Dec 9, 2014

Baklava Recipe


My husband and I have a long-standing tradition of making baklava together for Christmas day. Baklava is a traditional Greek dessert made with phyllo dough, walnuts and a special syrup. It is best made well in advance of serving so the ingredients have time to soak into the phyllo dough. Mmmm.
Baklava is a traditional Greek dessert made with phyllo dough, walnuts and a special syrup. It is best made well in advance of serving so the ingredients have time to soak into the phyllo dough. Mmmm.
Baklava is a traditional Greek dessert made with phyllo dough, walnuts and a special syrup. It is best made well in advance of serving so the ingredients have time to soak into the phyllo dough. Mmmm.
Ingredients before assembly.

BAKLAVA INGREDIENTS FOR LAYERING
(printable version below)
1 (16 oz) pkg phyllo dough (use both packages in the box)
1 cup melted butter (2 sticks)
1 pound chopped walnuts (finely chopped in a food processor)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

INGREDIENTS FOR BAKLAVA SAUCE
1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract or 1/2 vanilla bean
½ cup honey
some orange peel and lemon peel
juice of ½ a lemon
1 cinnamon stick
whole cloves

DIRECTIONS FOR BAKLAVA SAUCE
In saucepan over medium heat, mix water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat and add vanilla, honey, citrus peels, lemon juice & cinnamon stick. Simmer gently for 20 minutes. Remove from heat to cool & remove citrus and cinnamon stick.

ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 300°F. 
Chop nuts in food processor and toss with cinnamon. Set aside.
Baklava is a traditional Greek dessert made with phyllo dough, walnuts and a special syrup. It is best made well in advance of serving so the ingredients have time to soak into the phyllo dough. Mmmm.
Butter the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan
(one with square edges is better than rounded like the glass pan we used)

Unroll phyllo dough, keep covered with a damp towel while working.
 Baklava is a traditional Greek dessert made with phyllo dough, walnuts and a special syrup. It is best made well in advance of serving so the ingredients have time to soak into the phyllo dough. Mmmm.
Reserve 6-8 sheets of phyllo dough for the top layer. Cover & set aside.

Baklava is a traditional Greek dessert made with phyllo dough, walnuts and a special syrup. It is best made well in advance of serving so the ingredients have time to soak into the phyllo dough. Mmmm.
Layer 8 sheets of phyllo dough on the bottom, buttering each sheet with melted butter.
Sprinkle approximately 3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top.
Baklava is a traditional Greek dessert made with phyllo dough, walnuts and a special syrup. It is best made well in advance of serving so the ingredients have time to soak into the phyllo dough. Mmmm.
Add two more sheets of phyllo, buttering each individually.
**Press each sheet down firmly before buttering.**
Add a layer of nuts as shown. 
Add two more sheets of dough, pressing, buttering & nutting. ☺
Repeat until nuts are gone, then place the remaining 6-8 layers on top, buttering each.
Using a very sharp knife, cut according to diagram below. 
Poke one clove into center of each triangle.
Baklava cutting template at www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

Bake for approximately 1 hour to 1.5 hours or until golden brown, remove from oven & immediately pour cooled sauce over the hot baklava.
Baklava is a traditional Greek dessert made with phyllo dough, walnuts and a special syrup. It is best made well in advance of serving so the ingredients have time to soak into the phyllo dough. Mmmm.
Pay no attention to the cutting pattern in these photos- the diagram was not closely followed.
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Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

143 comments :

  1. Sarah Ann Tirpak12/9/14, 9:06 PM

    Yummy.

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  2. Would love to win this! Thanks Kathy!

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  3. Ellen Riddle Marique12/9/14, 9:11 PM

    Love Baklava, sounds easy enough, and Sweet pdz. Great stuff !

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  4. Would love to try the pet deodorizer with my girls!

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  5. Yummy! Love that dessert but my husband doesn't like walnuts :-(

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  6. Barbara Bogan Bealer12/9/14, 9:18 PM

    I'm going to have to try this recipe for Bakalava! Looks delicious!
    Would also love to win the deodorizer.

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  7. Love your site and blog! I'm new to the chicken world but love that I can come here and learn about chicken poop and get recipe for baklava!

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  8. Would love to win this; very curious to try it.

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  9. Mmmmm... sounds great! I worked with a gal a few years ago that immigrated from Syria when she was a teenager. She made a dessert very similar to Baklava, but the sauce also had rose syrup in it! Sooooo gooooood! Thanks for your recipe! Have a great Wednesday.

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  10. Colleen Richman12/9/14, 9:28 PM

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  11. clint rowell12/9/14, 9:29 PM

    thank you again for all the valuable info your page. thank you for allowing me to enter the contest.

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  12. Love to win!

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  13. Tonnie Rogers12/9/14, 9:34 PM

    Thank you for sharing your chicken knowledge with all of us. Would love to try the deodorizer...the wet season is here and the run starts getting a little funky!

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  14. Sweet PDZ is great. Don't notice the amonia smell at all.

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  15. Baklava is great. Try to get some from friends in Detroit when we can.

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  16. Jennifer May12/9/14, 9:40 PM

    I love sweet pdf have used it for a few years. Great stuff!

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  17. Lisa Sutton Killian12/9/14, 9:41 PM

    I usually just buy mine. This sounds really good to make myself. Thank you for the chance to win the PDZ also!

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  18. Mmmm! A delicious recipe indeed! I plan on making one for Christmas this year. PDZ is wonderful for the girls! Great product!! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Brandy Keyes12/9/14, 9:51 PM

    Would love this!

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  20. Your recipe sounds delicious, and its fun to have traditions. I appreciate your offering the PDZ as a giveaway. I've been wanting to give it a try!

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  21. Katie Goodman12/9/14, 9:55 PM

    Tip: Use clarified butter in between the sheets of Phyllo. Makes all the difference.

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  22. Yum...I ordered a Baklava for Thanksgiving from Harry and Davids.Yours looks much better.I would love to win the Sweet Pdz.Chickens sure can stink!

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  23. Thank you for the recipe .. We always buy baklava for Christmas now i can make my own... would like to win !!!

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  24. Hens and dogs are cute but odors are not. PDZ is especially great in the summer when the dogs have had too much water!

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  25. Jerrica Owen12/9/14, 10:14 PM

    That recipe looks fantastic thanks for sharing!

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  26. Sweet PDZ would be a wonderful prize to win!!!! My chickens would love it :)

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  27. Quackydoodle12/9/14, 10:32 PM

    I love this stuff!!

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  28. I have had H&D's baklava and can tell you without a doubt that this homemade version IS better. ;)

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  29. What difference does it make, Katie? Do tell!

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  30. I would love to win this for my girls

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  31. I would really love to try this.

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  32. I would love to win the pet deodorizer for my chicken pen

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  33. What a great product for my chickies and bunny!

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  34. Kathryn Smith12/9/14, 10:57 PM

    Yum! I love baklava! I'll be making this! Thanks Kathy Enter me please :)

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  35. Becky Laakso12/9/14, 10:58 PM

    Yummy! Looks delicious. :-)

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  36. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  37. Yay Sweet PDZ!!! :D

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  38. What a yummy baking project!
    Cheers,
    izzi~avis

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  39. I have been searching all over town for this. ☺:)

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  40. Leslie Hardeman Perenich12/9/14, 11:44 PM

    WOW! Great stuff and PDZ would be great for my chickens

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  41. Haven't tried it yet but I've only heard great things:)

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  42. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  43. Donna Endicott Linnane12/10/14, 12:37 AM

    Ohhhhhhh...

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  44. Em Alexander12/10/14, 12:42 AM

    Have to try this one now.

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  45. Tammie Weatherford12/10/14, 12:46 AM

    Love it!!!

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  46. Susan Turner12/10/14, 1:03 AM

    I will have to save that recipe because I just got out of the hospital and they found out nothing! Would love to win the sweet PDZ for my girls!

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  47. Debbie Luzier12/10/14, 1:06 AM

    I have used pdz with my goats in the past, never thought of the chickens, thanks!

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  48. I would love to win the PDZ.

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  49. i would love to try this product and I love baklava! never have made it might just have to try now!! have a great day

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  50. Tracy Jenner12/10/14, 5:49 AM

    Great recipe thank you

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  51. Vanessa Davis Ryan12/10/14, 6:05 AM

    Would love to try this !!

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  52. I have made bakava before always a fave. Great stuff.

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  53. I would love to try this!

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  54. Alyssa Proffitt Brown12/10/14, 6:34 AM

    Sweet!

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  55. Love baklava. I've never tried to make it myself though. Thanks for the recipe! I'd love to win the Sweet PDZ, too. Haven't tried it but it sounds "Sweet as Baklava!" (in a different way!)

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  56. We use it and would love to win this :-)

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  57. Dennis Doyle12/10/14, 7:12 AM

    I'd like some sweet PDZ for my sweet chicks!

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  58. How sweet it is :-)

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  59. Laura Bogan-Williamson12/10/14, 7:35 AM

    My chickens & I would love to try this! I love your products & wonderfully helpful info. Thanks so much!

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  60. Still haven't found PDZ locally, so would love to win it.

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  61. BTW, I couldn't get the Amazon button to work.

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  62. thank you so much! love baklava!

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  63. Linda Reichert12/10/14, 8:44 AM

    I can REALLY use some deodorizer!

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  64. Yummm! Thank you for sharing your recipe. I have not made this in years and my mom will not give me my grandmother's recipe. I am sure yours is just as good.

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  65. I would love to win the pdz!! we have many animals and anything to make the area smell better would be well appreciated...have been following you for almost 2yrs...I have learned a tremendous amount of knowledge about raising my chickens...thank you for that...hope I win the pdz...thanks

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  66. My husband loves this, can't wait to try it!

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  67. Love the new pictures on your page.
    If I win, can I trade the PDZ for some baklava????

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  68. Would love to try the PDZ and see how it works. Thank you for the chance to try and win some!

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  69. Kim Collins Hunt12/10/14, 10:24 AM

    I love sweet PDZ, but I really love baklava! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Definitely something to put on my baking list. How does it freeze? If made fresh, how long to you let it sit before serving?

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  70. Katie Goodman12/10/14, 10:40 AM

    It gives the phyllo dough a better texture. Not soggy.

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  71. Amanda Wilson12/10/14, 10:42 AM

    Great recipe!

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  72. I've been wanting to try this but can't find it locally. Would love to win it for my girls!

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  73. I thought I would try this, and bought a bag of sweet PDZ at a local feed store. I got it home and when I opened it, it was a powder, not a granule like I see on your pics. Mwhat do I ask for to get the granules? I am using the powder in the coop, with the sand bottom, but would like the granules. I would love to win a bag!

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  74. Susan Fischer12/10/14, 11:13 AM

    Love this stuff! I'm afraid I'd eat the whole thing! LOL

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  75. baklava is so delicious, and i haven't had it in years... like 20!

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  76. Would love to try the sweet pdz product....but even more so the baklava! yumm

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  77. Yep I can put this to good use

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  78. Joyce Huddlestun Steber12/10/14, 11:48 AM

    Smelling is believing.

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  79. We would love some PDZ!!!

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  80. Roberta Johnston12/10/14, 12:26 PM

    Love this recipe- and the sweet PDZ!!

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  81. Omgosh, love baklava and cannolies! I finally found sweet pdz but had to drive an hour. Still haven't found coop clean. Count me in!

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  82. Peggy Denton12/10/14, 1:38 PM

    My chickens still want to try the Sweet PDZ. If I don't win the Sweet PDZ, how about sending me some of that Baklava? Wow!

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  83. I will enjoy the baklava while my chickens enjoy the sweet PDZ!!! Win win!

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  84. Thank you for the recipe... Three dogs and 7 chickens... PDZ would definately B a help!!!

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  85. Baklava is so yummy! Love it! I hope i win !!

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  86. I've always wanted to try Sweet PDZ!

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  87. Baklava.....Oh yummmm! And I'd love to try PDZ

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  88. Looks Yummy! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  89. We recently made a huge life change and bought a house in the country after having living in town for the entirety of our 7 years as a family. Our flock has made quite a change too. We had seperate coops for mixed ages in our flock and now that we have moved and our flock members are all the same size and get along better we have combined their living quarters. We have went from three birds in a coop to 19 all together now. ANYTHING to help keep things fresh is welcome! Would love to win this product!

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  90. Cindy Decker Gill12/10/14, 3:54 PM

    How about a Baklava giveaway!!?? Yummo!

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  91. Ohh Baklava... not sure I'm that good of a baker, can I place an order? Hehe

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  92. I'd love to try this, can it be mixed in with sand under the roost on the poop board?

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  93. LOL! Sure...in my spare time. :D

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  94. Stuff the chicken purse full of baklava and ship them my way! ;)

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  95. Jennifer Jarman12/10/14, 5:48 PM

    Sure would be SWEET to win!🍭

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  96. Karen Chiginsky12/10/14, 6:03 PM

    Well I've tried bakalava but never Sweet PDZ so if I had to eat just one it would be the bakalava : )))) Thank you for the recipe Kathy. You are so thoughtful and generous.

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  97. Carol Liljedahl12/10/14, 6:13 PM

    I'm sure my girls would love to win a product that would freshen their coop:)

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  98. Angela Ratliff12/10/14, 6:18 PM

    Thanks for sharing the recipe,it looks delicious.

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  99. Started using this after you mentioned it before, I really like it ,use in coop and run

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  100. Grace Murray12/10/14, 6:43 PM

    PDZ is great. Keeps my sand dry and smelling fresh!

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  101. Michelle Mace12/10/14, 7:37 PM

    Sweet PDZ is an awesome product! I've been using it in the coop for a few months now, and the smell is greatly reduced, and it's much better for chickens! I also use it in the horse stalls, it really neutralizes the ammonia smell. Would love to win a bag!

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  102. That looks so amazing...

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  103. Would love to try this product! Is baklava the consolation prize? Lay it on me!!! ;)

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  104. I would love to try some PDZ, thanks for the opportunity to try to win!

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  105. Pick ME ME ME ! I want to WIN WIN WIN

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  106. Valerie Jensen12/11/14, 12:31 AM

    I'm always looking for something to make life better for the chickees. And me!

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  107. kountrygoddezz12/11/14, 3:28 AM

    I'm going to try that Baklava

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  108. If I win, I would mix it with the sand in my coop to keep my girls SWEET! Great info, Kathy; keep up the amazing work!!!

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  109. Would love to try some PDZ.

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  110. I want to try this stuff so bad!!

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  111. Kathy J. McNiel12/11/14, 2:15 PM

    Another wonderful giveaway. Thanks!

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  112. Love this stuff. It really works!

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  113. Cheryl Prehn12/11/14, 3:29 PM

    Looks yummy, my girls say they are willing to try PDZ.

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  114. This would be a good Christmas treat!
    graceinapril@gmail.com

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  115. I remember Sue Stauffer's homemade baklava, except she was Armenian and pronounced it different. But it was the most delicate and delectable thing I had ever eaten! This was in the 60's and early 70's mind you, and I never saw it anywhere else for decades. Ha ha they did not have anything like PDZ back then either!

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  116. Can I pleaze win the PDZ for my girls.....they sure need it

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  117. The girls would realy like this

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  118. Email subscription, check. ... blows on lucky dice to roll for giveaways, check #2

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  119. Heather Henderson12/11/14, 7:37 PM

    this sounds nice I live in Maine and so in winter it not always easy to keep the coop smelling fresh!

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  120. Tracy Harden12/11/14, 8:50 PM

    This sounds like it would be wonderful in my coop!

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  121. Jenni Teabo-Keiper12/11/14, 9:49 PM

    Helps keep the stink away

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  122. Would love to try PDZ!!

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  123. Sue Leahey- Di Nardo12/12/14, 7:03 AM

    I am very new to chickens this is my first 6 Rhode island reds they just turned 9 months, I got them when they were 2 days old. I am still learning how to take care of them I met a lady at the chicken show and she gave me her phone number if u needed any help, she also gave me a site called BACKYARD CHICKENS, but I also found your site which is also a real big help. I sell my eggs to friends and neighbors to help with the cost of food and supplies. My husband got me these girls for therapy cause last year I had 2 back surgeries and he figured this will help me from being sad. I love my girls and they are very friendly and enjoy talking and petting them. I don't know if I am doing the entries correct to try and win things, I hope so. Please keep up with all your info on your site cause I need all the help I can.

    Thank you,

    Susan Di Nardo

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  124. count me in!

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  125. Jenn Gregory12/12/14, 8:39 PM

    Yum! I can't wait to try my hand at making this for the holidays. I'll post a pic if it looks even halfway worthy! Lol

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  126. Kathleen Dean12/13/14, 11:42 AM

    Mmmmm sounds like a nice addition to a brunch!!!

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  127. Rachael Lewandowski12/14/14, 4:19 PM

    Sounds delicious

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  128. I love this stuff - so addictive. You made it look super easy to make too.
    Carole @ Garden Up green

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  129. Adrienne Guertin Garner12/15/14, 3:15 PM

    I bought one small package of Sweet PDZ and it does a wonderful job in the area where the girls sleep. Would love a supply of Sweet PDZ!

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  130. Yum love Baklava.. thanks for the recipe.. never made always bought it when I seen it in a shop... been a while.. like a long while.. used to get it with pistachio in it... love this stuff!

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  131. Amy Williams12/20/14, 9:48 PM

    What if I don't like walnuts, is there another nut that would work?

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  132. I've made this for years, thanks!

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  133. Christine Smoot Zoellner12/21/14, 9:21 PM

    Everything on your blog absolutely ROCKS! Your contests are supreme as well. Hope I'm next on your prize giving list!

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  134. This look like an easy recipe----gonna try it!

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