Dana Slatkin

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 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) Register Here Back On Track with The Beverly Hills Farmgirl Single Class $140.00 USD Single Class w/ Priority Seating $160.00 USD $140 per guest 2-hour class includes recipes, lunch, and a donation to a worthy local charity Ottolenghi … [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...]

Lentil Mushroom Chili

lentil mushroom chili

Ask any herbivore how they get their protein and, chances are, the answer will be lentils. What chicken is to an omnivore’s diet, lentils are to a meatless one. Nutrient-packed and amenable to endless preparations, lentils can dress a meal up or down. Here in the Farmgirl Kitchen, they are always on hand in a variety of colors (green, brown, orange, black). On Sunday nights, when the fridge has been cleaned out from a busy weekend, they’re a lifesaver. I cook lentils ahead of time -- like grains and quinoa -- in a rice steamer, with a good pinch of salt (contrary to what you’ve heard, salt doesn’t sabotage cooking) and a glug of olive oil or knob of organic butter. Use two parts water or homemade stock to one part lentils. The “brown … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Pie Cheesecake (gluten-free; dairy-free or vegan)

caramel apple cheesecake vegan gluten-free

Being a blogger, I am constantly reminded of what I’m good at and what I’m not. Coming up with new recipes to share each week? Pretty good. Giving you tips and techniques I’ve learned from experience? Not bad (I hope). Taking mouth-watering photos? Not so good. When it comes to photography, let’s just say I’m seriously challenged. It doesn’t help that I’m still stubbornly attached to my Blackberry (but I won’t blame it on my sorry phone camera). Luckily, my kids occasionally step in to help. Here’s another thing I’m not good at: following recipes. In fact, I’m such a tweaker that the other day I found myself blatantly rewriting a recipe…one of my own. While I was searching for the ultimate fall dessert for my … [Read more...]