Try this 3-cheese homemade mac and cheese recipe

There’s nothing quite as delicious as homemade mac and cheese done the right way. Whenever it was mac and cheese day in the school cafeteria, everyone I knew lost their minds. Similarly, everyone in my family was beside themselves whenever mom would make a big tray of baked mac and cheese with the crust on top. We all have our own approach to making this dish, one which is perhaps the ultimate comfort food meal. Still, have you ever tried bringing your crock pot into the process?

If you haven’t we have the perfect recipe for you. Today, we’re taking on a triple cheese mac and cheese dish that you can make in a slow cooker. Like most slow cooker recipes, this one is very easy to make and results in a rich and creamy meal the family will love.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 pound of uncooked cavatappi pasta
  • 4 tablespoon of unsalted butter, sliced into tablespoon pieces
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups of whole milk
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup of pepper jack cheese, shredded

Here’s what you do:

1. First, throw your uncooked pasta into the bottom of the slow cooker. Throw your butter and cream cheese chunks over the pasta as well and sprinkle the entire thing with salt and cayenne pepper. Finally, pour in your milk and cream and stir everything up so that it’s evenly combined.

2. Once it’s all mixed together, cover it and cook on low for one to two hours (start with an hour before increasing the time). Open the pot about everything up again and make sure to smooth out the top layer when you’re done. When the time is up, check the pasta—you want it to be slightly on the chewy and more on the al dente side than not.

3. Once the pasta is ready, throw your shredded cheese on top of everything and cook it again for another 10 minutes. Once that’s done, everything should be melted together and delicious and you’ll be ready to eat!

Once again, this slow cooker recipe is one of the simplest ones possible with only three steps. There’s no need to cook the pasta beforehand and the end result is cheesy and delicious. Above all, feel free to twist this recipe a little to suit your needs. Throw in some onions if you want or mix up the cheeses you use! No matter what you do, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Stop frying bacon. Master chef shares best way to cook it so it’s perfectly crispy, every time

When it comes to cooking, bacon is an art form. It takes time and discipline to cook a piece just right. Not only that, but if you love bacon, chances are everyone else in your house does, too. Is there really such a thing as cooking up a few slices of bacon? When the other members of your household smell it, you will be cooking more and more. Why not just skip a step and cook more of it in the beginning?

Frying bacon in a pan can be a long and difficult process. It also might not be the most rewarding endeavor. After all, most skillets are hardly big enough to lay several long strips of bacon out flat. The result is folded-over bacon that does not cook evenly all the way down the piece. This can all be quite frustrating, but fear not: there is an easier way.

Bake your bacon! This solution is so simple, you’ll wonder why you never thought of it before. An oven dish can be much more spacious than a stovetop skillet can, so you’ll have more space for your bacon to lay out flat. This way, there will be no bubbles or folds in your crispy strip.

Another advantage to oven-baked bacon is the fact that the heat is spread evenly throughout the area. According to Adam Sappington, “the bacon cooks more evenly without the hot spots which can occur in a skillet.” This means that the entire strip will be flat and crispy.

Adam and his wife, Jackie, are co-owners of The Country Cat restaurant and co-authors of Heartlandia: Heritage Recipes from Portland’s The Country Cat. They are both chefs in the restaurant, so they are familiar with having to cook bacon in bulk.

For Adam, the flavorings are what make the biggest difference. He is weary of ingredients like corn syrup and liquid smoke because they affect the flavor and quality of the product. Instead, Adam prefers bacon that has been cured with salt, sugar, and spice. In his opinion, the bacon tastes best when it has been cured for at least five days.

In order to make the bacon, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Next, selecting a baking dish with edges on all sides. Line the flat surface with parchment paper to keep the bacon from sticking to the dish. Lay each strip down longways. It might be touching the other pieces, depending on how much bacon you are cooking, but the pieces of bacon should not overlap. This will prevent them from cooking properly.

The next step is the baking. You can make it as crisp as you want. Jessie Kissinger explains that “for bacon that is set and partially crisp, but not too crisp, [it should be cooked for] approximately 7 minutes.” How crunchy you make it is all up to you.

Bacon is delicious, and cooking it doesn’t have to be difficult. Use a baking dish, and you will be on your way to the perfect strip of goodness.

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Here are the top 10 health concerns linked to meat

Care about your health? Here are the top 10 health concerns linked to meat consumption.

1. Heart Disease

Completed in 2013, an 11-year study of 45,000 volunteers found that a vegetarian diet could cut one’s risk of heart disease by as much as 32 percent. Lead researcher Francesca Crowe of the University of Oxford theorizes that this lowered risk is due to lower cholesterol and blood pressure in vegetarians. Go plants!

2. Cancer

In 2015, the World Health Organization placed processed meats like bacon in the same category of cancer risk as asbestos and smoking cigarettes. Past studies corroborate the correlation between meat consumption and an increased risk of cancer. In fact, one study found that compared to women who ate one serving of red meat a week, women who ate 1.5 servings of red meat a day had a 22 percent greater risk of developing breast cancer. Just say no to meat!

3. Stroke

Because meat causes blockages in blood vessels, it’s no surprise that it leads to strokes. Consumption of red meat in particular has been reported to increase the risk of an ischemic stroke by 47 percent. Have a clear mind and eat plants.

4. Diabetes

According to researchers, meat is «one of the most well-established dietary risk factors» for diabetes. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that even modest consumption of red or processed meat significantly increases the risk of type 2 diabetes — an illness that can cause debilitating health problems, including blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, and strokes. Yikes!

5. Obesity

A University of Adelaide doctoral student found that meat contributes to obesity prevalence worldwide to the same extent as sugar. The research found that meat protein is digested later than fats and carbohydrates, making the energy we receive from protein a surplus. This surplus is converted and stored as fat in the human body. The study attributes nearly 13 percent of the obesity rate to the availability of meat.

6. Harmful Cholesterol

Harmful cholesterol can lead to clogged arteries and heart disease, but since it’s only found in animal-based foods, a vegan diet contains zero cholesterol. Stick with the plants!

7. Acne

Milk consumption and acne has been the focus of several studies. Interestingly, the strongest association is with skim milk. The authors of the studies have different theories as to why milk increases acne. Some suggest that because most milk consumed in the United States comes from pregnant cows, the pregnancy hormones increase oil production, leading to acne. Others suspect that milk itself elicits an increase in insulin, as do the high glycemic foods, leading to oil production and acne. Regardless, it’s clear that the key to clearer skin is a plant-based diet!

8. Erectile Dysfunction

 

Numerous studies have found that meat consumption leads to heart disease and high blood pressure. These conditions not only reduce blood flow to the heart and brain, possibly resulting in heart attacks and strokes, but also decrease blood flow throughout the body, including to the penis and clitoris. Without blood flow to these areas, erection and arousal are stunted. There’s nothing sexy about eating meat.

9. Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers at the Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center found that a Western diet heavy in animal proteins significantly increases one’s odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Simon Ridley, director of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said that studies have linked plant-based diets rich in fruits, vegetables, and nuts to better cognitive health.

10. Shorter Lifespan

You read that right! Researchers at the Mayo Clinic reviewed multiple studies and found that compared to shorter-term vegetarians, people on a vegetarian diet for more than 17 years enjoyed an increase in life expectancy of 3.6 years. They concluded that “physicians should advise patients to limit animal products when possible and consume more plants than meat.”

In addition to harming our health, meat is literally killing our planet and causing unthinkable animal suffering.

Visit ChooseVeg.com to learn more about transitioning to a healthy, delicious, and humane vegan diet.

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Impossible burgers headed to more restaurants after $114 million investment

Known as the vegan burger that “bleeds,” the Impossible Burger has earned a loyal fan base since its debut. In the last year the mouthwatering meatless patty has shown up on hundreds of restaurant menus across the country.

The burger is a top menu item nearly everywhere it’s served, according to Food News Media. “The Impossible Burger is one of those rare menu items that brings new customers in the door and keeps them coming back,” says David Lee, Impossible Foods’ chief operating and financial officer. In fact, when sold alongside beef burgers, the vegan Impossible Burger outsells its meat-based competitors.

And the company shows no signs of slowing down. Just last year, Impossible Foods purchased a 67,000-square-foot processing plant in East Oakland, California—churning out more than 1 million burgers every month!

And now, the company is making headlines after receiving a $114 million investment to expand at home and internationally! Online news source Plant-Based News reports:

As part of its expansion, Impossible Foods will announce availability in additional mainstream American restaurants later this month. After that, the company will launch its first international market later this month in Asia. Asia drives 44 percent of the world’s demand for meat, and the rate of consumption is growing faster than any other region.

The company’s expansion is great news for the countless animals who will be spared a lifetime of suffering. And in addition to being a delicious alternative to inherently cruel meat, the Impossible Burger is much better for the planet, using 75 percent less water and 95 percent less land. It also produces 87 percent less greenhouse gas than a beef burger.

Want to try this amazing burger for yourself? Click here to find out where it’s served near you!

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Here are all the places you can find beyond sausage

Beyond Meat caused quite a stir when it announced its newest product—Beyond Sausage—late last year. And since February, the company has rolled out its brand-new vegan sausage at select restaurants in major cities.

On February 15, Schaller’s Stube Sausage Bar, a New York City establishment known for its meat-heavy fare, made headlines for being the first place to offer Beyond Sausage. Shortly after, the sausage showed up on the West Coast, where it is offered at select Veggie Grill locations, at Wurstküche in Los Angeles, and at Rosamunde Sausage Grill in San Francisco and Oakland.

Since then, Yankee Stadium has begun offering Beyond Sausage at the Bareburger stand, making it the first stadium to offer the amazing new product. And on April 4, the sausage landed at its first Midwest location—The Moonlighter bar in Chicago!

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Mickey Neely, the executive chef at The Moonlighter, explains:

Given how great Beyond Meat products taste and the overwhelming positive feedback we’ve gotten from The Beyond Burger, adding Beyond Sausage was a no brainer. As the sausage capital of the U.S., we’re excited to put our own unique twist on the sausage.

We can’t wait to see where it turns up next!

While there are lots of vegan sausages on the market, Beyond Sausage sets itself apart from competitors with its casing made from alginate. The new product is available in three flavors—bratwurst, sweet Italian, and hot Italian—and one Beyond Sausage link has 14 percent more protein (16 grams per link!), 26 percent less sodium, and 38 percent less saturated fat than its animal-based counterpart. Plus, it’s free of soy, gluten, and genetically modified ingredients!

As more people become aware of the egregious animal cruelty and vast environmental destruction involved in meat production, the popularity of delicious vegan meat alternatives continues to rise. In fact, plant-based proteins are poised to take a third of the protein market by 2054!

Luckily, with all the plant-based products already on the market, there’s never been a better time to ditch meat for good. Click here for a list of the best vegan meats that money can buy.

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White castle now offers vegan impossible burger sliders at select locations

It seems like the Impossible Burger can’t stay out of the news. Known as the vegan burger that “bleeds,” the Impossible Burger has earned a loyal fan base since its debut. In the past year, the mouthwatering meatless patty has shown up on over 1,300 restaurant menus across the country.

And just last week, Impossible Foods announced it had received a $114 million investment to expand at home and internationally! Now its savory plant-based patties are debuting at their FIRST fast-food chain: White Castle!

These adorable little burgers will be available at 140 White Castle locations in New York, New Jersey, and the Chicago area and will cost $1.99 apiece. Impossible Foods hopes to gain important information that will help bring its product to a larger audience. Grub Street explains:

Impossible Foods’ CEO Pat Brown says that making the high-tech veggie patties available at White Castle should yield insight into how to “popularize plant-based meat with mainstream burger lovers,” which is clearly the company’s top priority. It also means that they need to ramp up production, yet again. Last fall, the start-up’s first high-volume plant opened in Oakland, occupying a full city block. However, demand is reportedly so great that Impossible Foods now says it’s doubling the plant’s production in the coming months.

As more people find out about the horrific conditions animals are subjected to at factory farms, they’re ditching meat in favor of healthier plant-based alternatives, like the Impossible Burger.

In addition to being a delicious alternative to inherently cruel meat, the Impossible Burger is much better for the planet, using 75 percent less water and 95 percent less land. It also produces 87 percent less greenhouse gas than a beef burger.

Want to try this amazing burger for yourself? Click here to find out where it’s served near you!

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Would you ever try these pickle cupcakes?

re pickles having a moment? From pickleback shots with dill pickle vodka to Wal-Mart selling Tropickles, they seem to be everywhere this year. You can even buy pickle juice soda to quench your thirst, or make like a pregnant woman and smother pickles in peanut butter to satisfy a craving. First there were ice cream cupcakes, and now there are dill pickle cupcakes.

When we ran into a recipe for pickle cupcakes, we were skeptical until we saw that the secret ingredient is bourbon. Can they really be that good? Would you try pickle cupcakes? If you want to make them at home, Delish has a great-looking recipe for them. We figure that we might as well start with a recipe that includes bourbon to start, just in case, because bourbon fixes most things. Here’s the recipe, courtesy of Delish.

HOW TO MAKE PICKLE CUPCAKES

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Teenager fat-shamed at bakery by customer in line. Gets perfect revenge

On March 31, 19-year-old Vega Blossom went to her favorite bakery, Designer Desserts, to buy six cupcakes during their Easter sale. While in line, the woman in front of her was waiting on a cake.

Blossom quickly noticed an older woman and her friend behind her loudly making rude comments about how long the woman at the front of the line was taking.

Finally, the woman at the front had her cake, and Blossom stepped up to the counter to place her order.

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But that’s when she heard the women behind her make an incredibly rude comment — and this time, it was about Blossom.

“Let’s hope this fat b**** doesn’t buy all the cupcakes,” the woman sneered.

Blossom was visibly hurt by the comment as she began to place her order.

“When I heard the nasty things the women said, I honestly wanted to cry,” she said. “It really hurt my feelings.”

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Gepostet von Vega Blossom am Montag, 9. Juni 2014

Blossom was shocked by how unashamed the women were to fat-shame her.

“How could these grown women be so mean to someone they’ve never met, let alone talked to?” she continued.

“Growing up [as] a chubbier girl, I always got snide comments about my weight from people who, for some reason, think it’s their business.

“Things like this usually wouldn’t bug me, but the fact that I didn’t know these women, and they said this so rudely and loudly — so I could obviously hear it — was different than other times.”

But then she decided how she was going to respond. She walked up to the register and ordered every single cupcake the bakery had.

The women continued to mock Blossom as she paid $54 for the 20 mega-sized cupcakes, each the size of three normal cupcakes.

Bakery staff also heard the unacceptable things the women said about Blossom’s weight, and made sure to give her extra cookies and chocolates for free.

CUPCAKE SALE!!! Select cupcakes ONLY $2.50 each. Stock up now before the snow hits!!! We are Open Until 8pm.

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On her way out of the bakery, Blossom also made sure to ask the women if they could help her open the door.

“I looked the pair straight in the eye and asked, ‘Could you please open the door for me? My hands are a bit full,” she explained.

“Reluctantly, one woman held the door open before following me outside. I think, if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

Blossom shared her treats with her friends, family, and coworkers. Later that night, she took to Facebook to share her experience, and it went viral, racking up nearly 80,000 likes and 25,000 shares.

As word began to spread about Blossom’s encounter at Designer Desserts, the bakery itself caught wind of the situation and decided to take action.

In the following days, the bakery surprised Blossom with cupcakes delivered to her work so show their support.

“Two days in a row now Designer Desserts-Valparaiso has delivered me cupcakes to work and i am honestly so thankful for these guys and everything they have done for me,” Blossom wrote on Facebook.

Gepostet von Vega Blossom am Donnerstag, 5. April 2018

But Designer Desserts did not stop there. They also posted on their own Facebook page, letting customers know that bullying of any kind will not be tolerated in their business.

“This morning a very unsettling occurrence was brought to my attention,” the bakery wrote. “Designer Desserts-Valparaiso is a BULLY FREE ZONE and WILL NOT TOLERATE these disgusting types of attitudes.”

“My sincere apologies go out to this beautiful young woman, and I cannot thank her enough for being such a loyal and amazing customer, we will be seeing you very soon.”

Blossom’s story is a strong reminder that words can truly be hurtful. Thankfully, there are kind people in the world still willing to brighten someone’s day and show them the respect every person deserves.

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Dessert hummus is a thing, and it’s basically guilt-free brownie batter in a tub

The brownie-flavored hummus from Delighted By Hummus.

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  • Delighted By Hummus is a new food brand specializing in dessert hummus.
  • Flavors include «Brownie Batter,» «Snickerdoodle,» «Vanilla Bean,» and «Choc-O-Mint.»
  • Every variation of hummus is vegan, gluten free, soy free, and kosher.
  • The dessert hummus was recently featured on NBC’s «Shark Tank.»
  • «Brownie Batter» is the best flavor, but read on for the full reviews.

I am a lover of many desserts ranging from brownies (mainly the brownie batter) and cookies to cupcakes and bread pudding, but now there is a new «dessert» that is taking over supermarkets’ shelves.

Delighted By Hummus, founded by Makenzie Marzluff, was recently featured on NBC’s «Shark Tank» and can now be seen in the refrigerators of millennials all over the country.

Delighted By Hummus not only has tasty hummus, but it has an even sweeter mission. Its goal is to inspire people to spread its glitter meaning «to be the light they are out in the world.» Marzluff’s main goal was to allow her company to represent how delightful life is when you focus on all of the positive that you have to offer.

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Now back to the hummus. The «dessert» hummus is made from chickpeas that are created in delicious flavors. Ranging from snickerdoodle to brownie batter, Delighted By Hummus is going to be your next sugary obsession. The hummus is also vegan, gluten free, soy free, and kosher, making it perfect for those with dietary restrictions.

According to different reviews, the hummus apparently has a texture and consistency similar to cookie dough. So, on that note, it’s bound to be good, and it is!

Brownie Batter

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Fudge brownies are my all time favorite dessert, and now this brownie batter hummus is a close second. Both rich and fudgy, this brownie batter hummus is nearly reminiscent of the real thing, and I might add that it tastes even slightly better than raw brownie batter.

Not only is this tasty, but it has ingredients that can be pronounced by a human including garbanzo beans (chickpeas), coconut oil, water, coconut milk, organic turbinado sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, pure vanilla extract, cultured dextrose (dairy-free, all natural digestive enzyme), and sea salt.

Next time you are out at the supermarket and are craving brownies, think twice about getting the Betty Crocker mix and reach for Delighted By Hummus.

Snickerdoodle

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«Cinnamon and spice make everything nice» generally applies to this hummus except for the fact that it is not spicy. I am personally not a big fan of Snickerdoodle cookies in general, but my best friend is an addict and she firmly believes that this Snickerdoodle hummus is literally the batter of an actual cookie.

Just by taking a sniff of the hummus, it will bring you back to your childhood sitting around the table eating cookies with a glass of milk. Delighted By Hummus suggests pairing this with apple slices or cinnamon pita chips which would taste delicious as they would complement each other.

Vanilla Bean

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Vanilla bean is also one of my favorite flavors from Delighted By Hummus. This hummus is creamy and has hints of vanilla bean with every bite! For a sweet and savory treat, you can mix this with chocolate chips or use it as frosting on a birthday cake.

Choc-O-Mint

Mint can either be a hit or miss for some people, but this hummus is just right in terms of flavor. Choc-O-Mint provides your tastebuds with a hint of mint with every bite alongside its creamy and fresh taste and consistency.

If you want to find out where you can purchase your own Delighted By Hummus products, check out this store locator. Their website is also home to recipes and other creative concoctions that can be made with this delicious dessert hummus.

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19 unique carrot desserts perfect for easter

What’s sweet, healthy, and versatile enough to be drunk or eaten? Carrots! Full of beta-carotene and vitamin A, these nutrient-packed wonders are the perfect ingredient for your Easter desserts.

To help you set up your brunch menu, we’ve compiled a bunch of carroty recipes that will make this veggie the rock star of your table. There’s nothing here that screams rabbit food and your sweet tooth will appreciate these treats!

A yummy take on classic pecan pie, this dessert is great for a celebration any time of year! Get the recipe at Kristin Kitchen.


This from-scratch carrot cake recipe is anything but basic and your guests won’t be disappointed. Try not to fill up on cream cheese frosting!


Can you smell the warm bananas and carrots by looking at this? Indulge in this goodness from Averie Cooks for breakfast, brunch, or any time of day!


Everything with this picture is right. Cheesecake + carrot cake? Hopefully, you won’t have to break up any fights over this tasty dessert. While you’re at Cooking Classy for the details, you can also check out their carrot cookie recipe.


Two favorites rolled up into one shot of yum but with a kick: chocolate chips! Oh, thank you Sipping on Soy for this winner.


With a cakey outside and sweet creamy filling, these whoopie pies deserve a seat at your table – or a special space in your lunch bag.


Looking for something cold? Try these pretty popsicles from Eat Well 101. Your kids will love ’em!


Go small with these darling pudding pies from Freutcake. Finish these off with your favorite whipped topping before serving them up.


This sweet Indian carrot pudding from Cook with Manali is made with evaporated or condensed milk and features spices like cinnamon and cardamom. Rock your taste buds!

If you thought monkey bread was good on its own, try it with a punch of carrot. You can’t go wrong with this recipe by Something Swanky.


Fall in love with the color and taste of this cool take on a frozen dessert. Pair your carrot with regular oranges, blood oranges, or mango to turn up the flavor! Follow the directions with Turnip the Oven.


Don’t be fooled by these muffins because they’re worthy of being more than a quick breakfast. Your taste buds will love the carrot-pineapple combo in this snack. Yay for Food is bringing it!


No list would be complete without a carrot cake cookie, so file this under “Dang, that’s good!”


If you’re not already hungry from scrolling through this list, you should be now by looking at these. Drool over the recipe at Katiebird Bakes.


Carrots are sweet enough by themselves, but they get really rich when mixed with white chocolate. Yeah, white chocolate-carrot fudge. Find the skills to make this over at Wine and Glue.


If you’re a fan of scones, you’ll love these tasty carrot cake ones drizzled with a maple-cream cheese glaze. Bookmark it at A Beautiful Plate.


Gluten-free, petite, and delicious, these macarons will get the party started. Get the deets at Tartelette Blog.

Want a quick carrot cake fix? Whip up this microwave version that can be cooked in a bowl or mug! Hungry Little Girl will show you how it’s done.


In case you weren’t aware, chocolate and carrot make a fine match when baked in brownie form. Don’t take our word for it, get to baking with this recipe from Oatmeal with a Fork.

Are you a fan of carrots? What’s your favorite carrot dessert? Which of these recipes do you want to try?

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