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 3, 2015

chocolate

When the famed campfire treat is calling your name and no campfire is in sight, these quick and easy s'mores puffs are the answer.  Light and buttery golden brown puff pastry is topped...

June 2, 2015

cake

Funfetti mug cake allows you to make your favorite dessert in minutes.  The advantage of having a handful of mug cake recipes on hand is that when you have a hankering for something sweet,...

June 2, 2015

mac n' cheese

If you are a comfort food junkie, then you will be hard pressed to turn down a bowl of steak and cheddar mac.  Perfectly cooked al dente elbow macaroni is coated in a velvety cheese...

June 2, 2015

There is no end to the need of no-bake dessert recipes in the summertime.  This banana split icebox cake is as tasty as it is easy.  Layers of graham crackers are paired with pudding and...

June 1, 2015

chocolate

If you are an avid cook, you understand the draw of a great recipe.  It tempts you with beautiful photos, a familiar ingredient list and the promise of a sense of accomplishment....

June 1, 2015

tacos

I don't know about you but during the summer my body craves vegetables.  These crunchy delicata squash tacos are guaranteed to satisfy that desire.  Slices of squash are...

May 31, 2015

Chocolate cherry rice pudding is an easy dessert that puts store bought pudding cups to shame.  Arborio rice, a short grain Italian rice, is cooked in a chocolate milk mixture for 30...

May 31, 2015

pasta

Cream cheese pasta salad with chicken and vegetables is the perfect party food because you can prepare this dish well in advance.  Penne pasta is combined with shredded rotisserie chicken and an...

May 31, 2015

grilled cheese

When I am tired and hungry, grilled cheese is my go-to meal because it is quick, easy and satisfying.  This garlic grilled cheese sandwich takes this classic comfort food to the next level....

May 29, 2015

chicken

There will never  be a day when I will turn down a quick and easy dinner recipe.  Don't get me wrong, I love spending hours in the kitchen like the next cook but realistically,...

May 29, 2015

peppers

Shishito peppers reign from East Asia and has quickly become a popular menu item.  These peppers are mostly sweet but on occasion you will run into a spicy one (the surprise element is part...

May 28, 2015

meatloaf

You do not need to sacrifice flavor when eating healthy. The key is to use fresh full flavored ingredients and pairing them with lean proteins and whole grains.  These light (and tasty)...

May 28, 2015

cake

In some circles vegan and gluten-free are buzz words for DO NOT EAT.  I will be the first one to tell you - do not give into the peer pressure.  This vegan and gluten-free chocolate...

May 28, 2015

blueberry

Celebrate the coming of summer with this delicious gluten-free blueberry pie.  This gluten-free pie crust will rival any gluten version.  The best thing about this recipe is that it does...

May 27, 2015

With summer on the horizon, I have been dreaming of fruity ice pops, creamy ice cream and other delightful frozen treats.  These five ingredient coconut strawberry ice pops could not be any...

May 25, 2015

If you are looking to add a twist to your traditional Memorial Day menu, we have got some great recipes that will add some zest to you table. Grilled New York Strip Steak Recipe from Boulder...

May 22, 2015

If you are looking for a fun and festive Memorial Day dessert, prepare these awesome Captain America ice cream sandwiches.  Not only are they patriotic but they are perfect for anyone who loves...

May 22, 2015

tequila

Welcome the your long Memorial Day weekend with these fruity tequila cocktails.  Whether you are relaxing by the pool or hosting a family barbecue, these delicious drinks will be a welcome...

May 22, 2015

potato

No matter the meal, the side dishes are just as important as the main event.  They are designed to compliment the star dish but also set themselves apart as a contrasting flavor.  These...

May 20, 2015

pasta

We are getting ready for Memorial Day and pulling out all our favorite barbecue recipes.  You can't have a cookout without the accompanying sides.  Creamy shells and shrimp salad is a...

May 20, 2015

cauliflower

Cauliflower tempura tacos are part Indian, part Japanese and part Mexican.  In other words, it is the ultimate fusion food.  The tempura batter is spiced with cumin, coriander, chili powder...

May 19, 2015

pork

Mother's BBQ made this grilled double cut pork chop for Valentine's Day but I think it is better suited for Memorial Day.  These thick and juicy chops should be reserved for special...

May 18, 2015

strawberry

This strawberry shortcake layer cake from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody is simply stunning.  This pretty pink dessert commands attention even though it does not have any of the traditional...

May 18, 2015

Memorial Day marks the commencement of grilling season.  That means it is time to dust off the barbecue and break out the tongs.  While the meat is usually star, that does not mean the side...

May 17, 2015

The pita pocket sandwich is a rock star for lunch.  This particular menu item became popular over a decade ago and has stuck around ever since.  This easy lunchtime meal is extremely...

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