In addition to John's fabulous contributions (see below), this gives me a chance to pull out my favorite cookie recipe in the world! I found this recipe on David Lebovitz' blog and it's from Alice Waters at Chez Panisse (which probably means more to the folks from California).
I typically make them when we're out at the cabin to serve with home-made ice cream. Every time I have made and served them, someone has asked me for the recipe. Last month, I found the guests had raided the kitchen in the morning and eaten the left overs from the previous night before I even got the first pot of coffee on! They are pretty simple to make, and I find the more spices I throw at them the more I like them.
John made a fabulous cheese, pepper and egg tart for an appetizer
So some good people, good wine and good food. I think it's going to be a great weekend ;-).
All the best