Ch-Ch-Ch-Churros

How excited were you when you’d see a Churro cart at a local fair or carnival? Better yet…ever been to Mexico? Nothing beats the real thing! Given dessert as my task for Kyle and Joel’s Cinco de Mayo Great 8 dinner, I knew right away what I “had” to bring! You guessed it! Churros (roll your r’s the way your Spanish teacher taught you!) Hot, crispy and sprinkled with cinnamon…

Fun in Puerto Rico!

One of our most fun vacations as a family was Puerto Rico. Both girls were in college and it so happened that they had the same spring break. How often does that happen? I’m not sure how we decided on Puerto Rico, but we were sure glad we did. A couple of months ago, when our Gr8 Friends, Terri and Mark, told us they had rented a condo in Puerto Rico and would we like to join them…

Broccoli Rabe as a Side Dish and as a Main Course!

I had never had Broccoli Rabe until I met my Italian husband. And now I think I love it more than many Italians! It is probably my favorite green vegetable. Broccoli Rabe has a depth of flavor that isn’t found in a lot of other green veggies. Many people don’t like it because it can have a bitter flavor. If prepared properly, however, it is a whole lot of deliciousness. In New York, at the Italian…

Adobo Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Joel is a huge fan of pork tenderloins. They are lean and the perfect main course after a long day especially because they cook quickly. Often we will lightly season a tenderloin, grill it, make a salad and, voilà, dinner is served. Every once in awhile I like to change it up and add a different seasoning or sauce (and I don’t mean Heinz 57 or A1 Steak Sauce 😀). Recently, I remembered that I made Adobo Marinated…

Marta’s Healthy Tasty NOT Refried Beans

Beans, beans, the musical fruit…… Beans do have a poor reputation, don’t they? But THESE beans, well, I could probably live on these beans. My friend Marta has made these for lunch, for dinner, AND for breakfast! That’s right, spread them on a tortilla, put a fried egg on top and enjoy! So you really could live on these! Debbie is our resident Latin food expert and the first time she had Marta&#8217…

Mother’s Day Favorite Things

Here at Great 8 Friends you know we love to throw parties and we also love giving presents! Often these gifts are some of our favorite things. It’s always nice to be introduced to new products, whether practical or prettifying, so we decided to share with you, our Gr8 Friends, a few ideas. If you’re looking for a gift for mom or you want to “treat yo’self!” here you go! Just to…

Baked Arroz Verde

  We have all cooked rice, a grain that is centuries old. However, while it seems as if preparing the rice is simple, it’s anything but “simple.” Often, it is either too dry, too wet, or too crunchy. The solution? Baking the rice! Yes, baking has now become my successful way to prepare rice.  After frying the rice first, and adding liquid ingredients, I pop it in the oven, and the result is surprising. Baking rice…

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