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Lovely El Dorado Wine Country

Sometimes you have a day that will live in your memory forever. That’s how I feel about one of the side trips Kyle and I took while we were at the 2017 International Food Blogger’s Conference. After the conference adjourned for the weekend Kyle and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend the El Dorado County excursion. It should have been titled, “El Dorado Wine Country.” We started with brunch accompanied by…

A DIY Festive Gingerbread House

A Gingerbread House always adds whimsy and fun to Christmas decorations. And they are fun to make! There are lots of pre-baked gingerbread house kits on the market, but you know me, always wanting to do it myself. (Kind of like a 2-year-old!) A friend of mine, Donna, has been making gingerbread houses for years. In fact, she has Gingerbread House decorating parties! Just bake and assemble a few houses, put out all kinds of colorful candies…

Easiest Appetizer: Balsamic Vinegar with Cheese

Last minute company coming? The neighbors are stopping by for a glass of wine? This Balsamic Vinegar with Cheese is the easiest appetizer you will ever serve. Since Costco came on the horizon I always have a hunk of Parmigiano Reggiano in the refrigerator. Lay the cheese on a platter or board and break off a few chunks. Then put a small bowl containing good Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena next to it. Your guests can dip pieces of the…

Celebrating Anna’s 60th Year!

For the past 365 days we have all enjoyed Celebrating Anna’s 60th Year! Her Instagram #daysto60 affirms that she considers every day a gift! And of course the Great 8 wanted to celebr-8 with her. Usually it is just the 4 of us gals that go out to dinner to honor the birthday girl, but this is a big one and just like we did for Jurga, the 6 of us took Anna and Vince out to…

For Lunch, Dinner, or Dessert…Bottega Louie!

There are few restaurants that I want to return to time and again mostly because I love trying new things. The ones that I insist on revisiting generally have more than just Gr8 Food. Bottega Louie is one of those restaurants. Whenever the Gr8 gals venture to Los Angeles, Bottega Louie is bound to be on the itinerary. It is a large, open space which includes the restaurant, a bar area and the bakery/take-out counter. One of the…

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