The Care and Feeding of Your Wooden Kitchen Tools

Long term relationships often get taken for granted. I noticed that my wooden cutting boards and bowls were looking over-worked and sad. They just needed a little TLC. And look how beautiful and happy they are now! My salad bowl, cutting board and cheese board were dry and thirsty, they needed a drink! Once they were oiled they came back to life and looked young again. This is an overnight job, so the perfect time to do it is…

Cobb Salad

When you taste a Cobb Salad all the flavors should be available to your tongue with none being overpowering. I have had Cobb Salads in restaurants where all you can taste is the Bacon and the Bleu Cheese. While I love both Bacon and Bleu Cheese, I don’t want those two items to be my main meal! You should be able to experience the creaminess of the Avocado, the tenderness of the Chicken and the freshness of the…

Dr. Phil Does Italy

Our Great 8 dinner date was quickly approaching and for the first time my husband Tim and I were lost as to what our theme should be. The goal is to try and create a unique theme, something that has never been done before.¬†After 17 years of incredibly creative dinners this is quite a feat! But then one day we were watching the Dr. Phil show and the theme came to mind! Since one of our couples, Debbie and…

Corned Beef Confetti

My husband’s Italian heritage takes precedence in our family food choice most of the time, and why shouldn’t it? Italian food is delicious, fun to make and fun to eat. But once a year I pay homage to my Irish grandmother and cook up a full corned beef and cabbage meal. The morning after there are always leftovers. My father loved corned beef hash and the last time we were out to breakfast with our kids…

Welcome to Our Party!

After 16 years of our “Gourmet Group,” which is more “Group” than “Gourmet,” we are finally starting this blog. Great Eight Friends will have at least 2 posts each week and will include information on the dinners we’ve had over the past 16 years, recipes we’ve loved, restaurant reviews and other events in our lives. As this blog progresses we will be adding posts about the themes we’ve…

Linguine con Vongole (Linguine with Clams)

Linguine with Clams Ingredients: 1/2 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 2 Shallots, thinly sliced 4 to 8 Garlic cloves, minced 3/4 cup chopped fresh Parsley, divide 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Basil 1/2 cup dry White Wine; substitute: jarred clam juice, OR pasta-cooking water 2 1/2 pounds Manila Clams, cleaned. Discard any broken clams. 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, at room temperature Sea salt and freshly ground Black Pepper Lemon Slices for garnish Directions: Heat the Olive…

Roasted Tomato and Arugula Salad

Print Roasted Tomato Arugula Salad Course Salad Servings 8 servings Ingredients Salad Ingredients to serve 8: 8 ounces arugula Balsamic Vinaigrette see below Oven Roasted Tomatoes see below Balsamic Vinaigrette 1/2 cup olive oil 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 garlic clove minced salt and pepper to taste Oven-Roasted Tomatoes 1 pound tomatoes I used small tomatoes from Trader Joes. You can also use grape or medium sizes 2 Tablespoons olive oil start with 2 T and add more…

Simple Share ButtonsBe a Gr8 Friend...Share!
Simple Share Buttons