Dana Slatkin

Spring Cooking Contest

With the promise of warmer weather and fresh possibilities in the kitchen, spring is a perfect time for a little cooking competition! Soon, you’ll find greens galore and fresh herbs abundant. How do you plan to seize spring? To enter the contest, send in your favorite recipe featuring ingredients of the season – from asparagus to arugula, beets to bok choy, rutabagas to rhubarb and scallions to sunchokes! Tell us about you (where you’re from, whom you cook for, and what inspires your cooking) and your recipe in the form below. You have until April 30th and can enter as many times as you wish. All recipes will be acknowledged and tested. The top two winning recipes will be announced on May 1st and may be published here! The … [Read more...]

Fall Cooking Contest

Now that the carefree days of summer are behind us, simple cooking and healthful meals at home can help you get back in the swing. The Farmgirl kitchen is already warming up for the cool months ahead, with lots of simmering soups and roasting vegetables. When I’m facing a jam-packed week, my to-do list always includes a trip to the farmers market. There’s nothing like a stroll through the colorful stalls to jump-start your week and flavor it with the season. What do you cook when the air turns crisp and leaves crinkle underfoot? Do you crave apple desserts, mounds of dark greens, or roasted roots? Farmgirl readers would love to know! To enter the contest, send in your favorite fall recipe, along with a little information about you … [Read more...]

June Cooking Contest

June is a month for feasts as we celebrate our graduates, dads, and the official arrival of summer. The Farmgirl wants you to take time to enjoy lots of leisurely meals with family and friends, not sweat in the kitchen! Salads are colorful and easy summer swag. Assemble your farmers market spoils with just about any cooked grains, beans, nuts and seeds, cheese, leftover grilled vegetables or protein and you’ll be ready for any hungry crowd. Meticulously composed or casually tossed, salads are your ticket to getting meals on the table fast this summer. The Farmgirl wants to know which salads take center stage on your table. All month, we’ll be featuring salads that showcase summer’s finery, and we want to include yours! To enter … [Read more...]

April Cooking Contest

colorful vegetables

This month promises blue skies, warmer weather, and perhaps your first outdoor meal of the year! With Cinco de Mayo coming up, the Farmgirl is having a Mexican moment. I’m loving flavors like smoky chiles, beans in a rainbow of colors, cloud-light Cotija cheese and handmade tortillas. Crowd-pleasing and perfect for easy entertaining, Mexican and Latin flavors put me in the mood for summer. What is your favorite Mexican dish? To enter the contest, send in your recipe, along with a little information about you – where you’re from, what you like to cook, and the source of your cooking inspiration. You have all month and can enter as many times as you wish. All recipes will be acknowledged, tested and tasted. You can enter as many … [Read more...]

Apple Custard Gratin

winning recipe - apple custard

Announcing the winner of our February Cooking Contest! This last contest, in which I asked you to share a recipe for someone you adore, drew the Farmgirl's biggest response ever. There were cupcakes, bread puddings, tarts, chocolate French toast, a very memorable asparagus pesto, dumplings, and even a three-course dinner. I loved hearing your stories and getting to taste your delicious cooking. Thank you to every one of you who entered the contest. It was a very close call! In the end, I chose Hidemi Walsh’s Apple Custard Gratin because of its warm, comforting flavors; simplicity (it took me 10 minutes to prep and 10 minutes in the oven); and originality. It didn't hurt that my kids gobbled up three batches in two days, including … [Read more...]

Farmgirl Winners Circle

farmgirl winners circle

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS! Here are a few of the lucky readers who have won 90210 Farmgirl Cooking Contests and Giveaways. You, too, can win fabulous kitchen gadgets, ceramic pans, beautiful serving pieces, Farmgirl aprons, and more. Enter as many times as you wish!   Sharon Extine (Toledo, Ohio) Blima Spetner (St. Louis, Missouri) Jessica Lane (Tempe, Arizona) Sandie Brown Forsyth (Birmingham, Alabama) Diane Azais (Gaithersburg, Maryland) Angela Smith (Loves Park, Illinois) Courtney Sander (Minneapolis, Minnesota) Mahdi Martin (Kyle, Texas) Jerri Gerard (Newport Beach) Tricia Wehner (Millersville, Maryland) John Brindisi (New York, New York) Deborah Harwood (Cornelius, NC) Jaclyn Reynolds … [Read more...]

February Cooking Contest

chocoloate fondue

Are you in the mood for love? Cooking up some romance this month? Tell us what you’re making, who gets to enjoy it, and why it’s so darned good! This month, the Farmgirl wants to know what you’re cooking for someone you adore…whether it’s a hearty main course for your spouse or a gooey dessert for your children. Around here, we’ll be doing lots of luscious dunking into this. To enter, send in your recipe, along with a little information about you. You have all month and can enter as many times as you wish. All recipes will be acknowledged, tested and tasted. The winner will receive this beautiful, nonstick, eco-friendly ceramic wok (valued at $124) from Mepra. This Italian-made line drew one of our biggest crowds ever … [Read more...]

January Cooking Contest

Winter Salad Cooking Contest Enter Now

The start of a new year is the perfect time to get motivated in the kitchen! Whether you want to cook from scratch more often, incorporate more whole foods into your diet, or add some excitement to your table, the Farmgirl is here to help… Attend one of my group cooking classes Spend a morning in my kitchen cooking a multi-course Farmgirl feast, learning new ways to turn whole foods into scrumptious, family-friendly fare, and shopping in the Farmgirl Store. Round up your own group and book a private class Enjoy a morning or evening with your friends and colleagues cooking, learning and bonding over good food! Become a subscriber to receive new recipes and cooking tips to try at home every week Enter one of my cooking contests Don’t … [Read more...]