Appetizers and Munchies Recipes

APPETIZERS/MUNCHIES
Artichoke Dip with Spinach and Roasted Red Pepper: January 10, 2013
Instead of making one huge pot o’ dip (or letting it all sit out on a sideboard in a slow cooker for hours on end), split the recipe into two, smaller baking dishes, then bake one and set it out for the beginning of your gathering. If needed, you can replenish this tasty little dipper with a fresh batch as the munching continues. I you’re lucky, you’ll have that second, still fresh, batch to enjoy the next day at your leisure.

Artichoke and Feta Tart: November 26, 2013

Artichoke Relish With Kalamatas, Garlic, and Fresh Basil: July 21, 2015
This is really very nice spooned over a grilled steak; but you might could think about serving it plain (or with added feta cheese) on a cracker or crusty bread. Or spreading some on a sammich.

Artichoke Salad for Bruschetta: April 4, 2012
This is a lovely salad on its own – but place it on top of some lightly toasted French bread with a bit of really good cheese, and it approaches wicked good status.
Parfait! Roasted Artichoke Salad: July 11, 2014

Asparagus “Fries” With Horseradish and Sriracha Aioli: April 8, 2015

Avocado, Pickled: December 8, 2017

Bacon Cups With Deviled Egg Dip: November 22, 2016

Bacon, Deviled: June 20, 2013
Breakfast food? Sammich filler? Snack? It’s ALL good; and don’t fret too much about all that hot sauce… the bourbon smooths things out nicely.

Bacon Jam: December 16, 2010
Appetizer or breakfast spread? I’d say it’s your call.
Parfait! Bacon Jam: March 1, 2013
Still unsure of how to serve this? Make a batch this weekend, then check out next Friday’s Parfait! post for two, pretty cool (I think) new applications.
Parfait! Bacon Jam Ciabatta Rolls: March 8, 2013
Parfait! Bacon Jam: January 15, 2016

Baked Reuben Dip: October 25, 2010

Balsamic Roasted Peppers: October 14, 2010
I listed these under veggies, and they do make a lovely side dish, but
I think they’d also be perfect added to an antipasto platter, draped over a
good cracker or a crusty piece of bread.

Bar Cheese: May 14, 2010

Beef in a Bread Bowl, The Doris Project, Week 1: January 8, 2014

Beer Pickles: September 16, 2015
No, not pickles for beer; pickles brined in beer. Mighty tasty, too!

Benedictine Spread: May 23, 2016
A classic cheese, cucumber, and onion spread, customized with a few of my own additions. Make a batch for yourself, then settle back and relax.
Parfait! Benedictine: May 1, 2017

Black Bean Masa Cups: September 30, 2010

Black Bean Tortilla Roll-ups: September 28, 2010
Here’s another (mebbe more better) option: April 5, 2012

Blue Cheese/Yogurt Dip: November 25, 2010
Great, chunky dip, INCREDIBLE salad dressing.
Parfait! Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip: October 26, 2012

Blue Cheese/Yogurt Dip, Goin’ Dippy!: April 3, 2012
Same dip as above, but now in one post with three other classics to brighten up any party.

Brie Horseradish Spread: March 7, 2016

Brie, Pepper Jelly Filled and Pastry Wrapped, Baked: January 13, 2015
Parfait! Brie With Pepper Jelly: April 28, 2017
Pastry wrapped is good, certes, but, this recipe works gluten-free, as well! Bonus!

Calzone: June 20, 2010
More than just bread – meat and cheese filling too.
Like calzone? Check out this version, with a slightly sweet dough, filled with pepperoni, provolone, pepper jelly, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, freshly diced tomato and onion, and sliced pepperoncini. Yum.

Candy Apple Chicken Wings: October 11, 2012
Spicy sweet and perfect for a crowd, just choose your cinnamon candies wisely.

Cantaloupe Salsa: July 8, 2014

Caponata: September 21, 2015
Treat this mixed veggie eggplant salad as an appetizer spread on crackers or crusty bread, or as a salad or vegetarian main course.

Caramel Puff Corn: December 11, 2012
Look for the corn puffs in the chip aisle of you market, but be warned, this stuff is pretty darned simple to make and almost addictive – you will find yourself going back for more.
Parfait! Caramel Puff Corn: October 11, 2013
Get a jump on the holidays and make a batch now!
Parfait! Caramel Puff Corn: November 20, 2015
Parfait! Caramel Puff Corn: December 16, 2016

Caramel Corn, Chex, The Doris Project, Week 38: October 1, 2014
Every bit as good as the Caramel Puff Corn just above, but a lot more better for you.

Carrot Dip: November 12, 2013
Good, yes, and good for you, too!

Carrots with Parsley and Catalina: January 6, 2011
You could offer this as a salad or side dish, but it’s a perfect crunchy little
nibble, and not too, too messy as finger food.
Parfait! French Carrots: May 2, 2014
I still prefer my carrots with the Catalina dressing, but this substitution is nice, and with no refined sugars, it’s probably a little better for you.

Cashew Butter: November 11, 2013
Dead simple to make, and tasty, too!

Cauliflower, Buffalo Style: March 3, 2015

Caulifower Caponata: March 4, 2014

Celery Seed Yogurt Dip for Fruit, Goin’ Dippy!: April 3, 2012
A variation on our fave Poppy Seed Sauce for Fruit. And don’t skip over the other great dipping options in this post.

Cheese Crisps: January 2, 2013
Use whatever cheese you prefer for these tasty baked treats; and serve them as a munchie with cocktails, or as a nicely toasted cheese-y topper to a cup of soup for a crowd. It’s all good.

Cheese Curds, Fried: June 2, 2015

Cheesy Olive Bombs: April 17, 2010

Cheesy Olive Bombs
: December 19, 2010
No, you’re not seeing double – I reposted this tasty, tasty recipe just in
time for holiday cocktails.

Cheese, Potted, Portland Style: September 20, 2016

Cheesy Rice Cups, the Return: November 5, 2010
The original version of this is posted under BREAKFAST, but I’ve switched
up the fillings a bit and added an extra cup of rice. I also think this would be
a fine appetizer, so it’s truly not just for breakfast anymore!

Cheese Spread, Michigan: October 26, 2016

Cheese Sticks, (not) Fried: February 11, 2014

Cherry (tomato) Bombs, The Doris Project, Week 44: November 12, 2014
A cherry or grape tomato wrapped in a fresh basil leaf and then with a half slice of good bacon and cooked in a (very) hot oven. What could be simpler, or tastier?

Chicken Pâté with Apple and Cognac: February 7, 2012

Chicken Wings, Another Take on Candy Apple: June 5, 2015
Cinnamon whisky and apple butter are the tasty secret ingredients.

Chicken Wings, Can o’ Beer: June 6, 2016

Chicken Wings, More Better: September 5, 2014

Chicken Wings, Sherry Peppers Sauce: August 14, 2015
Parfait! Chicken Wings, Sherry Peppers Sauce: October 30, 2015

Chicken Wings, Sriracha, Honey, and Lime Sauce: September 25, 2014

Chicken Wrapped in Bacon: March 14, 2013

Chickpeas, Roasted: April 11, 2011
A good (and good-for-you) munchie, and a nice bit of crunch to toss in a
salad when nuts are not an option.

Chili Dog Nachos: February 20, 2013
As a munchie or main course, these are pretty darned tasty.

Chili Sauce, Pineapple and Jalapeño: November 24, 2015

Christmas Crunch Candy: December 3, 2015

Clam Dip, Wicked Good: March 1, 2011
Parfait! Wicked Good Clam Dip: July 29, 2011

Clam Dip, Wicked Great, Best!: May 17, 2016

Clam Puffs!: March 1, 2012
Think of these as mini-popovers with clams added – nice!

Cobb Salad Dip: January 1, 2013
Welcome the new year – or really any occasion – with this truly fine riff on a salad classic! Iceberg lettuce, bacon, plum tomato, avocado, and deli chicken; arranged on top of a base of cream cheese mixed with my favorite blue cheese salad dressing and served with crackers.

Corn Chips, Chili Ranch: September 29, 2015

Corn Queso: March 21, 2016
Parfait! Corn Queso: March 24, 2017

Dates, Almond-Stuffed and Bacon-Wrapped: June 6, 2012

Dates, Bacon Wrapped: October 31, 2014
No trick! This treat is wicked simple, but almost scarey good.
Parfait! Dates, Bacon Wrapped: April 3, 2015
Still wicked tasty, but this time, I’ve stuffed the dates with some lovely blue cheese, and wrapped ’em in duck bacon. Yeh. Duck. Bacon. Can you believe it? Best. Ever.

Parfait! Zippy Bacon Wrapped Dates: May 6, 2016
Still using duck bacon, but I have replaced the (very good) blue cheese with even more betterer spicy pimiento cheese! Yes!

Deviled Egg Dip With Bacon Cups: November 22, 2016

Deviled Egg Salad Mold: May 1, 2011
Hmmmm, salad or munchie spread on crackers; it’s up to you!

Dirty Martini Cheese, Two Ways: October 9, 2012
With vodka or without, this makes for one, fine cheese spread.
Parfait! Just in time for New Year – ALL VODKA!: December 28, 2012
Parfait! Dirty Martini Cheese Spread: October 23, 2015
Parfait! Dirty Martini Cheese Spread: December 1, 2017

Eggs, Deviled, No-Peel (For REALS!): March 30, 2016
Parfait! Zippy Pimiento Cheese No-Peel Deviled Eggs: June 3, 2016

Egg Salad, Not Your Momma’s: March 8, 2017

Eggs, Savory Deviled: May 29, 2014

Eggplant Meatballs With Asian Barbecue Sauce: September 25, 2015

Eggplant, Sweet and Sour: September 10, 2012
Serve this as part of an anti pasto platter with some crusty bread, a few good olives, assorted cured bits of pig, and mebbe even some Marinated Stuffed Cherry Peppers.

Feta Cheese Spread (Htipiti): June 4, 2013

Feta Pie: January 11, 2017
More of a tart than a pie, really; this is still a wicked tasty, simple to toss together appetizer or lunch treat.

Fig and Prosciutto Tapenade: September 26, 2010

French Carrot Salad: August 28, 2010
Best! French Carrots: December 23, 2012
Shaved carrots as a salad or sliced as a munchie, this is my all-time favorite version the classic French dish. Authentic? Not even a wee, little, tiny bit; but tasty? Youbectha!

Feta and Lemon Dip: March 24, 2015

Garlic Fingers and Beer Pizza Crust: April 25, 2016

Gentleman’s Relish: June 11, 2012
As it happens, I just do not care for anchovies, but if you do – or, if you are fond of blues, or other oily fishes – you may very well enjoy this spread on buttered bread or a cracker. More power to you.

Ginger Dijon Sausages: January 4, 2011

Ginger Liver Spread: February 10, 2015
Live a little and try this retrofitted retro recipe – it’s good!

Gluten Free Party Meatballs: January 5, 2017

Gorgonzola & Walnut Terrine: December 17, 2010

Gougère, Russian: December 24, 2011

Granola Bars: April 14, 2014

Grape Jelly Meatballs: April 13, 2012
A nice little appetizer – tho’ next time, I will spice it up a bit.

Green Beans, Pickled: July 22, 2015

Green Chile Cream Cheese Dip: January 26, 2016

Guacamole, Lime and Chipotle: January 30, 2013

Gyro Dip: September 29, 2014

Halloumi, Grilled, With Sweet Chili Sauce: March 28, 2016

Ham Dip, Hot: January 12, 2017

Ham Rolls: August 27, 2013
Parfait! Pepperoni Bread: August 30, 2013
The same basic dough as the ham rolls, but filled with deli goodies and shaped into four large loaves. Tasty.

Honey Mustard: February 8, 2011
This makes a nice dip, salad dressing, or a glaze; try it using your own
preferred combination of mustard, honey and vinegar.

Horseradish Brie Spread: March 7, 2016

Jalapeño Cheesecake
: September 12, 2010
Wicked rich, wicked tasty, and NOT for dessert.

Kielbasa, Sweet & Sour: October 1, 2012
You could serve this as an appetizer, but I thought it made for a fine dinner, however you choose to use it, think about adding a few fresh basil leaves at the end.

Kielbasa Vinaigrette: August 28, 2012
Serve this as a munchie, or as a savory salad on crisp romaine, it’s good either way. And the extra vinaigrette? That’s a bonus, baby!

Liverwurst Pâté: December 8, 2016

Lemon-Basil Butter Cookies: December 22, 2011

Mac and Cheese Cups With Sriracha: February 23, 2015

Marinated Stuffed Cherry Peppers: April 10, 2010

Marinated Stuffed Cherry Peppers: August 18, 2010
Basically a repeat of the above recipe, maybe with a bit more detail and a
hint or two on methodology.
Parfait! Marinated Stuffed Cherry Peppers: November 2, 2012
Always welcome at the holidays, and now vegetarian to boot! Just remember to plan about a week for the peppers to properly marinate.
Parfait (again)! Marinated Stuffed Cherry Peppers: March 22, 2013
3 years later – still one of my most popular munchies.

Marinated Mozzarella Cheese: December 3, 2011
As a munchie or added to a salad – this is just lovely. And be certain to have plenty of sourdough to soak up any leftover oil.

Meatballs, Cranberry Cocktail: November 30, 2017

Meatballs, Korean Style: October 16, 2017

Meatballs, Party, Gluten Free: January 5, 2017

Meatballs, Potsticker: December 5, 2011
You don’t actually NEED the wrappers – just the dipping sauce.

Meatballs, Shrimp & Pork: March 3, 2014

Meatballs, Tangy: August 16, 2012
Step away from the grape jelly and the packaged ‘meat’ balls – this nicely different recipe works as well for dinner over rice as it will for munchies skewered with one of them there fancy fluted toothpicks.

Meatballs: Thousand Island: June 3, 2015

Mostarda With Dried Cherries and Apricots: November 8, 2016
You will want this mustard and dried fruit spread at your holiday gatherings.

Muffaletta Stromboli: November 20, 2013

Nachos, French’s Mustard Taco Meat: July 25, 2014

Nuts, Salted, Spiced, and Nicely Candied: December 20, 2012
Pecans (or Walnuts!), Candied and Spiced: April 9, 2012
Best! Spiced, Candied Pecans: July 10, 2013
I’ve tweaked the spice blend, and these are now much more better.
Parfait! Spiced Nuts: January 3, 2014

Onion Dip, Baked: December 19, 2016
Caramelized pearl onions are baked with a bit of sherry, Swiss cheese, crème fraîche, mayonnaise, bacon, pepper, and thyme to make one fine dip.

Onion Dip, Wicked Good: September 20, 2011
Parfait! Onion Dip, Wicked Good – and Now With Yogurt!: August 3, 2012

Onion Dip, Wicked Good, Goin’ Dippy!: April 3, 2012
4 dips in one post – how cool is that?

Onion Rings, Beer Battered But Good(ish) For You: February 6, 2012
Instead of deep frying, these tasty little rings o’ goodness are browned in just a bit of oil and then finished in a hot oven. As a bonus – the entire batch is ready at the same time!

Oyster Crackers, Seasoned: January 9, 2013
Parfait! Oyster Crackers, (Nicely) Seasoned: October 24, 2013

Pâté: February 7, 2012
Parfait! Pâté, Chicken and Green Apple With Brandy and Pepper
: October 3, 2014

Pear and Brie Quesadillas: April 1, 2013

Pickles, Beer: September 16, 2015
No, not pickles for beer; pickles brined in beer. Mighty tasty, too!

Pickles, Bread and Butter: September 23, 2015

Pimiento Cheese: December 7, 2010
Parfait! Pimiento Cheese: November 21, 2014

Pimiento Cheese, Goin’ Dippy!: April 3, 2012
I played around with the cheeses in this batch, using a Garlic Jack from Door County along with some surprisingly good American Process cheese I found in the bins at Woodman’s. As an added bonus, this post includes 3 dip recipes, for all your party needs.

Pimiento Cheese With Jalapeño and Scallions: November 21, 2013
Makes a nice grilled pineapple and ham sammich!

Pimiento Cheese with Sriracha: March 31, 2011

Pizza Dip: April 2, 2015

Parfait! Pimiento Cheese – Best for Burgers!: May 20, 2011

Pizza Rolls, The Doris Project, Week 39: October 8, 2014

Pecans (or Walnuts!), Candied and Spiced: April 9, 2012
Best! Spiced, Candied Pecans: July 10, 2013
I’ve tweaked the spice blend, and these are now much more better.

Pecans, Honey Roasted, With Rosemary: January 13, 2016
To be perfectly honest, these were a bit too rosemary-ish for my taste, but the method is sound, and I can easily see replacing the it with Cayenne or mebbe a Cajun seasoning to add a bit of smoke and heat to the sweet honey.

Pickles, Oven Fried: September 18, 2014
Pickles, Oven Fried, Again: January 7, 2016
Slightly different method, and definitely different beer pickles; still very tasty.

Pineapple Barbecue Meatballs: December 19, 2011
Buttermilk Meatballs in a sweet and spicy sauce – nice as an appetizer, and not too, too shabby as dinner.
Parfait! Pineapple-Palooza!: May 10, 2013
Another visit to the buttermilk meatball and pineapple barbecue concept – this time with a different take on the pineapple sauce, and bonus! recipes for new and improved aloha ribs, and a nice way to customize packaged yellow rice.

Pita With Feta and Artichokes: June 17, 2013
Serve this as a munchie, or think about topping it with a nice romaine salad, drizzling with a bit of your favorite dressing, and serving as a salad, vegetarian main-course, or even (as it happens) a lovely accompaniment to baked salmon.

Pop Corn: April 28, 2010
A microwave treat without all the additives & stuff in store bought.

Popper Dip: June 16, 2014
Cream cheese and pickled peppers make for a tasty munchie.

Pork Belly, Barbecued, Best!: January 12, 2015

Pork Belly, Maple and Balsamic Glazed: October 30, 2014

Pork Belly, Maple and Dijon Marinated: December 2, 2014

Pork Belly, Marinated: July 24, 2014

Pub Cheese: September 4, 2013

Pure’ Madrileño: January 26, 2012
Kinda like onion dip hummus – try it at your next ‘do

Quesadillas, Buffalo Chicken: July 26, 2016

Quesadillas, Cheese Steak: June 6, 2013
A truly fine use of leftover steaks.

Quesadillas, Meatloaf: June 7, 2013

Quesadillas, Multicultural: September 12, 2017
A combination of Greek style marinate then grilled pork, layered Cubano sammich style with zippy mustard, Medianoche mayonnaise, and pickles, topped of with Swiss cheese.

Radishes With Herbed Butter: July 8, 2015
I actually made this as a lunch-sized sammich, but the same treatment would work a treat as finger sammiches for a gathering.

Reuben Rolls: October 10, 2012
Corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and a wee, tiny bit of caraway; all wrapped up in a tidy packet, browned in just a little bit of oil, and then finished in the oven until hot, crispity, and Oh! so tasty.

Roll-Up Sammiches: April 5, 2012
Vegetarian black bean or smoky mesquite turkey – you can’t go wrong.

Roasted Artichoke Hearts: November 24, 2010

Rumaki: November 7, 2010
Parfait! Rumaki: October 24, 2014
I swapped out my own Terryaki for the soy sauce and added a bit of my favorite maple and garlic seasoning.

Salmon, Smoked, Rillettes: June 28, 2016
Enjoy this tasty spread on buttered rye bread or, mebbe even better, spread over rye waffles with balsamic roasted tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, and capers.

Salsa, Peach: October 2, 2014

Salsa, The Doris Project, Week 26: July 9, 2014

Sausages, Cocktail, Simple: October 3, 2013

Sausage Squares: January 17, 2013
I went all sausage for this batch, one pound each of regular and hot breakfast sausage, but feel free to go mix it up by using half sausage and half ground beef, or chicken, or turkey.

Shrimp & Chorizo Quesadillas: January 31, 2013

Shrimp, Cocktail, Guinness-Boiled With a Vodka and Citrus Marinade: March 20, 2014

Shrimp, Garlic Roasted: March 19, 2013
Jumbo shrimp makes a fine dinner, but these would be a tasty munchie to pass at a party.

Shrimp, Pickled: May 30, 2013

Shrimp & Pork Meatballs: March 3, 2014

Shrimp Salad: May 5, 2012
I made this as a salad, but you could easily serve more shrimp on less lettuce as an appetizer – or mebbe even in a nice roll as a sammich – it’s all good.

Soul Rolls: March 5, 2012
Ground turkey and cabbage stuffed eggrolls with a dab o’ cheese and two tasty dipping sauces – who needs takeout?
Parfait! Soul Rolls: April 6, 2012
I doubled the recipe, used ground chicken in place of the ground turkey, and cut back a bit on the dipping sauce(s) – still wicked good!
Parfait! Soul Rolls – Now With Beef!: November 16, 2012
Still wicked good
; so you have now have no reason not to try them.
Parfait! Jewel Rolls – Soul Rolls with a bit of sparkle!: July 20, 2012
Back to ground turkey this time, but I replaced the cheese with Repper Relish to make one mighty-fine variation.
Parfait! Soul Rolls: January 29, 2016
Parfait! Soul Rolls: February 3, 2017
Again with these tasty rolls, but this time, we’ve discovered that passing some zippy Dijon mustard along with the dipping sauce works a treat!

Spicy Meat Pies: March 20, 2013
I used ciabatta dough and filled it with a linguiça-based mixture, but you should use this recipe as a starting point and choose a dough, filling, and egg wash that suits your tastes and needs.

Spinach Artichoke Dip: January 10, 2013
Instead of making one huge pot o’ dip (or letting it all sit out on a sideboard in a slow cooker for hours on end), split the recipe into two, smaller baking dishes, then bake one and set it out for the beginning of your gathering. If needed, you can replenish this tasty little dipper with a fresh batch as the munching continues. I you’re lucky, you’ll have that second, still fresh, batch to enjoy the next day at your leisure.

Strawberry Salsa, The Doris Project, Week 18: May 14, 2014

Stromboli, Muffaletta: November 20, 2013

Stuffing Balls: January 21, 2016
The original recipe called for making these tasty balls o’ seasoned bread and stuff in 1/2 cup servings. That was a lot of stuffing ball; so next time, I plan on cutting back to a 1/4 measure – or mebbe even go mini with a one tablespoon scoop to make appetizer stuffing balls.

Sweet Potato Nachos: June 1, 2015

Tangy Pork Meatballs: August 16, 2012
Step away from the grape jelly and the packaged ‘meat’ balls – this nicely different recipe works as well for dinner over rice as it will for munchies skewered with one of them there fancy fluted toothpicks.

Texas Caviar, The Doris Project, Week 43: November 5, 2014
Decent salad, great dip!

Tortilla Española: July 7, 2016

TOTS. Stuffed with CHEESE. Wrapped in BACON: August 26, 2013
Yeh, they’re tots, but they are also wicked tasty! We had these for a finger-food dinner, butimagine an entire platter at your next gathering. Now, imagine a second platter, ’cause that first one will be gone in a flash!
Bonus Post! Cheesy Sex Tots (with Bacon): October 26, 2013
The new-and-forever-name for this tasty little munchie. A half bag of tots, a pound and a half of good bacon, some nicely spiced cheese, and a bit of brown sugar come together to make one fine mouthful.

Tuna Avocado Curry: April 7, 2016
Serve this tasty treat scooped into endive spears and never say “diet.”

Tuna Dip With Gingered Pickles: August 12, 2015
Yeh, you do have to make the pickles to make this dip; but they are wicked simple to toss together, and really very good on their own, so it’s a win win.

Tuna Salad, Curried: September 12, 2012
Terrific in a sammich, and not too, too shabby on a cracker; try this slightly different take on tuna today!

Tuna Dip/Spread for a Party: November 13, 2013
Yep – the curried tuna salad, made with fresh aioli and the pickle and cheese pulled out and served on the side, makes for one fine party munchie. Works well on a cracker, and you really should try it in lettuce or endive leaves.

Tuscan Shortbread: October 8, 2011
Technically a cookie – but a savory cookie with rosemary and pine nuts. Not too, too different from Lemon-Basil Butter Cookies.

Veggie Tart: April 8, 2011
Roasted red peppers, green chiles, black olives, and cheese.

Walnuts, Spiced: November 24, 2011
You can make this recipe with pecans, too – just pay attention to the (much shorter) blanching time.

Whiskey Dogs: November 2, 2010

Won Tons: January 7, 2011
The sausage, pepper relish, and pepper jack cheese filling I use for my
calzone, wrapped up in a neat little bite-sized parcel.

Zucchini Sticks, Oven-Fried: July 2, 2013
It’s true, these are more normally served as a healthy side in place of fries, but set a batch out for cocktails for some fine ranch dressing for dipping, I doubt anyone will complain.

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