Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Bourbon Honey Glazed Ham

Make your baked ham extra special with a homemade glaze. It takes just 5 minutes to make the glaze for this bourbon honey glazed ham! 

Make your baked ham extra special with a homemade glaze. It takes just 5 minutes to make the glaze for this bourbon honey glazed ham! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

When I think of ham, I think of thin slices of specially cured pork goodness on sandwiches, as part of tapas, or toppings on pizza, but for holidays or special occasions, I don’t always think of preparing a baked ham – I usually make my smoked turkey or pork shoulder. However, as we have traveled around the United States I have been fascinated at the number of families that do prepare and serve baked ham for special meals. I see why, it’s incredibly easy to bake a ham, and the options for flavors and preparation are many.  (more…)

Caramel Latte Marshmallows

A rich caramel swirl rippled perfectly through pillowy coffee flavored marshmallows. These caramel latte marshmallows are coffee-lover gourmet marshmallow perfection, and perfect to make at home.

A rich caramel swirl rippled perfectly through pillowy coffee flavored marshmallows. These caramel latte marshmallows are coffee-lover gourmet marshmallow perfection, and perfect to make at home. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

We have 4 (maybe 5?) different kinds of coffee maker in our house – not one a “traditional” coffee pot or pod coffee maker. Stove top espresso, French press, pour over, travel press mugs, all live in our small “coffee and tea” cupboard nestled between the microwave and refrigerator. A grinder and a few other accessories in there too. We do not play when it comes to coffee in this house.  (more…)

Hot Chocolate Macarons

The weather outside is frightful, but hot chocolate macarons are sure to warm your heart – delightful fireplace burning or not. 

The weather outside is frightful, but hot chocolate macarons are sure to warm your heart - delightful fireplace burning or not.  * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

Hot chocolate and soup are my two favorite cold weather comfort treats. When I see temperatures dropping, I make sure I have ingredients on hand for both hot chocolate from scratch and from a mix, and wait for the perfect chilly evenings to snuggle up on the couch sipping cocoa from a mug. Marshmallows optional. As we discovered last year though, I can get a little over-zealous in the purchase of hot chocolate mix, meaning it finds its way into baked goods. My caramel hot chocolate brownies were such a hit last year, I decided to experiment a bit this year and make hot chocolate macarons!  (more…)

Vegan Red Velvet Cookies

Perfect for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or really any time you need a treat, these soft frosted vegan red velvet cookies are delightful!

Perfect for Christmas, Valentine's Day, or really any time you need a treat, these soft frosted vegan red velvet cookies are delightful! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

Late last January, I read about a challenge called “Veganuary” where one commits to a vegan lifestyle for the month of January. It’s touted as a good way to stick to healthier eating resolutions and try the vegan way of eating. I’m always up for a challenge, and decided to give it a try in February. Why not? I didn’t make the month – it’s incredibly challenging to eat as a soy-limiting vegan when no one else in the house is doing the same – but I did expand our repertoire a bit. I even convinced the Godfather he’ll eat tofu and like it on occasion. And he discovered exactly how many easy vegan meals I sneak into our diet without him even noticing… because vegetables. (more…)

Cuban Pork Shoulder

A traditional Christmas meal in Cuban households, this Cuban pork shoulder recipe is perfect for smaller gatherings! 

A traditional Christmas meal in Cuban households, this Cuban pork shoulder recipe is perfect for smaller gatherings! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

Cuban cuisine is not complete without talking about (and eating) pork. Pork was the centerpiece of many family meals growing up, whether it was a whole hog for Christmas Eve dinner (known as Noche Buena), or a pork shoulder for Easter and most holidays. Enjoying the meal together as a family is the culmination of moments I enjoyed as a kid that led to everyone gathering at the table. (more…)

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