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Jurga

Močiute’s Lithuanian Apple Cake

I miss my mom. She recently passed away so I thought I would try and make a favorite recipe of hers to remind me of the wonderful moments that we shared in the kitchen. When it comes to cooking or baking with apples, I immediately think of her. Mom made the best Lithuanian Apple Cake (o-buo-li-nis pea-rah-gus) ever!  Although there are many different twists and variations of this cake, I kept to using all the…

Heart of the Artichoke Sicilian Salad

Whatever the season, oranges add zest, color and flavor to any recipe, especially a salad. Oranges also refresh and hydrate. In this Sicilian salad, thin orange slices are the main ingredient served with olive oil, salt and pepper. 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 commission from purchases made through these links (this does not change your cost). These earnings help…

Linguine con Vongole (Linguine with Clams)

Ah Italia!  A country of romance and mucho bene cuisine, especially Linguine with Clams! On the menus of almost every restaurant we visited during our recent trip to Italy, pasta with clams was a featured item. We were thrilled, as this is our all-time favorite pasta dish! It’s a simple creation of clams, pasta, olive oil, garlic and lemon, yet the end result is flavorful and perfecto! The key to making this a simple recipe is to…

Homemade Pumpkin Irish Cream

You will fall in love with this rich and luscious Pumpkin Irish Cream…this is your old favorite Irish Cream with a fall kick! It took several batches to combine just the right ingredients and I believe I came up with a winner! This liqueur offers flavors of cinnamon, baking spices, and chocolate with hints of vanilla and coffee. You can serve it alone; over ice or mixed into a cocktail; or make a boozy pumpkin spice latte! This…

French Onion Soup (Soupe à l’Oignon Gratinée)

…in the slow cooker! It’s easy to make French onion soup. Did she say EASY? Yes, it can be easy, with a few simple steps and a slow cooker. Let’s start with the onions. While most recipes state that onions cooked on the stove caramelize in 15 or even 25 minutes, you’re lucky if they are done in 45 minutes. Since caramelizing onions truly requires more time than many of us have for…

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