Dana Slatkin

Honeydew Cucumber Gazpacho

The other day, my daughter and I caught some girl time, while the boys happily stayed at home, glued to their respective screens. We ended up in Hancock Park, where she attends the same high school I went to. With its stately old homes and charming mom-and-pop stores, it’s a neighborhood I’ve always felt at home in. I remember fantasizing about living there some day…when I became a grown-up. Larchmont Boulevard, the neighborhood’s main drag, where I used to loiter after school with my classmates, is still home to some of my favorite eateries. There’s Chan Dara, for excellent Thai, and Le Petit Greek, which got me hooked on spanakopita in seventh grade. And there’s a new mainstay, Café Gratitude, the all-organic vegan restaurant … [Read more...]

Baby Potato Salad with Arugula, Pine Nuts, Poached Egg and Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

Much of my summer cooking inspiration comes from my hikes here in the mountains. Just about every day, I trek along rivers, up waterfalls, beside streams and through fields of wild flowers. It’s dreamy, and I pinch myself each time I get to behold such beauty. For those few hours when I’m alone with nature, my mind always seems to wander back to food. On a recent hike up a rocky riverbed, wild leaves poking up towards the sun reminded me of arugula; multi-hued stones morphed into potatoes. On the way home, I stopped at the market and picked up the ingredients for my lunch. I love a potato salad like any good American, but traditional recipes can be heavy and monotone. Add a few interesting goodies to the spuds and they transform into … [Read more...]

Get Fresh, Get Lean: Get the Recipes

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Ashley Koff is an internationally renowned registered dietitian on a mission to improve the health of people across America. A self-described “Qualitarian,” Koff advocates eating the best foods available, choosing natural and organic foods over machine-made, and whole foods over processed. Koff regularly appears on national television programs, including The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, and national and local news programs. The author of Mom Energy: A Simple Plan to Live Fully Charged (Hay House; 2011), Ashley is currently a contributing editor for Natural Health Magazine, on the advisory board of Fitness Magazine, and a spokesperson for several national brands, and writes for several blogs including The Huffington Post. She has a thriving … [Read more...]

Get Fresh, Get Lean Cooking Classes to Start the New Year Right!

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Get fresh, get lean in 2013! The Farmgirl is back in the kitchen with 3 classes you won’t want to miss… Light + Healthy Italian with Giacomino Drago of il Pastaio Thursday, January 17, 2013 10 am – 12 noon Giacomino Drago is an executive chef and partner of Il Pastaio. The Drago brothers own several restaurants in the LA area. Chef Drago creates the perfect meal from the freshest ingredients available at the market.       I ♥ My Heart Delish + Easy Heart-Healthy Cooking with Ashley Koff, R.D. Thursday, February 7, 2013 10 am – 12 noon Ashley Koff is an internationally renowned registered dietitian on a mission to improve the health of people across America and beyond through raising public awareness … [Read more...]

There’s Lots to Look Forward to in Farmgirl World

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A lot of you have been asking about cooking classes in October and November. I am teaching so many private and corporate classes that I’ve decided to resume regular classes in January 2013. Stay tuned for class announcements, new recipes, giveaways, and more! If you are not already a subscriber, sign up in the Suscribe box in the left-hand column. The Farmgirl Store will be open through the end of the year for holiday shopping, hostess gifts, and chic tableware. These are items that are not available at the online Farmgirl Store, so stop in for a look! To make an appointment, e-mail me here. If you missed a cooking class and would like the recipes from the class, send a check for $9.99 to Beverly Hills Farmers Market, Inc. / … [Read more...]

October Giveaway

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Fall is in full form, and cooking turns just as cozy and colorful as those beautiful leaves outside. To help keep your kitchen crackling, the Farmgirl is giving away a basket of cooking gadgets which you will love! To win, sign up for weekly recipes, cooking tips and foodie fun in the “Subscribe box” to the left, or (if you are already a subscriber), send in a comment here. The winner will be notified by e-mail on November 1.   Congratulations to the winner of the October Giveaway, Eydie Desser of Santa Monica, California. Hope you are enjoying your handy Ratchet Salad Spinner by Progressive! Disclaimer: This post may contain totally benign and well-intentioned affiliate links. All content is unsponsored, uncensored, … [Read more...]

October Cooking Contest

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We all know what happens at the end of this month! How do you celebrate Halloween? Do you have a special dish you plan to prepare…something hearty for hungry trick-or-treaters, or a fun party treat? Send in your best Halloween recipe, along with a little information about how you enjoy it, who you are and where you live. You have until October 31st and you can enter as many times as you wish. All recipes will be acknowledged, tested and tasted. The winner will receive a fabulous Farmgirl Kitchen care package! Good luck and happy October! Send in your entry here. Photo credit: TryAnythingOnce Disclaimer: This post may contain totally benign and well-intentioned affiliate links. All content is unsponsored, uncensored, and … [Read more...]

Luscious Vegan Red Wine Sauce

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When I was cooking in France just a couple of years — okay, decades — ago, nouvelle cuisine was just beginning to emerge onto the haute cuisine scene. At the time, it was almost heretical to think of French food prepared without massive quantities of cream and butter. Michel Guèrard, proprietor of the idyllic resort and spa Les Pres d’Eugenie, and my boss at the time, was daring to cook without either, using vegetable purées or yogurt to thicken luxuriously flavorful sauces. His enlightened style of cooking drew crowds of gastronomes from around the globe. How did Chef Guèrard manage to polish up centuries of baked-in Gallic tradition? After a few months apprenticing in his kitchen, I managed to crack … [Read more...]