Halloween Candy Covered Fruit Treats …Costumed Fruit!

Don’t we all try to have as much fun as we can while still being as healthy as possible? I think most of us do have those intentions. “If I have the Avocado Bacon Cheeseburger and fries, then I’ll have a diet Coke instead of a regular sugary Coke.” Right?!?! These Halloween Candy Covered Fruit Treats fall into that category; sure it’s fruit, but it’s covered with a crunchy sweet…

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…

Pumpkin Martini

A few years ago, my sweet friend Donna gave me a basket of ingredients for Thanksgiving. All the ingredients were liquid and “for adults only”! Included was a recipe for a Pumpkin Martini. Yay! After tasting the yumminess I couldn’t decide if it was a cocktail or a dessert. Well, why not drink your dessert?! This martini is so delicious and will surely remind you of Fall and the holidays; a perfect addition for your Thanksgiving…

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…

Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Glaze…for a Crowd!

Are you hosting a Halloween party or Thanksgiving at your house, or maybe you are going to a party or need to provide cookies for your kids’ class? This recipe is the perfect solution because it yields between 8 and 9 dozen cookies…that’s about 100 cookies! And if you don’t need quite that many, just cut the recipe in half. I took these to my daughter’s housewarming and they were a…

It’s Time for Chili!

Did you know that October is National Chili Month? Yes, there is a whole month dedicated to chili, and October is the perfect choice. The weather has started cooling down, it’s football season, and having a big bowl of spicy goodness to dig into is perfect! We LOVE our chili here at Great 8 Friends, which is why we have several recipes. One of the best things about chili is that most recipes can be made ahead of…

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…

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