The blood orange vesper martini is a dramatic cocktail inspired by a classic espionage love story.
When it comes to this time of year and the focus on all things pink, red, and love, I think of James Bond. I know,how romantic, but follow me here. If you put his vices and tendency to get himself into dangerous situations aside, James Bond exhibits qualities one would find really attractive: he’s a sharp dresser, exudes confidence, is witty, and has an uncanny sense of knowing exactly what to do in any given situation. Despite his reputation as a womanizer, James Bond is also a man who knows how to fall in love, and that is the inspiration for this drink. I take you to the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, and the story of the Vesper martini. (more…)
Black forest cake is a traditional German torte originating from a bakery in the Black Forest. This recipe is a more chocolate-rich version of the original.
I developed a whole new appreciation for the original fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm last year on our trip to Germany. We drove through part of the Black Forest – the setting for many of the tales. It’s absolutely gorgeous, but a dense forest is not someplace I’d want to be alone after reading the tales! You know what I mean if you’ve read the original and not just watched the Disney movies. On our drive, we stopped in Triberg to hike a waterfall and try Black Forest Cake since that’s where the cake was originally created. No vacation is complete without a little dessert tasting, am I right? Besides, I wanted to know how “real” Black Forest cake tasted. (more…)
Have your cake and a strawberry too! These chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes are two different takes on one classic sweet treat.
Darlings, it’s time for another episode of “random Godmother food confessions”. When it comes to strawberries mixed with other flavors, I’ll take strawberries with cream any day over a chocolate covered strawberry. This makes me a minority I’m sure, especially since I do like both strawberries and chocolate and really love dipping strawberries in chocolate. For some reason, this has always concerned me. While contemplating this conundrum one day, these cupcakes popped into my head, and one bite in, I knew this was my solution! (more…)
This honey chicken is a fun takeout copycat recipe to make when you’d like a takeout fix but don’t actually want to order out.
Let me start by saying this isn’t a quick recipe. It takes a little time to make and is probably best left for a weekend or an evening where you come home a little early. The Godfather and I have made it a few times over the years always for some sort of “occasion”, and it’s always incredibly well received. As a bonus, it’s a wonderful way to satisfy a Chinese food takeout craving without actually leaving the house, and you control the ingredients. (more…)
Simple, fresh flavors are the best way to dress up this colorful Greek oven roasted vegetables dish.
When it comes to vegetables, I appreciate simplicity. It’s not that more complex dishes aren’t fun, but for everyday, simple is best. When the weather gets cooler outside, I like to make oven roasted vegetables because it’s easy, and roasting lends itself well to most in-season winter veggies. It’s fun to change things up occasionally though, and that’s just what this Greek oven roasted vegetables recipe does. (more…)