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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October 31, 2014

eggs

Since Halloween is finally here, it is time for you to finalize your party menu.  These five themed appetizers will trick your guests and maintain a festive atmosphere.  Moreover, these...

October 31, 2014

These outrageous orange treats are colored coordinated to match tonight's Halloween festivities.  Whether it be a giant monster cake, jack o'lantern rice krispie treats or tri-...

October 30, 2014

chicken'

If your are a fan of orange chicken, a favorite Chinese American dish, then you'll love sweet and spicy Mexican chipotle chicken.  This south of the border twist combines the flavors of...

October 30, 2014

cocktail

Cocktails by Cody are inspired by Disney's most beloved characters from princesses to hero and sidekicks and even villains.  Each one is mixed with a little magic.  These unique...

October 30, 2014

cocktail

Every Halloween party needs a themed cocktail to match.  If you are tending to a large crowd, spiked punches, like the witches brew, are a great idea because you do not need a bartender to serve...

October 29, 2014

pot pie

Transforming an ordinary meal into a celebratory Halloween one is as easy as pizza pot pie.   Ground beef is browned and combined with a thick marinara sauce along with onions, mushrooms,...

October 29, 2014

This is Halloween, This is Halloween, Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!....No Halloween celebration is complete without watching Tim Burton's classic The Nightmare Before Christmas....

October 29, 2014

chocolate

Halloween is a time to exercise your creativity and make something scary.  These treats are not supposed to be cute and cuddly but quite the contrary, they should send shivers down your spine...

October 29, 2014

trifle

Caramel apple trifle is an easy dessert you can whip together in under 30 minutes.  This luscious layered treats combines tart Granny smith apples with store bought pound cake , light as air...

October 28, 2014

pie

This Halloween spinach pie is an example of how one little detail can spruce up an ordinary dish into a festive one.  This spinach pie is nothing fancy, just a straight up tasty meal....

October 28, 2014

risotto

Pumpkin risotto is fall comfort food at its finest.  The flavors are rich, the colors are bright, and every bite feels like home.  Risotto is not a time consuming meal but it demands a lot...

October 27, 2014

    Easy Meat-Free Farfalle with Vegetables 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 7 very thin asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1/2 cup) 1/2 cup fresh green beans trimmed...

October 27, 2014

cookbook

Like it or not, fat is an essential part of our diet.  Franklin Becker, author of Good Fat Cooking, provides 100 mouthwatering recipes to incorporate fat into your diet in a healthy way....

October 27, 2014

Pumpkin bread pudding is a delicious fall dessert that delivers big flavors with a small amount of effort. Bread pudding is a dessert that was invented as a way to use up stale bread.  This was...

October 26, 2014

Whether you prefer Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady or Gala, fall is all about the apples.  Even though this fruit is available in most markets year round, they are truly at their best during...

October 26, 2014

cake

This 3D pumpkin cake is a fun Halloween dessert.  While most decorated pumpkin cake tutorials are targeted towards the experienced cake decorator, this one is not.  It doe not require any...

October 26, 2014

Good Fat Cooking by Franklin Becker challenges our negative view of fat and highlights the use of various flavorful fats to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Whole foods like avocados, nuts,...

October 23, 2014

coffee cake

The Baking Bible from Rose Levy Beranbaum is the magnum opus from "the most meticulous cook who ever lived."  Her detail oriented instructions are written with the home baker in...

October 22, 2014

bible

Rose levy Beranbaum is the expert when it comes to all things baked.  Her method is exact and her technique is flawless.  In her newest cookbook, The Baking Bible, Beranbaum draws on her...

October 22, 2014

pie

Almost any fruit pie can be a pie in a jar.  The easy assembly and baking method outlined in Me, Myself and Pie will help you streamline this process from start to finish.  Not...

October 22, 2014

tuna

If you're not into sushi cut rolls, try your hand at making hand rolls instead.  The nori, toasted seaweed sheets, are shaped into a cone and filled with rice, fish and vegetables.  ...

October 21, 2014

Sushi is a fun and interactive meal where the whole family can participate.  When you had your first bite of sushi, more than likely you tasted a California roll.  This iconic sushi roll is...

October 21, 2014

beer

Pumpkin beer is a seasonal beverage that only comes around once a year.  Every craft brewery has their style, some are spicy with notes of allspice, cloves and nutmeg while others are mild and...

October 21, 2014

squid ink

Halloween is a time for all things orange and black, even food.  While many people like to use excessive amounts of black food coloring, there are some ingredients that are naturally black....

October 20, 2014

While not necessarily traditional, this vegetarian ramen is still a dynamite meal for Meatless Monday.  This versatile Japanese noodle soup is made with a plethora of vegetables and is exploding...

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