Warm Mushroom Bacon Spinach Salad

This Warm Mushroom Bacon Spinach Salad is the perfect starter to an elegant dinner. Even though the dressing starts with bacon, it’s a fairly light salad, with just the right amount of flavor to begin a delicious meal. And even though this is a warm dressing, which, of course, requires “cooking,” it’s quick to put together. Bonus: the dressing can be made ahead of time, then reheated when ready to make the salad. Many…

Dirty Potatoes

Silly to think that you clean your potatoes and then purposely make them dirty. With just a few fresh ingredients this easy potato side dish goes from dirty to clean to delicious dirty!Debbie asked me to bring Dirty Potatoes to her Winter Olympics Gr8 Dinner. Did that mean dig them out of the ground or bring them straight from the store? No! It meant bake small new potatoes in olive oil until golden brown and crispy and then add…

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…

Streit Rock Cafe

The Hard Rock Cafe is a haven for fans of music, food and great times. As fans for many years ourselves, Tim and I decided this would be a unique and lively Great 8 Dinner theme. We hosted this dinner 10 years ago and had fun organizing the invitation, the food and the ambiance for our very own Streit Rock Cafe. First, the invitation. Remember LPs? Well, we had some in our attic, so we chose a few that we…

Our Debbie’s Birthday at Roux Creole Restaurant

The best thing about getting older is eating cake and celebrating!! Since we love to celebrate, we chose Roux Creole Restaurant* as the site of our latest soirée. Debbie was having a birthday and when that happens we look for the quaintest, cutest new restaurant around. This year, Roux won! It’s a creole restaurant located in a 1939 building in the heart of Laguna Beach, California*. The moment we walked through the door we were transported to…

Slow Cooker Tri-Tip Roast and Veggies

When I think of “Sunday Supper” I think of the many Sundays spent at my Grandma’s house when I was young. She was an amazing cook and I cherish the memories of watching her whip together a delicious meal with very little effort. Grandma would slow cook a roast on Sunday, filling the house with such an amazing aroma, and serve it for “supper” in the late afternoon. If we were hungry later that…

Bread Pudding with Praline Sauce

Give me an assignment to make bread and I’m on it! And a dessert where the main ingredient is bread, I’m really on it! So when Jurga asked me to bring Bread Pudding with Praline Sauce to their Rock ‘n Roll Gr8 dinner, I couldn’t wait to get into the kitchen! Any dish that starts with a buttered pan filled with bread has got to be Gr8! Growing up, bread pudding was one of my favorite desserts…

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