Italy, Martinis, and Fish Tacos…oh my!

Just in case you missed anything…we had a Gr8 week here at GreatEightFriends.com. Hope you follow us for all of the Fun! Italy, Martinis, and Fish Tacos First we checked out Debbie and Phil’s trip to Cinque Terre, Italy at Bar Ristorante Vulnetia and Ristorante Al Pozzo – beautiful places to stop and refresh after hiking the cliffs. Have you visited? And discovering what to do with tomatoes that are not so fresh anymore is…

Kyle’s Grilled Fish Tacos

When we think of Mexican cooking sometimes we think of heavy cheese dishes. In actuality, much of the cuisine of Mexico is fresh, grilled food: meats and fish and vegetables. Grilled food generally means healthy food. So throw some fish on the grill, mix up a couple batches of salsas, open the bag of chips and invite some friends to join you! Kyle’s Grilled Fish Tacos Ingredients: Vegetable oil for grill 1-2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil…

Herby Garlicky Roasted Tomatoes

How often do you have fresh tomatoes sitting on your counter and one day they’ve suddenly gone ’round the bend and are no longer fit for a salad? Make Roasted Tomatoes! My sweet daughter, Tori, who has had incredible instincts in the kitchen since probably the day she was born, has always thrown the tomatoes in the oven and roasted them. Then, Kyle brought Roasted Tomato and Arugula Salad to our most recent Gr8 Dinner and right…

Donna’s Blueberry Bread Pudding with Maple Whiskey Sauce

Blueberry Bread Pudding Ingredients: 2 cups whole milk 1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons sugar 3 large eggs 2 large egg yolks 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 7 cups egg bread, cubed (You can use French bread, sourdough, or any day old white bread) 10 ounces frozen blueberries (do not thaw) Directions: Preheat oven to 350º F. Butter a 2 quart baking dish. Whisk together milk, 1/2 cup sugar, eggs, egg yolks and vanilla. Place 1/2 of…

Spiced Salad

This salad is a nice presentation and blend of colors and is a great choice for a ladies’ luncheon. Or add a grilled chicken breast for a lovely light supper. Don’t let the Sugar and Spice Pecans put you off of making this. You can substitute Trader Joe’s Spiced Pecans, or this Sugar and Spice Pecan recipe can be made months in advance to use when needed. Print Spiced Salad Recipe adapted from Cooks.com…

Sugar and Spice Pecans

These Sugar and Spice Pecans are perfect for an appetizer, a snack, or on salads. They also make a Gr8 hostess gift. At the holidays keep a batch of these in your pantry in case last minute guests arrive!   Print Sugar and Spice Pecans Author Anna Ingredients 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar 2  Tablespoons packed brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 8 ounces raw…

Gale’s “Never Fails Chocolate Cake”

Never Fails Chocolate Cake Ingredients: Cake 2 cups all purpose flour 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup cocoa 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup vegetable oil 1 cup buttermilk 2 eggs 1 cup hot water Frosting 1/2 cup milk 1/4 pound butter 2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup chocolate chips Directions: Cake Grease 13 x 9 x 2 pan Preheat oven to 350º F In a large bowl…

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