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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July 1, 2015

berry

Every one has seen an American flag cake but what about an American flag pie? This seasonal treat sections the blackberries to a corner while the remainder of the pie shell is filled with...

July 1, 2015

If you are celebrating July 4th in the hot sun, then I suggest turning to ice cream for your Independence Day dessert.  Whether you prefer to churn it yourself or eat store bought, nothing is as...

July 1, 2015

Celebrity chef Antonia Lofaso has partnered with Breyers ice cream to create tasty recipes using the ice cream.  This easy stars and stripes sundae is one such creation.  A festive...

June 30, 2015

lobster

Lobster rolls are a luxury.  This simple sandwich is an example of pure decadence.  Succulent chunks of lobster are mixed with chives, lemon juice and mayonnaise before it piled high into a...

June 30, 2015

One of the best things about traveling is coming home with recipes to share with friends and family.  I spent a lovely week in New England visiting family, seeing historic landmarks and...

June 19, 2015

If steak sandwiches could kill, this recipe from The Wright Family Table would be a sniper.  Thinly sliced beef chuck are just cooked until the meat forms a crust.  It is served in a...

June 19, 2015

The most obvious way to enjoy top shelf whiskey is on the rocks on mixed in a cocktail.  Whiskey can add exceptional flavor to a myriad of dishes from fried chicken to chocolate cake.  ...

June 19, 2015

shrimp

Whether your dad is a fan of seafood or you are looking to make a surf and turf meal, these grilled garlic shrimp make an amazing main dish for Father's Day.  Succulent shrimp are marinated...

June 18, 2015

Lemon herb chicken with vegetables is the perfect one pot for your busiest nights.  This quick and easy meal comes together is well under 30 minutes.  If you have a hungry crowd looking to...

June 18, 2015

beef

Slow cooker shredded beef fajitas is a sure fire way to get the family to convene around the table.  You can set this meal to cook at night while you are asleep and have it ready to eat by the...

June 17, 2015

pizza

If you are in the mood for pizza but do not have the patience to prepare the crust, we have a recipe for you.  Barbecue chicken tortilla pizza is the solution for (almost) instant pizza.  ...

June 17, 2015

Any dad would love a plate of tender baby back ribs for Father's Day.  This recipe is as good in the oven as it is on the grill so no matter what appliances you have at home, you can still...

June 16, 2015

eggplant

Grilled eggplant fattoush is a play on this Middle Eastern vegetable salad.  Once grilled, eggplant becomes a whole different vegetable, mild and slightly bitter.  When combined with fresh...

June 16, 2015

This awesome inside out rainbow polka dot cake is for bakers who love a good challenge.  While this fun recipe is not necessarily hard, it does require some skill and plenty of patience.  ...

June 15, 2015

Strawberry season is in full swing and I am making the most of it from baking my favorite treats, preparing preserves and eating them fresh from the basket.  It was hard to narrow down my...

June 15, 2015

Chocolate dipped strawberries are one of the most romantic and easiest desserts.  Cooks of all skill levels can prepare this treat and it has less than five ingredients.  This recipe has a...

June 12, 2015

tofu

If you are itching to take your grill for a spin, prepare these quick and easy teriyaki tofu kebabs.  Cubes of tofu are skewered with pineapple and red bell peppers before they are dipped into a...

June 12, 2015

Funfetti grilled cheese is one dessert recipe that is guaranteed to blow your taste buds away.  The popular birthday cake and sprinkles is transformed into something totally unexpected and...

June 12, 2015

cookies

Everyone has their favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and this one from Ambitious Kitchen happens to be one of mine.  These chewy brown butter chocolate chip cookies are rich with just a hint...

June 11, 2015

cocktail

Summer is the perfect excuse for a mid day cocktail.  Whether you are sipping on a light and refreshing drink pool side or enjoying a cold one at a family barbecue, a well balanced cocktail is a...

June 11, 2015

milk

Non-dairy chocolate milk is becoming easier to find these days which is nice because it gives eaters more options.  Non-dairy Nutella chocolate milk is a homemade concoction from start to finish...

June 11, 2015

ice cream

Roasted strawberry sundaes are an easy way to spruce up your typical bowl of ice cream.  Fresh summer strawberries are roasted with balsamic vinegar and honey to create a dynamic and intensely...

June 11, 2015

fruit

Dessert pizza has been around for awhile but now you can make your own version at home using fresh seasonal fruits.  A sugar cookie crust is topped with a sweet cream cheese mixture and...

June 10, 2015

dinosaur

 Humans have be obsessed with the prehistoric past since the birth of modern science.  Since the release of the fourth Jurassic Park movie, Jurassic World, dinosaurs have...

June 10, 2015

Oreo

This summer, skip the daily visits to the ice cream man and prepare these easy Oreo ice cream sandwiches.  This simple summertime dessert is made from store bought ingredients and...

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