Dana Slatkin

Banana Bread with Coconut, Oats and Flaxseed

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Did anyone catch last weekend’s SNL episode where Justin Timberlake rocks out as a lovable block of tofu? “No meat, c’est chic!” he raps. It was one for the Vegheads. And this Farmgirl couldn’t be happier to have J.T. in her corner. But while I’m thrilled tofu has made it into our national zeitgeist and plant-based diets are hip again, mass-produced soy nuggets and energy bars aren’t going to make us any healthier. We know that avoiding processed foods and eating lots of whole foods prepared from scratch will make your body happier (and will probably buy you a few more years on your lifeline). But can you pull off a clean diet while living life in the fast lane? Absolutely. The solution is not at a take-out counter or … [Read more...]

Spring Cooking Classes

fast and fresh mexican easy entertaining class

    Get PSYCHED for Spring with 3 new cooking classes  from the Beverly Hills Farmgirl!   *** SOLD OUT *** 20 years of Beach Chic: The Best of Shutters On The Beach Thursday, April 18  10 am – noon  Menu highlights: Bulls-eye Eggs Coast Veggie Burger Salade Niçoise plus that dreamy Butterscotch Pudding   Fast ‘n Fresh Mexican for Easy Entertaining *** BOTH SESSIONS ARE SOLD OUT *** Thursday, May 16  10am-noon Thursday, May 23  10 am – noon  Menu highlights: Blue Corn Tortilla Soup The Only Guacamole Recipe You’ll Ever Need Salmon + Lentil Tacos y mucho mas!     Get Your Baking On (Kids welcome!) Thursday, June 13  10 am … [Read more...]

Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Clusters


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


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


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


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


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


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...]