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 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...

October 20, 2014

Nigella Lawson is known for her rich and decadent meals so you know that her recipe for devil's food cake is out of this world.  This cake was first featured in her book, Kitchen, and...

October 20, 2014

cheesecake

If you have a hard time choosing between chocolate desserts and pumpkin pie in the fall, this brownie pumpkin cheesecake brings the two flavors together into one glorious dessert.  ...

October 19, 2014

cupcakes

For better or worse, the small and usually harmless spider can strike fear in the hearts of so many.  This tiny creature can make the strongest man squeal in fright.  It's no...

October 18, 2014

Pre-made pizza dough is a life saver when you are in need of a quick and easy meal.  This time saving ingredient can be used in a variety of recipes in addition to pizza, like these spinach...

October 18, 2014

sushi

In the last two decades, sushi, the Japanese art of serving raw fish with rice and seaweed paper, has gone from exotic to ordinary.  It is no longer is the cuisine of adventurous eaters or...

October 17, 2014

cake

This spider web cake is a spooky Halloween dessert that's perfect for beginner bakers.  The recipe calls for boxed cake mix to make things easy on you but, if you have the time, you can...

October 17, 2014

burgers

Avocado is one of those foods that are delicious with just about anything.  Whether you like them in your sandwiches, cubed in salads, or whipped up into guacamole, avocados are a versatile...

October 16, 2014

bell peppers

Quick and easy gluten-free stuffed bell peppers is a versatile dish that can be made any night of the week.  Stuffed bell peppers are ideal for leftovers so whether you have extra rice, quinoa,...

October 16, 2014

rice

Malaysian black rice pudding is a dark as night dessert that's perfect to serve during your Halloween festivities.  This gluten-free and dairy-free treat is ideal for anyone on a special...

October 16, 2014

pie

No matter the occasion, pie is always a welcomed dessert.  Experience baker Sherry Gore shares her tried and true methods for baking perfect pies in her newest cookbook, Me, Myself and Pie...

October 14, 2014

steak

When the weather cools, classic meat and potatoes begin to appear on the menu.  Whether your a fan of steak and baked potato, beef stew, or pot roast, these five recipes are sure to satisfy....

October 14, 2014

pie

A glistening golden brown homemade pie is the epitome of comfort.  In Me, Myself and Pie, Sherry Gore shares 100 mouthwatering recipes to make your own slice of comfort at home.  ...

October 14, 2014

sugar cookie

Candy corn sugar cookie stacks are a sweet and simple Halloween treat.  Sugar cookie dough that has been colored yellow and orange and layered on top of one another.  Once baked, the cookie...

October 13, 2014

spice

Homemade spice blends are fresher, have more flavor and less salt than anything store bought.  To make the best spice blends, start with whole spices.  You can grind the spices using a...

October 13, 2014

gnocchi

Toasted sweet potato gnocchi with vegetables and hazelnuts is a tantalizing fall meal.  Gnocchi is an Italian potato dumpling that's light as air and, in this case, coated in a glistening...

October 13, 2014

cake

Halloween desserts are supposed to be festive and fun.  If you don't have the patience to labor over a detailed dessert, this Frankenstein monster cake is for you.  You can pick up the...

October 12, 2014

gnocchi

Ideally, Sunday's are the perfect time to spend all day in the kitchen crafting the perfect supper.  However, more often than not, you are spending your Sunday getting ready for the week...

October 12, 2014

halloween

Spooky brownies are a simple and straightforward Halloween dessert.  Brownies made from a box are topped with marshmallows decorated to look like iconic Halloween characters like Frankenstein...

October 12, 2014

potatoes

Hasselback potatoes are making a comeback.  This unique cooking technique allow the potato slices to be crispy and golden brown on the outside and soft and tender on the inside.  ...

October 11, 2014

Hasselback potatoes are the ultimate side dish.  They are tender, crispy and absolutely delicious.  No matter the potato, the technique remains the same.  A sweet potato, Idaho baking...

October 11, 2014

meatloaf

After a hard day, all you need is a comforting meal, like meatloaf with mashed potatoes, to set you straight again.  This simple and straightforward recipe is a classic and echoes the days of...

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