Dana Slatkin

Get Ready for Summer!

Don’t miss the Beverly Hills Farmgirl’s final cooking class of the season! Thursday, May 28  10 am – noon With plenty of sunshine and a little extra time on your hands, summer is the perfect season to gather more often, entertain like a goddess and make memories. The Farmgirl has some brand new recipes up her sleeve and she wants you to taste them! Menu (subject to change due to availability): Strawberry Basil Spritzers, Asian BBQ Salmon Salad with Sesame Peanut Vinaigrette, Grilled Polenta Cakes with Artichokes, Summer Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella, Sautéed Zucchini with Mint and Vinegar, Raspberry Pavlova THIS CLASS WILL SELL OUT QUICKLY. SIGN UP HERE: Get Ready For Summer with The Beverly Hills Farmgirl Single Class … [Read more...]

Cacio e Pepe (Salt and Pepper) 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

Roasted Broccoli

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...]

Roasted Kale Sprouts with Lemon 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...]

Roasted Salmon with Pickled Lemon Green Olive Relish

Pickled Lemons

The Farmgirl Kitchen has been humming this month, with a birthday party for 25, a party for NBC Universal execs, and lots of new recipe testing every day. It’s just how I like my kitchen -- warmed with delicious aromas and filled with good company. I love when my students share with me what they’ve been craving, inspiring me with fresh ideas and surprise tastes. To celebrate her birthday, one of my favorite Farmgirl regulars suggested I teach her friends how to make preserved lemons. I bought a couple different jars at a neighborhood gourmet shop and got to tasting. But the store-bought lemons had an off flavor to me, and I couldn’t find a way around the overpowering salt. So I flipped through some of my cookbooks for a homemade version, … [Read more...]

It’s A Delicious New Year in the Farmgirl Kitchen!

Back On Track with The Beverly Hills Farmgirl Thursday, January 22 10 am -12 noon Once the season of indulgence is over, it’s time to start from scratch…cooking, that is! Jumpstart your New Year with some delicious, crowd-pleasing cooking, Farmgirl-style. Menu: Hearty Winter Minestrone Soup Vegan Caesar Salad with Garbanzo Croutons Simple Seared Sole Roulade Quinoa Mushroom Risotto Chocolate Banana Almond Cake with Dark Chocolate Glaze (gluten-free, refined sugar-free) SOLD OUT - To join the waitlist, please e-mail Dana here: (dana@danaslatkin.com) $140 per guest 2-hour class includes recipes, lunch, and a donation to a worthy local charity Ottolenghi Crushing with The Beverly Hills Farmgirl Thursday, February … [Read more...]