Key Lime Coconut Cupcakes

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There are no words to describe how much I love key lime pie.  Or coconut (example HERE).  But key lime pie can sometimes be an undertaking to make.  So what do you do at 10:00 pm when you’re craving key lime pie?  You make Key Lime Coconut Cupcakes of course.  The tart lime combined with fresh coconut and butter cream goodness, well just trust me my Loves these are a MUST bake.  truly, MKR  

Key Lime Coconut Cupcakes
Yields 12
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. For the cupcakes...
  2. 1 cup all purpose flour
  3. 3/4 cup self-rising flour
  4. 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  5. 1 1/4 cup sugar
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 3/4 cup buttermilk
  8. 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  9. 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  10. 3-4 drops of green food coloring
  11. For the frosting...
  12. 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  13. 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
  14. 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  15. 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
  16. 2 tablespoons milk
  17. 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  18. 2-4 drops of green food coloring
Instructions
  1. For the cupcakes...
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Line standard muffin pan with 12 paper liners.
  4. Whisk both flours in medium bowl.
  5. Beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar; beat to blend. Beat in eggs 1 at a time.
  6. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with buttermilk in 2 additions.
  7. Add food coloring (you want your batter to look a light green)
  8. Gently mix in coconut.
  9. With a small ice cream scoop scoop batter into each liner filling 3/4 of the way up.
  10. Bake cupcakes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
  11. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan; let cool and frost!
  12. Garnish with fresh lime slices if so desired.
  13. For the frosting...
  14. In large bowl, beat shortening and butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla.
  15. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often.
  16. Gradually add milk; beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  17. Add lime juice and food dye, mix thoroughly.
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Peter Cottontail Coconut Cupcakes

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I’m not one to take the cutesy, themed approach to the holidays, but when Wilton and Peeps sent me their Easter collaboration, well I mean how could I resist those ears?!  So for this holiday, and because no one can say no to a Peep or Wilton’s amazing goodness I give you the most amazing of Easter Cupcakes.  The Peter Cottontail Coconut Cupcake.  A combination of chocolate, toasted coconut, sweet vanilla frosting, and bunny ears.  Happy Easter Loves.  truly, MKR    

P.S.  The adorable cupcake pedestals are currently on sale HERE.

Peter Cottontail Coconut Cupcakes
Yields 24
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups sugar
  2. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 1 tablespoon baking soda
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  7. 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
  8. 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  9. 3 large eggs
  10. 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  11. Wilton Ready to Decorate White Icing
  12. 2 cups unsweetened coconut
  13. Wilton & Peeps Cupcake Combo
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line standard muffin pan with paper liners.
  3. In a large mixing bowl whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add buttermilk, vegetable oil, and 1 1/2 cups warm water; whisk to combine.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla extract, whisk until smooth.
  6. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups (about 2/3 of the way full)
  7. Bake 12-18 minutes. **I insert a toothpick in the center of the cupcake to check if cupcakes are done, toothpick should come out clean with a few crumbs attached.** Once baked transfer to wire rack and let completely cool.
  8. While cupcakes are baking spread the coconut over a cookie sheet and set to broil for 3-5 minutes. Coconut will toast quickly so keep an eye on it and stir once or twice. Cook until golden brown.
  9. Once cupcakes are cooled frost liberally with Wilton Read to Decorate icing.
  10. Dip into toasted coconut and mold to make a round dome. Add additional coconut till icing is completely covered.
  11. Add Peep ears and an additional cupcake cup for appeal.
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Cheese Plate 101

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When hosting any sort of gathering where food is involved (and lets be honest what kind of gathering doesn’t involve food), my number one go-to is a great cheese plate.  A great cheese plate, or board, is truly an essential and one of the easiest items to prepare for your guests.  In fact I feel I’ve got my cheese pairings down to a science.  A variety of cheeses with different tastes and textures + something sweet and something fresh + a warm baguette to put it on.  Oh and a few snacks (nuts, olives, etc.) to nosh on doesn’t hurt.  Below you’ll find a few more specifics to help, but don’t feel overwhelmed.  If you’re a cheese plate novice simply visit your local cheese shop and talk to the cheese monger.  He or she will gladly help you on your journey.  truly, MKR

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The Perfect Cheese Plate
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. A variety of cheeses (goat, sheep, cow) with different textures (hard, soft, crumbly)
  2. 1 spiced or flavored cheese; I used a goat cheese topped with fresh hot spices
  3. 1-2 types of fruit; apples, pears, strawberries, grapes, raspberries
  4. 1-2 types of chutney; fig, mango, strawberry lavender or a spicy pepper jelly
  5. Mixed Olives
  6. Nuts; candied pecans, marcona almonds, walnuts
  7. Fresh french baguette and/or crackers
  8. 1-2 meats; salami, prosciutto, spiced pepperoni
Instructions
  1. Lay the ingredients out on a cheese board or large platter, grouping similar ingredients together.
  2. Slice the fruits and meats right before serving and provide cheese knives and small serving spoons for spreads.
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The Tupelo Honey

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With today being St. Patrick’s Day there’s no doubt we’ll all be enjoying a libation.  And while some will be drinking Guinness and others Irish Whiskey, I’ll be partaking in my new favorite, The Tupelo Honey.  With a mix of honey bourbon and plenty of lime this beverage is sure to become one of the best southern cocktails around.  So cheers to the South, cheers to the Irish, and cheers to Mondays!  truly, MKR

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The Tupelo Honey
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Prep Time
3 min
Total Time
3 min
Prep Time
3 min
Total Time
3 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 oz. Honey Bourbon such as Jim Beam Honey
  2. 4 oz. club soda
  3. The juice of 1 lime plus more for garnish
  4. Cilantro sprigs for garnish
  5. Honey for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a rocks glass full of ice (or I prefer 1 or 2 large ice cubes, try the spheres or large cubes) add lime juice, whisky, and club soda.
  2. Stir lightly, garnish with cilantro, limes, and a dash of honey.
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Grilled Margherita Naan Pizza

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In celebration of National Pi Day (3.14) I’ve teamed up with Uncommon Goods to create my favorite pie.  A pizza pie!  And not just any pizza pie, but a Margherita Naan Pizza on the grill.  

You see Uncommon Goods has this amazing garden in a bag which just happens to grow everything you need for homemade pizza sauce (basil, tomatoes, oregano).  And because I’m not really someone who is known for their patience I decided to perfect my recipe before my garden began to grow.  Best decision ever.  Let’s just say I’ll be counting down the days till I can begin picking these ingredients fresh from my garden and grilling this pizza all summer long.   Happy 3.14!  truly, MKR 

Grilled Margherita Naan Pizza
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Prep Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can (28-ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, in juice
  2. 1 small white onion, finely diced and minced
  3. 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  4. fresh basil leaves (4 for the sauce, and 4 for each pizza)
  5. 1 teaspoon fresh oregano chopped
  6. Pinch salt
  7. Pinch fresh ground black pepper
  8. Pinch cayenne pepper
  9. Pinch sugar
  10. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  11. Naan bread (I prefer garlic flavor)
  12. 4-6 slices of fresh mozzarella (per pizza)
Instructions
  1. For the sauce...
  2. In a mixing bowl and coarsely crush the tomatoes with a fork leaving them a little chunky.
  3. In a heavy bottom 2-quart sauce pot add the olive oil and begin to heat.
  4. Add the onions and garlic, saute until slightly translucent.
  5. Next add the crushed tomatoes, stir and bring to a simmer.
  6. Season with salt, pepper, sugar, cayenne, fresh basil and fresh oregano.
  7. Simmer on a low, stirring often for at least 15 minutes.
  8. *You can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, up to 1 week.
  9. For the pizza...
  10. Bring your grill up to 425 degrees.
  11. While the grill is heating up begin the construction of your pizzas by spreading the pizza sauce completely over the naan bread.
  12. Layer basil leaves evenly over the naan bread.
  13. Thinly slice 4-6 slices of fresh mozzarella and layer evenly on top of the basil leaves and sauce.
  14. Place pizza on a pizza stone in the center of the grill and cook for 15-25 minutes or until mozzarella begins to bubble and the crust is turns a deep golden brown.
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How To Build The Perfect Bloody Mary

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Whether you’re enjoying Sunday brunch, tailgating with friends, or relaxing with a happy hour libation, there’s never a bad time for a Bloody Mary. And truth be told, I consider myself somewhat of a Bloody Mary aficionado.  In fact, I’ve been tweaking with my recipe for years!  Borrowing a little inspiration from the River Run Lodge in Sun Valley Idaho, to The Lantern in Lake Forest Illinois.  And after all this time, I finally feel like I’ve perfected it.  So without further ado, the best Bloody Mary recipe ever.  Ever.  Enjoy!  truly, MKR

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The Best Ever Bloody Mary
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Prep Time
3 min
Total Time
3 min
Prep Time
3 min
Total Time
3 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 oz. tomato juice or if you much use a good quality mix.
  2. 2 oz. Titos Vodka
  3. 1 tsp. horseradish
  4. 1/2 tsp. fresh cracked pepper
  5. 1/2 tsp. celery salt
  6. Pinch of paprika
  7. 2+ dashes of Tabasco Sauce dependent on how spicy you like it
  8. dash of salt
  9. Juice of 1/2 a lime
  10. Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  11. 1 oz. Guinness
  12. Garnishes of your choice
  13. Any light beer for your side car (every good Bloody Mary has a side car!)
  14. Suggested Bloody Mary garnishes: bacon, asparagus, pickles, salami, pepperoni, olives, peppers, mozzarella, pickled okra, pearl onions, lemons, limes, artichoke hearts, celery.
Instructions
  1. Combine everything except the Guinness and garnishes in a shaker filled with ice. Shake, shake, shake.
  2. Garnish with your preferred then pour Guinness on top, and enjoy.
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What I’m Drinking…

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I know I’m late to the game since yesterday was National Drink Wine Day, but for me you don’t need a national holiday to drink wine.  In my opinion every day should be national drink wine day!  So to honor that opinion I thought I’d roundup a list of my top wine and champagne choices.  And I’d love to hear in the comments section below if you have any wine that’s topping your love list right now?  Cin Cin Loves.  truly, MKR

P.S.  Make sure to visit next week when I’ll be plotting my wine filled course for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in May.  

1.  Orin Swift The Prisoner.  Truth be told I’ve been drinking The Prisoner  since 2006 when I was introduced to it during a weekend away in Kohler Wisconsin.  Now, it’s become quite the hot commodity and was actually sold in 2009 to The Prisoner Wine Company.  Great for the masses so everyone can enjoy, but annoys the heck out of me when restaurants are charging $21 for a pour!  You can get the bottle at Costco for $35!  Anyway, I love everything Orin Swift does, especially Papillon, Palermo, & the elusive Mercury Head.  Oh and try his newer F, E, & I wines.  Amazing!

2.  Sancerre…all Sancerre.  Sancerre is a French Appalachian region in the eastern Loire Valley.  It’s my go-to warm weather wine.  Easily found, well priced, and there isn’t a Sancerre I don’t enjoy.  

3.  Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon.  On one of our trips to Napa we had the most magical experience at Darioush.  Spending hours in Darioush’s private collection cellar by candlelight, tasting all of the wines and noshing on cheese.  It was one of those magical lifetime memories. 

4.  Round Pond Sauvignon Blanc.  I’ve talked about this wine before, it is one of my absolute forever faves.  Actually we belong to their food and wine club as they also produce amazing olive oils and I highly suggest joining if you can.

5.  Veuve.  Obviously.

6.  Sancerre’s Rose.  I heart them so much they made the list twice.

7.  Silver Oak.  A deep and rich red with subtle hints of dark chocolate and cherries…this is the perfect wine for a steak dinner and my go to for the holiday season.

8.  Honig Sauvignon Blanc.  If you’re looking for me on a Monday night 9 times out of 10 I’m next door at Sushi Nami with the Mr. drinking 1 or 3 glasses of this.

9.  La Crema Pinot Noir.  This would probably be my “house wine” pinot noir.  It’s light, easy, and I can drink glasses of it.

10.  Perrier Jouet Rose Champs.  I can’t can’t get enough of these pink bubbles

11.  Erath Pinot Noir.  My current version of a “$2 buck chuck.”  And by that I mean a great wine, at a GREAT price.

12.  Alpha Omega Chardonnay.  Though I tend to be a light, crisp, sauvignon blanc white wine drinker I can’t get enough of this chardonnay and it’s rich buttery texture.  If there was a cold weather white this would be it.

13.  My other go-to’s not listed, Sunstone Eros, Chapellet (any red), Gamble Heart Block and their Cabernet Franc, Signorello Padrone, Duckhorn Paraduxx and Decoy…and I’m sure I’m forgetting numerous others.

Blueberry Nut Crumble

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Every summer when I was young my mother and I would go blueberry picking.  We’d spend an entire weekend in the Michigan sun picking buckets, and buckets of fresh blueberries.  And then when we’d come home she’d make the most perfect, yet simple fresh blueberry pie and crisp.  I’d eat it warm, I’d eat it cold, and I’d always get caught eating it right out of the dish.  I just adored it.  

So when the weather starts to turn warm, which it is here in the South, I immediately become ready for blueberry season and my Blueberry Nut Crumble.  An easy, and I repeat easy, dessert that reminds me of my summers growing up.  Isn’t it just amazing how food seems to represent a memory, or a time in your life?  It’s one of the reasons I just love to cook…it feeds my soul.  Anyway, enjoy the crumble!  truly, MKR

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Blueberry Nut Crumble
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. For the filling...
  2. 6 cups of fresh blueberries
  3. 1/4-1/2 cup granulated sugar depending on how sweet your blueberries are
  4. 2 tablespoons flour
  5. 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  6. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. pinch of cinnamon
  8. pinch of allspice
  9. For the crumble...
  10. 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
  11. 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  12. 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  13. 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  14. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  15. 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  16. 1/2 cup of butter, cubed, room temperature
  17. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  18. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  19. 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  20. Vanilla ice cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and butter a pie plate, or in my case mini pie plates.
  2. To make the filling toss the blueberries with the sugar, flour, lemon juice, salt, and a pinch of cinnamon and allspice.
  3. Transfer the berries to the pie plate(s).
  4. For the crumble...mix together the nuts, flour, oats, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, and salt.
  5. Blend in 3/4th of the butter with your fingertips until the crumble forms large clumps.
  6. Crumble topping over the pie fully covering. Place pie(s) on a cookie sheet in case the filling bubbles over.
  7. Bake until the filling begins to bubble and the crumble starts to turn golden. About 25 minutes. Take the rest of your cubed butter and place on top of crumble and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes. Total cook time 25-35 minutes.
  8. Let cool slightly then devour. Ice cream optional.
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Chocolate & Toasted Coconut Boozy Sundae

True I did make this sundae to be a Valentine’s Day treat, however let’s be honest.  Chocolate, toasted coconut, and a little Godiva liqueur is the perfect way to celebrate any day, not just the day of hearts and flowers.  So indulge away my Loves.  truly, MKR

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Chocolate & Toasted Coconut Boozy Sundae
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Prep Time
3 hr 15 min
Prep Time
3 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. Williams & Sonoma Chocolate Ice Cream Starter
  2. 1 1/2 cups cold half and half
  3. 1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
  4. 2 cups of unsweetened coconut flakes, plus more to sprinkle on top
  5. 6 ounces of Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
Instructions
  1. Spread coconut flakes on a cookie sheet and place in an oven or toaster oven, and broil for about 5 minutes. They will toast quickly though so keep an eye on it. You want the flakes to turn a golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the Williams Sonoma ice cream starter and half and half until the starter has dissolved. Stir in the cream.
  3. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and begin freezing according to the manufacturers instructions. During the last 3 minutes or so of freezing add in coconut and Godiva Chocolate Liqueur. Freeze an additional 3 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately if you like a softer texture...like frozen yogurt, or freeze for at least 3 hours or up to 3 days for a firmer ice cream.
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Rustic Heart-Shaped Strawberry Hand Pies

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Valentine’s Day.  A celebration of love.  A celebration of  chocolates and sweet nothings.  And here a celebration of pie.  Or rather rustic heart-shaped strawberry hand pies. Not only are these the most precious hand pies ever, but you can pretty much fill them with anything your heart desires.  Strawberries, cherries, chocolate, heck you could even make them savory if the mood strikes.  Happy count down to Valentine’s Day Loves!  truly, MKR    

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Rustic Heart-Shaped Hand Pies
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Prep Time
3 hr 30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
3 hr 45 min
Prep Time
3 hr 30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
3 hr 45 min
Ingredients
  1. FOR THE DOUGH
  2. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling dough
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 teaspoon sugar
  5. 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  6. 4 tablespoons ice water, plus 4 more, if needed
  7. FOR THE FILLING
  8. 1 Quart of strawberries
  9. 3-4 tablespoons sugar
  10. heart shaped cookie cutter
  11. FOR THE EGG WASH
  12. 1 egg
  13. 2-3 tablespoons of water
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, pulse flour, salt, and sugar several times to combine. Add butter. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with just a few pea-size pieces remaining.
  2. Sprinkle with 4 tablespoons ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed with fingers (if needed, add up to 4 tablespoons more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time). Do not overprocess.
  3. Turn dough out onto a work surface; form dough into two 3/4-inch-thick disk. Wrap tightly in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.
  4. About 15 minutes before the dough is ready to be removed from the refrigerator pre heat oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Wash and hull strawberries cutting them into quarters and placing into a mixing bowl. Add 2-3 tablespoons of sugar depending on the natural sweetness of your strawberries and mash the mixture to a consistency where you still have some larger chunks of strawberry. Set aside.
  6. unwrap dough; place on a large piece of floured waxed paper or floured surface. Roll dough to two a 14-inch round. Using your heart shaped cookie cutter cut out hearts and place half of them on to a lined cookie sheet.
  7. Scoop approximately 1 tablespoon of strawberry mixture and place on to heart. Place another piece of heart dough on top creating a pie and gently press down the sides. Then take a fork and moving all around the border of the heart gently press down to create the crease and seal your pies. Repeat until there are no more hearts left.
  8. Beat egg and 2 tablespoons of water in a bowl, and brush each pie completely with the mixture. Sprinkle sugar on top of each and bake 15-18 minutes or until pies turn a golden brown.
  9. Let cool 5 minutes before devouring.
Notes
  1. If from scratch dough isn't your thing feel free to buy store bought!
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