  But for now we’re still keeping it simple around here making recipes with what I’ve got in the kitchen. Maybe it’ll help you out too if you’re feeling a little overdone this week!

 

Note: I made the mistake of putting the hot dogs in on top of the batter ~ I think if you’ll place those in the muffin tins first, you’ll have much prettier muffins! ;) 

 

 

Corn Dog Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 8.5 oz. packages Cornbread Mix (I used Jiffy)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 9 hot dogs cut in chunks

Instructions

  1. Grease 18 muffin cups.
  2. Mix together cornbread mix and brown sugar in large bowl.
  3. In separate bowl, mix together 2 eggs and milk.
  4. Add milk mixture to corn bread mixture, then stir in cheese.
  5. Place pieces of hot dogs down into muffin cups.
  6. Pour corn bread batter over each cup, about 2/3 full.
  7. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  8. Cool for five minutes, then serve!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/05/corn-dog-muffins/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 5/7/14:)

  • Ball Park Hot Dogs BOGO $3.20 at Publix
  • Sargento Shredded Cheese $2.99 at Publix, use $.70/1 Kroger ecoupon
  • Kroger Bar-S Hot Dogs $1
Recipe adapted from All Recipes.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE
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Tex Mex Chicken Casserole

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My friend (and amazing helper!) Shannon has been telling me forever about this Tex Mex Chicken Casserole recipe, and finally I took her advice and actually made it! I looked through my fridge, freezer and pantry and had everything ready right there in the kitchen, so I was thrilled to make dinner without an extra trip to the grocery store.

It was so simple to put together, and definitely a hit. Because it was more than we really needed I split it into two smaller dishes and shared half with a friend – her family served it with chips ~ we had ours as a main dish with a salad ~ and we all had dinner done! Here’s what you’ll need to get started . . .

 

Tex Mex Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (I used their Healthy Request brand)
  • 4 oz sour cream (I used light)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened (also used light) :)
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • black beans (optional - I left these out but think they would be delicious!)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix together cooked rice, chicken, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, softened cream cheese, Rotel, chili powder, red onion, black beans (optional) and 1 1/4 cups cheddar cheese.
  2. Pour into greased 9x13 baking dish or two smaller dishes.
  3. Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle additional 3/4 cups cheddar cheese over casserole.
  5. Bake another 5 minutes, until cheese is bubbly.
  6. Cool 10 minutes - Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/04/tex-mex-chicken-casserole/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 4/30/14):

  • Breakstone’s Sour Cream BOGO $2.69 at Publix
  • Uncle Ben’s Rice 5 lb. BOGO $7.59, use $1/3 printable or $1/4 from the 4/6 Red Plum insert
  • Kraft Shredded Cheese $3 at Publix
  • Rotel BOGO $1.35 at Publix or $1 at Winn Dixie
  • Publix Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $2.69/lb.
  • Market Pantry Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $5.99, use $1 off Market Pantry Frozen Chicken when you text RECIPE to 827438
  • Use $.50/1 Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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{4 Ingredient} Slow Cooker Rigatoni

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Here’s just about the easier slow cooker recipe I’ve ever made. (Well, I don’t know . . . this one and this one are pretty easy too ~ maybe all things in the slow cooker = easy?)

 

As you can tell though, we’ve been keeping things pretty simple around here lately, and this was a great way to use up a few ingredients from the pantry. You could also add pepperoni, black olives, or any other toppings on top of the other ingredients, but this one worked well for us since I didn’t happen to have those on hand. I even used frozen Boca Veggie crumbles that were free forever ago (and happen to be on sale this week as well), so I was thrilled to get one more item out of the freezer! Here’s how to easily get dinner on the table at your house too . . .

 

 

{4 Ingredient} Slow Cooker Rigatoni

Ingredients

  • 28 oz spaghetti sauce
  • 12 oz rigatoni pasta, cooked to al dente
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef or ground sausage, cooked and drained
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella
  • pepperoni (optional)
  • sliced mushrooms, black olives, or onion (optional)

Instructions

  1. Layer half of the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Then add half the pasta, half the ground beef, and half of the mozzarella cheese.
  3. Layer pepperoni, mushrooms or black olives (optional.)
  4. Add another layer of all the ingredients.
  5. Cook on low 3-4 hours.
  6. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/04/slow-cooker-rigatoni/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 4/23/14):

Curious how to cook ground beef in the slow cooker so you can just make up a big batch for recipes like this? Here you go (just leave out the taco seasonings.)

 

This post is linked up to Crock Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday – thanks for the opportunity to link up! Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Last Minute Chicken

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Need dinner in a hurry? My neighbor Sarah shared this simple chicken recipe with me, which is perfect when you need dinner in a hurry but don’t have anything planned! I’m betting you have most of the ingredients in your pantry, and you’ll have dinner on the table in less than the time it would take you to swing through McDonald’s. ;)

Last Minute Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup potato flakes (or substitute with bread crumbs)
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in halves

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375.
  2. Mix together Parmesan cheese, garlic salt and potato flakes in a pie plate.
  3. In separate pie plate, melt butter.
  4. Dip chicken in butter, then dredge in potato flake mixture, then place in baking dish.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/03/last-minute-chicken/

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 5/5/14):

  • Tyson Frozen Chicken Breasts $7.99/lb. at Kroger
  • Publix Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $2.99/lb.
  • Bi-Lo 40 oz. Frozen Chicken Breasts 40 oz. BOGO $11.99/lb.
  • Winn Dixie Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts 40 oz BOGO $12.99/lb.
  • Use $.50/2 Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes coupon from the 2/2 Smart Source insert
Zax Sauce
You could also add some Zax Sauce to dip your chicken in, or try these Easy Homemade Chicken Tenders if you’d prefer to use bread crumbs. Either way dinner is done, and you’ll have skipped the drive thru! (Love that . . .)

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Chicken Minestrone Soup

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I really think I could eat soup every single day when it’s cold outside. So as I was trying to come up with something yummy to make this week, I knew another soup recipe was in order! I’m not a big fan of traditional Minestrone Soup, but I saw this recipe for Chicken and Artichoke Minestrone and thought I’d see if I could tweek it a bit so that Mrs. Potts could do the cooking. It worked. ;)

 

This is so easy and makes a ton – you literally dump the ingredients in your slow cooker and come back a few hours to have a yummy meal on the table. You can adjust it quite a bit – if you don’t like artichokes (or don’t want to spend the extra pennies on them!), leave them out. If you’ve got a can of black beans in your pantry, throw them in. Usually I would use cooked chicken that I pre-cooked at home, but in a pinch I grabbed the canned cooked chicken to make life easy. Really, this soup is so simple and you can’t mess it up – just top with a hearty pinch of Parmesan and add a side of crusty bread, and you’ve got dinner done!

 

(I just checked and the recipe makes twelve servings and has 4 Weight Watchers Points per serving ~ love that!  Plus, you’ll quite possibly have a week’s supply of veggies in one delicious meal. So good, and good for you!)

 

Chicken Minestrone Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped (I used a red onion ~ I always think those have the best flavor!)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 32 oz cartons chicken broth
  • 1 can corn, undrained
  • 1 8 oz can artichoke hearts, drained
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 10 oz package frozen spinach
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • fresh Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Dump all ingredients except the Parmesan in the crockpot (pasta does not need to be cooked.)
  2. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  3. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve with crusty bread.
  4. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/02/slow-cooker-chicken-minestrone-soup/

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 7/10/13):

  • Progresso Broth BOGO $2.59 at Publix, use $2 off chicken or sausage when you purchase 4 Progresso or Hunts products found in Viva Italia Booklets in store
  • Mushrooms on sale $2 at Kroger
  • 3 lb yellow onions $.79 at Aldi
  • Tyson Chunk Chicken $2.50 at Publix or Perdue Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast on sale $1.99/lb at Kroger
  • Or Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken $6.99 at Publix, use $1/1 coupon from the 1/5 Smart Source insert
  • Hunts Tomatoes BOGO $1.99 at Publix, use $2 off chicken or sausage when you purchase 4 Progresso or Hunts products found in Viva Italia Booklets in store, stack with $1/1 Kraft Parmesan and purchase of 3 Hunt’s products coupon from the 1/19 Smart Source insert
Looking for more slow cooker soup recipes? Here are a few of my favorites:

This post is linked up to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday – thanks for the opportunity to link up! If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Ravioli With Prosciutto

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My friend Shannon tried this recipe for Ravioli with Prosciutto this week, and since it matches up so well with the Publix ad we thought you all might to try it too! Let me know what you think (her hubby said it’s  “Macaroni Grill, Olive Garden good”.)

Ravioli With Prosciutto

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs meat or cheese ravioli, fresh or frozen
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 oz prosciutto or bacon, chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp fresh sage (use fresh sage not dried for the best flavor)
  • 3 roma tomatoes, cup up
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp romano cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring water to boil according to ravioli package directions.
  2. Melt butter in skillet over medium to medium high heat.
  3. Add prosciutto or ham and cook five minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes and cook an additional four minutes.
  5. Add ravioli to boiling water to cook.
  6. Add sage and pepper.
  7. Stir cream into tomato & prosciutto mixture, stir well.
  8. Bring to boil and lower heat to simmer.
  9. Add cheese and toss to coat.
  10. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/02/ravioli-with-prosciutto/

Here are the best sales I see for this week (as of 2/12/14):

  • Rosetto Ravioli, 19 – 25 oz on sale $2.29 at Publix
  • Roma Tomatoes $.99/lb at Kroger
  • Fresh Sage $1.99 at Publix or Kroger
  • Ham (hopefully you have some stockpiled) if not Target has them $1.49/lb or Smithfield Bacon B2G1 at Publix
  • Heavy Whipping Cream $2.99 at Kroger or Publix

 

Recipe adapted from Food.com.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Roast

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My friend Mary shared this slow cooker roast recipe with me a few weeks ago, and goodness gracious I’m so glad she did. I popped everything in Mrs. Potts yesterday morning by 8, worked here on PPP most of the day, drove kids around town all afternoon, and walked into a (clean!) house with dinner at cooked at 6PM. (Such a gift!)

 

If you’re a working mom, you’ve got to put this on your menu plan soon. And if you’re a stay-at-home-chasing-kids-around-taxi-driving momma, you’ve worked crazy hard too and need Mrs. Potts to handle dinner for you just as much!

 

If you eat a gluten-free diet, make the recipe without the flour to fry it in (and minus the bread bowl of course) for a gluten free meal that also doesn’t use any cream soup. So good!

Slow Cooker Roast

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb. beef shoulder roast
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced thinly
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large russet potatoes, cut into 1/4" slices
  • 32 oz beef broth
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard (I substituted with regular mustard)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp small cube beef bouillon
  • 1 cup water
  • bread bowls (optional)

Instructions

  1. Rinse roast and pat dry.
  2. Cut 1-inch "X" on top of roast - not slicing all the way through the roast but enough to leave room for the onions to set down in the roast.
  3. Mix together flour, salt and 1 tsp pepper.
  4. Coat roast in flour mixture and cook in oil for 2 minutes until each side is lightly browned.
  5. Place roast in slow cooker.
  6. Stuff onion and garlic down into the roast.
  7. Add carrots and onions around the roast.
  8. Mix together beef broth, vinegar, water, mustard, beef bouillon, 1 1/2 tsp pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
  9. Pour broth mixture over roast, cook on low 8-10 hours. (It will take a long time for the veggies to cook.)
  10. Pour into bread bowls and enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/02/slow-cooker-roast/

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 2/5/14):

Looking for more slow ways to cook a shoulder roast? Here are a few of my favorites. . .
Slow Cooker Pot Roast (I love this one if you enjoy a thick gravy with your roast – so yummy and much better than the regular cream of mushroom soup recipe!)

 

This post is linked up to Crock Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday. Thanks for the opportunity to link up!  Recipe adapted from Southern Living Slow Cooker Suppers Magazine.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Recipe Ideas For The Big Game

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Planning to watch the big game tomorrow? Here’s a roundup of my favorite recipes your family might enjoy. Have a fantastic Sunday!

 White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chilil

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

ham and cheese sliders

Best Ever Ham & Cheese Sliders (if you make these up in the morning they’ll be ready in time for the game!)

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders 

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Slow Cooked Italian Beef Sliders

Mini Meatball Subs

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pulls

Sassy Chicken Enchilada Dip

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

 

Slow Cooker Beef Nacho Bake

Restaurant Style Nachos

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Slow Cooker Warm Chicken Nacho Dip

If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE. 

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Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops (4 Weight Watchers Points)

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These are the best pork chops I have ever put in my mouth. 

Seriously. 

In fact, they were so good that my (usually-kinda-picky) son kept asking for more ~ even after complaining that we were trying another pork chop recipe this week. They were good even before I added the balsamic glaze sauce, so I made my kids a plain version without the sauce that turned out fantastic, and then added the glaze. Both ways were just perfect, and I’ve decided I need to ask you all for recipes again soon!

 

To make life even a little easier they were done in less than 20 minutes, and have just 4 Weight Watchers points. Pop some potatoes in the oven to bake, add and a salad and some veggies on the side, and you’ve got dinner tonight!

Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops (4 Weight Watchers Points)

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless thinly sliced pork chops, pounded to 3/4" thick
  • garlic salt
  • pepper
  • onion flakes or onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon sugar

Instructions

  1. Pound pork chops to 3/4" thick.
  2. Season chops with garlic salt, pepper, and onion flakes or onion powder.
  3. Heat pan to medium heat for one minute, then add olive oil and heat another minute.
  4. Add pork chops and cook over medium high heat until browned on both sides (about 5 minutes.)
  5. Place pork chops on plate, lower heat a bit, then add vinegar and sugar and cook until sauce thickens (about two minutes, sauce won't get very thick but will become a little more syrup like.)
  6. Place pork chops back in pan and cook an additional 4 minutes, rotating and turning over a few times to glaze the pork chops with the sauce.
  7. Serve hot, with sauce poured over pork chops.
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/01/balsamic-glazed-pork-chops-4-weight-watchers-points/

 

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/21/14):

Thanks to Lauren for sharing this recipe with me last week when I was desperate for a new idea for pork chops ~ because I used it, she wins a $1o Amazon gift card! 

 

Recipe adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Skinny Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

cheeseburger soup - PINTEREST

Here’s my first ever (I think?) Weight Watchers recipe to share! I joined online last week (I’d really hoped to go to the meetings, but so far my schedule hasn’t allowed it), but have been pretty pleased with how easy it’s been to manage.

 

I really didn’t expect to like this recipe all that much (give me chicken over beef any day), but this was really just delicious. I tweaked it a bit using what I had in my pantry, and was oh-so-pleased with the results.

 

You could easily substitute regular cheddar cheese if that’s what you have in the pantry, but I did purchase the (expensive!) fat free cheese to keep my points lower. Let me know what you think if you try it out for dinner too!

Skinny Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped finely
  • 1 b ground beef
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 8 oz low fat cheddar or colby cheese
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • baked low fat tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Spray nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat for 30 seconds.
  2. Add onion, garlic and celery to skillet, cooking until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray and pour in vegetables.
  4. Add ground beef to the same skillet you used for the veggies and brown ground beef until cooked through.
  5. Drain ground beef and add to slow cooker.
  6. In small cup, mix together flour and 1/2 cup of the broth and stir until smooth.
  7. Add flour and broth mixture to the skillet along with the remaining 2 1/2 cups of broth.
  8. Bring to a simmer, and stir well, including any of the browned bits in the slow cooker left from the beef ~ then transfer to broth mixture to the slow cooker.
  9. Add evaporated milk, cheese, paprika, salt and pepper to the slow cooker.
  10. Cover and cook on low for two hours.
  11. Put a few chips in the bottom of your bowl then add soup and a few more crumbled soups
  12. Makes 6-8 servings
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/01/skinny-slow-cooker-cheeseburger-soup/

If you’re doing Weight Watchers, a serving (3/4 cups) is 5 points including a few 3 tbsps of crushed chips. Not bad for a filling meal!

 

 

Looking for more slow cooker recipes? Here are a few of my favorites:

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/8/13):

  • College Inn Broth BOGO at Bi-Lo ($1.49 after sale) and Winn Dixie ($1.39 after sale)
  • Publix Ground Chuck  on sale $3.49/lb.
  • Lean Ground Beef on sale $2.79/lb at Kroger when you purchase in 3 lb. pack 
  • Publix Cheese on sale $2.50 
  • Kraft Cheese 16 oz on sale $4.99 at Publix, use $2/2 Kraft Cheese coupon from the Publix Game Day Greats Booklet (or print it HERE), stack with $2 off Publix ecoupon
  • Ground Beef on sale $1.99/lb. at Harvey’s

This post is linked up to Crock Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday and Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday – thanks for the opportunity to link up! Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers.  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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