Dana Slatkin

It’s A Delicious New Year in the Farmgirl Kitchen!

Back On Track with The Beverly Hills Farmgirl Thursday, January 22 10 am -12 noon Once the season of indulgence is over, it’s time to start from scratch…cooking, that is! Jumpstart your New Year with some delicious, crowd-pleasing cooking, Farmgirl-style. Menu: Hearty Winter Minestrone Soup Vegan Caesar Salad with Garbanzo Croutons Simple Seared Sole Roulade Quinoa Mushroom Risotto Chocolate Banana Almond Cake with Dark Chocolate Glaze (gluten-free, refined sugar-free) SOLD OUT - To join the waitlist, please e-mail Dana here: (dana@danaslatkin.com) $140 per guest 2-hour class includes recipes, lunch, and a donation to a worthy local charity Ottolenghi Crushing with The Beverly Hills Farmgirl Thursday, February … [Read more...]

Farmgirl Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo Credit: Pat Illing

Everyone has a guilty pleasure, something that soothes after a long day or helps ease you into the night ahead. Mine is – er, was -- a certain diet soda with a “cherry” flavor and just enough caffeine to occasionally recharge my battery. But the other night, after seeing a screening of Fed Up, Laurie David’s and Katie Couric’s sobering documentary about our deadly national diet, I 86’d soda from my life for good. I was so moved by the film, I went on a pantry rampage as well, tossing every box of processed food that had found its way onto my shelves. The next day, three ravenous kids came wandering into the pantry looking for snacks. Gone were the breakfast cereals, power bars and chips they usually grabbed before attempting … [Read more...]

Buckwheat Banana Almond Waffles (whole grain, gluten-free + sugar-free)

Don’t worry, this is not another recipe for a “healthy Halloween treat” (you’ll do far better on Pinterest)! I’m not going to be the one to caution you against eating piles of candy or urge you to give out apple slices to trick-or-treaters. To be honest, I’m so over food police. In my opinion, what you eat on Halloween is your business. Let it be one night to let loose! Just don’t let Halloween spill into November. Avoid the temptation to save the loot in a dark corner that you’ll have to deem off-limits or only for “emergencies.” How about finding a way to pay it forward? This year we’ll be counting all the pieces of candy as money and writing a check to our local food pantry. Keep this recipe for the morning after. … [Read more...]

Eggs and Onions, Farmgirl-Style

Getting dinner on the table every night for a hungry family is no easy feat. Trust me, I know. I try to cook from scratch on weeknights. A nutritious, delicious, fresh and unprocessed, mostly meatless, exciting, family-friendly dinner that everyone will gobble up. Haha. Good luck! I know I’m just a little neurotic (aren’t we all?). It would be much easier to order take-out or buy prepared meals at the market. But I can’t help myself. I owe it to my family. I owe it to you. The other night, as we sat down to the four-course dinner I had just spent two hours making, my husband opened a bag of crackers he had smuggled to the table and started munching away. Really, Dear? REALLY?? I’m sure there was steam coming out of … [Read more...]

Scallion Pancakes with Sweet Soy Dipping Sauce (Gluten-free)

Scallion pancakes with sweet soy dipping sauce

Makes about 2 dozen small (about 3-inches in diameter) pancakes, or 6-8 servings It’s beginning to feel a lot like…get me to January 1. If you’re already over the holidays, you’re not alone. All the forced festivity, cloying crooning and nonstop consuming can start to grate on nerves. But in light of the heartbreaking tragedies in last week’s news, let’s count our blessings. In the final stretch to the finish of 2012, I get busy cooking. For those I love. For those who are suffering or struggling. For those who are no longer here to enjoy the holidays. One ritual I always look forward to: Chinese food on Christmas Eve. It’s practically a cultural imperative. Some years we head to our favorite local restaurant for … [Read more...]

Vegan Creamed Spinach

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Dinnertime is usually when my kids get their fill of Mom wisdom. The other night, over bowls of polenta and Stephanie Izard’s tasty wild mushroom ragout (thank you, Food + Wine Magazine), I told them a story about how I made a new friend recently, just on the heels of having to let another one go. “You see,” I shared, “When one door closes, another one opens.” My teenagers sat rolling their eyes, but the kindergartner chimed in winsomely, “And when two doors close, I open the window!” Hilarious! We all burst out laughing. But when I thought about it that night, I realized the little guy was absolutely right. We all have those moments in our lives where we just need to breathe in some fresh air. This … [Read more...]

Kelp Noodle and Veggie Stir-Fry

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There’s been a lot of talk lately about cleansing. It may take shape as a juice fast, a junk food crackdown, a desk clutter clearout, or a friendship detox. These days, it seems we have a collective urge to purge. Perhaps it’s because of the new school year kicking in, or the holidays looming on the horizon. In any case, September’s an ideal time to keep it simple and go lightly. At least that’s my plan. With all the projects I have on my plate now, I need to be on my game. Anything that’s been weighing me down has to go. That goes for my cooking, too. This month, I’m going for lean and mean. In next week’s cooking class with M Café, I’ll be demonstrating some delicious recipes … [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...]