Dana Slatkin

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...]

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...]