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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June 23, 2016

This rainbow fruit salad is one of the easiest dishes you will ever make.  It only requires a few minutes to prepare the fruit before it is ready to serve.  You can serve this as is, on a...

June 23, 2016

soy sauce

Soy sauce is a 2,500 year old condiment that extends beyond borders and cultures.  This dark sauce is made from fermenting soybeans with a combination of salt, sugar and sometimes wheat.  ...

June 21, 2016

cauliflower

Chinese take-out may have limited options for non-meat eaters but when you cook at home you can transform almost any meal into a vegetarian one.  Whether you are a fan of classic orange "...

June 21, 2016

Raw chocolate avocado tart is an indulgent yet healthy dessert.  Avocado is the secret ingredient because it creates a velvety smooth filling.  In addition, the nutrient packed...

June 20, 2016

peppers

Grilled cheese stuffed mini bell peppers are an easy summer side dish.  A blend of goat cheese and cream cheese are mixed with fresh herbs and stuffed into mini bell pepper before hitting the...

June 17, 2016

sliders

If your Dad is a meat and potatoes kind of guy then he is going to fall in love with these mini meatloaf sliders.  This classic American recipe is transformed into a hand held meal that can be...

June 16, 2016

cake

In celebration for the premier of Finding Dory (the sequel to Finding Nemo) tomorrow, we wanted to share this awesome layer cake tutorial featured on Nerdy Nummies.  This themed cake is as easy...

June 15, 2016

ice pops

All natural Nutella inspired fudge pops are a healthier way to enjoy this favorite childhood treat.  Raw ingredients are poured into a food processor and blended until smooth and poured into...

June 15, 2016

grill

Grilled fruit is an easy outdoor dessert that everyone will love.  These simple recipes highlight the fruit's flavor and pair them with complimentary ingredients to make it truly shine....

June 10, 2016

Lime and pomegranate ice pops are an easy summer treat that the whole family will love.  These pops take about 2 minutes to assemble but then you have to be patient while they freeze.  To...

June 8, 2016

Celebrity chefs like Wolgang Puck and Gordon Ramsy have partnered with Facebook to release exclusive 360 footage of their restaurant kitchens.  Immersive entertainment studio, Surreal TV, has...

June 7, 2016

This tropical take on quinoa salad is the perfect salad to take with you on the go.  Whether you are planning a picnic in the park or brown bagging your lunch, this salad can be made in advance...

June 7, 2016

A doughnut pan can be your best fried when trying gluten-free recipes.  These chocolate cake doughnuts with vanilla icing from Chronicles of Passion are the perfect example of how gluten-free...

June 3, 2016

Vegan buttermilk fried "chicken" is a meat-free version of this classic Southern dish.  Tofu breasts are dipped into a thickened mustard mixture (similar to a beaten egg) before being...

June 3, 2016

Vegan mac n' cheese is a delicious way to enjoy this classic comfort food without using any animal products.  The key to this recipe is the cauliflower sauce.  In recent years,...

June 1, 2016

pizza

Whether you are going gluten-free by choice or for health reasons, there are so many great recipes out there that will help you forget about that pesky protein.  Pizza is one of the foods I can...

May 31, 2016

salad

Gluten-free quinoa, kale and berry salad is a guilt-free summer meal you can devour all season long.  Not only is this salad easy to put together but it's beautiful to boot.  A bed of...

May 27, 2016

This red, white and blue firecracker cake is a Memorial Day dessert that even the most novice baker can prepare.  The recipe calls for boxed caked mix so all you have to do is gather the...

May 27, 2016

Memorial Day marks the transition from cooking on the stovetop to preparing foods outside.  This weekend, dust off your grill and craft a menu suitable for outdoor dining.  In my opinion,...

May 26, 2016

Everyone loves a good 20 minute chicken recipe.  Southwestern spiced chicken with cheese and tomatoes is a quick and easy weeknight meal that the whole family will absolutely love.  Chicken...

May 24, 2016

Garlic confit is a simple condiment that will add exceptional flavor to just about any meal.  This classic French technique helps preserve food in oil, from garlic cloves to whole duck legs....

May 19, 2016

Oreo skillet brownies is a decadent dessert that you have to bake.  Your favorite brownie recipe is doctored up with Oreo cookies and vanilla frosting to create a recipe you won't...

May 19, 2016

Every cook needs a go-to barbecue rub that they can use all summer long.  This do-it-yourself seasoning blend is a sweet and smoky mix of paprika, cumin, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder and...

May 17, 2016

I recently had to try the new King's Hawaiian barbecue sauces.  They released four different flavors including smoked bacon, sweet pineapple, Kona coffee and big island lava sauce....

May 17, 2016

Avocado can add a beautiful splash of color to any meal.  Colette Dike, founder of Food Deco, has mastered the art of the shaved avocado and has made foodies envious of her ability ever since....

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