Dana Slatkin

Roasted Salmon with Pickled Lemon Green Olive Relish

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The Farmgirl Kitchen has been humming this month, with a birthday party for 25, a party for NBC Universal execs, and lots of new recipe testing every day. It’s just how I like my kitchen -- warmed with delicious aromas and filled with good company. I love when my students share with me what they’ve been craving, inspiring me with fresh ideas and surprise tastes. To celebrate her birthday, one of my favorite Farmgirl regulars suggested I teach her friends how to make preserved lemons. I bought a couple different jars at a neighborhood gourmet shop and got to tasting. But the store-bought lemons had an off flavor to me, and I couldn’t find a way around the overpowering salt. So I flipped through some of my cookbooks for a homemade version, … [Read more...]

Cozy Winter Minestrone with Ravioli

minestrone soup

Welcome back to reality! How is your 2015 going so far? I hope you’re all feeling rejuvenated from the holidays as I am. Predictably, my blissful downtime vaporized as soon as the kids started school again. But I’m happy to be back home. I really did miss you. My family spent a quiet week in a heavenly small town, surrounded by silent snow, frozen trees and empty trails. Our days were long; our nights were peaceful. We lit a lot of fires, played cards, and cooked almost every meal together. This soup, inspired by a version we slurped up during a long layover at the Denver Airport, was frequently on our menu. Hearty, loaded with wholesome vegetables, and totally restorative, it was just the winter solace we all craved. Though I made … [Read more...]

It’s A Delicious New Year in the Farmgirl Kitchen!

delicious seasonal food

Back On Track with The Beverly Hills Farmgirl Thursday, January 22 10 am -12 noon Once the season of indulgence is over, it’s time to start from scratch…cooking, that is! Jumpstart your New Year with some delicious, crowd-pleasing cooking, Farmgirl-style. Menu: Hearty Winter Minestrone Soup Vegan Caesar Salad with Garbanzo Croutons Simple Seared Sole Roulade Quinoa Mushroom Risotto Chocolate Banana Almond Cake with Dark Chocolate Glaze (gluten-free, refined sugar-free) SOLD OUT - To join the waitlist, please e-mail Dana here: (dana@danaslatkin.com) $140 per guest 2-hour class includes recipes, lunch, and a donation to a worthy local charity Ottolenghi Crushing with The Beverly Hills Farmgirl Thursday, February … [Read more...]

December Thanks…and a Giveaway

enter to win this wooden acacia salad bowl

‘Tis the season for gratitude, and I want to take a moment to thank you all for your readership, your kind words, your good company in my kitchen, and your continued inspiration. You are the reason I started this blog almost 6 years ago, and you are what keeps it going! 2014 may be almost over, but there is still time to squeeze in one more giveaway. This beautiful acacia wood salad bowl is the most popular item in The Farmgirl Shop. It’s the perfect size for two or a crowd, shallow enough to showcase any salad and large enough for easy tossing. I use mine nearly every night. For a chance to win, just fill out the form below. You can enter as often as you wish. The winner will be selected at random and notified by e-mail first week … [Read more...]

Farmgirl 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

personalized labels

Every year I vow to get an early start on holiday shopping…only to find myself fighting traffic and crowds at the last minute. So this year I really mean it. In case you do, too, here are some of my favorite goodies that you can buy in your pajamas. What are your best finds? Farmgirl readers would love to know!      1. Yuzu Juice and Vanilla Paste are my ingredient crushes of the year. Type them into my Search box and you'll find a number of recipes in which they really sing. For a thoughtful foodie gift, tuck them into a versatile indigo bamboo bowl along with my top two cookbooks of the year, Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty More and Zoe Nathan’s Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes From Our Kitchen. 2. … [Read more...]

Cauliflower “Risotto” with Green Harissa

cauliflower risotto with green harissa

In the days before Thanksgiving, everyone’s talking turkey. Cooking blogs are buzzing about how to brine, stuff, and cook the bird for the epic feast. Stores want to sell us brand new roasters, thermometers and deep fryers. And despite all the hours we’ll put into preparing the rest of the meal, the turkey -- in all its stuffed and golden glory -- is the trophy, the emblem of our culinary prowess, the centerpiece of abundance and togetherness. Or not. Personally, I don’t do turkey. Ever since I made my first homemade pinecone/glitter gobbler in kindergarten, I remember deciding never to eat the bird again. In cooking school, I dreaded this time of year, when we had to prepare hundreds of turkeys for faculty and fellow students. Once … [Read more...]

Finnbarr’s Kale and Artichoke Dip

kale artichoke dip

I’ve never lived in Ireland, but if I did, I would probably hang out at my neighborhood pub all the time. There’s something so magnetic about that cozy, familiar space right around the corner, the one where they know you by name, the menu always speaks to your appetite, and there’s someone there to welcome you with a smile every day of the week. But closer to home, nestled by the mountains in Aspen, Colorado, there’s an Irish pub that fits my fantasy. It’s named after St. Finnbarr, the fair-haired patron saint of Cork, and it turns out some of the best pub fare (translation: comfort food) I can imagine. This delicious twist on a classic duo is the most addictive concoction ever. The last time I polished off a whole batch myself, … [Read more...]

November Giveaway

Aroma Rice Cooker - Enter to Win!

The Aroma Rice Cooker is a Farmgirl life saver. Why? It cooks perfect rice, quinoa, couscous, orzo, kasha, farro, and even lentils…while you are busy doing other things. It’s a necessity for kitchens of all sizes and dorm rooms, too. The Farmgirl wants you to win this compact 6-cup steamer from her friends at RiceSelect, the folks who not only make rice steamers but also bring a long list of organic and exotic grains to your nearby supermarket. To enter, just fill out the form below. You can enter as often as you wish. For an extra chance to win, refer a friend! The winner will be notified by e-mail on the first week on December. Congratulations to the winner of the Fall Giveaway. Angela Smith of Loves Park, Illinois has won an … [Read more...]