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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August 29, 2016

sandwich

Back to school brings on an onslaught of tasks for parents and kids, one of which is packing school lunch.  The older my children become, the more I want to be in control of what they are...

August 25, 2016

  Blueberry clafoutis is a very persuasive reason to turn on the oven, even at the height of summer.  This French dessert combines seasonal fruit with custard to create something magical....

August 24, 2016

Tomato week is in full swing celebrating all the deliciousness that this vegetable (that's really a fruit) brings to the table.  In the last decade, we have strayed from the generic ...

August 24, 2016

Homemade ice cream can be as simple as whipping up a smoothie.  This recipe for no-churn strawberry ice cream is a favorite because you dump everything into a blender and then transfer the...

August 21, 2016

Among the bustling streets of Sao Paolo, Brazil are small metal carts offering mortadella sandwiches to passersby.  These simple and unassuming meal is a staple for Brazilians.  Its a quick...

August 17, 2016

Brazilian truffles or brigadeiro is the easiest candy you'll ever make.  A can of sweetened condensed milk is cooked with butter and flavoring (like cocoa powder, peanut butter, coffee...

August 15, 2016

Ice pops are my favorite summer treats.  Yes, they are delicious, but I mostly make them because they are quick.  I just throw the ingredients in the blender and then straight to the ice...

August 13, 2016

If you are looking for a fun way to spend your Saturday in Los Angeles, I highly recommend attending the LA Craft Beer Crawl.  This one of a kind event tasting event highlight several...

August 13, 2016

Pão de Queijo or Brazilian cheese bread is my absolute favorite snack.  My grandmother used to make batches for myself and my cousins.  We would swarm around the table and...

August 9, 2016

black beans

Commemorate the 2016 Summer Olympic games with this Brazilian feast inspired by traditional regional dishes.  Brazilian food culture is as diverse as the people themselves with influences from...

August 9, 2016

shrimp

Fresh Fish by Jennifer Trainer Thompson is approaches fish cookery with a fearless bravado that encourages even the most novice cook to try seafood at home.  The key to preparing these fish...

July 28, 2016

Whatta Smart Cookie is a pro at cookie decorating.  Their ranges extends beyond the typical heart or star cookie with a repertoire that includes more detailed characters such as Mickey Mouse,...

July 27, 2016

Golden brown, tender and deliciously addictive, fried shrimp with peach jalapeno dipping sauce scream summertime eating.  This simple and straightforward meal can be easily made for a family of...

July 20, 2016

The new sensational game, Pokemon Go encourages Pokemon fans to hit the streets and catch fictional creatures.  Pokemon hasn't received this much attention since their release of...

July 20, 2016

Don't get me wrong, I love tortillas but when I'm watching my carb intake, I like to turn to other taco shell alternatives.  These shells can be as simple as a kale leaf, a good source...

July 18, 2016

tuna

Tuna poke is quite possibly the ideal summer meal.  It is cool, refreshing and best of all, requires no cooking! You cans serve this poke as an appetizer or as part of a larger meal with salad...

July 18, 2016

Hershey cream pie is a nostalgic dessert. The bright yellow packaging would stand out like a gem against the white freezer walls. I love to re-create this childhood treat, especially in the summer...

July 14, 2016

There are good recipes, there are great recipes, and then there are recipes that just blow your mind.  Aww, Sam has created a dynamite recipe for funfetti ice pops that's simply out of this...

July 14, 2016

Who loves a five ingredient recipe? Who loves frozen desserts that come together in five minutes? If you answered yes to both questions, then these coconut pineapple ice pops are for you.  ...

July 12, 2016

pie

Bananas and peanut butter are a natural pairing so it makes sense that they would come together deliciously in this cream pie.  Minimal baking is required of this dessert, the only thing you...

July 11, 2016

vegetable

Sweet and sour rainbow vegetable skewers are a quick and easy summer side dish.  This versatile recipe can be done with just about any vegetable you have handy in the fridge.  I love to use...

July 11, 2016

sauce

Condiments are so fun to make at home.  While it may seem easier to just buy the bottle of ketchup, sweet chile sauce, mayonnaise etc..a lot of times they are filled with artificial flavors and...

July 7, 2016

chocolate

Cold brew is a food trend that I can definitely get behind.  This coffee brewing method requires no fancy coffee machines or even electricity for that matter (except to grind the beans)....

July 7, 2016

Making cold brew coffee at home can be as simple as using a jar, coffee filter and coffee grounds.  The cold brew process yields a milder, less acidic coffee that is ideal for summertime sipping...

July 6, 2016

Healthy vegan soft serve ice cream or "nice cream," as it is often referred to, is the easiest frozen dessert you'll make all summer long.  A whole banana is sliced and frozen....

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