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The Great 8 Gathers…Our First Dinner Party!

Our First Dinner Party Wow, 19 years ago this month we gathered for our first dinner party. We started as a “gourmet” group; but since none of us are trained chefs, it soon turned into more of a foodie group. And what fun we’ve had! When we started we were not friends, more like acquaintances. The four of us ladies were volunteering at our kids’ school, working on the same fundraiser and in our kids…

’60s Sitcoms TV Dinner Party

As a child I wanted to be a character like the genie in “I Dream of Jeannie” and fall in love with a handsome astronaut whom I’d eventually marry. Or I wanted to strike it rich like the Beverly Hillbillies and move from hillbilly country to a mansion in Beverly Hills. Lighthearted comedies of the ’60s are still some of the most watched programs on television today, so one evening I had an idea for our next Great…

Heart of the Artichoke Dinner Party

It’s no surprise to my friends and family that I love cookbooks! I can never have enough! It’s the section I go to first at a bookstore. Every Christmas, Phil asks me to give him a list (gotta love that, right?!). And every year there’s a particular cookbook (or more than 1) on the list! And “Santa” delivered one year with David Tanis’ latest cookbook. Joy to the World! I’m pretty picky when…

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…

Celebrating Ina Garten The Barefoot Contessa

In 2013 we decided that each of us would pick our favorite chef or cookbook and that would be the theme of our Gr8 Dinner. My dinner was the first one of the year and I did not have to think twice about my choice of chefs. With Gr8 excitement, I decided it would be “Celebrating Ina Garten The Barefoot Contessa.” She is by far my favorite chef. I love her simple style, her composure and her recipes.  Well of…

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