My Year in Roadfood (2011)

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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/09 11:51:29 (permalink)
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Brad, yes I did.  The Filler from Giant Drive-In finished #7 on my favorite burgers, so there is a photo on page 1 of this thread.  When I get home tonight, I will see if I have a better photo to put the size in perspective.

DOH!
 
But it certainly lives up to its name!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/09 15:06:46 (permalink)
What did you think of the ham pot pie at Park-N-Dine? My own impression was that it didn't live up to its potential.
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/09 15:20:14 (permalink)
Thanks BB!  I just thought of another sandwich question.  Are both of those sandwiches only found at Ruma's Deli or are they a regional specialty that can also be found in other establishments in the region (i.e. - hot cheese sandwiches, GCCBs, Jucy Lucys, Turkey Devonshires, etc...)?  
 
I enjoyed the donuts at Kane's when Cecif & Bethgrd put together a Boston based tour in the summer of 2008.  However, the coffee roll completely blew me away!  Here's the link to my write-up:  http://www.roadfood.com/F...408406&high=kane's
 
So glad you liked Brooks'!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/09 15:20:50 (permalink)
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Honestly, I didn't like anything at the Park-N-Dine.  This is after two attempts.  Weaver's, just down the street, is much, much better.
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/09 16:29:17 (permalink)
billyboy

Thanks BB!  I just thought of another sandwich question.  Are both of those sandwiches only found at Ruma's Deli or are they a regional specialty that can also be found in other establishments in the region (i.e. - hot cheese sandwiches, GCCBs, Jucy Lucys, Turkey Devonshires, etc...)?  

This question may be better answered by a local.  My understanding is that gerber sandwiches are found thoughout the metro area, but invented at Ruma's Deli.  The prosperity sandwich would most likely be much more difficult to find.  Can anyone from St.Louis shed some light on this?
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/10 08:21:58 (permalink)
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BB, by any chance did you happen to take a photo of the actual sandwich?  Sounds like it could be a killer as well as a filler!

Brad

Brad, here is another photo of the Filler,

which may help show how big it is.  Although, it is indeed a nice sized burger, it was nothing that Mariton and I couldn't easily finish together.  In fact, the woman who owns Giant Drive-In and took our order told us she eats them all the time, all by herself! 
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/10 15:18:58 (permalink)
Here are some of the regional foods I was fortunate enough to enjoy in 2011:
 
Baked Beans - Salem Diner (Salem, MA)

 
Barbecue Spaghetti - Interstate Bar-B-Q (Memphis, TN)

 
Basque Meal - Toki Ona Diner (Elko, NV)

 
Beef on Weck - Schwabl's (West Seneca, NY)

 
Biscochitos - Panaderia Jazmin (Albuquerque, NM)

 
Biscuits - Bryant's (Memphis, TN)

 
Breaded Pork Tenderloin - Plump's Last Shot (Indianapolis, IN)

 
Brat - Charcoal Inn (Sheboygan, WI)

 
Brisket and Sausage - Black's Barbecue (Lockhart, TX)
 
 
Brunswick Stew - Clyde Cooper's BBQ (Raleigh, NC)

 
Burnt Ends - Gates Bar-B-Q (Kansas City, MO)

 
Cabbage Burger - Gering Bakery (Gering, NE)

 
Carne Adovada - Garcia's Kitchen (Albuquerque, NM)
 
 
Cheese Crisp - Micha's Restaurant (Tucson, AZ)

 
Cheese Steak - Tony Luke's (Philadelphia, PA)

 
Chicken Fried Steak - Hill Country Cupboard (Johnson City, TX)

 
Chicken Paprikash - Little Polish Diner (Parma, OH)
 
 
Clam Cakes - Iggy's Doughboys (Warwick, RI)

 
Clam Chowder - Union Oyster House (Boston, MA)

 
Coffee Milk - Nick's Original Coney Island Hotdogs (Fall River, MA)

 
Coneys - National Coney Island (Detroit, MI)

 
Cornell Chicken - Phil's Chicken House (Endicott, NY)

 
Country Ham - Roanoker (Roanoke, VA)
  
 
Crab Balls - Suicide Bridge Restaurant (Hurlock, MD)

 
Crab Cakes - Suicide Bridge Restaurant (Hurlock, MD)
 
 
Crab Feast - Crab Claw (St. Michaels, MD)

 
Crab Imperial - Suicide Bridge Restaurant (Hurlock, MD)

 
Crab Louis - Dan & Louis Oyster Bar - Portland, OR
 
 
Crab Soup - Suicide Bridge Restaurant (Hurlock, MD)

 
Custard - Kopp's (Milwaukee, WI)

 
Dobos Torte - Perla Homemade Delights (Parma, OH)

 
Doughboys - Iggy's Doughboys (Warwick, RI)

 
Enchiladas - Frontier (Albuquerque, NM)

 
Fish Chowder - No Name (Boston, MA)

 
Fish and Chips - Halibut's (Portland, OR)
 
 
Five Way Chili - Skyline Chili (Cincinnati, OH)
 
 
Fried Chicken - Chicken Annie's (Pittsburg, KS)

 
Fried Clams - Clam Box (Ipswich, MA)

 
Fried Okra - Barbecue Kitchen (College Park, GA)
 
 
Fried Pie - Varsity (Atlanta, GA)
 
 
Fry Sauce - Crown Burgers (Salt Lake City, UT)

 
Gooey Butter Cake - Park Avenue Coffee (St. Louis, MO)

 
Grape Nuts Pudding - No Name (Boston, MA)

 
Green Chile Stew - Frontier (Albuquerque, NM)

 
Half Smoke - Florida Avenue Grill (Washington, D.C.)

 
Hoppel Poppel - Benji's (Milwaukee, WI)

 
Hot Links - Lem's (Chicago, IL)

 
Indian Pudding - Village Restaurant (Essex, MA)

 
Italian Beef - Mr. Beef (Chicago, IL)
 
 
Jewish Apple Cake - Pappy's Orchard & Lisa's Kitchen (Coopersburg, PA)

 
Jonnycakes - Meldgie's Rivers Edge Restaurant (Wakefield, RI)

 
Kielbasi w/Kraut - State Meats (Parma, OH)

 
 Kolache - Kolache Factory (Austin, TX)
 
  
 
Lemon Ice Box Pie - Mayflower Cafe (Jackson, MS)

 
Lima Beans - Martha Lou's Kitchen (Charleston, SC)

 
Lobster Pie - Maine Diner (Wells, ME)

 
Lobster Roll - Bob's Clam Hut (Kittery, ME)

 
Lobster Stew - Bob's Clam Hut (Kittery, ME)
   
 
Lobster Tail - Tripoli Bakery (Lawrence, MA)

 
Maple Cream Pie - Waysider Restaurant (Berlin, VT)

 
Marionberry Pie - Otis Cafe (Otis, OR)

 
Mett - Avril-Bleh & Sons (Cincinnati, OH)

 
 
Migas - Juan in a Million (Austin, TX)

 
Navajo Taco - Navajo Hogan (Salt Lake City, UT)

 
Old Forge Pizza - Salerno's (Old Forge, PA)

 
Oyster Stew - Dan & Louis Oyster Bar (Portland, OR)

 
Peanut Soup - Wayside Inn (Middletown, VA)
 
 
Perch Sandwich - Berry's Restaurant (Norwalk, OH)

 
Pierogies - Sokolowski's University Inn (Cleveland, OH)

 
Polish Boy - Mickey Flickey's Amazing Wings (Garfield Heights, OH)

 
Pork Barbecue - Clyde Cooper's BBQ (Raleigh, NC)

 
Pork Roll - Woody's Towne Cafe (Allentown, NJ)

 
Raspados - Oasis Raspados (Phoenix, AZ)

 
Roast Pork Italian - DiNics (Philadelphia, PA)

 
Scone - Sill's (Layton, UT)

 
Scrapple - Dutch Kitchen (Frackville, PA)
 
  
 
Shoofly Pie - Dutch Kitchen (Frackville, PA)

 
Slaw Dogs - Varsity (Atlanta, GA)

 
Slinger - Goody Goody Diner (St. Louis, MO)

 
Snoots - C & K Barbecue (St. Louis, MO)

 
Sopaipillas - Garcia's Kitchen (Albuquerque, NM)
 
 
Sour Cream Raisin Pie - Lange's Cafe (Pipestone, MN)

 
Spiedies - Sharkey's (Binghamton, NY)
 
 
Spoon Bread - Wayside Inn (Middletown, VA)

 
St. Paul Sandwich - Wong's Inn (St. Louis, MO)

 
Stuffies - Mike's Kitchen (Cranston, RI)
 
 
Sweet Tea - Allen & Son (Chapel Hill, NC)

 
Tacos - Taco House (San Antonio, TX)

 
Tamales - Solly's Hot Tamales (Vicksburg, MS)

 
Tavern - Bob's Drive-Inn (Le Mars, IA)

 
Toasted Ravioli - Cunetto House of Pasta (St. Louis, MO)

 
Torte (Poppyseed) - Charcoal Inn (Sheboygan, WI)

 
Turkey Devonshire - Union Grill (Pittsburgh, PA)

 
Walleye - McBob's (Milwaukee, WI)

 
Whoopie Pies - Cranberry Island Kitchen (Portland, ME)

 
Wings - Elmo's (Getzville, NY)

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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/10 16:19:59 (permalink)
BB:  Bushie drove me by the Hill Country cupboard a few years ago.  We had just OD'd on BBQ about a hour earlier and did not stop although I wish we had.  How did you rate the chicken fried steak?
 
We drove on past to the Johnson Ranch which was a nice stop.
 
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/10 17:38:46 (permalink)
Once again:
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/10 17:41:19 (permalink)
The amazing thing about your reports -- and pictures -- is that EVERYTHING looks appealing -- even things I ordinarily wouldn't choose to eat.
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/10 17:48:59 (permalink)
I have eaten 17 of the foods that you have listed here......within the passt six months.  I enjoyed every single one!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/10 17:49:56 (permalink)
I have eaten 17 of the foods that you have listed here......within the past six months.  I enjoyed every single one!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/10 20:18:48 (permalink)
Oh my, you even alphabetized them for us.  That is above & beyond any expectation I ever had.
 
Buffetbuster - I wait all year for this report and you never disappoint.
 
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/10 20:20:04 (permalink)
I agree with Twin Willow
 
You really do the best reports on Roadfood
 
Everything looks fantastic- ok almost everything (the St Paul not so much)
 
Keep it coming.
 


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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/10 20:24:34 (permalink)
Hey BB, I think you need to take me along on your trips....Heck, I could be your cameraman!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/10 20:24:59 (permalink)
wanderingjew


Everything looks fantastic- ok almost everything (the St Paul not so much)





Oh, the negativity.

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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/10 20:46:43 (permalink)
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/10 20:50:34 (permalink)
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Everything looks fantastic- ok almost everything (the St Paul not so much)





Oh, the negativity.

 
Actually, inside joke. Buffetbuster  previously mentioned  my St Paul at Mai Lee looked better than the one he had at Wong's Inn when I texted him a "real time" photo from the scene.
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/10 20:53:49 (permalink)
Buffetbuster, I would like to apply for a position in the compamy that you  work for...................looks like a lot of travel time is available!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/11 00:33:03 (permalink)
I have to laugh at Europeans or, anyone that thinks Americans don't know good food. 
Hah! The best food in the world is right here in the USA! 
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/11 10:01:37 (permalink)
wanderingjew

I agree with Twin Willow

You really do the best reports on Roadfood

Everything looks fantastic- ok almost everything (the St Paul not so much)

Keep it coming.

WJ is being modest, since everyone knows what excellent trip reports he writes.  And with all the stops we made together in Rhode island, plus the places I visited that were originally discovered and written up by WJ, his fingerprints are all over this report!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/11 10:11:21 (permalink)
JRPfeff

Oh my, you even alphabetized them for us.  That is above & beyond any expectation I ever had.

Buffetbuster - I wait all year for this report and you never disappoint.

Jim
Coming from one of my favorite Roadfood people, this means a lot.  Thanks so much!
 
Greymo-
17 of them in just the past six months is very impressive!  Although, you may want to take another look, since I added about 20 photos since you posted.
 
Sundancer-
Paul, Hill Country Cupboard was really good.  I don't have a lot of experience with chicken fried steak, but it is one of the better versions I have had.  They will also have a pie on my best pie list.
 
valboy-
Actually, I don't travel for work.  If anything, work prevents me from tarveling as much as I would like.
 
Twinwillow-
I could not agree more!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/11 10:58:17 (permalink)
I don't know which number scares me more - the number of places I was with you when you visited, or the number of places I *WASN'T*!
 
That walleye at McBob's could have me seriously considering ordering something besides corned beef the next time I am there.
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/11 13:10:28 (permalink)
TTM-
Don't worry, I have some quality photos and stories about you coming up!  And you are right, that walleye from McBob's may be even better than the corned beef hash, which I would have considered impossible before our latest visit.
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/11 13:37:24 (permalink)
I know this was on page 3 (I think), but can someone explain why someone would deep fry crab claws? Don't you lose all the deep fried goodness when you crack them? Oh BTW, I could go through this report maybe twenty times and still not tire of it. Well done!!
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/11 13:51:47 (permalink)
Actually, the shell is removed and it's the meat that gets battered.
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/11 15:06:17 (permalink)
Thanks Michael, I can see what you mean now. THAT makes perfect sense.
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/11 15:24:28 (permalink)
Okay, now that we have other foods out of the way, we can finally get serious and discuss pie!  There is too much great pie here to confine it to a list of just ten, so:
 
TOP 20 PIES
 
20.  Cherry Pie - Peggy Sue's Steak and Ribs (Walhonding, OH)

A very unlikely name and location for a premier pie palace, but as soon as walk in the door and see the pie room immediately to the left, you know you have found a place serious about their pies.  There seems to always be a good 15+ different pies always available and we tried quite a few of them.  The tall, lattice topped cherry, with nicely tart fruit was our favorite.
 
19.  Blackberry Pie - Purple Pie Place (Custer, SD)

This was actually cousin Johnny's pie, but he was nice enough to share.  We really liked the way the sweet juice from the berries soaked into the bottom part of the crust, making the pie cobbler-like.
 
18.  Funeral Pie - Hoosier Mama (Chicago, IL)

Has anyone ever heard of a funeral pie before?  This was a first for me.  A tasty combination of dark raisins, golden raisins, rum, apple cider and lemon juice, in a soft, sugar topped crust.
 
17.  Oatmeal Pie - Connor's Cafe (Heyburn, ID)

Looking for a pie stop to break up the monotonous drive from Boise to Salt Lake City, I got lucky and found this excellent small town cafe and maker of first rate pies.  This was also my first experience with oatmeal pie.  It had the consistency of a pecan pie without the nuttiness.  Delicious!
 
16.  Buttermilk Pie - Hill Country Cupboard (Johnson City, TX)

Truthfully, the only reason why I ordered the buttermilk pie was that the other choices at Hill Country Cupboard was even less exciting.  But, this pleasantly eggy and slightly tart slice of pie was a real gem.  And I don't know if the photo properly shows it, but this was as pretty a pie as I saw all year.
 
15.  Blueberry Pie - Maine Diner (Wells, ME)

When you think of Maine, you think of blueberries, but how the fruit tasted so fresh in December was a surprise.  I'm not normally a fan of ice cream with pie, but the combination of the two was heaven.
 
14.  Maple Cream Pie - P & H Truck Stop (Wells River, VT)

What dessert could be more Vermont than maple cream pie?  And this pie delivers maximum maple flavor!
 
13.  Coconut Cream Pie - Woodruff's Cafe & Pie Shop (Monroe, VA)

In an incredibly friendly small town cafe in rural Virginia, we found some of the best pies of the year.  The coconut filling was wonderful, but that delicate crust and airy meringue was undoubtedly made by someone who really knows what she is doing.  I'm no fan of coconut, but this pie could make me a convert.
 
12.  Do-si-do Pie - Colonnade Restaurant (Atlanta, GA)

Yet another pie I encountered for the first time in 2011.  Whether or not any Do-si-do Girl Scout cookies were harmed in the making of this pie, I'm not sure.  But, it was an irrestible combination of peanut butter, chocolate, whipped topping and a layer of oatmeal crust.
 
11.  Lemon Cream Pie  - Upper Krust (Kansas City, MO)

Located in the basement of a really nice cookingware store, Upper Krust had a dazzling array of pies on display.  Unfortunately, they don't sell by the slice, so I was limited to whole pies or their mini pies.  The best I tried was the lemon cream, with the wonderfully sweet and tart filling and the light whipped topping.  This is a place that needs to be explored much more!
 
10.  Idleberry Pie - Idle Isle Cafe (Brigham City, UT)

One of the sweetest pies I remember, idleberry pie is a combination of blueberries, blackberries and boysenberries, all in a wonderfully soft crust.
 
9.  Chocolate Pie - Bohannon's Brietzke Station (Seguin, TX)

If you are outside of Bohannon's Brietzke Station, you are either a pie lover or you are seriously lost, because this place is in the middle of nowhere!  The meringue was fine, but that is a deep, rich fudgy filling on this pies what sets it apart.  And the ladies who work here are incredibly nice.
 
8.  Blueberry Pie - High 5 Pie (Seattle, WA)

We were tipped off to this place by the The Travelin Man.  My marionberry pie was excellent and probably deserves a spot on this list, but my girlfriend's blueberry pie was even better.  Lots of sweet blueberries in a rugged crust that met the fork with resistance.  And it was just the right pie for adding ice cream. 
 
7.  Smores Pie - Texan Cafe (Hutto, TX)

If I have to explain to you why this pie finished so high up on the list, then you are either not a dessert lover or you need to get your eyes checked!  This pie is not for the faint of heart!
 
6.  Apple Fried Pie - Woodruff's Cafe & Pie Shop (Monroe, VA)

I believe the fried pies at Woodruff's are made by the owner's mother, Mary Fannie Woodruff, who is well into her 90's.  Larger than the typical fried pie, it was ultra-soft and had a strong taste of cinnamon.  The best fried pie I have ever had!
 
5.  Watermelon Pie - Farmer's Kitchen (Atlantic, IA)

Yet another pie I have never seen before, but only heard about from ayersian.  This may seem like an odd pie, but it absolutely works.  Those are big chunks of watermelon inside the pie.
 
4.  Chocolate Pie - Blanco Bowling Club (Blanco, TX)

This pie had a delicious chocolate filling, but it is the airy, skyscraper meringue that gets this pie noticed.  And it is a thing of beauty!  This small town restaurant gets bonus points for being inside a bowling alley.
 
3.  Lemon Ice Box - Silver Skillet (Atlanta, GA)

After a big breakfast of pork chops, country ham and biscuits, this slice of pie was just a joy to eat.  I love lemon ice box pie and this one sets the standard.
 
2.  Sour Cream Raisin Pie - Crystal Cafe (South Sioux City, NE)

I ate a lot of bad sour cream raisin pie in 2011, but this was not one of them.  The meringue on top was a bit too much and kept trying to slide off of the rest of the pie.  But that filling, with just the right balance between sweet and sour was world class!
 
1.  Sour Cream Raisin Pie - Farmer's Kitchen (Atlantic, IA)

The winner and still champ, this pie is my favorite two years in a row.  I almost feel guilty for crowing about the pie at Farmer's Kitchen, because they have so much other great food besides pie.  But, Charlene Johnson is such a gifted pie maker, these can't be ignored.  Similar to Crystal Cafe, this pie strikes a delicious balance between sweet and sour, but the delicate meringue here is simply perfect.  Because I had the watermelon pie in the restaurant, I got this slice to go.  Even though it wasn't eaten until several hours later (outside of Nick's Hamburgers in Brookings, SD), this is undoubtedly the best pie I have ever eaten.  
 
Next Five In:
1.  Marionberry Pie - Bipartisan Cafe (Portland, OR)
2.  Peanut Butter Pie - Texan Cafe (Hutto, TX)
3.  Butterscotch Pie - Gus Balon's (Tucson, AZ)
4.  Banana Carmel Pie - Honey Pie (Milwaukee, WI)
5.  Shoofly Pie - Dutch Kitchen (Frackville, PA)
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Re:My Year in Roadfood (2011) 2012/01/11 15:37:30 (permalink)
Ok, I'll say it first. I would die for a piece of "funeral pie" from Hoosier Mama.
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