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 22, 2014

snowmen

Hungry Happenings is a baking blog known for making fun and creative treats like these awesome 3D snowmen sugar cookies.  Two homemade snowmen sugar cookies are sandwiched together using royal...

December 22, 2014

tofu

Pot pie is always a crowd pleasing meal and this meatless version is guaranteed to satisfy even the headstrong carnivores.  A medley of vegetables is mixed with extra firm tofu in a creamy sauce...

December 22, 2014

cookies

Leaving a plate of cookies for Santa is an annual tradition in our house.  Some families offer him chocolate chip cookies, store bought sandwich cookies (like Oreos), but we have always baked a...

December 21, 2014

cornbread

Cornbread is a treasured dish in the American South and each family has their own secret recipe.  The truest cornbread should be made from the best yellow cornmeal and buttermilk for that...

December 21, 2014

brownies

No matter the occasion, brownies are always welcomed to the table.  Chocolate peppermint brownies from baking duo Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito are inspired by the holidays....

December 19, 2014

hot chocolate

Winter means many many things. Ice skating, holiday shopping, lighting the fireplace and of course, mugs of rich and delicious hot chocolate.  While you can never go wrong with the classic, it...

December 19, 2014

cocktail

Every good holiday party needs a cocktail that is equally as good.  These fun and festive holiday drinks are easy to shake up or even serve in a punch bowl, especially the Mexican eggnog.  ...

December 19, 2014

vegetables

Preparing a holiday meal for friends and family can be a daunting task.  With easy dishes like roasted root vegetables from Michael Ruhlman's new book, How to Roast, dinner can be a...

December 17, 2014

Challah, a rich golden yellow bread is usually apart of the Hanukkah table.  This braided bread carries religious significance in the Jewish faith but is also pretty darn delicious too.  ...

December 17, 2014

Cranberry Chicken Fillo Cups Courtesy of Betty Crocker 30 minutes to make Serves 15 Ingredients: 1 package (1.9 oz) frozen mini fillo shells (15 shells) 1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries...

December 17, 2014

    Spicy Cheddar Crackers Makes 384 small crackers     All-purpose flour 280 g 9.8 oz 2 cups Fine gray salt 9 g 0.3 oz 1½ tsp Red pepper flakes...

December 16, 2014

latkes

Latkes along with other fried fritters served on Hanukkah signifies the miracle of the menorah oil burning for eight days and nights in the Jewish temple.  Whether you choose to commemorate...

December 15, 2014

squash

Mimi Thorisson is known for her homey French country cuisine and shares her favorite family recipes in her cookbook, A Kitchen in France.  Butternut squash gratin is just an example of how...

December 15, 2014

latkes

Latkes, also known as potato pancakes, are a traditional Jewish food served on Hanukkah to commemorate the miracle of the menorah oil in the temple.  These delectable fried potato cakes are made...

December 15, 2014

sugar

  Marshmallow Fudge Bark Recipe from Jelly Toast Chocolate Almond Butter Cups Recipe from Audrey's Apron Homemade Sprinkles Recipe from The Frosted Vegan Candid Grapefruit Recipe from...

December 14, 2014

sausage

Something magical happens in a one pot meal like sausage with sauerkraut and apples.  The flavors build on one another and co-mingle to create a delicious dish.  The acidic sauerkraut...

December 14, 2014

cheesecake

Chocolate and peppermint are a classic holiday flavor combination and a cheesecake is the perfect way to show them off.  With so many places to go and people to see during the holidays, most of...

December 13, 2014

Pinwheels are a elegant appetizer that only take minutes to prepare.  While you can always make the dough from scratch, it is much easier and faster to use the store bought variety.  The...

December 13, 2014

soup

Mimi Thorisson's new book, A Kitchen in France, chronicles the dishes she prepared for her family in their farmhouse.  Prior to living in Médoc, Thorisson enjoyed the comforts of Paris...

December 12, 2014

cocktail

'Tis the season for parties and a festive cocktails.  Whether you are throwing or attending a holiday party, a delicious drink is a must-have.  These vodka cocktail recipes range from...

December 12, 2014

pears

Griddled red bartlett pears wrapped in Iberico ham is a simple and satisfying holiday appetizer.  This recipe comes from Francis Mallmann's newest cookbook, Mallmann on Fire, a testament to...

December 12, 2014

cheese

No matter what kind of party you are throwing this holiday season, these cheesy appetizers are guaranteed crowd pleasers and can be put on the table in a flash.  Baked brie, blue cheese spread,...

December 11, 2014

filet mignon

The Urbanspoon app contains a wealth of data about people's preferences and experiences when it comes to eating out.  This year, the data showed that Americans favored the filet mignon from...

December 11, 2014

cookbook

Alice Medrich is known for being the queen of all things sweet and in her newest cookbook, Flavor Flours, she bakes a plethora of treats using wheat-free alternative flours.  Medrich ...

December 10, 2014

What is Christmas without a plate of gingerbread cookies?  For those of us who have chosen to abstain from gluten, watching other savor these classic Christmas cookies may be painful to watch....

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