Dana Slatkin

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...]

Late Summer Salad of Nectarine, Tomato, Avocado and Burrata Cheese with Malt Vinaigrette

late summer season salad with nectarine tomato avocad

I know I’ve been talking a lot about fall lately, but here in L.A., there’s still a long stretch of summer left. Sunshine abounds, evenings are still warm, and Labor Day promises clear skies and a postcard-perfect backdrop for picnics and barbeques. With juicy tomatoes and stone fruits lingering on market stands well into next month, I’ll be taking advantage in the kitchen as long as possible. This colorful salad takes inspiration from a summer favorite, the ubiquitous Caprese. But the resemblance ends there. In fact, it’s got me thinking about salads in a totally different light. Most of us are used to putting some greens and veggies in a big bowl, dousing them with dressing, and then tossing the whole lot together. This technique … [Read more...]

Introducing…Cozy Fall Cooking with the Beverly Hills Farmgirl!

Photo credit: Blake Slatkin

The Edible Farmers Market - SOLD OUT Thursday, September 18 10 am – noon Do you love going to your farmers market but have no idea what to cook once you get home? Let the Farmgirl show you how to turn the freshest finds into a weeknight feast! Menu highlights: Still Life in Salad (you’ll never think of salads the same way again); Seared Market Fish with Mushroom Tapenade and Mustard- Caper Herb Sauce; Shredded Zucchini with Scallions, Parmesan and Chile; Ten-Minute Berry Buckwheat Cobbler (whole-grain, gluten-free and refined sugar-free!) $140 per guest 2-hour class includes recipes, lunch, and a donation to a local charity If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please e-mail Dana here.   Fall Vegetarian … [Read more...]

Twelve Farmgirl Finds for Fall

le creuset ceramic mugs

When summer days fade into sweet memories and there’s no turning back, face fall with cool ambition. These tasty finds and trendsetting tricks say, "Full speed ahead!" Click on the name of the item to view more details. 1. Chalky Talk Labels I love the back-to-basics look of these cool black labels for late-summer canning and pre-fall organizing. The assorted set comes with a chalk stick, but I recommend purchasing a chalk pen, which is easier to write with and wipes off clean. 2. Mason Jars Capture summer in these vintage blue glass jars with airtight lids. They’re what I use to organize my pantry staples as well as for making Nectarine Butter, Spicy Tomato Chutney, Nectarine and Apricot Chutney, and Sugar-free … [Read more...]

Baby Potato Salad with Arugula, Pine Nuts, Poached Egg and Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

salad potatoes argula manchego

Much of my summer cooking inspiration comes from my hikes here in the mountains. Just about every day, I trek along rivers, up waterfalls, beside streams and through fields of wild flowers. It’s dreamy, and I pinch myself each time I get to behold such beauty. For those few hours when I’m alone with nature, my mind always seems to wander back to food. On a recent hike up a rocky riverbed, wild leaves poking up towards the sun reminded me of arugula; multi-hued stones morphed into potatoes. On the way home, I stopped at the market and picked up the ingredients for my lunch. I love a potato salad like any good American, but traditional recipes can be heavy and monotone. Add a few interesting goodies to the spuds and they transform into … [Read more...]

Kale Peanut Slaw

kale peanut slaw

Will we ever have our fill of kale? Not me. Like the perfect white tee shirt, kale has transcended the whims of food fashion to become a classic. It pairs well with almost anything. It’s hip. And it’s in season all year. Forget that it’s one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Kale makes me happy. So when the folks at Oprah.com asked me to talk about kale salads, it was an easy “yes.” (You’ve probably noticed, kale fans love to rhapsodize about its virtues.) But I wasn’t prepared to win over a reluctant carnivore, one who happened to be tall, dark and handsome. Hosting the segment, entitled Restaurant-Worthy Kale Salads (to air shortly), was Karamo Brown, all charm and swagger, an alum of MTV’s Real World and self-professed … [Read more...]

Pan-Seared Cauliflower (or Fish, or Chicken) in Mustard, Caper and Herb Sauce

cauliflower with mustard caper sauce

  I get a lot of S.O.S calls this time of year. Kids are home from school, and moms are realizing there's a very long summer of short-order cooking ahead. The conversation goes something like this..."Can you teach my kid to cook? Mine is clueless!" "Sure, what would they like to learn?” "Everything." "Umm...ok, shall we start with the basics?" "Great! Would you mind if I join, too?" Of course, I live to show anyone a few cooking tricks. Eventually, kids need to learn how to nourish themselves, and they’re never too young or old to start. Even if they are still boarding at home, in a dorm room or in sorority (or fraternity) house, the kids who can cook are the ones who eat better and are never without friends! This … [Read more...]

Twelve Farmgirl Finds for Summer

basket

School’s out and sunny days are here to stay for a while. Let the dog days begin! Here are a few of my favorite things for summer: 1. Black Straw Hat You can’t get through summer without a good hat. Here is the one I’m coveting from super-stylin' The Dreslyn… …and the one I’ve already worn to shreds. 2. Groovy shades A year-round essential for us Angelenos, a cool pair of sunglasses can change your look from frump to fresh. This season, I’m all over the ones with mirrored lenses. These lightweight sunnies from Beach Riot have a hipster 70’s vibe – I’ve been wearing them from dawn to dusk! Order them here or pick up a pair at The Beverly Hills Bikini Shop. I'm also loving this white and tortoise pair that … [Read more...]