appetizers

French Lentil Galettes

by angelika on August 28, 2011

Another success story in my journey through Plenty by Ottolenghi! Lentils are a staple in our house. We eat them in salads and mixed with grains, but I’ve never dressed them up this fancy with a charriot of puff pastry. These galettes would make the perfect dinner party centerpiece. They are beyond delicious, creamy and […]

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Zucchini Feta and Mint Fritters

by angelika on August 20, 2011

Zucchinis are abundant this time of year, and between my CSA and friends with gardens we usually have more zucchini than we know what to do with. You may have also noticed that I am on a savory cake kick. It’s just such a great way to get Little Man to eat vegetables. Well I […]

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Quinoa Cakes with Lemon Dill Sauce

by angelika on August 19, 2011

My mother in law is in town, which is a real treat for me. Not only do the kids adore her, she is a vegetarian and an amazing cook! Do you have any idea how refreshing it is to have a vegetarian house guest? She and I pour over cookbooks drooling and devising which recipes we must […]

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Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Radish Salsa

by angelika on August 1, 2011

In the middle of summer, nothing is better than fresh corn. It is so sweet and succulent. I am a huge fan of fresh corn eaten, well any which way. The funny thing about corn, growing up in the midwest it was abundant, a real staple crop, right? Well my European grandparents were horrified that […]

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Wine and Cheese Party

by angelika on June 25, 2011

I was honored to be asked to attend a summer wine and cheese pairing event hosted by Whole Foods and Simi Winery. The event featured the best summer value wines paired with a lovely cheese selected by the regional cheese buyer. As an avid wine consumer and someone who loves cheese almost as much as […]

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Fava Bean Crostini

by angelika on May 13, 2011

Fava Beans!!! I love Fava beans, really truly love them. It was not a love at first sight kind of love. I had to first get over the Silence of the Lambs association, then I needed some convincing that they were worth all the effort; So I watched Jamie Oliver grow them and use them […]

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Crunchy Chickpeas

by angelika on April 20, 2011

Are you looking for a healthy snack food, maybe to replace chips in your life? Me too. I love potato chips. And fries. My husband says I have a “special relationship” with potato products. Part of this relationship is the inability to do anything other than finish the whole bag. No matter how big it […]

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Socca- Chickpea Crepes

by angelika on April 10, 2011

I was looking through David Lebovitz Sweet Life in Paris again and I came across this recipe for Socca, which is a delicious street food from Nice. It is made from chickpea flour, which is super high in protein, (24 grams per cup), and gluten free to boot. These make the perfect afternoon snack, and […]

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Seven Layer Dip with Homemade Refried Beans

by angelika on March 1, 2011

I made a huge batch of pinto beans in the slow cooker, and they cooked a little long for my taste. I let them go 3 hours on high, but did not get back to them for a while, so I think they sat on warm mode too long. No worries though, it just gave […]

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Black Bean and Goat Cheese Quesadillas

by angelika on January 30, 2011

This has been a week of quick and easy for me. My Dad was in town which usually means a lot of eating out, which is honestly just getting to the doable state with two small kids. It’s so funny how just when the little one is finally ready to go out and be really […]

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Game Day Snacks Part 2

by angelika on January 23, 2011

What goes better with beer and sports than crunchy snacks? Pizza maybe, but you still need the crunch. Especially if the other team pulls ahead, you need to work out your frustration on some poor unsuspecting pretzel or nut. Right? So here are two new recipes I tested today for the big game. Both of […]

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Game Day Snacks

by angelika on January 23, 2011

It’s getting close to game day! We are huge football fans, and our team is in the playoffs tomorrow. We are hosting some family and friends to celebrate the big game, and I decided to try some new finger foods this year. My husband is a chips and onion dip fanatic. The grosser the better, […]

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Vegetable Pakora

by angelika on January 13, 2011

When I was in college I spent some time in India. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Over the months I was there, I met a lot of wonderful Indian families, all eager to share with me the secrets of their cooking. In India cooking is seen as an art form and a […]

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Potato Leek Pizza

by angelika on December 29, 2010

In planning for this year’s holiday party I was looking for a second flat bread to serve on our buffet. Something that would taste as good at room temperature as it does warm. I have been serving my Fig and Gorgonzola Flatbread at every gathering, as it is always a hit, but I was yearning […]

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Pear and Gorgonzola Tart

by angelika on December 27, 2010

I hope everyone had a nice Holiday. We had a lovely time with our immediate family this year, which was perfect after a hectic build up to the break. We are all on vacation this week, and getting ready to start a new year. I have a few last recipes to post that are from […]

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