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Blood Orange Vesper Martini

The blood orange vesper martini is a dramatic cocktail inspired by a classic espionage love story. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

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…

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Blog Recipes/ Cakes and Cupcakes/ Desserts and Sweets

Black Forest Cake

Black forest cake is a traditional German torte originating from a bakery in the Black Forest. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

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…

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

Have your cake and a strawberry too! These chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes are two different takes on one classic sweet treat. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

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…

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Blog Recipes/ Side Dishes/ Vegetables

Greek Oven Roasted Vegetables

Simple, fresh flavors are the best way to dress up this colorful Greek oven roasted vegetables dish. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

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…

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Blog Recipes/ Main Dishes/ Soups & Stews

Cuban Red Bean Soup {Potaje Colorado}

The best red bean soup recipe I've ever tried, this Cuban red bean soup - potaje colorado - is a family favorite! The recipe includes instructions for making on the stove top or in an Instant Pot! * GoodieGodmother.com

The best red bean soup recipe I’ve ever tried, this Cuban red bean soup – potaje colorado – is a family favorite!  Of all the recipes I’ve learned from my in-laws, this is one of my favorites. It’s so easy to make, and there’s something so comforting about bean based soups. They’re creamy without dairy, loaded with flavor, and filling in a non-heavy way. Also, Cuban red bean soup is…

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Cakes and Cupcakes/ Desserts and Sweets

Caramel Stuffed S’mores Cupcakes

Caramel stuffed s'mores cupcakes... yes, please! This s'mores cupcake recipe has all the flavors of everyone's favorite fireside treat with an extra delicious surprise inside. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

Caramel stuffed s’mores cupcakes… yes, please! This s’mores cupcake recipe has all the flavors of everyone’s favorite fireside treat with an extra delicious surprise inside. Darlings, these cupcakes are ridiculous good and became an instant favorite. Actually, I can’t even take credit for the idea. I first made caramel stuffed s’mores cupcakes for a baby shower order with my bakery. The hostess was trying to choose cupcakes she thought mama-to-be…

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Decorating Tutorials/ Desserts and Sweets

How to Make Cake Pop Roses

The next level in edible arrangements, learn how to make cake pop roses with this easy to follow video tutorial! * GoodieGodmother.com

The next level in edible arrangements, learn how to make cake pop roses with this easy to follow video tutorial!  Cake pops make people happy. They just look absolutely darling, and food on a stick is always better. One Valentine’s Day, when I still had my home bakery, I decided to offer cake pop roses as a holiday special. I had so much fun making them that when thinking about…

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Blog Recipes/ Main Dishes/ Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry

This easy slow cooker chickpea curry is a perfect, economical vegetarian dinner recipe! Recipe includes notes for making this in the Instant Pot too. * GoodieGodmother.com

This easy slow cooker chickpea curry is a perfect, economical vegetarian dinner recipe!  I am a lazy cook when it comes to feeding myself. Times when the Godfather travels for work, I eat a lot of eggs, oatmeal, salad, and slow cooker dishes. Things that are easy to prepare, and use a minimal number of dishes. Before little ones, I would often make a large slow cooker dish, like this…

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Earl Grey Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting

Why just drink your tea when you can eat it too? This recipe for Earl Grey cupcakes with honey buttercream frosting lets you do just that! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

Why just drink your tea when you can eat it too? This recipe for Earl Grey cupcakes with honey buttercream frosting lets you do just that! We own 3 different kinds of coffee maker in this house (stovetop espresso, French press, and pour over), so you’d think both the Godfather and I are coffee people. Not so. He’s the resident coffee-lover, and I am resident tea hoarder. I do enjoy…

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Blog Recipes/ Main Dishes

Chopped Chicken Rice Bowls

Perfect for an easy, balanced meal, these chopped chicken rice bowls with a tasty curry mustard sauce are always a hit at mealtime! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

Perfect for an easy, balanced meal, these chopped chicken rice bowls with a tasty curry mustard sauce are always a hit at mealtime! When the Godfather and I were undergrads at the university, there was a place near campus that was famous for it’s chopped chicken bowls and pita sandwiches. We ate there a few times, liked the food, and filed away the “healthy chicken rice bowl” idea for after…

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How to Make Monogrammed Sugar Cookies Without A Projector

A little creativity and time are all you need to create monogrammed sugar cookies - even if you don't have a projector! This post and video will show you how to make monogrammed sugar cookies without a projector. * GoodieGodmother.com

A little creativity and time are all you need to create monogrammed sugar cookies – even if you don’t have a projector! This post and video will show you how to make monogrammed sugar cookies without a projector.  Before I got into cookie decorating, I always wondered how cookie artists achieved consistent results over dozens of cookies. In some cases, it’s pure skill. But not everyone is a natural born…

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