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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…

Butter-Coffee-Chocolate …Healthy?

I just turned 60 this week…woot woot! Thank goodness I’m fairly healthy. My philosophy on getting older has always been, “As long as you’re this side of the dirt, eat cake and celebrate!” If you’ve had friends who’ve passed too young, you know why I feel this way. At some point in time over the past 6 decades all the beloved foods have been maligned. “Don&#8217…

Scotch Whisky Tasting

Just two years ago I wrote a short column on Scotch Whisky, reviewing three different bottles. My reviews/tastes were enjoyed only by me. This time, however, I had a Scotch whisky tasting with the Great 8 guys. We tasted Scotch from three different distilleries, all from the Highland region. This region has the most distilleries and has been subdivided into four areas, two of which are Speyside and Islands. We tasted each pour ‘neat’ (no water or ice added…

Spring Into Clean Using Vinegar!

The skies are clearing, the sun is showing it’s face more and the weather is warming up a bit. Springtime is full of promises and here at Great 8 Friends the promise is Gr8 Food, Gr8 Friends and Gr8 Fun! And if you’re going to be serving Gr8 food to Gr8 friends, then you want your kitchen to shine, too! Although, I’d much rather be reading a good book than cleaning!I love getting…

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