Dana Slatkin

Cauliflower “Risotto” with Green Harissa

cauliflower risotto with green harissa

In the week or so 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. … [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...]

Japanese Vegetable Pancake (Okonomiyaki お好み焼き)

japanese vegetable pancake

During the week, family dinner is mandatory in my house. It’s the one hour in the day when we all slow down, stash our phones away, and tune into each other. There are no excuses: everyone shows up. It’s also the highlight of my day. But like anything worthwhile, weeknight meals take some effort to pull off. So when I recently served a tasty new vegetable dish that was devoured in seconds, I knew I had a keeper. Have you ever heard of Okonomiyaki? Neither had I. The crispy Japanese cabbage pancakes are a street food staple in Japan. Ever since they were rebranded by a couple of enterprising chefs as “Japanese pizza,” Okonomiyaki (which roughly translates to “as you like it, grilled”) have caught on with the gastropub set, appearing … [Read more...]

Fall Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win these prep bowls

As the air turns crisp and days get shorter, out come my roasting pans and soup pots. There’s lots of warm and cozy cooking ahead in the Farmgirl Kitchen! These eye-catching prep bowls come in a rainbow of eight colors, making your mise en place as pretty as it is practical. You’ll find a hundred ways to use them in the kitchen, by the stove, and on the table. 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 winners will be notified by e-mail first week of November. Wishing you a colorful fall filled with all things delicious! … [Read more...]

Honeydew Cucumber Gazpacho

honeydew cucumber gaspacho soup

The other day, my daughter and I caught some girl time, while the boys happily stayed at home, glued to their respective screens. We ended up in Hancock Park, where she attends the same high school I went to. With its stately old homes and charming mom-and-pop stores, it’s a neighborhood I’ve always felt at home in. I remember fantasizing about living there some day…when I became a grown-up. Larchmont Boulevard, the neighborhood’s main drag, where I used to loiter after school with my classmates, is still home to some of my favorite eateries. There’s Chan Dara, for excellent Thai, and Le Petit Greek, which got me hooked on spanakopita in seventh grade. And there’s a new mainstay, Café Gratitude, the all-organic vegan restaurant … [Read more...]