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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April 17, 2015

breakfast

Praline peach pancakes are a wonderful way to begin your morning.  Inspired by the ripe and juicy Georgia peaches, these pancakes have double the peach flavor.  The pancakes themselves are...

April 16, 2015

asparagus

Asparagus with hollandaise is a classic French dish that is perfect for spring.  This simple yet elegant side dish can served at any meal of the day.  Sometimes, I like to prepare asparagus...

April 16, 2015

lamb

Lamb is popular in the springtime.  Lamb chops, lamb roasts, and even lamb curries greet the table at dinner.  If you are intimidated by lamb or curry this recipe is perfect for you.  ...

April 16, 2015

raspberry

When you eat a homemade lemon raspberry muffin, you do not need to feel guilty for indulging.  With only 160 calories per muffin, you do not have to worry about falling off the diet wagon....

April 15, 2015

In honor of Tax Day, Pizza Hut, has launched a rewards program for diners.  Starting now, pizza fans can download and file a "P-2" form and submit it for a chance to win gift cards to...

April 15, 2015

meatball

Meatballs are a great way to make any meal stand out.  Spaghetti and meatballs would not be nearly as fun to eat if the meat was paired with the sauce (like bolognese sauce).  This Middle...

April 15, 2015

short ribs

If you were lucky enough to receive a tax refund, splurge on a gourmet meal made right at home.  Whether your weakness is a juicy steak, chocolate, or succulent lobster, we have a recipe that is...

April 14, 2015

breakfast

Berry breakfast quinoa is a grab and go breakfast that you can enjoy any morning of the week.  These quinoa cups are prepared the night before so that when you are heading out the door, you know...

April 14, 2015

martini

Mother nature deserves recognition for all the hard work she does throughout the year.  Toast to her amazing ability to move mountains, grow grass and rain to fall with these refreshing cocktail...

April 14, 2015

squash

Southwestern spaghetti squash bowls are an innovative way to eat this unique vegetable.  Most of the time, we pair spaghetti squash with marinara sauce and meatballs.  While there is...

April 13, 2015

sandwich

Meatless sandwiches are often labeled as tasteless and boring.  This avocado and goat cheese sandwich is anything but those things.  Ripe avocado is paired with sweet apples, cherry...

April 13, 2015

We all have or favorite chicken recipes and this is a collection of our top five.  Whether you want something quick, easy or delicious - we've got you covered.  What are some of your...

April 10, 2015

strawberry

Strawberry delight has everything you want in a dessert.  It is sweet, salty, creamy, fruity all bundled up into one sheet cake.  A buttery pretzel crust is topped with a cream cheese layer...

April 10, 2015

If you find yourself with a leftover box of matzo or two, these five recipes will show are variety of delicious ways to cook with this unleavened bread.  You can prepare anything from breakfast...

April 9, 2015

granola

If you have any remaining matzo from Passover, matzo granola is a genius way to make use of it.  Whole wheat matzo is toasted with a variety of nuts and tossed with a brown sugar and honey...

April 9, 2015

beef

Beef and broccoli is a favorite takeout meal that you can easily prepare in the crock pot.  You will want to use an inexpensive cut of steak for this recipe, like flank steak or skirt steak,...

April 8, 2015

grilled cheese

I have yet to crack the code as to why Americans love pineapple and ham (or Canadian bacon).  Perhaps it is the desire for balance between sweet and salty or our obsession for seamanly kookie...

April 7, 2015

mac n' cheese

One skillet meals are quick, easy and convenient.  There are many packaged one pot dinners but the homemade versions are always healthier and tastier. Essentially, you just throw all your...

April 7, 2015

chocolate

Aside from watching Peeps explode in the microwave, there are actually several ways to reuse these sugar covered marshmallows.  Whether you stick them in a sandwich or pair them with chocolate,...

April 6, 2015

If you grew up on marshmallow fluff and peanut butter sandwiches than this leftover Peeps recipe is for you.  Usually after the holidays are over, we are often left with an abundance of candy...

April 6, 2015

bell pepper

This spring inspired stuffed peppers recipe uses seasonal vegetables.  Asparagus, peas, and artichokes are combined with brown rice and feta cheese to create the filling.  Obviously,...

April 6, 2015

Once the Easter festivities come to an end, you are usually left with plenty of food. These five tasty sandwich recipes are an easy way to not let your leftover ham go to waste.  All them...

April 4, 2015

avocado

Egg salad in avocado boats is an easy meal to make with your leftover decorated Easter eggs.  A simple egg salad recipe studded with fresh chives and celery is scooped into creamy avocado....

April 4, 2015

lemon meringue

These lemon meringue pies in a jar from Let's Dish are the perfect Easter dessert.  While not a traditional lemon meringue pie, this recipe is delicious in its own right.  The crust is...

April 3, 2015

buns

Hot cross buns are a traditional Easter delicacy.  If you do not have a local bakery that serves these delicious doughy morsels then we are here to help.  The video below shows you a simple...

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