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Lavender Macarons

by angelika on July 29, 2012

I made a rainbow of macarons for our rainbow party, and of all the flavors the lavender was by far my favorite. I’ve never cooked with lavender before, even though I grow it all over my yard. I went out and bought culinary lavender, not being sure what the difference was, and not wanting to […]


Tamale Pie

by angelika on July 3, 2012

Tamale pie is my ultimate pantry meal. I’ve been making this for as long as I can remember. We have our share of taco nights, which are just as easy to put together, but not always as healthy and hearty. Tamale pie on the other hand, can be loaded with veggies in a way taco’s don’t aways withstand. It’s […]


Grilled Asparagus with Truffle Buuter

by angelika on June 29, 2012

Grilling is one of the fastes ways to prepare vegetables, and maybe my favorite. I love the flavor that a grill imparts on vegetable, even an indoor one. Grilling gives a nice smoky undertone, which is set off fabulously by my favorite salt, fume de sel. Other girls collect purses, me? I collect salt. Fume […]


Avocado, Fava Bean and Quinoa Salad

by angelika on June 4, 2012

Grain salads offer a nice change to the every day green salad; I actually prefer quinoa cold or room temperature. I just adore how this grain soaks up flavors while still holding its texture. Since quinoa packs such a substantial protein punch, it makes an ideal lunch or light supper.  Combine the quinoa with fava […]


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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Asparagus Brie Risotto

by angelika on May 11, 2012

Oh yes I did! I thought to myself, I wonder if the Italians and the French get along. You know, food wise. Risotto is a favorite in our house, and truthfully so is brie. However, I’ve never before tried to combine the two. Well boy was I missing out. Brie makes the creamiest most decadent risotto you have ever […]


If you took one look at the title of this recipe and thought, yes please!, then we must be related. When I made this salad, I felt as if I had died and gone to salad heaven. The funny thing is, this salad was born from frustration. Mr. Fabulous brought home the groceries from his […]


Potatoes in a Spinach Sauce

by angelika on April 27, 2012

If you have toddlers or small kids, you know how satisfying it is to see your kids devour a meal that is rich in dark leafy greens, or vegetables that kids are not often associated with. I’ve said before that I have one adventurous eater, and one picky one. Finding ways to balance the diet […]


Asparagus Goat Cheese Pasta

by angelika on April 21, 2012

Another Fast and Fabulous weeknight meal. I set a timer for this one. The entire meal was on the table in 30 minutes, and that included boiling the water! Asparagus is just starting to show up at our markets, and to me this signifies spring just as much as the blossoms on my apple trees, […]


Cauliflower Leek Soup

by angelika on April 13, 2012

It’s been cold and rainy here for several weeks, and cold and rainy goes hand in hand with soup in my book. When I was waiting at a doctor’s office I was paging through a book that was (and I can’t remember the name of the book) about how to eat your way to a […]

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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. […]


Black Beans and Quinoa

by angelika on March 29, 2012

I love bean and grain dinners. They are so hearty and filling, and the perfect backdrop for all kinds of yummy vegetables. You can really turn them into anything, just by altering the flavor of the sauce or dressing. We eat a lot of lentils and quinoa, but black beans add a nice southwestern flair. In this medley, […]


Saffron Risotto

by angelika on March 7, 2012

It was a risotto kind of night, and I decided to make the most traditional risotto of all. Saffron risotto. I love the warm golden color saffron imparts, it reminds me of the robes monks wore in India. The flavor is subtle but exotic, earthy and almost floral at the same time. If you have […]

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Sweet Potato Polenta

by angelika on January 25, 2012

As promised, the ideal side for my last post of black eyed peas and braised kale, sweet potato polenta. What I love about this particular rendition of polenta is that it is made with broth, and not cream and milk. The polenta is lighter, healthier, and vegan. (if you don’t finish it with butter, which I did) […]


Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnuts

by angelika on November 9, 2011

I think Brussels Sprouts get a bad rap. They are incredibly delicious, provided you prepare them well. They are also part of the cruciferous vegetable family, which are loaded with anti-cancer compounds. My personal favorite way to eat Brussels sprouts is to roast them, I find that they get a really nutty flavor. In this […]