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Appetizers & Party Snacks

  • With a rich, mellow garlic flavor, black garlic makes a fantastic addition to hummus. Enjoy black garlic hummus in just a few minutes as a tasty snack! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

    Black Garlic Hummus

    With a rich, mellow garlic flavor, black garlic makes a fantastic addition to hummus. It’s easy to make black garlic hummus in just a few minutes as a healthy snack or appetizer!  You’re probably wondering what black garlic is and why we’re using something that looks burnt in hummus. While this Wikipedia article can help […] Read more…

  • Slow cooker guava glazed meatballs is a great dish to serve at parties! This recipe is a unique spin on traditional slow cooker meatball recipes. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

    Slow Cooker Guava Glazed Meatballs

    Slow cooker guava glazed meatballs is a great dish to serve at parties! This recipe is a unique spin on traditional slow cooker meatball recipes.  The first time I truly understood the power of the slow cooker meatball as a powerhouse appetizer was at my baby sister’s rehearsal dinner. To keep costs down, they opted to […] Read more…

Beverages

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

    Blood Orange Vesper Martini

    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 […] Read more…

  • A perfect drink for cool evenings and changing seasons, the Bourbon Maple Leaf cocktail is great for sipping alone or pairing with cool weather comfort food. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

    Bourbon Maple Leaf Cocktail

    A perfect drink for cool evenings and changing seasons, the Bourbon Maple Leaf cocktail is great for sipping alone or pairing with cool weather comfort food.  Bourbon is one of my favorite spirits. This is strange for someone originally from Florida, where depending on which side of Lake Okeechobee you live it’s a toss-up between […] Read more…

Salads

  • Tarragon chicken salad - this easy chicken salad recipe makes a perfect filling for sandwiches, or a great snack served with crackers! * GoodieGodmother.com

    Tarragon Chicken Salad

    A classic for everything from sandwiches to entertaining, tarragon chicken salad is perfect for the golf course, a lunch box, or served in mini at a holiday soiree.  I’d like to start off by saying how much I love the word soiree. Expect to see it slightly overused as the holidays approach and I delve […] Read more…

  • Fresh flavors shine in this Mexican Cobb Salad with a jalapeno basil vinaigrette! #ad #VidaAguacate * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

    Mexican Cobb Salad

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #VidaAguacate #CollectiveBias I make it no secret that I really really really love avocados, and I’ve even referred to avocados as a “lifestyle”. So naturally, when I came across the Vida Aguacate website, I was super excited. So […] Read more…

Soups & Stews

  • 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

    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!  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, […] Read more…

  • The key to amazing chili is starting with great ingredients and layering the flavors just right! My jalapeno chili recipe is easy to follow, makes a ton (great for crowds), and freezes well for later. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

    Jalapeno Chili

    The key to amazing chili is starting with great ingredients and layering the flavors just right! My jalapeno chili recipe is easy to follow, makes a ton (great for crowds), and freezes well for later. This summer was an important one in terms of gardening for me. I learned that I cannot grow zucchini in […] Read more…

Breads

  • 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. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

    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 […] Read more…

  • Gluten free and refined sugar free, this paleo banana bread still feels indulgent. With a great texture, it's a tasty breakfast treat or snack. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

    Paleo Banana Bread

    Gluten free and refined sugar free, this paleo banana bread still feels indulgent. With a great texture, it’s a tasty breakfast treat or snack.  I keep one and a half lists of recipe ideas at any given time. One and a half at the moment, but I’m slowly merging the two for simplicity’s sake. “Merging” the […] Read more…

Breakfast & Brunch

  • 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. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

    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 […] Read more…

  • With fiber, protein, & seasonal fruit, one of our favorite make-ahead winter breakfasts or snacks is this pomegranate vanilla chia seed pudding parfait! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

    Pomegranate Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding Parfait

    Pomegranates are a gorgeous winter fruit to enjoy in all sorts of recipes! One of my favorite easy breakfasts or snacks is this pomegranate vanilla chia seed pudding parfait. I’ve always loved pomegranates. As a kid, I thought it was so much fun to open the fruit and pick out the seeds one by one. […] Read more…

Main Dishes

  • 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. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

    Honey Chicken

    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 […] Read more…

  • 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

    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!  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, […] Read more…

Sides

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

    Greek Oven Roasted Vegetables

    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, […] Read more…

  • Crispy edges, a creamy center, cheese, and Ranch dressing - this Ranch Hasselback Potato Casserole is a fabulous side dish for potato lovers! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

    Ranch Hasselback Potato Casserole

    Somewhere between potatoes au gratin and the Hasselback potato, this ranch Hasselback potato casserole is a tasty side dish with everything you love about both dishes. Crispy potato edges and a creamy, cheesy sauce. The NYT Food section sends me on “I must make this!” cooking tangents more often than I should admit. Like last […] Read more…

Desserts

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

    Black Forest Cake

    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 […] Read more…

  • 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

    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.  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 […] Read more…

Business Tips

  • An important lesson for bloggers in contracts and content copyright when working with sponsored networks. * GoodieGodmother.com

    A Lesson in Contracts and Content Copyright

    Darlings, this post is for my fellow content creators, and inspired by a lesson recently learned by a friend and fellow blogger regarding her experience with sponsored post broker and media company, Social Fabric/Collective Bias. Grab a cuppa and let’s chat a moment about the importance of reading *all* contracts and rights to content. As […] Read more…

  • A Lesson in Value

    Updated 20 January 2015 after an observation from my sister and an e-mail from a Chobani representative.  UPDATE: My sister pointed out to me that they did pin my post to one of their Pinterest boards, so there was a share.  A representative from Chobani e-mailed me about this article and my experience with the […] Read more…