Gr8 Goes Green!

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Back in 2010, it was time again for Joel and me to host our 12th Great Eight Dinner. First item on the planning agenda is always to decide on a theme. After eleven years of gatherings, no one had yet featured a “color” as a theme. How easy would that be? Hence,

Gr8 Goes Green

We couldn’t think of a better color to incorporate in the invitation, on the table, and of course we included green drinks, green appetizers, green dinner, and a green dessert! And no, we did not serve green eggs and ham but you know we were tempted.

Gr8 goes Green invitation

Because only three invitations need to be delivered, it’s entertaining to assemble something creative to drop on each porch. I had so much fun putting this basket together of fresh green ingredients delegating green dishes for each Gr8 couple to bring.

Super Simple Spinach Balls, the name says it all. Make these, freeze them, then look like the perfect hostess when company arrives!

We started the evening with Joel’s Appletini (apple martini) and several green appetizers. I made spinach balls, a recipe given to me many years ago by my dear friend Karen.

Gr8 goes Green gazpacho

I also served Green Olive Crostinis and Debbie brought Green Gazpacho offering this fresh and healthy cold soup creatively in shot glasses.

Celery and Pear Soup

One of the starters was Celery and Pear Bisque. Although this soup does not have cream in it, the combination of flavors gives it a rich taste and therefore, a small portion was a perfect beginning to our meal.

Spinach Salad with Poppyseed dressing

Jurga treated us to her tasty Spinach Salad with Poppyseed dressing.

Potato Basil Purée and herbed chicken

For the entrée, we served Herbed Chicken on a bed of Collard Greens, Green Beans, and Anna brought a delightful side dish of Potato Basil Puree.

Gr8 goes Green apple pies

What’s a meal without dessert? Well, we topped the evening off with Debbie’s individual green apple pies! Homemade deliciousness!

Gr8 goes Green couples

At the end of the night we were so tired and so full we were turning, you guessed it, GREEN (and growing mustaches?)! Need I say more? Another Gr8 night!

Gr8 goes Green Anna
Don’t sleep during a Gr8 dinner…you never know what will befall you!

Gr8 Goes Green Recipes

Super Simple Spinach Balls
This is a Gr8 make ahead holiday appetizer. Keep some in your freezer for last minute guests.
Gr8 Recipe Here!
Spinach Balls scooped
Green Gazpacho Shots
Whether you choose to serve this Gazpacho in little shot glasses or small bowls, be sure to have a ladle nearby with the extras! A fresh “liquid salad”…they’ll definitely want refills! 
Gr8 Recipe Here!
Gr8 goes Green gazpacho
Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
This spinach salad with poppy seed dressing is not only bursting with flavor but also makes a beautiful presentation with its vibrant and lively colors. 
Gr8 Recipe Here!
Spinach Salad.
Green Beans, Bacon and Onion
The perfect green veggie side dish. Most of the prep can be done ahead of time!
Gr8 Recipe Here!
Green Beans, bacon Ingredients
Ina’s Potato Basil Purée
Adapted from one of our favorites! Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?
Gr8 Recipe Here!
Potato Basil Purée
All American Apple Pie
This is my Aunt Eileen’s apple pie recipe. She was an amazing cook and this will not disappoint! 
Makes one 9″ pie.
Gr8 Recipe Here!
apple pie

sm 4/22/19

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Kyle

3 COMMENTS

  1. Kyle | 21st Apr 16

    Hi Sharon, We did have fun even with a theme as simple as “everything green”. Thank you for being a Gr8 Friend and continue to enjoy all things green 🙂

  2. Sharon | 21st Apr 16

    How fun! I’m reading this as I eat spinach with my green split pea soup. No coincidences in life, is there?

  3. Claudia Kerns | 21st Apr 16

    Fantastic menu!!

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