Dana Slatkin

There’s Lots More Good Cooking in the Farmgirl Kitchen!

Malibu Farm Cafe

Malibu Farm Café Chef Helene Henderson Joins The Beverly Hills Farmgirl Thursday, March 12 10 am -12 noon Swedish-born, über-fit and radiantly youthful Helene Henderson is leading the new wave of beach chic from her charming café at the end of the Malibu Pier. Watch her prepare some of her most popular dishes and have her sign your copy of her beautiful new cookbook! Menu Highlights: Broccoli-Potato Soup Cauliflower Lavosh Pizza Grainy Mustard Salmon Vegan Vanilla Almond Chia Seed Pudding $140/$160 per guest 2-hour class includes recipes, lunch, and a donation to a worthy local charity SORRY, CLASS IS SOLD OUT If you would like to be added to the waitlist for this class, please e-mail Dana here.   Give … [Read more...]

Winter Thanks…and a Giveaway

la tourangelli oils

The chilliest weeks of the year call for daily doses of gratitude! This month, I’m especially thankful for…a bouquet of wildflowers and handmade cards on my birthday (Valentine’s day), SoCal sunshine, eager pink blooms on my magnolia tree, and lots of enthusiastic new students in the Farmgirl Kitchen. Speaking of gratitude, props to my new friends at La Tourangelle for sending me a bountiful care package of cooking oils. The 10-year-old artisan producer makes some of the purest nut and seed oils on the market. Their California-grown Avocado Oil was already a mainstay of my cooking – especially for salads, frying and searing. But after tasting their Roasted Walnut Oil on a salad and making Okonomiyaki with their Stir-Fry Oil, I’m … [Read more...]

Ten Farmgirl Finds for Spring

element snacks

I know it feels like 2015 has just begun, but I’m so ready for spring! After some hideous world news darkened the past month and my friends on the East Coast are still getting pummeled with rotten weather, spring promises some much-needed positivity. The thought of tulips, asparagus, crop tops and color gets me going! Here are a few things to help bring on brighter days… 1. Smashbox O-Glow Intuitive Cheek Color This cheek color miraculously goes on clear and then activates with your skin to give you the perfect, personalized flush. I’m hooked. 2. TheBu Kombucha Tea When I received four cases of kombucha tea from TheBu, delivered to my doorstep by a gal whose skin was so luminous she was glowing, I ditched my skepticism … [Read more...]

Roasted Kale Sprouts with Lemon Porcini “Cream”

kale spouts with porcini cream

When I have a crush, I’m not shy about broadcasting it. If you’ve stopped by here in the past, you’ve likely witnessed my obsession with coconut, my affection for avocado oil, my passion for vanilla paste and my lust for everything Yotam Ottolenghi does. In fact, my cooking crushing often becomes the topic of a class, where I've been known to riff on recent affairs of my appetite (Paris, Positano, and next month, Ottolenghi). Introducing my latest infatuation....kale sprouts (also known as Kalettes; sometimes cleverly marketed as Lollipop Sprouts). I first fell in love when I sampled them at a favorite neighborhood hotspot, Laurel Hardware. They were crisply roasted, unabashedly charred, tossed in a creamy sauce and sprinkled with … [Read more...]

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...]