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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 154.6
  • Total Fat: 3.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 57.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 8.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 28.8 g

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Herb Roasted Turkey

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Herb Roasted Turkey

Introduction

The only turkey recipe you'll ever need--no basting necessary. The only turkey recipe you'll ever need--no basting necessary.
Number of Servings: 12

Ingredients

    One 12-pound turkey
    1 orange
    2 tbsp olive oil
    1 tbsp dried rosemary
    1 tsp dried thyme
    1 tsp dried sage
    1⁄2 tsp black pepper

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Remove the giblets
and neck if they are encased within the turkey,
then rinse out the cavity and pat the turkey
dry. Slice the orange in half and stuff it inside
the bird.
2. In a small bowl, combine the oil with the
rosemary, thyme, sage, and pepper. Rub the
seasoning mixture under the skin and on top
of the breast of the turkey. Rub any remaining
seasonings over the entire turkey. If the legs
are not secured with a wire, tie them together
with kitchen string. Place the turkey on a Vrack
in a roasting pan, tucking the wings under
the bird.
3. Roast the turkey at 400 F for 30 minutes;
reduce the oven temperature to 325 F and continue
cooking the turkey until an internal temperature
of 165 F is reached for the breast or 180
F for the leg. Also look for other indications of
doneness: loose joints and juices running clear.
If turkey begins to turn dark brown before the internal
temperature is met, cover the breast with
foil and continue to roast until done.





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  • Incredible!
    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
    I use an apple instead, and a sliced up onion in side of the turkey. It is really good this way too. - 11/25/09

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  • Very Good
    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
    I like the idea of using carrots, celery and onions under the turkey to help stabilize it. It will help with the flavor of your gravy, also. Thx - 11/19/09

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  • Incredible!
    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Delicious turkey! It saved our Thanksgiving since I didn't know my parents wanted the pre-cooked smoked turkey. The cooking instructions made the turkey a beautiful golden brown and the flavor was amazing! Thanks Chef Meg - 11/30/09

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  • 12 of 18 people found this review helpful
    Roasting rack is a great idea! I wouldn't put fruit inside my turkey tho. Salt, pepper, garlic, shallot & 1/2 an onion is the way to go. These will flavor the juices that exude and make for a wonderful gravy. I don't think I'd like the taste of an orange throughout the meat or in the gravy - 11/19/09

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  • 11 of 15 people found this review helpful
    I use a roasting rack to drain off most of the fat - 11/19/09

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    This was the first turkey I'd ever tried to make and it turned out great! Thanks Chef Meg! - 11/29/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Very moist! My company said it was the best turkey I had ever made! - 11/26/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
    I have a recipe like this except it uses lemon & rind. I can't wait to try it. The recipe I've used before makes the bird very moist and flavorful! - 11/10/09

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    excellent. moist and easy. i could only find navel oranges so i peeled it and then cut in half. took it to an early thanksgiving dinner for new immigrants who were mostly from Burma. - 11/22/09

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  • 7 of 11 people found this review helpful
    We do the same thing with chickens. Comes out great! We sometimes peel a handful of garlic and stuff them in with the orange, too, for a nice variation. NO DEEP FRIED TURKEY this year. It would be too much of a temptation for me! - 11/20/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
    superb! never thought of using vegetables as a v-rack! - 11/19/09

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  • Good
    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    We add herbs, garlic and onion, no fruit, to the inside of our turkey (chickens too!) and cook it in a baking bag. Always makes it very tender and the juices make an awesome gravy! Can't wait til Thanksgiving! - 11/16/12

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I like to make turkey breast for lunches ansd quick meals during the week. I'm going to try this for a different flavorful approach. - 11/19/09

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  • 3 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I've used lemon before. I will probably try this after Thanksgiving. That way if the family doesn't like it, I'm not ruining the whole dinner. - 11/19/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Why wait for Thanksgiving? This sounds great for any time!
    I do believe Chef Meg meant to say "tucking the WINGS under the bird"? - 11/16/10

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  • 2 of 7 people found this review helpful
    THANKSGIVING AT MY HOUE THIS YEAR YOUR ALL INVITED! - 9/28/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Yummy seasonings! I processed them through a mini-blender and also added orange peel and garlic, plus the orange juice because I made it for a turkey breast roast. We smoker grilled the breast roast! - 11/23/09

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  • 2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I will try this on my next turkey - 11/19/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I LIKE THIS RECIPE - 11/19/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This is one i cannot wait for thanksgiving to use! Delicious! - 11/12/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I luv this recipe, it sounds just perfect. - 11/22/12

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I am going to try the orange inside the cavity, sounds great! - 10/15/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Wonderfully delicious! - 11/27/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Thank you for a lovely recipe. - 11/19/09

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Thanks for the info. - 11/19/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    will have to try this - 11/19/09

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This is how I am going to cook my thanksgiving turkey. Will not use but little fat for basting - 11/15/09

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Starting to plan for a healthy Thanksgiving. Although my family still wants the peason pie, they'll enjoy these tasty recipes. - 11/10/09

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  • This was nice! The turkey was moist and delicious. We have a new turkey tradition for Thanksgiving now. - 12/22/13

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  • I tried this with my Turkey but I did it the night before & let it sit over night in the fridge. Also, I didn't have an orange so I used an Apple in the middle. It came out delicious. I'll be doing it again for sure. - 12/1/13

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  • Wow, what a treat - 11/28/13

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  • No oranges in the house so I used Clementines. Also added 1/2 an onion, and 1-2 cloves of garlic to the cavity. Also added lemon juice, salt and pepper to the rub. Placed a couple of carrots under the bird to add a bit of sweetness to the gravy. My family loved it! Thanks for posting. - 11/23/13

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  • Going to try that to see how it taste. - 11/17/13

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  • This is how I have cooked mine before. - 11/16/13

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  • Awesome recipe! This is the fourth time I have used this one and love it every time! Meg is always at my holiday table now! - 12/25/12

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  • Best turkey I've ever had!! - 11/23/12

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  • This was the best turkey I have ever made and it will make it again every year! - 11/23/12

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  • FANTASTIC! Few variations.INSIDE:Added orange, onion, garlic, celery & 2pats o butter.OUTSIDE:Only had ground herbs, but used fresh chopped garlic sauteed w the olive oil & herbs + butter pats under skin. I put chopped potato, carrots AROUND the pan for soup later.The gravy/drippings were divine! - 11/23/12

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  • Best Turkey have ever made for Thanksgiving - the family loved it - yes, it will be the only turkey recipe in my recipe box moving forward! - 11/23/12

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  • excellent - 11/19/12

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  • Sounds really good advice.
    My only point of issue is that, where I have read/watched fowl being roasted in a V holder, the fowl has always been placed breast down, so that the fat from the rest of the carcass will drip down and act as basting.
    Which way round would you advise to place the fowl? - 11/18/12

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  • I just have a question. The Nutrition Information says there is 0.0mg of cholesterol in this recipe. HOW can turkey not have cholesterol?? - 11/16/12

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  • I have also used apples in my turkey in the past and even apricots. It was very moist and delicious. - 11/16/12

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  • I know this is about the turkey, but with only two in our house, it works just a well using a nice chicken! - 11/16/12

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  • sounds good but tradition at our is to stuff the turkey
    but might have to think this idea over. - 11/16/12

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  • Been doing my turkeys at high heat to start then lowering the temp like Chef Meg. Always turns out wonderful. Thanks for sharing a great idea. - 11/16/12

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  • for the last 10 yrs , ive been using lemons and/or oranges ,,,i squeeze some of the juices all over the turkey before seasoning and stuff the cavity along with onions, grn pepper and celery..so good and moist every time.. - 11/16/12

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  • Excellent!!! - 11/16/12

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  • save - 11/16/12

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  • My family ask for this turkey recipe to be used every year. It is extremely good and it is so moist. - 11/16/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    put this in the book . we all need a way to fix turkey . and soon this month we all will need one to choice . - 11/15/12

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  • Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I make mine with olive oil, Herbes de Provence, Poultry seasoning on the outside. A lemon and onion inside. I put it in a greased paper grocery bag and staple it shut. It self bastes and I can't eat it any other way. This one is close but, no cigar. - 11/15/12

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  • Very yummy!! I love it very simple and delicious!! - 11/13/12

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  • I used fresh rosemary inside the turkey as well as some onion - those were the only changes. It turned out marvelous! - 11/11/12

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  • This was awsome. Everyone at the dinner party loved it. It was nice to tell them how healthy it was. Compared to what I used to make. - 10/3/12

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  • I ended up making three turkeys over Thanksgiving and made them all this way. Very good. - 12/31/11

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds good. I will try it soon - 12/12/11

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  • We are just 2 of us we roasted a turkey breast. No orange was needed but I did do the seasoning under the skin it was Really good. Even better has been the turkey soup we made with the carcass. Added leftover pureed sweet potatoes to the soup.OH SO GOOD! - 12/1/11

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  • Doing this today.
    - 12/1/11

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  • I forgot to put the orange in the cavity this year, but this is the second year we have enjoyed this turkey. It is the only I will use now. - 11/24/11

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  • moist, light golden brown. DELICIOUS - 11/24/11

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  • I have never roasted a turkey before, so I thought I'd give this recipe a try, but I have a question. When it says to rub the mixture under the breast (step 2), how exactly do you do that? Do you cut the skin or use an injector or a basting brush? - 11/22/11

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  • I tried this receipe earlier this year and it was wonderful. The orange added a zing to the gravy but it wasn't over-bearing. - 11/20/11

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  • I have done oven roaster chicken this way & it is great. - 11/16/11

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  • I've never actually made a turkey but I'm going to show my husband this recipie and maybe this year we will try something new and hopefully delishious! THANX:) - 11/16/11

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  • I use sliced up apples, oranges and onions to stuff in the turkey. - 11/16/11

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  • Very good! Did this last year. - 11/16/11

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  • yummy...do this with a whole chicken too...turns out wonderful! - 11/16/11

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  • Can't have a turkey without the dressing... - 11/16/11

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  • I used this recipe with a simple turkey breast, and it turned out delicious! I squeezed the orange juices into the olive oil/herb mixture,since I had no cavity for stuffing. - 11/13/11

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  • Meg's right on! Don't baste that turkey; it'll only steam that way. And the addition of the orange + rosemary is sheer kitchen genius! - 11/6/11

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  • I've experimented with turkeys for many years. I now run the stuffing under the skin which increases the cooking time slightly but results in a crispy on the outside, really juicy on the inside bird. Stuffing holds lots of mushrooms, onions, finely chopped celery & garlic - 10/9/11

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  • Great seasoning combination. I put a peeled garlic clove inside the bird as well as under each wing. Delicious! - 10/6/11

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  • I'm not a fan of turkey but this is really a good recipe! - 9/15/11

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  • YUMMY - 7/23/11

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  • great recipe - 7/23/11

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  • Have cooked my turkey like this for 5yrs now. Friends&family like it so much some paid me to fit their Thanksgiving Turkey - 7/13/11

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  • where is the classic parsley? Smile I am showing my age! - 6/30/11

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  • How do we modify the recipe for just the turkey breast? - 6/20/11

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  • Interesting variation. I've used lemon before - 5/30/11

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  • I am going to do this the next time that I have a Turkey meal. - 5/11/11

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  • yummy - 5/11/11

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  • Which is it, 15 servings or 12 servings - 5/11/11

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  • What is a "V" rack? I will use this recipe the next time I cook a turkey, which I do from time to time and not just at Thanksgiving, but will use in the cavity of the turkey, my usual celery, garlic cloves, onions, and red and/or green bell peppers (in lieu of the orange). Thanks for sharing! - 4/23/11

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  • Wish I would've read this before the holidays. This sounds delicious, and I will definitely try it next time! - 1/2/11

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  • Very moist and delicious! - 11/26/10

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  • We used this recipe, and it was amazing! Thanks Chef Meg - 11/26/10

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  • This is a fabulous alternative to my "favorite" stuffing of bread, apples, onions and spices. I was wondering how I would cook the turkey, my favorite food in the world, and not miss my stuffing. Thanks for such a great recipe! - 11/16/10

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  • I've always used apples and onions in the past but might try the orange this year. Personally I don't ever taste the fruit and vegetables - I use them to keep the turkey moist. I've also done this on a whole chicken when I've put it in our smoker. Love it. - 11/16/10

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  • Will give it a try, sounds great ! - 11/11/10

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  • Sounds great and it doesn't have garlic in it . - 11/11/10

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  • I do not understand how you got the calories down so far. I checked out the nutrition and see you actually put in just turkey breasts... and it also says .25 OZ for one serving... that is hardly enough for my 1 year old let alone myself. Please explain or adjust - 11/9/10

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  • Looks like a winner. Roasting on a bed of vegetables works out really well. I've done this several times, as it is recommended by my all time cooking hero Alton Brown. (EXCEPT, he also puts an apple in his turkey and I REALLY don't like apple taste in the gravy.) - 11/9/10

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  • souinds great if i were good at cooking I'ld try this one - 11/9/10

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    yummy - 10/3/10

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  • This recipe sounds great. It would be very helpful if there was a key or legend for the measurement abbreviations (T vs t) somewhere on SP. In other recipes, Chef Meg actually spells these out. Can I assume the T is tablespoon and t is teaspoon? - 9/30/10

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is the most moist and flavorful turkey we ever made. It was very good. We just used a turkey breast and adjusted the cooking time. - 5/17/10

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Of all the recipes for Thanksgiving roast turkey, this reads the easiest & yummiest ... it's February and I want to try it this weekend! Thanks .... - 2/2/10

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  • Nothing wrong with this recipe - I expected the turkey to be more flavorful and it wasn't. I might double the herbs next time. - 1/24/10

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  • I love this. I will use it All the time. Kids ate it and everything - 12/16/09

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