Dana Slatkin

Five Farmgirl Finds for Mom

dish towels say cheese

What do you get the mom who wants “nothing but your love?” Let’s face it, though she may never ask for anything, any mom would appreciate a small token of thoughtfulness. These fun finds make life just a little sweeter, fresher, and more stylish. Here are my top gift picks for Mother’s Day or any day:   1. Giant Ice Cube Maker A single, elegant cube of ice captivates in cocktails or cold beverages, without watering them down. This BPA-free silicone tray pops out six giant cubes in a snap. In my last class, we floated fresh mint leaves, raspberries and lime slices inside. Also handy for freezing pesto, baby food, and broth. My new favorite gift for hostesses, brides and moms-to-be. Under $10 plus shipping.   2. … [Read more...]

Cacio e Pepe (Salt and Pepper) Oatmeal

savory oatmeal

You’ve probably noticed I’ve been offline for a spell. I took a much-needed break to celebrate a milestone birthday for my husband, which he wanted to spend traveling with our family. While in London, walking along Bermondsey Street, an urban-cool corner of East London where hipster coffee shops share the sidewalk with superb Italian restaurants and the cutting-edge White Cube Gallery, I had a revelation. As most of you know, I started this blog in 2009, just after my cookbook, Summertime Anytime (Clarkson Potter, 2008), was published. With a newborn and two adolescents under my roof, I was hungering for connectivity. I wrote about what I was cooking, eating, and craving. You shared my adventures at the farmers market and in the kitchen. … [Read more...]

Kamut Pasta with Vegan Roasted Broccoli Lemon Pesto, White Beans and Balsamic Syrup

vegan pasta

My first trip to Las Vegas was in college, a weekend bender with my dorm buddies. The city was unlike any I’d ever experienced, and being a save-the-world student from UC Berkeley, I was simultaneously dazzled and depressed. Back then, Vegas dining meant over-the-top buffets, mediocre corporate restaurants, and greasy fast food. But for a vegetarian like me, the most exciting option was a soulless hotel salad bar. My friends and I took in three days of shows, glitz and hotel-hopping. But I couldn’t wait to get back to my humble Bay Area hamlet, where I detoxed on brown rice and beans for a week. Many years later, with two young children and a baby at home, my husband and I escaped to The Wynn for one night of marriage maintenance. … [Read more...]

Goat Cheese Lavash Pizza with Cauliflower

Cauliflower Pizza

When I was writing my cookbook Summertime Anytime, I spent a lot of time sitting on the beach in Santa Monica, soaking up the salty air, cool breezes, and kinetic parade of boardwalk activity. I found it endlessly fascinating. From my chair on the sand, the sunlight seemed to change the seascape minute by minute, and each morning the chill in the air felt different – sometimes cool and refreshing, sometimes heavy and disconcerting. I remember feeling especially reflective one bright winter day that year. The sun was high, encircled by a celestial ring. There were bikers and even some sunbathers taking advantage of the unusually warm March climate. As I sat sipping a latte, I scribbled in my notebook: “The only imperative of a sunny day … [Read more...]

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...]