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...]

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...]

10 Ways to Get Inspired by Vegetables

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Many of you have asked me how to add more vegetables to your diet in the New Year. So I thought I would reprint my recent interview in Food + Wine Magazine. How do you get your veggies on? Write to me and share with our readers! By Emily Thelin, Food + Wine Magazine Make a weekly trip to the farmers’ market. Fall in love with what’s on the stands. There’s always something colorful and appealing, and always someone enthusiastic to tell you what to do with it. If your farmers market closes for the winter, take a trip to the produce section of a natural foods store. Be sure to visit a local farmers market whenever you are in a warmer climate. Don’t be ashamed to use frozen veggies, because if they save you time, you’ll be … [Read more...]

Summer Entertaining 101

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The grilling season officially kicks off this weekend, and so do my shoes! Time to unplug, unwind, and reboot for summer. But how easy is it to pull off? Here are a few do’s and don’t’s to keep your cool… DO… Blend In. Summer cooking tends to rely more on fresh fruits and vegetables in the raw. Blend them into smoothies, frozen cocktails, creamy salad dressings, gazpacho and yogurt-based soups. Invest in a powerful but quiet blender to do the job. Go casual. Family-style is the way to go in summer…meaning glass pitchers, giant wooden bowls and beautiful platters. Your guests help themselves while you enjoy the company. Improvise. You don’t need elaborate centerpieces to decorate … [Read more...]

Top 20 Holiday Gifts for Your Favorite Foodie

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If you are still hunting for the perfect holiday gift, there’s no need to brave crowds and traffic. Here are some gourmet goodies that you can buy with your slippers on. I’ll bet your favorite foodie doesn’t have these… 1. Cast Iron Pans — a gift to last a lifetime 2. Copper Fondue Pot + Skewers (wrap it along with my recipe for Chocolate Coconut Fondue) 3. Glass Food Storage Containers — safe to go from the fridge to the microwave 4. Cake Paper Placemats + Napkins — what I use now in all of my cooking classes 5. Nespresso Citiz Automatic Espresso Maker with Aeroccino — a true game-changer 6. A 1-month supply of fresh produce from FarmBox LA — your local farmers market … [Read more...]

Farmgirl Holiday Menus

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The holidays are all about bringing family and loved ones together…not an easy feat in itself. And if you are the one attempting to feed the hungry crowd, you will need a plan of action. Here are some menus to help you sort it all out. They are designed to please a variety of appetites and dietary desires — Kosher, low-fat and low-cholesterol, meatless, or vegan. For the recipe, simply click on the name of the dish.   Once you have decided what’s on your menu, be sure to check out my Farmgirl Shopping List before heading to the market. By popular demand, I will be posting more menus in the coming months. For delicious and do-able weekday dinners, you’ll find more menus at A Week of Farmgirl Menus. A … [Read more...]

A Week of Farmgirl Menus

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When iTunes took over the planet, all of a sudden there were millions of songs at our fingertips. It was exciting and overwhelming, to say the least. Many of us (of a certain generation) freaked out and refused to embrace the technology. Then someone ingeniously decided to help us out with playlists. Suddenly, the world of music wasn’t so vast. We just needed someone to tell us what we wanted to hear. I believe cooking is heading down a similar road. Despite the jillion recipes out there, I often have no idea what to make for dinner. Even with shelves of cookbooks and bulging recipe files, it is still a daily challenge to come up with menus that are nourishing, satisfying, and exciting. What we need is a playlist to tell us … [Read more...]