The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: Chef Ema Quevedo dishes up tasty meals at Vivemejor.com + GIVEAWAY!!!

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Chef Ema Quevedo dishes up tasty meals at Vivemejor.com + GIVEAWAY!!!






Holidays are hectic. With family visiting, friends dropping by and cooking elaborate dinners, my time is limited. It is during the holidays that I start making quick and easy meals for dinner. That means I have to rely on my go to meals that take 30 minutes or less.

This holiday season, I am counting on Ragu, Bertolli, Hellmann's, Lipton and Knorr to make my life easier. I don't use canned spaghetti sauce all the time. I try to limit the processed food I buy but I do buy it on occasion for this very reason. I don't always have the time to make my own sauce or chicken stock or other food items.


I have been a Ragu consumer for decades and it is my favorite jarred sauce. There is nothing better than spaghetti with a little Ragu. I always have some in my pantry. I also love Knorr products. From when I was very little I remember having Knorr Caldo de sabor a Pollo in my house. My abuelita used it. My mami still uses and so do I. It is the best thing to make soup or to flavor food.

I don't know about you but these products have always helped me make delicious meals. They also make my life easier during these busy times. I am glad for the help. That way I can spend less time enjoying the holidays and my family.

This year, Chef Ema Quevedo is cooking up some tasty meals to make your holidays easier and better. And she is cooking up some goodies with a little Latino twist. These recipes are up my alley! I know I will be visiting the Vivemejor site at  www.vivemejor.com to get some new ideas on how to use my favorite products!

I am so making this recipe this New Years Eve:

ROASTED EGGPLANT DIP 
Makes 2 cups
Prep Time:
10 min
Cook Time:
30 min

INGREDIENTS·         1/2 cup olive oil
·         2 medium eggplants, peeled and diced
·         2 Knorr® Garlic MiniCubes, crumbled
·         1 Tbsp. lemon juice
·         1 Knorr® Cilantro MiniCube, crumbled 
DIRECTIONS
               * Preheat oven to 450°.
               * Arrange eggplant on an aluminum-foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over eggplant,
                  then sprinkle with Knorr® Garlic MiniCubes; toss to coat. Roast for 30 minutes or until eggplant
                  is very tender, stirring once.
              * Process eggplant with remaining ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.
                 Serve with your favorite vegetable dippers or tortilla chips.


How yummy does that look? It is the perfect appetizer especially since some of friends are vegetarians! And thanks to Unilever, I have FIVE (5), yes FIVE, gift baskets filled with various products. How wonderful is that? I know that you guys can use these products to have in your home! So enter on the Rafflecopter widget below to have a chance to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.



EMA QUEVEDO
Unilever Kitchens Chef and Consultant

Ema first fell in love with cooking as a child growing up in McAllen, Texas.  The chef, originally from Mexico, watched her mother for hours as she prepared delicious homemade meals. As the years went by, her passion for cooking continued to grow. After graduating with a degree in photography and education, she moved to New York to work for a non-profit organization. Preparing meals at the soup kitchen, she realized something was still missing in her life. This is when she decided to head back to school and become a chef. She enrolled in the Institute of Culinary Education in New York where she received her diploma in culinary arts.

She continued to expand her creativity and skills in the culinary world as a chef in PRIMEHOUSE NEW YORK working with pastries and hot appetizers. She then went on to work at Kibo as the pastry chef and most recently as the pastry chef at the Atlantic Grill. Today, Ema is the consultant for Unilever Kitchens. With her Latin background and culinary knowledge, she develops mouthwatering recipes with a Latin kick. Her formal and informal training in the kitchen are the key ingredients that have created the perfect recipe for creating elegant and authentic dishes.


In New York, Ema enjoys running through Central Park on her free time. She also enjoys exploring and discovering new restaurants in the city.

324 comments:

  1. I have used Hellmann's mayonnaise and Ragu pasta sauce! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. Yes I use all these products...they are awesome!

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  3. I use all of these products on a regular basis.

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  4. Yes, some of these are my favorites. Patricia

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  5. https://twitter.com/yourpotofgold/status/410084240668106752

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  6. yes i have used hellman's, ragu, and bertiollo before.

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  7. I've used them all except for Bertolli and Knorr

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  8. https://twitter.com/carawling2/status/410098781409914880

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  9. We use Knorr products all the time in our home. We also love lipton and Ragu.

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  10. I have used all of the products. I love lipton tea. I use lipton to make hot tea and ice tea.

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  11. I have used them all! My fav is Hellmans Mayo!

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  12. Yes! I've used most of the products in that photo.

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  13. I've used everything but the Knorr Chicken Bouillion.

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  14. I have used Bertolli before- very delicious over meatloaf.

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  15. Yes, I've used from each of the brands listed - long time faves.

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  16. i have used several of these products

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  17. Yes, the Hellmans Mayo, Ragu, Bertoli and Lipton Tea.

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  18. Yes, I have used all of the products except Knorr.

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  19. I have used them all excluding the Lipton Green Tea.

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  20. I have used, hellman's, Knorr and Lipton before!

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  21. Have you used any of these products?

    almost all of them

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  22. https://twitter.com/kelsweeps/status/410225200198717440

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  23. i use lipton products all the time

    cathycasper@hughes.net

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  24. I have used the Lipton, Ragu, Hellman brands, but not the Bertolli. This looks like a good product. Thanks for your giveaway.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  25. Yes - we use Ragu and Bertolli products

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  26. i have used them all before and we are going through a REALLY rough time , so food would be AWESOME!

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  27. tweet

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  28. https://twitter.com/yourpotofgold/status/410396418180804608

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  29. I have used all these products

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  30. Yes, I have used Hellman's, Ragu and Bertolli products.

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  31. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/410433307503894528

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  32. I have used all of these products.

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  33. I have used all of these products.

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  34. Love all the products.

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  35. I've used all but the Hellmanns

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  36. Yes, I've used the Ragu, hellmans and the green tea.

    Love3570@aol.com

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  37. Ragu is my favorite pasta sauce!

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  38. Daily tweet 12/10
    https://twitter.com/SeymaShabbir/status/410593552029073408

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  39. yes, I have used many of these products!

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  40. Yes I have used all of them
    Cathy Truman
    kbtruman(at)att(dot)net

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  41. I have used almost all of them!!

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  42. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/410801684869558272

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  43. i use lipton products all the time

    agnesye@hotmail.com

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  44. Absolutely every one of them. Really love Ragu

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  45. I use all of these brands -- they're favorites.

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  46. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/410951539486781440

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  47. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/411127373434601472

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  48. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/411156114500517888

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  49. I used green tea, and ragu only, mtpapa47@gmail.com

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  50. I have used everything there except for the cilantro cubes. I will have to try them. They are all great products!

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  51. Yes , Hellmans is the only mayo for me.

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  52. Yes - I've used the pasta sauces whenever I can get them at a good price.

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  53. Absolutely! I've used them all.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  54. Use all of these wonderful products. Can be very creative in making new dishes.

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  55. I have used all of these wonderful products. I can be very creative in making dishes.

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  56. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/411814093381574656

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  57. All but the knorrs

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  58. I use several of these products.

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  59. I have tried everything except Knorrs.

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  60. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/412319251366559744

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  61. I have used and like all these products!
    Susan Chester

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  62. I have tried all of those except the Lipton Green Tea.

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  63. I have tried all of those except Lipton Green Tea.

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  64. Ive used knorr cubes and hellmans mayo :)

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  65. I tweeted the giveaway at https://twitter.com/sbshortie/status/412458869357428736

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  66. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/412639924882784256

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  67. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/412738907998937088

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  68. Yes! I use all of them on a regular basis! They are "staples" at my house! - CJ Godfrey

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  69. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/412971553723547648

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  70. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/413282878017904640

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  71. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/413284575964438528

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  72. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/413285081139011585

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  73. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/413330449315143682

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  74. Yes, Hellman's and Ragu are two of my favorite products

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  75. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/413690061863911424

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  76. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/413690198552477696

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  77. I would use them to make easy weeknight meals.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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  78. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/414061267977273344

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  79. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/414090736573751297

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  80. I've used almost all of the products!

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  81. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/414350865915338752

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  82. I have used almost all of the products, especially ragu. We love pasta at our house. :)

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  83. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/414706962572402688

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  84. I ALWAYS use Hellmans mayo

    Kathie Leveson

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  85. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/415078508889534464

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  86. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/415140116861313024

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  87. yes all of them

    JOSEPH GERSCH

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  88. I've used all these product frequently except the Knorr. I don't think I've ever seen it locally.

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  89. https://twitter.com/jweaver214/status/415334743949844480

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  90. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/415443383541170176

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  91. I have used and love every one of these products!
    elysesw@aol.com

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  92. I have used quite a few and am a big hellmann's fan.

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  93. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/415623650683809792

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  94. https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/415658140789518336

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  95. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/415802516417167360

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  96. https://twitter.com/yourpotofgold/status/415845585816518656

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  97. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/416156106025488384

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  98. https://twitter.com/yourpotofgold/status/416213153177800705

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  99. Yes, I have used many of the products.

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  100. https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/416260969732390912

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  101. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/416295058627772416

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  102. https://twitter.com/jerseygirl137/status/416332164934799360

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  103. https://twitter.com/bettycd/status/416353078514683904
    tweeted

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  104. tweeted https://twitter.com/tmy56/status/416404056999858176

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  105. I've used all of them.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  106. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/416515316265406464

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  107. https://twitter.com/jerseygirl137/status/416612561077825536

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  108. Yes, I've used Ragu, Hellman's, and Lipton products before.

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  109. We use Bertolli sauce and Lipton tea

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  110. https://twitter.com/yourpotofgold/status/416647157081337856

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  111. i have used them all,but the green tea

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  112. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/416757044796862464

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  113. https://twitter.com/bettycd/status/416763941142818817

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  114. tweeted
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  115. Yes, I use Bertolli and Ragu all the time.
    Sherri J

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  116. tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/savvyblog1/status/416781522192973824
    Sherri J

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  117. https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/416796532587761664

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  118. https://twitter.com/yourpotofgold/status/416927957710409728

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  119. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/416935859305197568

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  120. i use knorr pasta sides almost every meal!

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  121. https://twitter.com/jerseygirl137/status/417046925368504320

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  122. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/417066572583153664

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  123. https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/417078850674102272

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  124. tweeted
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  125. I have tried (and like!) them all.

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  126. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/417094674537381888

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  127. I have tried several of the products mentioned. I love Hellmann's mayo.

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  128. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/417281744404897792

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  129. I've used Hellman's Mayonnaise

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  130. Yes, we use Hellman's all the time. It is the only brand of mayo we buy!

    Claire McKeon (mosaic317)

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  131. https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/417370062618492929

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  132. tweeted
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  133. https://twitter.com/kelsweeps/status/417402014977359873

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  134. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/417403923561861121

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  135. https://twitter.com/yourpotofgold/status/417409624468242432

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  136. https://twitter.com/jerseygirl137/status/417427487904104448

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  137. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/417452915633045504

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  138. We use the Ragu and green tea products a lot!

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  139. https://twitter.com/bettycd/status/417468008496254976

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  140. I use Ragu pasta sauce and I've used the Lipton green tea
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  141. https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/417472108487127040
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  142. Yes, some of these are my favorites.

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  143. I think that I've used every single one of those products before....they're all good.

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  144. https://twitter.com/redrum1965/status/417549148284395521

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  145. We use Ragu spaghetti sauce and Lipton Cold Brew tea bags all of the time.

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  146. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/kitkat157/status/417563386172690432

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  147. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/417624242356637696

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  148. https://twitter.com/yourpotofgold/status/417665279099801600

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  149. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/417668565341179904

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  150. https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/417712278583009280
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  151. I have used most of these products and I love every single one of them

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  152. https://twitter.com/jerseygirl137/status/417778192540110849

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  153. I use these products all the time, especially the Knorr Caldo de Pollo seasoning.

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  154. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/417809590374260737

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  155. Yes. We use Hellman's and Lipton all the time.

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  156. 78transamgirl/status/417841537867710464

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  157. I have used all of them before, especially the Ragu and Lipton.
    Kathleen S.
    pjgirl74 at aol dot com

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