Dana Slatkin

Five Farmgirl Finds for Mom

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...]

Winter Thanks…and a Giveaway

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

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...]

December Thanks…and a Giveaway

‘Tis the season for gratitude, and I want to take a moment to thank you all for your readership, your kind words, your good company in my kitchen, and your continued inspiration. You are the reason I started this blog almost 6 years ago, and you are what keeps it going! 2014 may be almost over, but there is still time to squeeze in one more giveaway. This beautiful acacia wood salad bowl is the most popular item in The Farmgirl Shop. It’s the perfect size for two or a crowd, shallow enough to showcase any salad and large enough for easy tossing. I use mine nearly every night. For a chance to win, just fill out the form below. You can enter as often as you wish. The winner will be selected at random and notified by e-mail first week … [Read more...]