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Category: Appetizers

Kyle manages to make the appetizer portion of our Gr8 Dinners look effortless. She always has delicious choices and she always says, “Oh, that’s so easy!” As we go along, we will be posting these “easy” ideas so you, too, can create Gr8 Dinners!

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…

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

  This crowd pleaser appetizer is one of my favorites from one of my favorite cookbooks, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics  so of course I had to serve it at my Gr8 Dinner themed “Celebrating Ina The Barefoot Contessa“. I love that the shrimp is roasted instead of boiled.  The recipe calls for 2 pounds of shrimp but make as much as you want because you’ll have plenty of cocktail sauce made from the recipe below…

Heirloom Tomato Soup with Greek Yogurt

It was a hot August day in California, and I was so excited to receive my “duty” for the upcoming Great 8 dinner. Gazpacho: a cold soup usually with raw vegetables, but always with a tomato base. This recipe, Heirloom Tomato soup with Greek Yogurt and Thai Basil was exactly what I was hoping for! It is adapted by one of the many delicious starters on the menu at Lark Restaurant in Seattle, Washington. One of the best…

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