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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December 2, 2016

We love our Foodista members and want to acknowledge their contribution to our site. This week we are getting into the holiday spirit with Culinary Envy's white chocolate caramel snowman hands....

December 1, 2016

Sweet potato fries with spicy almond dip is clean comfort food that you don't have to feel guilty about.  Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber and provide an excellent source of beta-carotene,...

December 1, 2016

Lily Kunin from Clean Food Dirty City creates plant-based recipes that do the body good.  Her collection highlights the versatility of vegetables and she finds ingenious ways to incorporate...

November 29, 2016

Food is my absolute favorite thing to gift.  It is practical and makes people smile.  I tend to stick with gift sets from my favorite brands so that the person can taste a variety of...

November 29, 2016

After some indulgent eating over the weekend, my body needs a break.  These ground cauliflower tacos from Clean Food Dirty City are the perfect meal to get me back on track.  Not only is...

November 28, 2016

Pulled turkey sandwiches is the perfect way to enjoy a post Thanksgiving meal.  Not only is this meal super simple but it comes together in just a few minutes.  I also love that it is...

November 28, 2016

There is no denying the magic of an after Thanksgiving sandwich.  I would go as far to say that we are just excited to eat that as the grand feast.  However, if you are like me, after...

November 23, 2016

There is no question that turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving meal.  There is something magical about a whole roasted bird that brings friends and family around the table for one spectacular...

November 22, 2016

Switch up the old canned cranberry sauce for these lighter, brighter recipes.  Raw cranberries lend themselves to warm spices like cinnamon and citrus fruits such as lemon and orange.  They...

November 22, 2016

Gravy is the glue the ties the whole Thanksgiving meal together.  Many people are afraid of gravy, especially if studded with giblets.  These nuggets of meat add some tremendous flavor and...

November 21, 2016

It is not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie.  This classic dessert is made to perfection in this recipe.  For the very best results, make sure you are using pure pumpkin puree (canned or...

November 21, 2016

Whole roasted brussel sprouts on the stalk are a show stopper.  This simple side dish makes a statement on the Thanksgiving table.  The sprouts are simply seasoned with olive oil, balsamic...

November 18, 2016

Pumpkin soup is an easy fall dish that anyone can prepare.  This recipe is free from gluten or dairy and can be easily converted to vegetarian/vegan by substituting chicken stock for vegetable...

November 17, 2016

Dietary restrictions are no reason to miss out on this all American food holiday.  Stuffing is an essential part of the meal and should not be missed.  When preparing a vegan stuffing,...

November 17, 2016

On Thanksgiving, we can all use a a few dishes that cook themselves.  With the help of a slow cooker, this recipe for sweet potato casserole does just that.  With the exception of the...

November 15, 2016

mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes have their own pedestal on the Thanksgiving table.  While they are the perfect vehicle for homemade gravy, mashed potatoes are also delicious in their own right.  This...

November 14, 2016

carrots

Roasted carrots and parsnips with homemade chimichurri is an easy side dish that will liven the Thanksgiving table.  Root vegetables are a staple side dish and this recipe puts a spin by...

November 11, 2016

Soup season is upon us.  With the weather finally starting to cool down, there is nothing better than ending the day with a bowl of homemade soup. This gluten-free coconut curry soup is brimming...

November 10, 2016

The mood in America is tense as the final votes are cast for the 2016 presidential election. Whether you are siding with Hillary or Trump, I can guarantee that you will always vote yes for cookies....

November 10, 2016

Mug cakes are my secret weapon. When I am too tired or busy to prepare dessert for my family, mug cakes are our go to treat. Each person has their own individual dessert so there is less fighting and...

November 3, 2016

You don't have to be a master cake decorator to prepare this amazing pumpkin shaped marble cake. With the holidays fast approaching, its good to have a plethora of recipes you can reach for that can...

November 1, 2016

One pot meals are my saving grace during this busy time of year. We reserve most of our biggest and glamorous meals for the holidays so scattering some simple dinners in between helps keep things...

October 20, 2016

Throwing a party, especially a Halloween party, can become an overwhelming task.  Between the decorations, invitations and costumes, your holiday party can transform from silly to scary in...

October 20, 2016

Halloween is all about playing tricks on the mind.  These edible Halloween treats are prepared with your greatest fears in mind.  Whether it be arachnophobia, the fear of ghosts and...

October 18, 2016

Crisp fall mornings call for heartwarming breakfasts.  Cinnamon apple pie oatmeal cooks itself while you sleep and will be perfectly prepared in the wee hours of the day.  This meal is...

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