Dana Slatkin

Dulce de Leche Pudding

I’ve always marveled at how some people are able to recount stories from their early childhood in great detail. I simply don’t remember much, save for a few snippets that have lingered with the help of old photos. Do you remember anything you did when you were two, or five, or eight? If so, I’d love to hear about it. But one memory that has remained lucid in my mind takes me back to when I was about five years old. It’s a warm evening and I’m listening to a boisterous mariachi band on Olvera Street, licking a cone-shaped lollipop flavored with the colors of the Mexican flag. My mother loved to bring my brother and me to ethnic neighborhoods for a taste of other cultures, and Olvera Street was one of her favorites. Dating back to … [Read more...]

Nigella’s Cinnamon Almond Cake

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adapted from (Clarkson Potter 2013) Nigellissima, Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes Find Nigella’s original recipe here. Every so often I’ll stumble on a recipe that is just what I needed, exactly when I needed it. This is one of them. Around the time of my birthday last month, one of my friends knew how much I idolize Nigella Lawson, the eloquent and stunning television host of “The Taste” and deservedly successful cookbook author. When Nigella was signing her latest tome, Nigellissima, Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes, at a Williams-Sonoma in Orange County, my friend waited in line for four hours to have her autograph a birthday gift for me. That night, I read my new cookbook cover to cover. I marked dozens of pages with sticky … [Read more...]

Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Clusters

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Here’s a treat to make for Halloween that won’t bust your healthy streak. As you know, dark chocolate and coconut is my favorite dessert combo. Sprinkling these chunky mounds with a little grey salt makes them extra addictive. And the recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make. Each one is two bites of heaven. Thanks to Courtney Sander for submitting her simple and delicious recipe. I’ll be putting these on my Thanksgiving and holiday menus, too! Disclaimer: This post may contain totally benign and well-intentioned affiliate links. All content is unsponsored, uncensored, and undeniably honest. … [Read more...]

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler (vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free version)

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How often do you hear about how fast this year has gone by? Among us middle-agers (I know, but I’m owning it), the light-speed pace of life seems to have replaced the weather and traffic as the new conversation starter. I, too, find myself marveling at how Memorial Day is just around the corner, and summer will be here in a few blinks. I once had the privilege of being in the presence of a great Rabbi. He was visiting with friends here in L.A. on his way back to Israel, and he agreed to meet with a group of “seculars” to offer some of his wisdom. So I asked him if it is possible to slow down life.   And his answer has stuck with me ever since. He said, “Not possible. But if you savor each moment, time will … [Read more...]

April Giveaway Contest

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April showers bring melamine flowers! These cheery cake stand sets turn cake into cool for a fun-loving holiday brunch, outdoor feast, even an offbeat wedding. The knife doubles as a cake server and is kid-friendly (i.e. not too sharp and indestructible). We are giving one set away this month to a lucky subscriber. Send in a comment and make sure you are a 90210 Farmgirl subscriber! … [Read more...]

Apple Pecan Crisp with White Cheddar and Ginger

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Nothing says autumn like apples and, this time of year, there are never too many ways to enjoy them. Last month, I challenged my readers to come up with their best apple recipe, and I must say testing all of them was a blast! Thanks to all of you who entered your delicious recipes. This was one dish I couldn’t resist polishing off the next morning for breakfast. Genevieve Gladysz of Boulder, Colorado says she loves “sharing nutritious, delicious food with others and inspiring them to do the same.” A student at Bauman College’s Natural Chef program, Genevieve enjoyed creating this wholesome dessert, in which several contrasting flavors play beautifully off of each other. She combines apples, white cheddar cheese, oats, … [Read more...]

Down-Home Apple Pie Cheesecake

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There were 24 hungry women in my kitchen last week. They gathered to talk food, catch up with friends, and learn how to cook healthy Southern fare. My mission? To serve them up some Creole comfort, combining high-quality ingredients, low-stress techniques, and down-home decadence.   It was almost 100 degrees outside (a typical early fall heat wave here in Los Angeles), so everyone was happy to be sipping glasses of refreshing iced sweet tea, deliciously scented with orange slices and almond extract. We breaded and fried tomatoes. We simmered a hearty cauliflower cheddar soup soused with beer and strewn with homemade cornbread croutons. We blackened spiced tilapia and jumbled up a jambalaya.   By the end of the morning, we all … [Read more...]

Strawberry Souffle

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Some desserts are like sweet time capsules. They whirl me back to childhood…digging into mint chip ice cream cake every year on my birthday, picking out the chocolate pudding from my lunchbox and eating it first. This feather-light soufflé is all about summer. And with the season quickly slipping away, it’s the perfect recipe to keep around, so you can taste the juiciest of summer strawberries even when they’re gone. I promise this soufflé is easy and fail-proof, as long as you follow the directions and don’t attempt it on a humid day (not worth the rubbery result). The best version uses fresh strawberries, but frozen berries will work fine, too, as long as they are organic. My off-season cheat? … [Read more...]