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Pasta e fagioli

Last year, I published my quick and easy delicious recipe for my Pasta al Pomodoro, which is a staple in our household.   Another simple, delicious Italian recipe that I make regularly at home is Pasta e Fagioli.  Usually I serve pasta as our first course to be followed by salad, a meat dish or cheese, vegetable, and fruit. But this dish is pretty hearty, so I usually serve only a simple tomato and spinach salad as the second course.

(1) Over medium heat, cover the bottom of a medium-sized  pot in extra-virgin olive oil.  (2) Add 5 small whole cherry tomatoes.  (3) Sprinkle in about 2 teaspoons of organic sea salt.  (4)  Add 3-4 cloves of fresh crushed garlic.  (5) Sprinkle in a pinch of fresh rosemary, and squish the cherry tomatoes so they open in the sauce.  (6) Once heated, add one jar or one can of white cannellini beans.  (7) As this heats up, add 2 1/2 can-fulls of scalding hot water.  (8) Allow to boil for approximately 25 minutes, until beans are soft and open.  (9) Add 3/4 package of penne. (10) Cook pasta in the sauce until pasta is done al dente.  (11) Serve with freshly grated white pepper.

Bon appetito!


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Angelberry Organics

Today we are launching the website for Angelberry Organics.  I would tell you more, but I want to pique your interest….


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This morning I was putting together my grocery shopping list. And I was getting excited (maybe I was really hungry, not sure). For awhile, grocery shopping was a challenge, but it’s gotten much better. Paolo loves to be in the front baby carrier and look around the store while I do my shopping. And he has become such a little flirt. (Takes after his papa’.)  He smiles and coos at anyone that will look at him.  I love that he is so social and engaging; this is such a fun age.

As I was putting together my grocery list, I realized that I was really looking forward to my trip to Trader Joe’s today. This got me thinking about my relationship to shopping.  Some days I love it, some days I hate it. But mostly I love it. Shopping can be so much fun.  Especially finding great deals. I get so excited when I come home with an excellent find, who doesn’t?  I can get a shopping high from finding a fabulous deal on onesies for my baby or buying our dog food with a great coupon sent in the mail.  (Lamb and rice Science Diet is the only thing that goes into Sofia’s doggie dish.  Vet’s orders.)  Mostly, I am a frugalista. (What a great word; did Target or TJ Maxx invent that one? I can’t remember.)  But there are a few items that I will never, ever skimp on.  I would rather go without; every woman knows these five item deserve a good splurge.

Face cream. Shiseido is the best, hands down.

Handbags. Italian ones only, thank you.  (Side note, I have not bought a purse in two years….Oh I how miss Italy and their sales and outlets and markets….)

Hairdryers.  I prefer the Paul Mitchell ionic travel size.  It’s half the size of the giant salon one and works just as great. (Did I mention it was HALF the price?)  And it doesn’t sound like a lawnmower.

Along that same vein, I think that one’s stylist is very important.  I hate it when my hair is funky.  (Which happened for the entire first year in California.  My stylist is just now getting things back in order. THANK GOODNESS).  I would love to put up a photo my stylist, but I should probably ask him first.

And, lastly, organic food items.  I try to buy just about everything organic and all-natural. We don’t do much processed food in our house. We don’t even have a microwave.  (Since we got married, actually, we’ve never had one. Or needed/missed it.)  I get a lot from Trader Joe’s, Mother’s Market, and Vons has actually stepped up their selection of USDA organic items.

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