Grilling This Summer?

Great Food, Great Friends and Great Fun is our motto and with summer coming we are getting ready to take advantage of the long days and warm weather to cook a lot of our Gr8 Food outside on the grill. There is no better flavor enhancer for proteins than to cook them this way. Just to let you know, some of the links on this page may be affiliate links, which means that Great Eight Friends will earn a small…

Frosty, Frothy, Delight…Root Beer Floats!

Do you remember the first time you had a root beer float? I bet you do! I was about 5 years old and my dad had wanted us to taste one of his favorite refreshments! It was a hot summer day, deserving of this frothy delight! I remember my sisters and I anxiously waiting at the kitchen counter for our 3 scoops to drop into our frosty cold mugs. As he slowly poured the root beer on top, we&#8217…

Las Vegas Baby!!

Las Vegas Baby! This might be one of my all time favorite themes that Vince and I hosted. Anytime there are games involved, there is sure to be Gr8 Fun! Vince and I thought it would be fun to do a vintage Vegas vibe. We decided on a color scheme of red and black and since vintage Vegas means Frank Sinatra, the playlist was easy! Since this Gr8 Dinner happened so long ago, (2006!!!) we weren’t as good…

Cheese and Charcuterie Board

Honestly, a cheese and charcuterie board is the fastest, easiest and most impressive way to pull off a stress free appetizer. No cooking involved! I always keep a couple of cheeses in the frig and crackers in the cupboard just to quickly assemble when a friend (or usually my dad) stops by for a glass of wine. And sometimes I get a little fancy and put together a plate for Joel and myself! If you are entertaining and want your…

Roasted Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce

As classic as spaghetti and meatballs or bread and butter, Roasted Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce is one of the traditional pairings seen at many fancy, fluffy, upscale restaurants! It’s one of the most well known sauces, but also the one people fear the most! Let’s face it, when seeing the minimal ingredients of warm egg yolks, butter and lemon juice, you’re probably thinking “how can this be good?” Well friends, it definitely…

Bacon Wrapped Pan Seared Filet Mignon Steaks

Bacon Wrapped Pan Seared Filet Mignon Steaks…doesn’t that just sound yummy! This is one of those throwback recipes that was popular in the 70s. But bacon is ALWAYS in style and so is filet! When Vince and I were hosting our Vegas Gr8 Dinner we wanted classic food, so we chose an entrée consisting of Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon served with Lobster Tails. This is an easy main course to create. Since Filet Mignon doesn…

Lemon Bars with Shortbread Crust

There is never a shortage of lemons at our house due to the generosity of our neighbors Peter and Chris, who over the years have supplied us with their bounty of fresh, home grown Meyer lemons. I have used the juice of these lemons in soups, salad dressings, cakes, cookies, lemonade and an occasional Lemon Drop martini! Meyer lemons are naturally sweeter than regular lemons (which are more acidic) so I prefer to use these for this recipe. Meyer lemons…

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