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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February 12, 2016

chocolate

Valentine's Day is just days away so if you are still looking for a charming dessert recipe to impress that special someone, I have five for you.  Chocolate has long been revered as an...

February 11, 2016

Few desserts are as romantic as chocolate fondue.  There is something about silky sweet chocolate draped around a fresh strawberry, moist piece of pound cake or combined with a salty pretzel is...

February 9, 2016

heart

Valentine's Day is an opportunity for you to show that special someone in your life how much they mean to you. These heart warming treats are the perfect gift for your sweetheart.  Whether...

February 8, 2016

These five salmon recipes are easy Friday meal options during Lent.  Salmon is a robust fish so it pairs well with a myriad of different flavors - anything from miso to fresh dill to capers....

February 6, 2016

snack stadium

If you are looking for a way to bring your Super Bowl party to a whole new level - I introduce you to the snack stadium.  This epic arrangement of sandwiches, chips, dip, and vegetables not only...

February 6, 2016

chicken

If there is a must-have food for Super Bowl Sunday, it is chicken wings.  Whether you like them classically dressed in buffalo sauce, flaming hot, or covered in sweet smoky barbecue sauce - the...

February 3, 2016

crudite

Crudite platters have been making a comeback in a big way.  Restaurants are serving up platters of raw farmer's market vegetables with well flavored sauces that are far from the...

January 29, 2016

chickpeas

If you are having vegetarian friends coming to your Super Bowl party then these buffalo chickpea wraps are a must-have alternative.  Chickpeas are tossed with buffalo sauce and toasted in a...

January 28, 2016

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is getting ready for Super Bowl Sunday with their signature wasabi beer nuts.  Any sport's fan knows that snacks, especially spiced roasted peanuts, are a must-...

January 28, 2016

granola

Leading nutrition expert Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN knows a thing or two about healthy eating.  She has partnered with the Almond Board of California to create recipes that follow the 2015...

January 26, 2016

Most households have at least a box or two of cereal sitting in their cabinet.  It was my sole breakfast option as a kid and something I still frequently eat as an adult.  In recent years,...

January 25, 2016

curry

We often have the perception that Indian food can be challenging to cook.  Recipes like tofu and chickpea masala are a great introduction to cooking Indian cuisine at home.  A...

January 22, 2016

Wilbur Scoville devised a method in 1912 to measure spice in chili peppers.  His scale rates peppers based on the concentration of capsinoids, the component that makes a...

January 22, 2016

smoothie

With cold season in full swing, it's always a good idea to have a natural remedy at your fingertips that can keep the bug at bay.  Turmeric, ginger, and kale are known to have immune...

January 21, 2016

Chia pudding is an easy "feel good" treat that anyone can prepare.  Chia seeds can absorb liquid up to ten times their size which works wonderfully as a natural thickener.  The...

January 21, 2016

soup

You may have noticed restaurants pouring cups of bone broth to patrons as an amuse bouche to open the palette and awaken the senses.  This nourishing beverage is fortified with flavor...

January 18, 2016

book

I am continuously fascinated by the innumerable ways people transform food into a piece of art.  Whether it is a platter of fruit, a wedding cake or a tray of cookies, the talent is...

January 15, 2016

salad

This bean and radish salad with kale pesto is a quick and easy healthy meal.  This recipe is so simple that even the most novice of cooks can prepare it.  Creamy cannellini beans are...

January 14, 2016

I don't know about you but whenever I decide to go on a diet, I immediately start craving junk food (my mind likes to play tricks on me).  I can go months and months without indulging in a...

January 12, 2016

green smoothie

January is all about cleansing the body and resetting your metabolism.  This green smoothie is guaranteed to do just that.  It will give your body a boost of vitamins and minerals and...

January 12, 2016

You may have noticed the the golden child of cooking oil, olive oil, has been kicked off its pedestal.  It has seen some fierce competition from rival coconut oil.  The rising popularity of...

January 8, 2016

Getting back into shape can be a challenge when you have been binging on cookies and cakes for two months.  When January arrives, it brings an opportunity for you to start fresh.  This...

January 7, 2016

pasta

Transitioning from the indulgence of the holidays back to a healthy diet can be difficult.  Recipes like low fat Fettuccine Alfredo make the changeover a little easier.  This pasta dish...

January 5, 2016

Quinoa and kale salad is the perfect way to start off the new year.  This healthy alternative to heavier meals combines dark leafy greens and hearty grains for a salad with plenty of color and...

January 5, 2016

It is National Spaghetti Day (yes, this holiday exists) and we are celebrating with pots of pasta.  We all love to slurp strands of spaghetti whether it is drenched in red sauce, pesto, or...

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