appetizers

Garlic and Parmesan Roasted Chickpeas

by angelika on February 7, 2013

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Roasted chickpeas are my new go to snack food. They are packed with protein and really fulfill the chip craving that comes over me from time to time. They are so versatile you can flavor them with almost anything. Today I went with garlic and parmesan. They make the perfect finger food, and a great […]

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Winter Pesto

by angelika on December 8, 2012

Basil isn’t as fresh an plentiful this time of year, but it’s no matter to me. I really prefer this arugula based pesto any time of year. Arugula is packed with nutrients that basil just can hold a candle to. It might actually be my favorite food. It’s on my top 5 list for sure. This pesto […]

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Cauliflower Cheddar Fritters

by angelika on June 22, 2012

Fritters are my go to weeknight meal when I want to feed my kids something healthy in no time flat. I have found that even the most rejected vegetables are often if not beloved, at least sampled, when in a pancake. (Although I will say that Q has tried to insist that they all really need syrup.) […]

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Sometimes you stumble upon a recipe that just makes your life better. It could be a cake, or a delicious soup that hits all your favorite flavors; it could be the perfect spot for cheese fries. (yes, I come from the midwest) Well this apptezier really does it for me. So much so that I […]

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Roasted Grape and Goat Cheese Pizza

by angelika on May 28, 2012

I have some news. First- my oven after being on strike for two months- is fixed! Which means I can bake again!!! If you hang out with us on Facebook you saw that I celebrated the return of my oven by baking a 3 layer blueberry lemon cake with the most delicious lemon swiss meringue buttercream you […]

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I love to eat in the spring. The abundance is almost overwhelming. Every trip to the market brings more and more possibilities. This week I found packaged pea greens, and that led me to this delicious light supper. Socca, a thin chickpea crepe which is a favorite street food in the south of France, is […]

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Truffled White Bean Hummus

by angelika on April 8, 2012

This is a quick and easy recipe (once you cook the beans) that makes the most delicious variation on hummus. Traditional hummus is made from chickpeas/ garbanzo beans. This dip is made from the light and creamy cannellini bean. Cooking the beans with garlic and onion preseasons them, and makes the dip come together with only 2 additional ingredients. […]

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Fig and Gorgonzola Puff Pastry Pinwheels

by angelika on January 8, 2012

This is a new favorite in my appetizer arsenal. If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you know that this combination comes up a lot. I think one of my most popular posts is the fig and gorgonzola flatbread. I make it at almost every party I have, and I’ve been […]

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Fig and Goat Cheese Pinwheels

by angelika on January 5, 2012

I am in love. Again. With the combination of fig and goat cheese, but you knew that right? When I saw a holiday recipe posted for fig, goat cheese and walnut pinwheels, I knew this recipe was for me. I made them for our Solstice party… the first time. I have taken to making them a […]

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Stuffed Dates

by angelika on December 30, 2011

Yesterday I was looking through my photos and realized I had several recipes I forgot to post! These stuffed dates are one of my favorite new party foods. They are so easy to make, the dates are filled with goat cheese and then baked; the flavors remind me so much of my time in the […]

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Kalamata Olive and Feta Pinwheels

by angelika on November 22, 2011

Puff pastry appetizers are my favorite. Not only because of the rich and flaky buttery layers, but also because they are so easy to make ahead of time. As someone who likes to entertain, I know just how hectic the day before and morning of can be. Having a delicious go to appetizer that I […]

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Carrot Dip

by angelika on November 16, 2011

Dips are a mainstay in our home. The kids love the process of dipping anything, and I love the fact that they eat things like raw vegetables and whole grain crackers with their dips. I have one picky eater and one who will eat anything. My picky eater tries to shun vegetables. (so don’t go […]

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Autumn Rolls

by angelika on November 2, 2011

The weather turned, but not much in these parts. We have colored leaves and chilly nights, but some warmer daytime weather. I had a bit of a split personality moment. On the one hand, I yearned for the warm and creamy flavors of roasted squash, on the other hand I wanted a light grab and […]

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Pretzel Sticks and Cheddar Sauce

by angelika on October 15, 2011

I come from Chicago, the land of cheese fries, and hot pretzels. When I first moved to California I was shocked that cheese fries just weren’t a “thing” here. Hot pretzels you can find in a any mall, and they often come with a nasty cheese dipping sauce, or cream cheese. Neither really did it […]

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Green Pancakes with Lime Butter

by angelika on September 7, 2011

I’m back on my pancake for dinner kick! Thanks to Ottolenghi they have taken a turn towards magnifient. This is my favorite recipe I have tried from Plenty. The lime butter takes it over the edge in my book. Lime, chili and cilantro…. need I say more? Add to that 8 cups of spinach and […]

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