Churro Bagels

The perfect balance of cinnamon and sugar takes this breakfast favorite to the fair! Churro bagels are a perfect sweet breakfast treat, and leftovers freeze well for later. 

I didn’t know this, but the Godfather and I grew up bagel snobs! Apparently, it’s what happens when one is raised in an area like South Florida with plenty of ex-New Yorkers who demand decent bagels. When I talk about “decent bagels”, I’m referring to bagels with flavor, a chewy crust, and a soft yet still chewy center, not that round bread with a hole nonsense sold at most chain bakeries. You can imagine the culture shock when we left our South Florida bubble and moved to Georgia. The Godfather mentioned the lack of bagel options to a co-worker and she recommended a freezer brand. He didn’t know how to reply. We momentarily lost hope. (more…)

Creole Shrimp {Camaron Criollo}

A savory Cuban shrimp dish, creole shrimp (or camaron criollo) is a tasty and relatively quick meal to make at home.

A savory Cuban shrimp dish, creole shrimp (or camaron criollo) is a tasty and relatively quick meal to make at home. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

This is another Cuban dish I learned to make by watching my in laws. It actually came to the blog accidentally. My in-laws were visiting, and my father spied some shrimp at the market that he thought looked absolutely fabulous. 30 seconds later, plans to go out that evening changed so we could make creole shrimp at home! My in-laws looked at me and said, “you need to take pictures and put this on the blog”. On a side note, I love how this blog has become a family affair and a way to document “home” recipes. It makes my heart happy to blend food from the Godfather’s family, my family, and new foods we discover together for the site. Good food is meant to be shared, darlings. (more…)

Chocolaty Chocolate Cupcakes

What’s the point of chocolate cake if there’s not chocolate in the batter? Problem solved with these chocolaty chocolate cupcakes! 

What's the point of chocolate cake if there's not chocolate in the batter? Problem solved with these chocolaty chocolate cupcakes!  * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

I’m a big fan of melting chocolate right into cake batter. I like my chocolate cake to taste distinctively of chocolate. The only problem with that is that sometimes, like when baking cupcakes, it doesn’t really result in a domed cupcake. I also like domed cupcakes. So once I realized people were using my perfect chocolate cake recipe as cupcakes and getting flat tops, I set about modifying the recipe to create chocolaty chocolate cupcakes. You can imagine how much a certain small princess liked “testing”.  (more…)

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

A classic sandwich in dessert form, you won’t believe the inspiration story behind these peanut butter and jelly cupcakes. 

A classic sandwich in dessert form, you won't believe the inspiration story behind these delicious peanut butter and jelly cupcakes. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

Let’s take a step back in time, darlings, all the way back to high school (for me). High school was a fun experience. I had a wonderful group of friends, played sports, was in band, all the typical “high school” things. The only thing I didn’t do was date, which now that I look back was a good thing. So when it came time to go to prom, I went with my girlfriends, and my “date” was my friend Sean whom I’ve known since 2nd grade. (more…)

Vegetarian Alphabet Soup

Forget the can and make a childhood classic at home! This vegetarian alphabet soup recipe is easy to follow and definitely qualifies as comfort food!

Forget the can and make a childhood classic at home! This vegetarian alphabet soup recipe is easy to follow and definitely qualifies as comfort food! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

Sometimes, life just falls into place in a funny way at the grocery store. One minute, you’re casually perusing the pasta aisle, and the next, you’re sprinting to the produce section to load up on fresh tomatoes because you *have* to make soup immediately. What happened, you ask? I spied a bag of alphabet pasta! How could I not get excited about alphabet pasta? Even though I actually wasn’t a fan of the canned alphabet soup as a kid, I do love fun pasta shapes, and we all know a homemade alphabet soup is going to be amazing. (more…)

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