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 28, 2016

Whatta Smart Cookie is a pro at cookie decorating.  Their ranges extends beyond the typical heart or star cookie with a repertoire that includes more detailed characters such as Mickey Mouse,...

July 27, 2016

Golden brown, tender and deliciously addictive, fried shrimp with peach jalapeno dipping sauce scream summertime eating.  This simple and straightforward meal can be easily made for a family of...

July 20, 2016

The new sensational game, Pokemon Go encourages Pokemon fans to hit the streets and catch fictional creatures.  Pokemon hasn't received this much attention since their release of...

July 20, 2016

Don't get me wrong, I love tortillas but when I'm watching my carb intake, I like to turn to other taco shell alternatives.  These shells can be as simple as a kale leaf, a good source...

July 18, 2016

tuna

Tuna poke is quite possibly the ideal summer meal.  It is cool, refreshing and best of all, requires no cooking! You cans serve this poke as an appetizer or as part of a larger meal with salad...

July 18, 2016

Hershey cream pie is a nostalgic dessert. The bright yellow packaging would stand out like a gem against the white freezer walls. I love to re-create this childhood treat, especially in the summer...

July 14, 2016

There are good recipes, there are great recipes, and then there are recipes that just blow your mind.  Aww, Sam has created a dynamite recipe for funfetti ice pops that's simply out of this...

July 14, 2016

Who loves a five ingredient recipe? Who loves frozen desserts that come together in five minutes? If you answered yes to both questions, then these coconut pineapple ice pops are for you.  ...

July 12, 2016

pie

Bananas and peanut butter are a natural pairing so it makes sense that they would come together deliciously in this cream pie.  Minimal baking is required of this dessert, the only thing you...

July 11, 2016

vegetable

Sweet and sour rainbow vegetable skewers are a quick and easy summer side dish.  This versatile recipe can be done with just about any vegetable you have handy in the fridge.  I love to use...

July 11, 2016

sauce

Condiments are so fun to make at home.  While it may seem easier to just buy the bottle of ketchup, sweet chile sauce, mayonnaise etc..a lot of times they are filled with artificial flavors and...

July 7, 2016

chocolate

Cold brew is a food trend that I can definitely get behind.  This coffee brewing method requires no fancy coffee machines or even electricity for that matter (except to grind the beans)....

July 7, 2016

Making cold brew coffee at home can be as simple as using a jar, coffee filter and coffee grounds.  The cold brew process yields a milder, less acidic coffee that is ideal for summertime sipping...

July 6, 2016

Healthy vegan soft serve ice cream or "nice cream," as it is often referred to, is the easiest frozen dessert you'll make all summer long.  A whole banana is sliced and frozen....

July 6, 2016

For me, breakfast baking is often left for the weekends.  The thought of preheating the oven, measuring and mixing the ingredients and then waiting for the item(s) to bake is nothing short of a...

July 1, 2016

ric ekrispies

Edible 4th of July shot glasses allow you to chase your favorite spirit with a sweet treat.  The classic Rice Krispies treat recipe is spiked with some color to add some pizzazz.  The...

June 29, 2016

hot dog

Along with hamburgers, hot dogs are the quintessential 4th of July food.  The grill is lined with franks getting their char on while eaters patiently wait for their order to be up.  While...

June 28, 2016

cake

Mini firecracker pop rock cake are crackling with flavor.  This colorful 4th of July dessert is a great way to involve the whole family in the festivities.  Boxed cake mix is the...

June 28, 2016

A fun and festive cocktail is in order when celebrating the US independence day.  These two tequila cocktails pack a punch of flavor using premium spirits and fresh fruit.  Shake them up...

June 28, 2016

Southern California is experiencing one of many summer heat waves. I can't stand the thought of turning on the oven and the thought of cooking makes me avoid the kitchen entirely. All my...

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...

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