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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September 15, 2014

Apple pie

It's apple season and you know what that means - apple pies, apple tarts, applesauce, apple crumbles and so many more delicious apple desserts.  The secret to a truly delicious apple dessert...

September 15, 2014

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the familiar flavors of a cheeseburger besides in between a bun.  Take the cheeseburger chowder for instance, a quick and easy meal that uses shredded cheese to...

September 15, 2014

soup

The slow cooker can be your best friend in the busiest of times.  While you are busy at work, helping kids with homework, and picking up the house, the slow cooker is lending a hand by ensuring...

September 14, 2014

No one denies the deliciousness of a piece of fried chicken; the juicy, tender meat against the the crispy crust is absolute perfection.  Unfortunately, traditional fried chicken can be quite a...

September 14, 2014

When the first signs of fall appear, I immediately crave the warm and comforting flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  Whether it's in my mug in the form of a homemade pumpkin...

September 13, 2014

pumpkin

With fall only two weeks away, I am already dreaming of oversized sweaters, pumpkin pie, and hot toddy's.  This pumpkin pie French toast is the perfect way to welcome the changing of the...

September 13, 2014

chicken

Orange glazed chicken breast is a one-skillet dinner that your family will want to eat all the time.  Juicy tender chicken breasts are quickly browned before they are coasted in a sweet and...

September 13, 2014

There is a reason that this is not the first time we've shared savory pie recipes - it's a ridiculously easy meal that is ready in just minutes.  The beauty of the savory pie is that it...

September 12, 2014

pasta

Hamburger Helper was a staple in many households.  It was easy enough to brown some meat in a pan and add pasta and couple of packets of seasoning and sauce.  But what most people don't...

September 12, 2014

chicken

Soboro Don, or Japanese chicken and egg bowl, is a meal that's ready to eat in just 10 minutes - I mean it doesn't really get any easier than that.  Flavorful ground chicken is paired...

September 12, 2014

pork

Cooking with Gochujang by Naomi Imatome is the first book of it's kind to highlight this ancient Korean hot sauce.  Sriracha opened the gateway for Asian hot sauces and now gochujang is...

September 11, 2014

truffles

Soft, buttery and sweet, these white chocolate truffles with dried cranberries are a dynamite dessert.  Instead of using traditional truffle ingredients including heavy cream and grated white...

September 11, 2014

breakfast.

Conventional wisdom states that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and for good reason.  Breakfast gives your body and brain the energy it needs to get you going in the morning...

September 11, 2014

margarita

If you are getting started on your weekend early this week, consider sipping on one of these fabulous tequila cocktails.  If you like something a little hot and spicy, try the Spicy ...

September 10, 2014

avocado

Monday night football and munchies go hand in hand.  My snack of choice is guacamole  because it can be prepared in just a few minutes and is so flavorful, you won't need to snack on...

September 10, 2014

soup

The the weather begins to cool, we start crave foods that make you feel cozy inside.  These creamy chicken soup recipes are those kind of meals - warm, inviting and delicious.  You can...

September 10, 2014

    Sweet Potato/Amaretti Gnocchi, Sage Butter 8 Servings Although these surprising gnocchi are made with sweet potatoes and crumbled Italian cookies, their success is still dependent on...

September 9, 2014

soup

Minestrone is a soup that changes with the seasons.  While summer minestrone may have slices of zucchini or chunks of tomato, this fall version is made with root vegetables, green beans and...

September 9, 2014

ground beef

Sloppy Joe pockets are a refined version of this classic comfort food.  Instead of piling a thick, tomato based meat sauce on a bun, it's tucked neatly into a buttery biscuit - you could...

September 9, 2014

cookbooks

Cookbook authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough have crafted a collection of 150 recipes that put vegetables at the center of the plate in Vegetarian Dinner Parties.  Even though the word...

September 8, 2014

cake

There is no dessert easier than the mug cake.  A handful of ingredients are beat together, thrown in a mug, and microwaved for a couple of minutes - it's truly an instant dessert.  ...

September 8, 2014

chili

Butternut squash and black bean chili is meat-free meal that even carnivores will love.  This chili falls somewhere in between a tortilla soup and a black bean stew but heartier and with...

September 8, 2014

pasta

We are kind of obsessed with the one pot pasta method. It doesn't get any simpler than throwing all the ingredients in a pot and letting the stove do most of the work for you.  It's...

September 7, 2014

pop tarts

We are conditioned to love things that will make our life easier.  Items like cars, computers and convenience foods have weaved their way into our daily routine and have now become commonplace...

September 7, 2014

soup

This rich and creamy crab soup is five ingredient meal that's an absolute delight for the senses.  Crab has a delicate, sweet flavor that penetrates the milky soup base.  Since...

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