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Debbie

Far Out, Man!!

We’ve been “Feelin’ Groovy” for 19 years! The Great Eight: Kyle and Joel, Anna and Vince, Jurga and Tim, and Phil and I have been sending happy vibes through Food, Friends and Fun, and we’ve been diggin’ every minute of it! Bingo! That’s it! We’ve got our theme… Far Out 60’s Dinner – The Hippie Years! As I’ve often said, once we choose the theme, the ideas, the look and the menu…

Peppery Chicken Wings

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Eggplant Caponata

Oh boy! I could not wait to make this Eggplant Caponata during our Cooking with Nonna Anna day! Anything with an eggplant, I can’t turn down. As an appetizer, or even a side dish, count me in…please! Eggplant Caponata is a Sicilian dish that is a delicious medley of vegetables. Simple ingredients, all easy to come by; spiked with the tartness of capers and olives. This would also be amazing at a brunch buffet! Make it…

Salted Caramel Brownies and Espresso Ice Cream

If you love a rich fudge brownie, then these Salted Caramel Brownies and Espresso Ice Cream will fit the bill! Drizzled with a caramel sauce and then sprinkled with sea salt flakes…Oh My Word! The chocolate decadence combined with the thin flakes of saltiness, it’s a match made in heaven! So imagine how excited I was when I knew I was “up” for the dessert at Kyle & Joel’s Great 8 dinner…

“Awfully Good Beans”

Yep, that’s really the name! This has always been the perfect side dish at our neighborhood block parties. The hint of marjoram and tang of tomatoes meld together perfectly. It’s a hearty dish that we sometimes have as a main course during one of our “not having meat tonight” meals! With a little of the bean “liquor,” as they call it in the south, sopped up with a piece of crusty french…

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