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 21, 2014

Since their recent introduction, pita chips have given tortilla chips a run for their money as the preferable dipper for hummus, white bean dip, salsa, guacamole, and more.  This Middle Eastern...

August 21, 2014

Pizza is a family favorite but sometimes time constraints don't allow you to make it from scratch.  These pizza cupcakes are a tasty alternative for the days that you're craving pizza...

August 20, 2014

chicken

It doesn't get any easier than salsa chicken.  This simple chicken recipe is perfect for busy weeknights when dinner needs to be on the table fast.  Chicken breasts are coated in taco...

August 20, 2014

nutella

Gluten-free desserts especially delicious when they contain a certain irresistible Italian chocolate hazelnut spread - Nutella.  This secret ingredient adds tremendous flavor without the...

August 20, 2014

Chicken breast can be one of the most difficult cut of meats to grill because their lack of fat content often leads to dry, chewy breast that needs to be drenched in sauce to taste moist.  ...

August 19, 2014

salad

Panzanella salad, a classic Italian dish, was invented as a way to use up stale bread.  This bread salad is made with fresh tomatoes, onions, olives, cucumbers, and whatever other vegetables you...

August 19, 2014

chicken

Fall is a busy time for parents because the kids go back to school and the number of mandatory events that you have to be apart of goes up.  On nights when you and the kids have a million and...

August 19, 2014

snack

The first step to making sure your child is eating a delicious and nutritious school lunch is to prepare it yourself.  While you can't necessarily monitor what your child actually eats, you...

August 18, 2014

tomatoes

A vine ripened garden tomato is one of the greatest gifts in food.  The sweet and acidic flavor isn't comparable to the disenchanted and bland ones found at big box supermarkets.  ...

August 18, 2014

If your used to meat being at the center of the plate, replacing it with vegetables may be challenging at first.  The key to making vegetables the center of attention is to season them well so...

August 16, 2014

tortillas

Quinoa tortillas are a great gluten-free alternative to flour tortillas.  Not only are they great with Mexican food, but work well to make wraps, tortillas chips, an other delicious dishes....

August 16, 2014

chicken

Grilled spiced chicken breasts gives this mildly flavored meat a kick of flavor.  Chicken breasts are a blank canvas that pair well with just about any other seasoning.  This dry rub recipe...

August 16, 2014

soup

With fall just around the corner, you'll soon be craving your favorite comfort foods like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, meatloaf and chicken and dumplings.  Chili chicken soup with...

August 14, 2014

meatballs

Nothing beats a plate of spaghetti and meatballs just like Nonna used to make.  The perfectly texture meatball contrasted against the soft stands of spaghetti coated in tomato sauce is absolute...

August 14, 2014

No matter the occasion, meatballs are always a hit.  These bite sized meaty morsels are great party food and are a guaranteed crowd pleaser.  They only requires 6 ingredients and...

August 14, 2014

pasta

Pasta is at the top of the list when it comes to preparing a quick and easy dinner.  You can create a pasta bake from just about anything available in your pantry.  It's a great way to...

August 13, 2014

This decadent chocolate cherry torte from Gluten-Free Vegan is not only for gluten-free eaters but for anyone who loves a good chocolate recipe.  This torte is wheat-free, vegan and paleo ...

August 13, 2014

eggs

French food often intimidates new cooks.  Perhaps its images of the stereotypical French chef yelling in your face or fanciful dishes like boeuf bourguignon, galette des rois, and...

August 13, 2014

burgers

Lettuce wrapped burgers from Erin Scott's newest cookbook Yummy Suppers are a gluten-free meal that anyone who enjoys a good juicy burger will love.  Since these burgers are skipping...

August 12, 2014

The Slow Roasted Italian had nailed her copycat recipe for Olive Garden's Alfredo sauce.  Alfredo sauce is basically a classic bechamel (one of the five mother sauces) with cheese...

August 12, 2014

beef

Sandwiches are often cast aside as lunchtime fare without any flair.  When crafting the perfect sub sandwich, think of it as you would any other dish with layers of different flavors and...

August 12, 2014

Chicken is on the menu at least once a week at my house and there are a handful of recipes that my family continuously ask for.  Herb and citrus roasted chicken from Cooking with Sugar happens...

August 11, 2014

salad

Kale is the new black - or maybe the new green? No matter. Kale has finally asserted its place in the food world and it's not going anywhere fast.  Kale is  high in beta carotene,...

August 11, 2014

Meatless Monday challenges home cooks and professional chefs alike to replace meat with vegetables to be at the center of the plate.  This practice helps you and your family consume more...

August 11, 2014

Yummy Suppers by Erin Scott is a gluten-free cookbook that appeals to anyone who loves food and cooking.  Even though the recipes are crafted with the gluten intolerant in mind, it emphasizes...

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