Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hoshiyama Fried Rice Guest post by Diane Vallere




LUCY BURDETTE: I'm really excited about today's guest, as I loved the first book in her new series. And she's here to share a recipe from the book, and also offer a giveaway! Welcome Diane!

DIANE VALLERE: I am what you might call an experimental cook. I’ll toss things in (or not) at whim, add things (or not) based on the contents of my fridge, and eyeball measurements. The following recipe is one that morphed from a clone recipe for Benihana fried rice and a recipe in an old cookbook. I’ve made many versions over the years and it always delivers.






Ingredients:
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 egg
1 cup cooked white rice
1 stalk celery
1 carrot
1-2 green onions
1 cup bean sprouts
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp butter
2-3 cloves garlic

(I didn’t realize I had no carrots, so I’m substituting a stalk from greens instead. This could go awry, but I suspect it’ll work!)





1.     Take butter out of fridge
2.     Turn empty pan on low to preheat
3.     dice: green onion, celery, carrot
4.     mince garlic
(Lots of chopping! Make sure your knife is sharp!)


Let's get started!
5.     crack egg into cup and whisk, set aside
6.     add 2 tbsp sesame oil to pan
7.     add onion, garlic, and butter to pan. *if you are making chicken fried rice, add uncooked chicken here.


8.     turn heat to medium and stir until evenly coated
9.     push to sides of pan
10.  add cooked rice

A wooden spoon is a must have for this dish, as is a pan with high sides.

11.  break apart and mix with onion/garlic/oil mixture until evenly coated. push to sides of pan
12.  add diced veggies
We’re getting there!


13.  cook in center of pan for about 1 minute, then mix with rice and other stuff in pan. When mixed, push to sides of pan, leaving space in the middle *if you are making shrimp fried rice, add uncooked shrimp here.
14.  pour whisked egg into center of pan. let it cook. When it starts to set, mix in with rice/veggie mixture until evenly mixed and egg is cooked.

If you ignored step 5, you will be scrambling to crack and whip up your egg right now. Follow directions!

15.  add 1 tbsp soy sauce
16.  sprinkle sesame seeds on top
17.  give it another turn in the pan and then you’re done!

Serve and enjoy!

An extended version of this recipe can be found in A DISGUISE TO DIE FOR. Also, you can read about the time that Tak Hoshiyama makes this very dish for Margo Tamblyn. One lucky commenter will win a copy of the book!

About the book:
No sooner does former magician’s assistant Margo Tamblyn return home to Proper City, Nevada, to run Disguise DeLimit, her family’s costume shop, than she gets her first big order. Wealthy nuisance Blitz Manners needs forty costumes for a detective-themed birthday bash. As for Blitz himself, his Sherlock Holmes is to die for—literally—when, in the middle of the festivities, Margo’s friend and party planner Ebony Welles is caught brandishing a carving knife over a very dead Blitz.
For Margo, clearing Ebony’s name is anything but elementary, especially after Ebony flees town. Now Margo is left to play real-life detective in a town full of masked motives, cloaked secrets, and veiled vendettas. But as she soon learns, even a killer disguise can’t hide a murderer in plain sight for long.

INCLUDES RECIPES AND COSTUME IDEAS!

About Diane:
After a career in retail, Diane Vallere traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. A DISGUISE TO DIE FOR is the first in her new Costume Shop Mystery Series. Diane also writes the Madison Night, Style & Error, and Lefty-Nominated Material Witness Mysteries. She is also the Vice President of Sisters in Crime.  She started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.

140 comments:

  1. Love this recipe for fried rice; and the book sounds amazing! EMS591@aol.com

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    1. Thanks, LizNoVeggieGirl! Good luck with the recipe!

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  2. My husband was just commenting the other day that we don't make fried rice anymore...leave to try this recipe.nthanks. Kuzlin at AOL.com

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    1. Tell your husband that the Mystery Lovers' Kitchen has you covered! Good luck!

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  3. I love fried rice, this recipe sounds delicious! I am so excited for this book! Thanks for the chance to win. Dnrocker@yahoo.com

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  4. I need to try this. I haven't heard of this series. I'll have to check it out. suefoster109@netzero.net.

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    1. Good luck,Sue! (with the recipe and the giveaway!)

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  5. This looks great! So does this new series! Staceytoney6@gmail.com

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  6. It's fun when you can improvise with whatever's in your fridge--I do that a lot. My husband the scientist, on the other hand, can't function without a written recipe in front of him when he cooks. This one sounds like a keeper!

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    1. Sheila, improvisation is my favorite part of cooking, but I do love the security of a recipe! I've made this probably over a hundred times but I still pull the old recipe book down mid-way to make sure I'm doing the steps in the right order.

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    1. Pat (patdupuy@yahoo.com)January 16, 2016 at 12:57 PM

      This looks like a recipe even I could make! Your books sound like a lot of fun.

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  8. This looks so yummy!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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    1. Hi Karen, I admit, it was yummy! Good luck!

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  9. I love fried rice (and especially shrimp fried rice!!) I'll be sure to follow the directions. rebarger@bellsouth.net

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    1. Oooh Karlene, shirmp fried rice is my FAVORITE! Good luck!

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  10. I like fried rice but have never tried making it at home.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. Sandy, the first time I made it at home was a big deal. Now I make it a couple of times a month! Good luck!

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  11. This recipe looks wonderful! I love cooking with my personal changes to a recipe. Thank you for basing a series in a Western state, I am excited to read this one in Nevada! Blessings, breannaherron@icloud.com

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    1. I hope you enjoy your time in Proper City, Nevada! Good luck!

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  12. Sounds Yummy!!! Will be trying!!!!!!! Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  13. Great fried rice recipe. littleone
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  14. This looks good!!! Can't wait to read this book

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    1. Thanks, Sheila! Only a little more than two weeks!! Good luck!

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  15. sounds so good, and the book sounds interesting. Janngrogan@yahoo.com

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  16. Thank you to Lucy for inviting me here today. Please forgive my liberal use of exclamation points in the comments. I get very excited about fried rice!

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  17. I'm an experimental cook, too---I seem to just use recipes as an inspiration and starting point, then go from there. Fried rice should be a perfect dish for that technique. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Good luck, Sue! And fried rice is great for the experimental cook. A very creative recipe!

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  18. The fried rice and the book both look great. Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win. Dmskrug3@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks! Good luck with the recipe and the giveaway!

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  19. I will use the term experimental cook from now on. My family always tells me they love whatever I cook but never know quite what to expect since I just toss things in.

    Love that cover! (and I love exclamation points too!) Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Yay! A new description was obtained here! Good luck with your cooking and the giveaway!

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  20. Great recipe. And I would love to win a copy of your book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  21. Your recipe is tempting. Your books are all wonderful. Wishing you a great 2016. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  22. I am definitely going to try this recipe! I love fried rice and I am not a big meat eater! The cover is great! Thanks for the chance!
    edtercross7304@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you, Terri! Let me know how it turns out for you. Good luck!

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  23. Fried rice would be a great treat this winter. I don't eat meat but do love fish. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Fried rice is one of our fav from Rice A Roni but this recipe sounds so good. In eastern iowa i have yet to find good chinese food like in Ca where i lived for many many years before coming here. I would love to read and review this book sounds just great! ptclayton2@aol.com

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  25. I already know that I enjoy your writing, so I look forward to your new series! Fried rice is one of my favorite dishes and this one sounds like a winner, especially since you use sesame oil.

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! The sesame oil makes it very yummy. Good luck!

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  26. I've always wanted to make chicken fried rice, and now I have the recipe! Thanks so much for sharing and for the giveaway! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Good luck, Celia! Be careful, though, it's addicting!

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  27. Infinitely adaptable and delicious.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Libby, you're right, tons of ways to adapt this! Good luck!

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  28. The recipe looks good. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway. crossxjo@hotmail.com

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  29. Love the recipe. YUM.

    XZJH04 @GMAIL.COM

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  30. Happy New Year Diane! I'm looking forward to reading the debut in your Costume Shop series. Love your Material Witness series...always hungry for more! Thank you for the chance to win. sxygrndma48@yahoo.com

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  31. It's an interesting recipe. I've been cooking Asian style food now for forty years (including as a private chef for parties) so I try it and see if it fits with my buffet lineup. I'm a big fan of magic and stage magicians. In summer came one year a counselor got hurt and had to leave. The replacement was a magician who picked five of us to learn all the tricks in his trunk. I took the oath and have never and will never divulge how they worked. LOL

    Please enter me in the giveaway, I'd love to add that book to my home library.

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    1. Nora, the last time I was on Mystery Lover's Kitchen, I made eggrolls for WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL. You can make a whole meal out of my book-themed recipes! Good luck!

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  32. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity! The recipe looks fantastic! jillian.lauder@yahoo.com

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  33. I love these books! Thanks for the recipe...seems very easy and tasty, too! A great way to spice it up and do something different. kat8762@aol.com

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    1. Thanks, Kathleen! This is for a new series so I hope you love it too! Good luck!

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  34. Looks yummy! Adding this series to my tbr list. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Scouts579 (at) aol (dot) com

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  35. My cooking has been a lifetime of experiments! :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. The costume shop, plus a dog and cat on the cover...love it! patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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    1. Experimental cooking is so much fun! Good luck, Patricia!

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  36. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm adding this book to my TBR list. smmolloy1105@yahoo.com

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  37. We like to add homemade char siu and green peas to our fried rice. This new book sounds intriguing ... teenlibn at hotmail dot com

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    1. That sounds really yummy! I've added peas to mine before too, when I have them. Good luck!

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  38. Thank you for the giveaway. I enjoy your Material Witness series and can't @yahoo.comwait to read this new one and your other older one. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  39. This looks like an amazing read, I love chicken fried rice. Love your recipes, I'll have to try them. Thanks for this chance. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  40. Thanks for the recipe and giveaway!
    sharonbabyme@yahoo.com

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  41. The concept and cover on this book, really grabbed my attention! I hope I can read it soon!!

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    1. Feb 2 is right around the corner! I love that cover, too. Good luck!

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  42. The concept and cover on this book, really grabbed my attention! I hope I can read it soon!!

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    1. Sherry, The commenter was giving me trouble earlier today too! :)

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  43. Love the cover.! What a way to start a new series...The recipe looks like a good one to teach my teen who LOVES chicken fried rice. Thanks. mommy_to_zoe @ hotmail.com

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    1. Ooh! I want to know how it turns out! Good luck!

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  44. The recipe sounds good and the book sounds terrific. I'd love to try both. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  45. This recipe sounds yummy. Can't wait to try it, and also read this series.

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  46. The dish looks great, I can't wait to read more about it! Yea! Another new series by Vallere! Thanks for the chance to win.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. Dying to read this one. Ever since I read the preview awhile back its been sitting in my wish list. Going to have to try this rice recipe. Thank you for the chance. Lady.janel at hotmail.com

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  48. I love reading cozy mysteries! They are my favorite genre. Thanks for the chance to win your book. It looks great. Love the cover too!

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  49. Thanks for the delicious sounding recipe for fried rice. I am anxious to try it out as well as obtaining a copy of this new book to read. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  50. Thanks for the recipe - your cooking style is very similar to my husbands, and his meals always turn out fab as well! The book sounds like a fun read, thanks for sharing! Nicole :-)
    nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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  51. A new author! I love new authors!! The recipe sounds delicious, too. Knapp.MP@gmail.com

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  52. The blurb on the book sounds great!! The rice recipe a bit different that the one I have been using. But. Will give it a try. Hadn't thought of using greens. That I have to try. Thanks for the recipe and thanks for a chance to win. Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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    1. Della, I think using lots of greens would maybe make it too watery, but just the one stalk worked like an extra stalk of celery. Good luck!

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  53. Recipe sounds yummy! Book sounds great. Love to get in the beginning of a series.
    jawdance@yahoo.com

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  54. I would love to win the book! Thanks for the chance! Say "Hi!" to Bear!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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    1. Elaine! I'll tell him you said hi! Good luck :)

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  55. Would love to read this series. Looking forward to trying your recipe for fried rice. jchizmar01@windstream.net

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  56. Both the recipe and the book sound great!

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  57. A new author to me and sharing a yummy recipe as well. This recipe and book sound great and thank you for the opportnity!
    Blessings, Jo

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  58. Recipe looks amazing! Would really like to read the book, you are a new author to me.
    diannekc8@gmail.com

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  59. Recipe looks amazing! Would really like to read the book, you are a new author to me.
    diannekc8@gmail.com

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  60. I love the cover. The book sounds very interesting. Thank you for the giveaway.
    marlene.ezell@gmail.com

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  61. I am the same type of cook so I may be able to try this recipe. The book sounds great. kayt18(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Thank you, Kay! Cooking can be a very creative process, right? Good luck!

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  62. Truly looking forward to getting your book. The cover is so unique and I know the pages inside are wonderful. My family loves fried rice and your recipe reminded me that I have not made any recently. I love it when I add some small pieces of cooked chicken or left over roast pork that I marinate in soy sauce for a few minutes before adding to the rice. It isn't as moist as adding uncooked chicken but with marinating it first it comes out well. I just add it at the end in time to warm it a bit.

    Continued success with this series and others to come.
    Sincerely,
    Cynthia Blain

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    1. Thank you, Cynthia! That marinated chicken or roast pork sounds yummy! Good luck!

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  63. This book sounds awesome. The recipe sounds great to. Thank you for the chance.
    Moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  64. My daughter loves fried rice, I just might have to try making this for her. Look sound interesting. musiqmom@yahoo.com

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  65. I make fired rice at home too and I add whatever leftovers are in the fridge. This works well with leftover chicken and pork too. Thanks for the recipe

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  66. I like fried rice so I will have to try this! Thank you for the recipe and giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. Both the book and the recipe look GREAT! Thank you!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  68. Not sure if I'm brave enough to attempt fried rice at home. Although I might try it In a wok. For some reason I've always wanted one. I love it when an author finds an original fun new setting for a series. The only bad part about learning of a new cozy mystery series is always the WAIT. So glad this book is almost here.
    bpwoodfield@gmail.com

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  69. Sounds delicious ...can you use brown rice? I love it but usually buy it so I had no idea what was in it! I might try this though...thanks for the giveaway the Book sounds wonderful...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  70. Love the recipe! It is as so easy! Thank you.

    davisel1830@hotmail.com

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  71. I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  72. Instead of rice, I use cauliflower pulsed in the blender. Its yummy. linbutler@att.net

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  73. I love that you change up the recipe when you make it. I'm just learning how to cook and that is something I almost always do.
    I know what I'm making tomorrow. utaker555@gmail.com

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  74. Great recipe, can't wait to try. Book looks like a great read.
    diannekc8@gmail.com

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  75. Both sound great!
    Becky W
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  76. I must be in a closet somewhere (costume closet) I haven't heard of this one but I am going to be sure to look for it. What an unusual premise. I guess I have to try the fried rice, it will save me from running for the luncheon special at my oriental restaurant.

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