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...]

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...]

Farmgirl 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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Every year I vow to get an early start on holiday shopping…only to find myself fighting traffic and crowds at the last minute. So this year I really mean it. In case you do, too, here are some of my favorite goodies that you can buy in your pajamas. What are your best finds? Farmgirl readers would love to know!      1. Yuzu Juice and Vanilla Paste are my ingredient crushes of the year. Type them into my Search box and you'll find a number of recipes in which they really sing. For a thoughtful foodie gift, tuck them into a versatile indigo bamboo bowl along with my top two cookbooks of the year, Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty More and Zoe Nathan’s Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes From Our Kitchen. 2. … [Read more...]

Twelve Farmgirl Finds for Fall

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...]

Twelve Farmgirl Finds for Summer

School’s out and sunny days are here to stay for a while. Let the dog days begin! Here are a few of my favorite things for summer: 1. Black Straw Hat You can’t get through summer without a good hat. Here is the one I’m coveting from super-stylin' The Dreslyn… …and the one I’ve already worn to shreds. 2. Groovy shades A year-round essential for us Angelenos, a cool pair of sunglasses can change your look from frump to fresh. This season, I’m all over the ones with mirrored lenses. These lightweight sunnies from Beach Riot have a hipster 70’s vibe – I’ve been wearing them from dawn to dusk! Order them here or pick up a pair at The Beverly Hills Bikini Shop. I'm also loving this white and tortoise pair that … [Read more...]

Ten Farmgirl Finds for Spring

If you’re noticing sunnier days, cheerful daffodils and tulips, and copious displays of ramps and asparagus, it’s spring all right. Pull out your salad recipes, your tee shirts, and your shades. It’s time to get fresh. On a sunny spring day, I love to grab my reusable bags and head to my neighborhood farmers market (if yours is not open yet, hit the produce aisle at your supermarket). The array of fresh vegetables and fruits always inspires me both in and outside the kitchen. On my menus, soups and stews make way for salads and easy pastas. I trade dark colors for pastels and ditch heavy makeup. There’s nothing like the promise of sunshine to put some spring in your step and in your kitchen! Here are a few of my favorite spring … [Read more...]

Ten Farmgirl Finds for Valentine’s Day

It’s hard not to love Valentine’s Day. But when did it become as material as Christmas? Do you really need to go out and buy another swoon-worthy present for your soulmate? Or load up the kids with more toys? I say it’s a perfect holiday to spend in the kitchen, making a meal from the heart. Tell your Valentines how much you love them on paper. Give out plenty of hugs. Then treat yourself instead. And don’t forget to kiss the cook! Here are a few goodies on my wish list….(if you want more info, click on the name) 1. Polaroid Instant Print Camera with 5 packs of film Definitely on top of my most wanted list! This retro camera may keep my photo albums from extinction. It comes in a rainbow of colors, but the cherry red … [Read more...]

Ten Farmgirl Finds for Fall

Nothing beats the crisp air, gorgeous colors, and delicious flavors of fall. But a few things come close! Here are a few of my favorite things to help get you psyched for the season ahead… 1. Avocado Oil Lately, I’ve been reaching for this more than any other oil. Not only does it have the highest smoking point (over 500°F), it's also got a rich but subtle avocado flavor. I use it for stir-frying, deep-frying, searing fish, salad dressings, baking, and just plain dipping. 2. Good Eggs The buzz has begun on this San Francisco-based startup with a mission. Like Etsy for foodies, Good Eggs brings local produce, artisanal foods, seafood and meats right to your doorstep. It’s just over a year old, but the company is already making … [Read more...]