Leah Rodrigues

My passion is food. I have studied culinary arts for the past 10 years, and have remained dedicated to food studies while I pursued a degree at UCLA. I earned a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish and Portuguese and Anthropology. My self study has given me background in culinary regions, international cuisine, trends in the food industry, chefs and cookbooks, and best of all−how to eat well. I attended the Professional Culinary Program at Westlake Culinary Institute where I learned proper food preparation techniques, and got an insiders’ view on the gourmet food world. I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and have spent the last 9 months living in Spain, researching the Mediterranean diet and European culinary traditions. This has given me the opportunity to freelance for In Madrid, an English monthly publication. Also, I have spent time traveling to different European countries, documenting the different tastes and food culture of each place. I hope that my passion for food and cooking will inspire you to get into the kitchen and create. Read more on my blog at http://www.appetitedelight.blogspot.com/

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April 19, 2014

If ham isn't your thing on Easter, try A Farm Girl Dabbles grilled chili lime pork tenderloin.  This dish is super simple to make and packed with flavor.  Pork tenderloin is...

April 19, 2014

macaroni and cheese

Cowgirl Creamery, located in San Francisco, California, is known for their handcrafted artisan cheeses.  In their first cookbook, Cowgirl Creamery Cooks Sue Conley and Peggy Smith outline...

April 19, 2014

Bunny puffs are a simple Easter treat that even the kids can make.  Store bought crescent roll dough is wrapped around a chocolate peanut butter cup and baked.  Once cooled, marshmallows...

April 19, 2014

Mocha muffins are boldly flavored with notes of chocolate and coffee. The key to baking a really moist muffin is to substitute the butter for oil. If you are watching your calorie intake, you can...

April 19, 2014

scones

These savory caramelized onion scones are perfect for Easter brunch. Buttery and delicious, these scones are a tasty vehicle for a slice of honey baked ham or pat of butter.

April 19, 2014

flan

In chef John Verlinden's new book To Cook is to Love: Nuevo Cuban: Lighter, Healthier Latin Recipes he offers readers an array of nutritious recipes that are packed with flavor.  Part...

April 18, 2014

Easter bunny monkey bread is a festive way to present this breakfast favorite.  Store bought cinnamon dough is rolled into balls and dipped into granulated sugar.  This recipe quick, easy...

April 18, 2014

Rhubarb is as delicious to eat as it is to drink.  This strawberry rhubarb margarita from A Thousand Threads is refreshing cocktail to relax with.  A homemade rhubarb syrup is shaken...

April 18, 2014

Strawberry rhubarb pie from The Tough Cookie looks like a picture from a magazine.  This country inspired pie is filled with the sweet flavors of spring.  Stalks of rhubarb and strawberries...

April 18, 2014

Pizza is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.  Whether you like it with red sauce, white sauce, or no sauce.  With cheese and peppers or sausage and mushroom.  Everyone has their favorite....

April 18, 2014

Individual potato kugel is perfect for serving during Passover.  Creamy potatoes and onions are concealed under a crispy golden brown crust.  This side dish can be made ahead of time and...

April 18, 2014

Mini bacon egg breakfast cups are the perfect brunch dish.  You can make up to twelve individual portions at once thanks to the use of a muffin tin.  This recipe great for family gatherings...

April 17, 2014

Not every Easter themed food has to be sweet.  These adorable Easter egg hash browns from Hungry Happenings is a savory breakfast dish.  Shredded potatoes, carrots and zucchini are...

April 17, 2014

Ham biscuit strata is the Italian version of a breakfast casserole.  Chopped ham is combined with leftover biscuits and eggs and baked in the oven.  You can add other ingredients to your...

April 17, 2014

Crack chicken salad sandwich from Parsley, Sage and Sweet is an addicting meal.  Chicken salad is a favorite for lunch and this sandwich will knock all other out of the park.  Shredded...

April 17, 2014

Rhubarb has such a short season that cooks everywhere are taking advantage of using this spring fruit.  These rhubarb crumb bars are simple and delicious.  You'll hardly be able to wait...

April 17, 2014

If you are worried about over indulging this Easter, frittata with sun dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers and kale from Mother Rimmy's Cooking Light Done Right is good and good for you....

April 17, 2014

This week we are highlighting rhubarb on Foodista.  Rhubarb is often used in sweet applications but this recipe transforms tart stalks of rhubarb into salsa.  This spicy salsa is delicious...

April 16, 2014

In celebration of Rhubarb week, Foodista is sharing some of our favorite recipes featuring rhubarb.  These glazed strawberry rhubarb jelly doughnuts come from Half Baked Harvest.  Yeast...

April 16, 2014

Strawberry and rhubarb go together like chocolate and peanut butter or apples and cinnamon; their flavors just compliment one another, especially in this pie. Slices of strawberries and rhubarb fill...

April 16, 2014

chocolate

If you don't want to fuss in the kitchen this Easter, no-bake chocolate bark is the way to go.  White chocolate is swirled with purple candy melts and studded with colorful Easter candy....

April 16, 2014

Easter

Double decker Easter cookies from Bake at 350 are absolutely beautiful.  These cookies are a two day process.  The first day is devoted to making the cookies and doing the...

April 16, 2014

Crescent wrapped scotch eggs is a twist on this English dish.  Pork sausage surrounds a hard boiled egg and then is wrapped in buttery crescent roll dough.  Instead of being deep fried,...

April 16, 2014

There is something so adorable about bunnies jumping down their rabbit hole.  Earlier this month, I shared a recipe for brownie bunny butts but if you aren't a fan of chocolate, you might...

April 15, 2014

KFC's fried chicken is a fast food favorite.  It's hard to resist perfectly fried golden brown chicken legs and wings.  The good news is that fried chicken can be made in your own...

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