My 2012 Foodie Resolutions

I am usually not a resolutions type of person… Instead of making a list of goals for the entire year, I like to tackle things more in the short term. However, I do like to think about some over-arching ways that I would like to improve in certain areas over the year. Not surprisingly, that list always tends to include kitchen and food-related items. Last year was the first time I put down “resolutions” of sorts down on paper this site – you can check them out here. Looking back on them, I definitely succeeded at being more green, eating locally, and experimenting with ethnic food. However, I still have yet to master canning and sfogliatelle, so they get forwarded onto this list as a carry over. Below you will find the other food and baking-related goals I have set forth for myself this year. I’m looking forward to tackling them and sharing my progress with you!

Unfinished Business from 2011:

  • Master the sfogliatelle pastry.
  • Begin canning.

New Foodie Goals for 2012:

1. Eat 2 cups of leafy greens and 1 cup of fresh fruit a day, at least 4 days per week. This one might sound a bit crazy, too much of a stretch, and it might be, but I’m going to give it my all. Plus, late last year I found a recipe for an awesome green smoothie that can kill both of those birds with one stone. (Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing that recipe with you tomorrow!)

2. Tackle more homemade soups. There are few things I love more on a cold, blustery day than a pot of soup simmering away on the stove. It’s so comforting, especially since this is the time of year when everyone seems to be coming down with one illness or another. My goal is one new soup recipe per week until at least the end of February.

3. Stock the freezer! One of my worst food habits is not actually eating real meals and doing some serious grazing throughout the day. I’m talking saltines with pb&j or a piece of bread with a hunk of cheese and a handful of chips as meals. To counteract this, I want to stock the freezer with some super-simple meals that I can heat up quickly and easily. On my to-do list: muffins, bagels, soup (which goes hand-in-hand with #2 above), bean burgers, homemade pasta like ravioli and gnocchi, sauce, and pre-made pizzas. Here’s to quick and easy homemade meals!

4. Bake more bread. I noticed a serious downturn in the amount of homemade bread I made this past year and I want to make sure to reverse that trend this year. There’s nothing better than the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven. And that first warm bite slathered with butter? Heaven. I can also add this to the list of things that can keep the freezer well-stocked.

5. Master homemade versions of restaurant and boxed favorites. Sometimes, you just like what you like. Whether it’s take-out or an old recipe that uses box ingredients, I want to master some from-scratch recipes this year. Currently on the list: crab rangoons, spring/egg rolls, rum cake, and better than sex cake. YUM!

What are some food-related things on your to-do list for this year??
Please share them below!

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  1. I'm At Home Baking on January 3, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Looking forward to the green smoothie as I could use more greens in my life,haha! I love baking bread, I started the new year off with making a Rosemary Olive Oil bread, it was amazing!

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  2. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen on January 3, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I SO need that green smoothie recipe right about now. I still need to detox from Christmas/New Year’s Eve.

    As for foodie resolutions, I want to try my hand at homemade bagels, creme brulee, and swiss meringue buttercream!

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  3. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on January 3, 2012 at 1:40 am

    I think your goals are great. My food groups are raw/fresh fruit and veggies, dessert, coffee. So I’ve got your #1 down pat but I’ve also got dessert and coffee down pat…very well, too :)

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  4. Estella on January 3, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Great resolutions!!! :)
    As for me… my cooking resolutions for 2012 are cooking with more veggies and using our local farmers market for produce as well as building a veggie box for my back yard and starting my own garden to not only cook but to start an adventure in canning with those veggies.
    Another thing for me is to bake fresh breads and experiment more with foods and flavors from other cultures.

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  5. Carol-Ann on January 3, 2012 at 3:48 am

    I too want to begin canning this year. I’ve also created a list of 52 recipes (1 new one every week) to try that I’ve never made before. I already made my first one – Chicken Tortilla Soup…it’s actually the first soup I’ve ever made! It’s pretty yummy! The recipes cover everything from dinner to bread to jams and pickles…one of them is your praline topped french toast bake…can’t wait for that one!

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    • Rachel R. on January 3rd, 2012 at 10:56 am

      That is a great idea! One thing I struggle with is finding a recipe I want to try, but having one new recipe per week is so smart! I think I’m going to try this!

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  6. Brandon on January 3, 2012 at 4:06 am

    I’d really like to use this year to get better connected with our local butcher.

    I’d like to get a better recipe for making sweet Italian sausage meat to use in spaghetti sauce.

    I’m going to go back through my cookbooks and try something new at least twice a month. I had some good success trying new things this past year with Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals Cookbook and it’d be nice to build on that with the plethora of Cook’s Illustrated/Country and other cookbooks that are gathering dust on my bookshelf.

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  7. melanie on January 3, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Just got an uber-blender for x-mas so am deep into green smoothies – every morning! Here’s one a posted a few days ago:

    http://saffroncrush.com/green-smoothie-with-mango-ginger/

    my foodie goal: lean toward vegan

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  8. Jenn on January 3, 2012 at 5:43 am

    This up year, I’m going to try (again) to make at least one new recipe a week (love Carol-Ann’s idea of making a list now). I have so many cookbooks, I need to dig deeper into them.

    I also want to give canning a try ( especially since I can’t buy applesauce here in the UK, so I have to make it from scratch).

    And veggies, I do well at eating fruits and veggies daily, so long as they are carrot&celery sticks…..I need to try to find new ways to cook them

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    • Crystal W. (@EatDrinkClev) on January 3rd, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      That is so interesting that you can’t buy applesauce. Seems like someone should be importing it – if for no other reason than applesauce cake!

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  9. Jennifer on January 3, 2012 at 6:00 am

    I need to challenge myself more in the kitchen. I started a new full time job last year, which involves 2 weeks of on call responsibilities each month, so I only get 4 days off a month, on average. We’ve eaten a tremendous amount of hot wings, pizza, and burgers in the last year. Not a good idea for two people who already need to lose weight and be more health conscious.

    I love to cook, but some days, I just…can’t. I have the best of intentions most days! I just need to get back on the horse!

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  10. Brenda on January 3, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Great goals – looking forward to your posts. And the green smoothie recipe, too! We love soup around here, too. It’s one of the things I love about the winter – I get to make soup.

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  11. Leia on January 3, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I already can my own food, we just finished canning 18 pts whole berry cranberry sauce and 19 jars of grapefruit marmalade.We also can meats and veggies. We grow our own veggies and have lots of fruit trees and blueberry bushes. If you are canning, get the Ball Blue Book, a hot water bath canner, and if doing veggies or meats , a pressure canner is a must. For freezing, you will need a Food Saver-it will protect your frozen food . I pulled a sealed bag of lima beans marked August 2009 out of the freezer, they were as fresh and delicious as the day they went in the freezer. You can use it for many other foods. Such as vac-sealing dry goods like beans and rice. You can store important papers in a vac-sealed bag. If you get one with the jar sealer, you can suck the air out of a jar of dehydrated food. Check them out, they are a great appliance to have.Happy 2012!!

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  12. Sue Ames on January 3, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I don’t do resolutions because they always go by the wayside, but I do like yours. None of them are to hard to do. Your number one is a good one and I just may try it too. Love your blog. Sue

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  13. Penny Wolf on January 3, 2012 at 7:40 am

    There is one goal for sure and that is organize my current recipes! WHAT A MESS!
    Piles of printouts of recipes off of the web….and honestly I spend too much time looking for a certain one in this state.

    On your #4 goal, My Great Aunt who lives in Wellsburg WVA still bakes her own bread
    and she will be 93 next month.God love her.

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  14. leslie on January 3, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I should really start canning too. It seems to intimidate me for some reason!

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  15. Tara on January 3, 2012 at 8:20 am

    This year I have just two and one is sort of food related…I bake bread several times a week, it’s just part of my routine now, but I never blog about it! I’m always looking for other new things to blog when Hello! I have great bread to share!

    My other is book related…I have a ton of books on my kindle – most were free! – that I haven’t read and I vow to read one of them per month instead of buying new ones, which is what I currently end up doing.

    I’m anxious to see what soup recipes you try. I’ve mastered Lentil, Potato Leek, and the always favorite, French Onion. I need to get a few more in the mix.

    Happy New Year!

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  16. Sisters Playing House on January 3, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I too do not make “resolutions” – but I don’t mind setting yearly goals. I know, I know – sounds like the same thing. But, I have a list of ten goals for the year on the blog my sister and I have.
    Several of them are food ones: go pop free for 1 month, try a new recipe once a month, and try eat from the freezer/pantry week.
    We have several canning posts listed on our blog so far. I love to can and cook from scratch. Check out our soup recipes that we have up so far as well – they might help you figure out some soups for your goals list.
    http://www.sistersplayinghouse.blogspot.com/2011/12/new-years-resolutions-anyone-10-goals.html

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  17. Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables on January 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Totally agree about eating more greens. It’s so difficult for me, but I’m hoping to use my juicer more to help me get there! Good luck!

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  18. Leia on January 3, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Leslie,start with the basics like acid foods, they can be safely processed with a hot water bath canner. Get the Ball Blue Book and read it for familiarizing yourself with the basics, then DO IT! Tomatoes are easy, you can make relishes,pickles( a bit more hands on), or even jams and jellies using powdered or liquid pectin. If you have an extension service in your county, they can give you handouts or help with following a recipe. Once you get started you will be alright. Pressure canning is a whole other ball of wax and should not be attempted until you are comfortable with the procedures and techniques. Good luck!

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  19. Todd on January 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Being a guy, I am skeptical about this smoothie, but I like the idea. So, I will probably give it a try. Why is it so hard to get enough fruit and veggies in my diet? I love both!

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  20. Holly on January 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Great goals. On the leafy vegetable/fruit thing, it’s not so hard once you get in the habit. And once you’re in the habit, you’ll find yourself missing those things on the days you don’t have them. For instance, I’ve been quite unregimented in my eating since Christmas, and I am virtually craving veggies. There’s a lovely salad waiting for me for lunch, though, and I’m looking forward to it!

    Good luck on a wonderful 2012!

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  21. Benthe on January 3, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Love the goals, and love that you’ll be sharing some with us ‘cus some I want myself too :)

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  22. Robyn {Planet Byn} on January 3, 2012 at 9:02 am

    my go-to breakfast smoothie: 1 banana + 1 big handful spinich + 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries + 3 spoonfuls greek yogurt (for protein) + splash of water or juice (natural sugars only). super easy way to get greens and fruit in!

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  23. Maria Trader on January 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

    On the stocking the freezer note, when you’re making all your soups take a serving of each and freeze it for a quick meal later. Ball makes plastic freezer jars that I use for that and for freezing individual sized smoothies.

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    • Michelle on January 4th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      Maria, Thank you so much for the tip on the freezer jars! I just bought two sets of each size. I can’t wait to use them; I see soup and salsa in my future :)

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  24. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on January 3, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Great goals! You have me thinking now what mine should be. I like the idea of more greens for sure, but a smoothie makes me nervous! Looking forward to seeing the recipe.

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  25. Jennifer on January 3, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I am looking forward to the green smoothie. I also baked less bread last year, I think that might be due to the big push to healthier after splurging during the holidays.

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  26. Heather @ Bake, Run, Live on January 3, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I just bought a pressure cooker, so that’s one of my goals…learn how to use it!
    I like Carol-Ann’s idea of a list of 52 new items to try. I am going to start working on that for the 2nd half of 2012!

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  27. Kelly on January 3, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Yes! I am really excited about the possibility of more soup recipes – I was just thinking this weekend about how I’d like to make more soup for quick lunches and dinners. And on my list of “to do’s” in the new year is to learn how to bake bread. My goals in the new year are to continue cooking more and eating out less, and to keep up the exercise routine that I recently started. Happy New Year to you!

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  28. Nomi on January 3, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Pita is also a good bread item that freezes really well. And it makes a good lunch when paired with homemade chumus (SO easy), those leafy greens that you previously mentioned, and any other veggies that you might want to add. Or cheese, or peanut butter, or pretty much anything. Shape and size make them freezer friendly and encourage portion control, which is always good.

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  29. Julia on January 3, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I am totally in sync with you. Homemade bread is a must for me to try, can’t wait for a simple recipe for bread and I would like to use my slow cooker more. Thank you for all your great posts and inspiration. Happy New Year and manga bene!

    Julia

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  30. Katy on January 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Yes! The green monster smoothie? I’m obsessed with them and have one at least 3 mornings a week. Here’s the recipe I started using:

    http://bakingdomesticityallthingsmini.blogspot.com/2010/01/calling-popeye.html

    I’ve since adapted it to 2 cups of spinach + 1 cup of milk + 1 frozen banana + 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter. Can’t wait to see your version. Happy 2012 :)

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  31. Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen on January 3, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Good for you putting your resolutions out there for everyone to hold you accountable! You’ve got a great list of goals. The leafy greens one sounds hard but would be sooo good for you.

    I’m hoping to tackle some more recipes from my grandmother’s old recipe box. She has some strange things in there, and I think it would be fun to modernize them or at least make them healthier (Velveeta and lard? No thanks!).

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  32. Rebekah @ Making Miracles on January 3, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Love the foodie resolutions! Especially the home versions of boxed and restaurant favorites – I would like to do more of that as well! :) I am looking forward to using more fresh fruits and veggies (utilizing a great local Farmer’s Market baskets!) and getting back to food blogging after I deliver these two girls! :) I would also love to get more into smoothies – green smoothies are so fantastic and I’ve never tried them but would really like to start making them a regular part of my breakfasts and snacks.

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  33. Alicia Louwerse on January 3, 2012 at 10:34 am

    My food goal is simple and basic…make and stick to my monthly meal plans. Just by doing this, I try new recipes, keep our grocery bill down, and am very aware of what we are putting in our mouths every day!

    Go for the canning goal. I gave it my first go this year and we LOVE the results. I did apple sauce (super easy with the Kitchen aid fruit processor attachment), peaches, tomato sauce, and salsa. The “canning” part is almost the most simple, a bit time consuming, but the results are so worth it. http://www.bernardin.ca/ was a great tool.

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  34. Linda on January 3, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I love your list and I can’t wait to follow along. I bought some cocktail hotdogs last week and I want to make homemade puff pastry to wrap them in for the Superbowl. I’m going to follow Julia Child’s video on YouTube.

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  35. Brandon on January 3, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I use kale, spinach, bananas, and strawberries as my fruits and veggies!

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  36. Mercedes (Satisfy My Sweet Tooth) on January 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

    What a great list! I have never tried a green smoothie but have seen them popping up everywhere and I cannot wait for your recipe tomorrow!

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  37. Kerry on January 3, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Fab goals!! Can’t wait to try out the better than sex cake, holy yum!

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  38. Anna on January 3, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Ooh, so looking forward to this year! I got the 6qt Professional Kitchenaid mixer for my birthday/Christmas and I’m ready for homemade bread! Also I made both rum cake and better than sex cake last year and really wished I wasn’t putting a box cake mix in the bowl, so I can’t wait!

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  39. sue@ cakeballs, cookies and more on January 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I cannot write anything down, because if I don’t end up doing it I feel guilty:( But your list sounds great.

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  40. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on January 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    These are some great goals. I’d love to start making some homemade bread this year!

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  41. Krystal Schall on January 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    excited about your bread recipes!!! I really wanna try and stock up the freezer with easy meals as well!
    I also have the best best best spring rolls – hopefully one day i’ll try and write down the recipe. people ask me all the time and i never have the exact amount of each item.
    Also- can’t wait for your crab rangoons- been trying to make them but it never turns out right!!

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  42. Crystal W. (@EatDrinkClev) on January 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Great list!
    I plan on eating more veggies this year too and have several recipes on my blog that can help you out (stuffed pepper soup, citrus kale salad and barley stuffed acorn squash.) One of my goals for the new year is to make a yeast bread from scratch – never have even though I cook like crazy. I hope you post some of your recipes for yours. Love your blog!

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  43. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes on January 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I love your resolutions!! Homemade bread is the best…

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  44. Patty on January 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Can’t wait to see your soup recipes!!! I make soup/stew at least once a week and my husband has named me “soup lady”. I love trying new recipes! Keep the recipes coming.
    This year I started canning and I love it. I canned peaches, apple sauce, tomatos and I made a kick butt onion and pepper relish (just like Harry and David’s) but better since all my ingredients were organic from the farmers market.
    I’ve told a couple people about your blog. I say some people read novels. I love reading The Brown Eye Baker blog. :) Happy New Year.

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  45. domesticallyinept on January 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I love your goals! Like everyone else, I’m ANXIOUSLY awaiting your green smoothie recipe as I’m really bad about getting my leafy greens in! My goal for this year is to try to eat vegetarian as much as possible (which will force me to get my veggies in). If you are looking for a great soup recipe, check out my cauliflower soup recipe on my blog. I like it with a dash of hot sauce. But then again…I like just about everything with a dash of hot sauce! Keep up the great work!

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  46. cowscatsdogs on January 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I am so with you in that you have set great goals– goals I’m thinking you’ll do well with! Goals anyone would do well with. Love the ‘more homemade bread’ part, too. I could adopt your goals and be ‘good to go’, but I know I have to add WATER DRINKING to my goal– I always say tomorrow I will drink more. I am going to ‘container’ my water and keep at it throughout the day. In comparison to the kind of beautiful/great blogging you do, my ‘baby steps blog’ with my cooking is at http://www.milkmaidrecipebox.blogspot.com/ and, yes, you are mentioned in it, and I also have you listed under ‘Links I Like’ (even if you’re not a GBay Packer fan– LOL). Keep up the great work– I love to see your e-mails come ‘dinging’ in. Waiting for the green smoothie, too!!!!!

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  47. Julie Lynn on January 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    First of all, I have to tell you that my dd17 (Livy) is totally hooked on your blog. She referred to it repeatedly during the holidays. :-)

    I love your goals. Hope you reach each one and exceed your expectations this year. :-)

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  48. tom@morethanpepper on January 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    belated happy new yer to b.e.b. tom

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  49. TerriT on January 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Great goals!! Going to borrow a few. Love soup and will try my hand in creating a few. Thanks for the thought!!

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  50. Joan on January 3, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I would like to get better at making homemade bread too. Bagels are the first thing I want to tackle!

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