Dana Slatkin

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...]

February Cooking Contest

February Cooking Contest - Chocolate

February has chocolate written all over it! What is your favorite recipe for love? Whether it’s a cookie, cake, dessert, or savory dish, your chocolate specialty could win you this month’s contest! To enter, send in your recipe by February 28th, along with a blurb about what makes it scrumptious. All recipes will be acknowledged, tested and tasted. The winning recipe will be featured here on this website, and the winner will receive an autographed copy of my cookbook, Summertime Anytime, along with a surprise cooking utensil! Photo credit: tastespotting.com … [Read more...]

Easy Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin

Most of my friends are thrilled to get a vacation from cooking. Their idea of blissful liberation is dining out every meal, the farther away from their stoves the better. Not so for this urban farmgirl. For me, the best family holiday involves simply a kitchen relocation. Who needs room service when you have a minibar and coffee maker? On a rainy day in Maui, I cooked up this cheerful dessert in the toaster oven at our rental. All you need is a heavy skillet and some very easy-to-find ingredients. But the end result is anything but basic. What I love about this thick, juicy tart is that it’s all about the fruit. Choose large, firm apples (pears are delectable, too) and quarter them into ample wedges so they won’t turn to mush … [Read more...]

Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Black Beans

Fudge Brownie

Every so often, I come across a recipe that makes me wonder, “Where have you been all my life?” If you ever fantasized about the perfect brownie — dark, rich, and not too sweet — this is it. And get this…it’s actually good for you. Recently, my toddler was put on a gluten-free, sugar-free diet to get rid of a nasty case of eczema. One day, while surfing the Web for a treat that would satisfy his sweet tooth, I tripped onto a website called Pattycake. It turns out the writer, an adventurous Spanish-born, Canadian-raised cook named Patty who lives the bohemian life in Mexico, loves the challenge of cooking healthfully, without using common allergy triggers such as wheat, sugar, and dairy products. There … [Read more...]

Farmgirl Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Just as I was packing up my warm sweaters and pulling out the plastic plates for delightful dining outdoors, gusty winds gripped L.A., ruining my al fresco fantasies. Back on the shelf they went, along with my recipes for salads and cold soups that I was planning to share with you this week. Instead, I thought you might like to whip up a batch of these, which pair classically with a glass of milk or a hot latte. They are the cookies I am most often asked to make -- for showers, school parties, and lunchboxes. Make them your own with your favorite add-ins: dried cherries, cranberries, or apricots; white chocolate, butterscotch or peanut butter chips; cinnamon and/or nutmeg. I have tried using pure butter, Earth Balance margarine, even coconut … [Read more...]

Chocolate Birthday Cake with Chocolate Frosting

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Since one of my dearest gal pals has a birthday this week, I think I’ll bake her a cake. But it can’t be just any cake. If you knew my friend, you would agree. It has to be festive…fudgy…a bit naughty. And memorable.   When I searched online for chocolate cakes, there were over six million recipes, each claiming to be the moistest, dreamiest one of them all. As I scanned through the myriad of ingredients, the word mayonnaise caught my eye. At first I winced, but as I gave it more thought, it made brilliant sense. Mayonnaise: an emulsion of yolks, vinegar, oil, and salt; a pantry staple. As it turns out, the idea was coined by some clever homemakers during World War II, when eggs and butter were in short … [Read more...]

Flourless Fig and Walnut Torte

Fig Walnut Torte

I have a love/dread relationship with the Jewish holiday that begins next week. That is because Passover, the eight-day celebration that commemorates the freedom of the Jewish people, is the Special Olympics of cooking. Handicapped by a long list of culinary prohibitions, anyone who attempts to cook for the crowds of family and friends that gather for the rituals must have the endurance and determination of an athlete. Since all leavened ingredients, including flours, grains and legumes, are prohibited, matzo meal and eggs become my powerhouse ingredients for the week. They put the fluff in my Matzah Balls, the crunch in my Zucchini-Potato Latkes, and the spring in this moist, fragrant torte. Despite the handicaps, I always look forward … [Read more...]