Dana Slatkin

Caramel Apple Pie Cheesecake (gluten-free; dairy-free or vegan)

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...]

Introducing…Cozy Fall Cooking with the Beverly Hills Farmgirl!

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...]

Farmgirl Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo Credit: Pat Illing

Everyone has a guilty pleasure, something that soothes after a long day or helps ease you into the night ahead. Mine is – er, was -- a certain diet soda with a “cherry” flavor and just enough caffeine to occasionally recharge my battery. But the other night, after seeing a screening of Fed Up, Laurie David’s and Katie Couric’s sobering documentary about our deadly national diet, I 86’d soda from my life for good. I was so moved by the film, I went on a pantry rampage as well, tossing every box of processed food that had found its way onto my shelves. The next day, three ravenous kids came wandering into the pantry looking for snacks. Gone were the breakfast cereals, power bars and chips they usually grabbed before attempting … [Read more...]

Vegan Almond Milk Flan

Almond Milk Flan

Slightly adapted from Chef Lee Gross, M Café My first attempt at flan was an epic fail. It was a few weeks ago, when I was testing the recipe for my Macro Mexican class. Instead of a delicate, silky custard bathed in caramel, mine turned out way too sweet and strangely lumpy. I was pretty sure I never wanted to make flan again. But the recipe came by way of one of my favorite vegan chefs, Lee Gross of M Café (and Gwyneth Paltrow) fame. Plus, Passover and Easter were fast approaching, and I wanted my students to have an elegant dessert for the holidays. I had to persevere. The day before the class, I whipped up a giant batch of flan for my thirty students. That night, I peeked on one of the custards to make sure it was suitable for … [Read more...]

M Café’s Vegan Curried Lentil Soup

M Cafe Lentil Soup

When the folks at M Café first asked me to try their five-day RESET Cleanse, I have to admit, I was a little skeptical. As you probably know, I don’t take well to diets or anything that involves giving up my favorite foods. Relinquish my Manchego? Surrender my sprouted cinnamon toast? Ditch dark chocolate? No thanks. Besides, the word “cleanse” reminded me of my wannabe hippie days at Berkeley. But after getting sicker than I’d ever been last year, I knew I could use a reboot. Maybe I hadn’t been taking good care of my heath after all. Besides, I liked the idea of someone cooking for me for a change. So I signed on, agreeing to a personal consultation with holistic nutritionist Elissa Goodman and five days of macrobiotic … [Read more...]

Cinnamon and Apple Pie

Slightly adapted from Monday Morning Cooking Club(Harper Collins: 2013) Have you heard of the Monday Morning Cooking Club? I hadn’t until a few weeks ago, when one of the founders contacted me about teaching a cooking class together. Her group of six lovely Jewish women had been getting together every week for years, sharing beloved recipes from their bubbies and ancestors while cooking, noshing, and kibitzing in the kitchen. The Club decided to write a cookbook, rich with charming stories and sumptuous photos by Alan Benson. This week, I had the honor of hosting three of the authors for a sold-out class. I cook with guests all the time, but this time was particularly special. You see, the women of Monday Morning Cooking Club live … [Read more...]

Dulce de Leche Pudding

I’ve always marveled at how some people are able to recount stories from their early childhood in great detail. I simply don’t remember much, save for a few snippets that have lingered with the help of old photos. Do you remember anything you did when you were two, or five, or eight? If so, I’d love to hear about it. But one memory that has remained lucid in my mind takes me back to when I was about five years old. It’s a warm evening and I’m listening to a boisterous mariachi band on Olvera Street, licking a cone-shaped lollipop flavored with the colors of the Mexican flag. My mother loved to bring my brother and me to ethnic neighborhoods for a taste of other cultures, and Olvera Street was one of her favorites. Dating back to … [Read more...]

Nigella’s Cinnamon Almond Cake

nigella almond cake

adapted from (Clarkson Potter 2013) Nigellissima, Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes Find Nigella’s original recipe here. Every so often I’ll stumble on a recipe that is just what I needed, exactly when I needed it. This is one of them. Around the time of my birthday last month, one of my friends knew how much I idolize Nigella Lawson, the eloquent and stunning television host of “The Taste” and deservedly successful cookbook author. When Nigella was signing her latest tome, Nigellissima, Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes, at a Williams-Sonoma in Orange County, my friend waited in line for four hours to have her autograph a birthday gift for me. That night, I read my new cookbook cover to cover. I marked dozens of pages with sticky … [Read more...]