Turkey Chili – Hearty, Healthy, and Always a Hit!

When college football season begins, the Saturdays at our house are fairly predictable; the TV is on and a big pot of this Turkey Chili is cooking. The recipe started with The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook, which I got as a young adult. (I won’t tell you how many years ago!) I learned a lot from that book as the instructions were step-by-step and easy to follow. As my cooking skills have developed, I’ve…

Ina’s Forty Cloves of Garlic Chicken

She is really just the best! Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa is by far my favorite chef! So when my Gr8 dinner theme was “All Food from Ina,” I decided to make this “Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic” recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, Barefoot in Paris.Usually starting by getting all the ingredients out and measured can be quite helpful. Ina’s tip of boiling all the cloves of garlic for a…

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…

Salted Caramel Brownies and Espresso Ice Cream

If you love a rich fudge brownie, then these Salted Caramel Brownies and Espresso Ice Cream will fit the bill! Drizzled with a caramel sauce and then sprinkled with sea salt flakes…Oh My Word! The chocolate decadence combined with the thin flakes of saltiness, it’s a match made in heaven! So imagine how excited I was when I knew I was “up” for the dessert at Kyle & Joel’s Great 8 dinner…

French Onion Soup (Soupe à l’Oignon Gratinée)

…in the slow cooker! It’s easy to make French onion soup. Did she say EASY? Yes, it can be easy, with a few simple steps and a slow cooker. Let’s start with the onions. While most recipes state that onions cooked on the stove caramelize in 15 or even 25 minutes, you’re lucky if they are done in 45 minutes. Since caramelizing onions truly requires more time than many of us have for…

Olive Bread 2-2-2 (French Bread)

Homemade bread is one of the best things on the planet. And even though it seems intimidating, if you are going to be home for a couple of hours, you can definitely make this recipe. This Olive Bread was out of the oven in 2 hours…that’s right, from mixing it up and including 2 rises, the whole process took about 2 hours; and you get 2 loaves! That’s why I call this Olive Bread…

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…

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