Dana Slatkin

December Giveaway

Even though two major holidays are now behind us, the Farmgirl kitchen continues humming this month. Soups are simmering, casseroles bubbling and pies baking. There’s still plenty of good cooking to be enjoyed in 2013, so let the gatherings continue! Two books on the Farmgirl’s nightstand are crammed with inspiration. Dana Goodyear’s Anything That Moves explores the outer and inner bounds of what we consider “edible.” It just might entice you to try insects, organs, and other delicacies, or -- as Goodyear calls it -- dining on the ever-seductive “brink of calamity.” And Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food II will bring the legendary Berkeley restaurateur’s elegant, garden-based cooking right into your kitchen. The … [Read more...]

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April 26 – 28, 2013 Who says camp is just for kids?? Take one minute to see why EXTRA TV's Maria Menounos thinks EVERY woman needs this! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IddPkkhF_xQ We're turning a kid's summer camp into a comfy, women-only weekend retreat…activities include: Fun & games and lots of female bonding Yoga, meditation and breathing classes Manifesting your Dreams by creating your own Vision Board Ziplining over the ocean and "push you out of your comfort zone" challenging high ropes courses POUND drumming rockstar workouts; "get your sexy back" dance classes Archery, hiking, healthy cooking, breathing and journaling workshops Redesign Your Life Workshops with Experts who can help you: Learn … [Read more...]

Get Fresh, Get Lean: Get the Recipes

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Giacomino Drago is executive chef and partner of Il Pastaio, Piccolo Paradiso, Via Alloro, Panzanella, and several other restaurants in the Los Angeles area. Chef Drago creates healthy and hearty, flavor-charged Italian dishes from the freshest ingredients of the season. If you were not able to attend my last class, Light + Easy Italian with Giacomino Drago, but would like to learn some of Giacomino’s secrets, it’s not too late to order the recipes. For $9.99 you will receive all six recipes, including his famous Salsa di Pomodoro and Eggplant Parmigiana, along with a 90210 Farmgirl shopping pad! All you have to do is fill out the order form below. Once you submit your mailing address, you will be directed to the Paypal payment page. More … [Read more...]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Chips with Truffle Salt and Lime

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Holidays? What holidays? These days, it’s all about the aftermaths of the election and wretched Sandy. And rightly so. Millions are facing life-altering challenges, and for those of us who managed to escape this time, the past few weeks have been a sobering reality check. So don’t even think about the epic family feast that is right around the corner. Ignore all the glossy magazines and food blogs. Step away from the Food Network. We’re lucky to have food on the table and to be together. But in case you still can’t help freaking out about facing the last stretch of the year (that would be me), try to take it one meal at a time. Though this recipe has become an everyday staple in our house, it’s festive enough to hold its own … [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...]

Healthy Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pudding with Gingersnap Crumble

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Once you become a mother, you never think of cooking the same way again. It becomes so much more than a personal endeavor. Cooking can be a loving act of nourishing, or a familial ritual of sharing. And, as I discovered recently, it can be the perfect side dish to sympathy. A few nights ago, our 13-year-old daughter — a beautiful, blossoming yet hormone-plagued gamine — had an epic meltdown. It began as a completely normal spasm of anxiety over a heavy homework load, but by 11 pm it had escalated into explosive convulsions of exasperation. The more I hopelessly tried to calm her down, the louder she sobbed, until finally I just stopped talking, stroking her hair like my mother used to do for me. Eventually, my stressed-out … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Banana Breakfast Muffins

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When I think of Fall, the thing that really gets me drooling is pumpkin. The minute Starbucks starts pushing their Pumpkin Spice Latte, I know I’m whipped. It’s the flavor I most associate with the season, and it’s one you’ll be seeing around here often. I’ve already got a stack of pumpkin recipes to try, so last week I stocked up on cans of organic purée (Trader Joe’s makes a good one and I like this brand), sweet spices, a variety of whole-grain flours for baking, and pumpkin spice syrup (for my morning coffee, ‘course). On top of my pile was a recipe from the always reliable Cook’s Illustrated — a new and improved Pumpkin Bread. I envisioned a wholesome, energizing breakfast to hand off to the kids on their way out … [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...]