Seasonal Ingredients/ Side Dishes

Butternut Me Up


Can we talk about squash again please? I hope you aren’t sick of it after my last post on the subject, but I just bought my first butternut of the season and I’m so flippin’ excited that I just had to share!

Guess what else?? I cut five inches off my hair today!  I’ll post photos tomorrow since I just got back from hot yoga and currently in my most attractive state with sweat drenched hair, red blotchy skin and mascara smudges under each eye.

I’m pretty much ready for a night on the town.

Except for the fact that I’m wearing an oversized sweatshirt and leopard print slippers from 2004.

They can’t take me anywhere!

I’m digressing again and I’m sorry about that. Let’s get back to the subject at hand, which is butternut squash!

As much as I love kabocha, butternut holds a special place in my heart because it’s the first squash I fell in love with. You never forget your first love, right?

These beauties come out around this time of year and have a bit of a sweeter taste than their kabocha cousins. In terms of the squash hierarchy, I’m going to say kabocha is number one, butternut is number two and spaghetti squash and acorn tie for third place. I’m making spaghetti squash tomorrow though so I’ll report back on it’s ranking then.

My favorite way to prepare this guy is simply roasting it. Unlike kabocha, I do peel this (which is quite annoying but a small price to pay for deliciousness) and then I simply chop it up and roast at 400 for about half an hour, flipping the pieces halfway through.


I don’t know about any of you, but I can make an entire meal out of roasted squash. Well, roasted squash and chocolate chip cookies. Cause yeah, that’s what I just ate for dinner tonight. It was awesome.

However, if roasting aint’ yo thang, there are many other methods to cook your butternut. I love to make soup with it, personally. My favorite? Butternut Squash Soup with Fire Roasted Chilies. Totally going to make that this weekend again! Also, try my Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Pancakes. You won’t be sorry. You could also throw some canned squash into your oatmeal to jump start your day with a serving of veggies. I haven’t done that yet this year and actually just now broke my can opener trying to open a can of pumpkin puree, but it’s definitely a good idea in theory.

Soon, I want to make butternut squash muffins!

What about you? What’s your favorite way to prepare your squash?

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  • Tabitha (From Single to Married)
    September 29, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    oh that’s awesome! I recently cut off six inches of my hair, best thing I’ve done in a long time. Good for you!

    ps – hope you post pics soon!

    • Tabitha (From Single to Married)
      September 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm

      ps – sorry, somehow skipped over the part where you said you’d post pictures of your hair cut tomorrow. What can I say, it’s late! 🙂

  • Christina
    September 29, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I also share your LOVE for butternut squash…I actually just made a gigantic pot of Butternut squash soup this evening to celebrate the perfect, rainy autumn weather we had today!! My fav way to prepare my butternut squash soup is by adding in sweet potatoes & a touch of curry powder. AMAZING!!! Can’t wait to see how adorable your hair looks, btw.

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston
    September 29, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I havent been too adventurous in the squash realm.. but you make the butternut seem so tasty! I will have to try it — getting nervous about the peeling already though!

    I loveee spaghetti squash though.. it’s my #1 so far 🙂

  • kim
    September 29, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Love butternut and spaghetti. Fave way for butternut is roasted – so good, savory or sweet. Cinnamon and nutmeg or rosemary for a more savory dish. Only problem, like you referred to, is the peeling.

    • eatmovelove
      September 30, 2010 at 7:11 am

      …hmmm…I eat the peel…am I going to die…?

      Uh, seriously – I once swallowed a plum pit and thought I’d grow a tree out of my stomach…;)

      Kidding!…kinda ….

  • Camille
    September 29, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I love roasting butternut too! I love eating them like french fries with ketchup 🙂

  • Brittany
    September 29, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Butternut is my first winter squash love as well. He’s a keeper!! And, yes I can totally make a meal out of roasted squash. 🙂

    Can’t wait to see your new hair do.

  • Kendra
    September 29, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I’ve never actually liked squash but I think that I’m going to give it another try this year because I’m liking a lot of things I didn’t used to.

  • Taylor
    September 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I just bought a b-nut squash and am going to make some soup with it!

  • SB
    September 29, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Try butternut squash soup made with orange juice and fresh ginger – my absolute favorite!

  • Amber K
    September 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I just haven’t found a squash that I like! The texture of that stuff is just awful.

    My mom used to make it all the time with butter and brown sugar and it was just about the worst thing I had ever tasted. Which is totally weird to say when you’re talking about butter and brown sugar!

  • VeggieGirl
    September 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I love roasting squash with cinnamon and coconut oil. Divine.

  • Kathryn
    September 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I like to saute it with onions and zucchini in Worcestershire sauce. Yummy over rice. And I think it might be good with a little quinoa if that’s more your thing.

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
    September 29, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Butternut squash is definately one of my favorites too! I love it at thanksgiving dinner… along with my aunt’s sweet potato pie 🙂

  • Heather @ Life, Gluten Free
    September 29, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    We eat a LOT of winter squash. We have a favorite butternut squash soup that is so good. But when I cook squash in the oven, I just wash it off and throw it in (on a metal pan)! I cook it at 400 and then take it out. After it cools a bit (maybe, unless I am really hungry) I slice it open and clean out the seeds.

    I don’t trust myself to accurately peel the uncooked squash without losing any vital limbs…….. How do you do it?????

  • Charles
    September 29, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Butternut squash & crab bisque. The whole foods recipe. With extra crab, about double what the recipe calls for. More if you have issues, which I clearly do.

  • Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman
    September 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I just roasted my Acorn squash the other night ; sprinkled with Kosher salt, smeared with butter, sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon. It was so good and ate the leftovers the next day for lunch!

  • Kristina @ spabettie
    September 29, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    soup! I love to make a nice aromatic soup with squash… Mmm. Cinnamony.


    I have sauteed in and topped a pizza with it, too…

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats
    September 29, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    mmm I LOVE butternut squash!!

    for the longer portion of the squash I make baked fries with Adobo sprinkled on top. For the bottom part where the seeds are I scoop them out, chop it in half, set them in a bowl halfway full of water, and microwave for about 7 minutes. Then add some butter and sprinkle some cinnamon sugar in it for dessert 🙂

  • Rachael
    September 29, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Tomorrow I’m going to attempt a butternut squash and chestnut savory tart. I managed to roast and peel about ten pounds of chestnut without injury, so I’m hoping my squash knife-wielding is equally bloodless!

  • Charlie
    September 29, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I ate butternut squash too tonight (half a squash roasted with olive oil)! It is one of my favorites.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    September 29, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Roasting is really the best way to go with butternut squash. It is ssooo good!!!!

  • Lizz @ Leading the Good Life
    September 29, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    That’s how I like my sweet potatoes – roasted with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. As far as squash, my favorite recipe is probably a curried squash soup that can be served hot or cold with lots of cilantro. Yum!

  • stacey-healthylife
    September 29, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I don’t give butternut squash a try near enough. Yours roasted looks delicious.

  • Maren
    September 29, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    My grandma always made crookneck squash sauteed in butter. Eating it always makes me feel like home!

    September 29, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I love butternut! 🙂 I just made these butternut fries:
    the other night and they were so good! So simple too–and my 1 yr old gobbled them up with me, so that’s always nice… 🙂
    Love your blog!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    September 29, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I made butternut squash pecan muffins last fall and have been dreaming about them ever since. That’s my favorite way to eat butternut squash other than straight up! Here’s the link if you’re interested

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    September 29, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I, too, love butternut squash!
    Can’t wait to see pics of your hair!

  • Sharon
    September 29, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Butternut squash is amazing…
    I can’t wait to see your hair. I love how adventurous you are with your hair…I cut off 2 inches every now and then and think I’m being daring….

  • melissa
    September 29, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    butternut squash spiralized! try it:)

  • Lena
    September 29, 2010 at 9:52 pm


  • Moni'sMeals
    September 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    awesome Jenna!
    I have been eating butternut squash every day (with kambocha) and will never get sick of it! haaaha. 😉 Sweet and savory-bring it!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    September 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    ooh I agree – roasted squash (or pumpkin as we call it in Australia!) is divine!

  • ModelBehavior
    September 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Ok missy, you can’t post something like “I cut off 5 inches of hair” and then NOT show us what it looks like! Ugh, I hate suspense…

  • Brenda (Brendr)
    September 29, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    I’ve never tried butternut squash before, but have always wanted to! I think I will have to try switching up my pumpkin oatmeal for squash oatmeal! Thanks for the idea!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    September 30, 2010 at 12:30 am

    I love squash. Also love spaghetti squash. Really delicious used in place of pasta. Oooooh, haircut, can’t wait to see! It’s healthy for your hair to whack off a chunk of it. Wait a sec…it’s late am tired…maybe missed something. You mean that YOU cut your OWN hair? Isn’t that the first sign of insanity or something? lol

  • Juani
    September 30, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Cold butternut soup makes my heart sing.And then roasted butternut with ketchup on it comes a very close 2nd.

  • Food & Other Things
    September 30, 2010 at 1:55 am

    I love both butternut and spaghetti squash just roasted in the oven with a little olive oil…so perfect for fall!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    September 30, 2010 at 2:32 am

    5 inches?! That’s a lot! Wow, bold move! I just did something major with my hair today too…I got a Brazilian Blowout. Posting pics on my blog tomorrow. Basically it air dries straight, no need to flat iron, blow out, etc…omg the time savings on this new hair is gonna be amazing for me. Not that this matters to you, but it was a big day in hair I guess 🙂

    Squash….I roast it whole with a dijon mustard, maple, ginger, butter glaze that I keep reapplying thru the roasting process. So good!


  • Marie-JourneyToBodyZen
    September 30, 2010 at 2:43 am

    I’ve actually never had butternut squash! How weird is that! But, I’ll be buying some this week to try it out 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    September 30, 2010 at 2:53 am

    I think I’m gonna make your squash soup!

  • marie
    September 30, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Mine is just a very plain soup: onion, garlic, cinnamon, butter, and stock. But, since I have A TON from the garden to use up, I’m also doing many different things with it such as cookies, muffins, pies, and also eating just like that, mashed or roasted.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    September 30, 2010 at 4:10 am

    I also had butternut squash last night! I made Angela’s maple butternut casserole – it was to die for. I also do love just roasting squash. It could be my favorite thing to eat in the fall… well, besides pumpkin. I’m really really wanting to try a butternut squash smoothie. That just sounds absolutely divine.

    Note: Jenna, there is absolutely nothing wrong with eating cookies for dinner and prancing around in your leopard slippers. It makes me <3 you.

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    September 30, 2010 at 4:11 am

    i could definitely eat a whole meal of squash, i prefer side dishes in general:-)

  • Beth @ bride in the little white dress
    September 30, 2010 at 4:30 am

    You’re not the only one, I could make a meal out of butternut squash too! I’m so happy fall is here because that means the return of squash season. My favorite way is to oven roast them and add chili powder and black pepper before roasting- this combo seriously does not disappoint. 🙂

  • Bethany (One Girl's Taste on Life)
    September 30, 2010 at 4:36 am

    I was watching Mexican Made Easy this morning and she roasted a butternut squash. Her trick? She DIDN’T peel it! She just cut it in half, sprinkled it with salt, pepper, and olive oil, and roasted it at 400* for 45 minutes. Yes, you don’t get the crispness as with the small pieces, but you also don’t have to peel it. What do you think?

    I’m making butternut squash soup later this week and I’ll think of you and your love for the veggie when I do! Have a great day.

  • rachael
    September 30, 2010 at 4:40 am

    Butternuts are my favorite too! After 3 dinners in a row featuring butternut squash my husband asked last night if I was sure I liked it. No beta carotene deficiencies in my house!

    Can’t wait for the hair picture!

  • eatmovelove
    September 30, 2010 at 4:50 am

    I want to see the muffins! Look forward to seeing the hair – long looks good on you , but short is very sophisticated and suave too ;).

    Oh man – that first picture? I actually thought it was Marble Cheese!!

  • M
    September 30, 2010 at 4:55 am


    do you drizzle it with olive oil first,or just stick it in oven dry??

    (I have only roasted with oil so curious for answer,thanks!)

  • jennifer
    September 30, 2010 at 5:03 am

    I am in need of help. Do I get a Le Pliage large tote bag or a medium one? I want something that is “big” but is a purse. Any thoughts?

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    September 30, 2010 at 5:15 am

    My favorite way to eat butternut squash is in ravioli, which I don’t make but get whenever I’m at a restaurant that serves it.

  • brandi
    September 30, 2010 at 5:15 am

    ooh, can’t wait to see the haircut! I always feel like I need a jump start on hair/clothing when fall hits.

    I love roasting squash like this and – especially with butternut – just halving and roasting, then filling with grain salads or tomato sauce and veggies.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    September 30, 2010 at 5:33 am

    YUM! I love butternut squash too. My favourite way to eat it is just roasted in the oven sprinkled with some olive oil and herbs, but I’ve also been trying a lot of other squashes, and recently made stuffed acorn squash which was delicious!

  • Cailin @ Stir Crazy
    September 30, 2010 at 5:34 am

    I apparently have a lot to learn about squash… I don’t even know what kabocha is, and I thought spaghetti squash was made using butternut squash (obviously I’ve never made it!).
    I do know, however, that I love butternut squash 🙂

  • Ashley
    September 30, 2010 at 5:42 am

    I have often taken butternut squash and put in my oats just like pumpkin. But that was canned! Ha ha! I need to roast on asap! I love fall!

    Check out the pumpkin ginger date muffins on my blog!

  • Andrea
    September 30, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Yum. I need to pick up some butternut squash this weekend. I love all the orange eating latey! I think my skin is starting to turn….or maybe it’s the reflection of my hair! Who knows, but I love it, too!

  • katie@ Fab.Fit.Full.
    September 30, 2010 at 6:18 am

    I just made butternut squash muffins! They are so good because the natural sweetness from the squash gives so much flavor to the muffins

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    September 30, 2010 at 6:40 am

    I’m a huge fan of butternut squash too. My favorite recipe is butternut squash and vanilla bean risotto. I can totally make a meal of it!

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    September 30, 2010 at 7:01 am

    You certainly have a way of (almost) convincing me I like squash 😉

    Can’t wait to see your haircut!

  • Charise
    September 30, 2010 at 7:02 am

    I like to do stuffed acorn squash – cut out some of the squash, cube and roast it and mix with rice, possibly spicy chicken sausage, other veggies like spinach and red bell pepper, some spices, stuff the squash halves, top with a little cheese, and cook a little longer. Delish and a pretty presentation!

    But I also love a good old roasted [butternut, acorn, kabocha] squash topped with some chili powder or smoked paprika before cooking.

  • Christina
    September 30, 2010 at 7:18 am

    I absolutely love butternut squash, but despise peeling it. Please tell me some sort of magic method to end the misery. Anything?

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    September 30, 2010 at 7:20 am

    i’m making squash tonight and i really could not be more excited! my favorite way to do the butternut thing is roasting in cubes with onion, cauliflower, a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. you might puddle a little if you try it…

  • leslie
    September 30, 2010 at 7:26 am

    roasted squash really is perfect all on its own. you’ve got to give buttercup squash a try, if you can find it. outranks all the other in my book!

  • Emily
    September 30, 2010 at 7:27 am

    emeril’s butternut squash soup is THE BEST.

  • tess
    September 30, 2010 at 7:29 am

    I don’t peel my butternut squash before roasting. I wash it, split it in half, scrape out the seeds and strings, rub it lovingly on the cut side with EVOO or canola oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then roast it cut side down somewhere around 415 for twenty minutes or so. Then I flip it over and pop it back in the oven for fifteen more minutes or until a fork slides easily into the thick neck part. Once it has cooled a bit, the meat of the squash just falls out of the skin. (and into my mouth… hahaha)

  • Lu
    September 30, 2010 at 7:33 am

    My absolute favorite way to cook butternut squash is to peel it, slice it, sprinkle it with garam masala and roast it into browned deliciousness. Easily the best tasting squash I’ve ever had. I do lightly coat it with EVOO prior to roasting it. If you ever try it this way, I’d love to hear what you think.

  • Heather
    September 30, 2010 at 7:34 am

    I love roasted butternut squash! I think my new favorite squash is delicata – tastes amazing roasted!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In
    September 30, 2010 at 7:47 am

    I’m a pretty basic roaster when it comes to squash, but love doing acorn squashes stuffed with yummy rice and bean mixtures!

  • Peggy
    September 30, 2010 at 7:50 am

    I have definitely eaten an entire butternut squash, and little else, for dinner. Ridiculously awesome. Albeit fibrous…

  • Kelley
    September 30, 2010 at 8:07 am

    I’ve only ever made butternut squash soup but it was REALLY good. Though after that experience I vowed to only buy pre-cut pieces from here on out, despite the additional cost. My hands hurt for days and it felt like it took about that same amount of time to peel and chop the huge, tough squash. I conquered in the end.

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa
    September 30, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Yay! I will be roasting squash this season!

  • Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    September 30, 2010 at 8:37 am

    This looks great! I bet it would also be fantastic with a sprinkling of cinnamon and cumin! I love roasting butternut squash and adding on top of pizza or pureeing into a delicious, warm soup!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion
    September 30, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I am dying to see hair pics!!!!

  • Lauren
    September 30, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I tried using butternut squash in a “healthy mac & cheese” recipe…and I just plain didn’t care for it. 🙁 There was NO flavor! It was frozen pureed squash that I just defrosted and melted into the sauce, so maybe that’s why it wasn’t too flavorful? Not even sure if I want to try that recipe again. Perhaps roasting is the way to go!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary)
    September 30, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Just bought my first butternut yesterday also! Mine is destined for a soup 😉 …or a stew. …or a quesadilla. Maybe I should have bought another squash?!

    Can’t wait to post about it !!

  • cathy b. @
    September 30, 2010 at 9:17 am

    winter squash…how do i love thee? Let me count the ways…
    Sliced, sprinkled with curry powder, garlic salt, and cracked pepper..drizzled with EVOO..
    cubed, tossed with sliced leeks and garlic and roasted to perfection…
    Pureed into pure creaminess of soup and dolloped with greek yogurt and a smattering of smoked paprika…
    whipped into my morning porridge and laced with pumpkin pie spices…
    which brings us to…….
    STREUSAL TOPPED HARVEST PIE:buttercup squash, brown sugar. pecans…
    Cathy B.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    September 30, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Oh yummy yummy! I love squash. Although my rating is opposite you! Acorn and Spaghetti squashes are my favorites and kabocha is my least favorite.

  • Therese
    September 30, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Oh my gosh! You are my squash kindred spirit! I just realized today that, after I have lunch here in a minute, I will have had butternut squash twice already! I added some to my hot cereal this morning and am having some butternut squash soup for lunch. Oye.

    My favourite way to have butternut squash is to mash it up with a wee bit of butter, maple syrup and cinnamon and then sprinkle the top with slivered almonds and a dash of nutmeg and then bake it. YUM!

  • JavaChick
    September 30, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I don’t like squash at all except for this one recipe that my Mom makes with butternut squash, bacon, onions, tomato, oregano and cheese…It sorta smells like pizza…basically, you can’t go wrong with tomatoes, oregano and cheese if you want to get me to eat something. 🙂

  • Mary & Christina (Sisters Running the Kitchen)
    September 30, 2010 at 9:49 am

    mmm Squash of all kinds is delicious!! I just recently made Acorn Squash with Lime, Cilantro, Salt, Lime and some other things. Came out absolutely delicious and I wish I had more right now! I need to keep an eye out for Kobocha squash as I have never tried it. Butternut Squash is another favorite of mine.

  • Helen
    September 30, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Here are two ways to eat it!! One is a recipe from Giada, and the second is due to having leftovers in my fridge that needed to be used…haha!

    Roast the squash in chunks with chunks of onion, cook some penne pasta and mix in goat cheese with some of the squash and onion.

    Second take leftover squash and mix with brown rice!

  • Lisa
    September 30, 2010 at 9:56 am

    One of the BEST meals of my life was a spicy butternut squash enchilada. It was so incredible. I wish I could recreate it myself!

  • corinne
    September 30, 2010 at 9:58 am

    boom roasted!

    lets see the cute new do!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    September 30, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I love it roasted with a bit of maple syrup, butter, salt, and cinnamon!

  • Allison K
    September 30, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Ooh! Can’t wait to see the new haircut! I’m currently growing my hair out to donate it, and have just a few more inches to go, I’m currently jealous of everyone I know who has the freedom to make drastic cuts!

  • Daisy
    September 30, 2010 at 10:51 am

    you cut your hair?!?! Awww I LOVED it long. But I love all long hair.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Before you complete your list of faves, you simply must give delicata squash a try. Use the same method you describe here…and….bonus….no peeling!

  • LoLo
    September 30, 2010 at 11:34 am

    My mom is a HUGE fan of squash and so I have come to love it too =) I know zucchini is not butternut, but it is a squash and one of my favorite ways to prepare it is to use it as “pasta”. I actually just made it last night! I am going to have to try roasting butternut squash and see if I like it.
    p.s. I just recently found your blog and am in love with it! Thanks for being to fun to read about and for inspiring me to live more healthy, but to also enjoy great food!!

  • Rebecca
    September 30, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I looove butternut squash! I found a recipe for butternut squash lasagna last year that was sooo good, I will have to dig up the recipe and make it again soon.

    Do you have any secrets for peeling it? I always get so frustrated trying to peel the round part that I just give up after I get enough for my recipe.

    • jenna
      September 30, 2010 at 11:54 am

      unfortunately, no. It plain stinks…I use a vegetable peeler and that’s all I can recommend!

  • Shannon
    September 30, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Nooo! I was loving your hair long. lol. I am way too into YOUR hair. I am sure it loooks great. 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    September 30, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I’ve never tried butternut squash, but it’s next on my list!

    I’m actually currently eating a stuffed kabocha squash using a recipe from Jess at Healthy Exposures. It’s definitely a winner!

  • Lola
    September 30, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    OMG five inches off your hair!! I thought you were trying to grow it out!! anyway, you are gorgeous so anything will look good 🙂

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