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So exciting! A photo of mine and my food blog got mention and usage...

Wow! I'm absolutely delighted and elated that an online kitchen/cooking knowlegde site named, 'Apartment Therapy - The Kitchn' blogged with my photo and gave mention to my food blog :)

Click on the image, should you want to check it the web page :)




http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/good-questions/good-question-what-does-short-mean-in-a-recipe-050169
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