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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January 1, 2017

This quick and easy tea ring is the perfect addition to any brunch menu.  If you've planned ahead of time, you can certainly make the brioche dough.  But, if you are like me and need...

January 1, 2017

A Bloody Mary is always in order after New Year's Eve festivities.  Rather than the standard vodka and tomato juice cocktail, try out these infused vodka recipes.  They pack a punch and...

December 29, 2016

It is t-minus 2 days until 2017 arrives and we all start our New Year's resolutions which usually include better eating habits.  This countdown pizza dip clock is a delicious send off...

December 28, 2016

Wine and cheese pairing is as continental as it gets.  The French, Italian, Greek, Spanish and even Americans can create an amazing spread that highlight both food and drink.  Since 2016 is...

December 27, 2016

Just because you are on a specialized diet, does not mean you can't get into the holiday baking spirit.  These paleo caramel apple ginigersnap cookies are a delicious treat...

December 27, 2016

We have so many talented cooks and bakers in our Foodista community.  It is important to me that we share and highlight some of the awesome people who participate in this blog.  I know that...

December 22, 2016

Peppermint popcorn balls is fun holiday for for the whole family.  Similar to Rice Krispies Treats, these kernels are glued together with melted marshmallows and butter.  Crushed candy...

December 22, 2016

Almond mint cookies are a gluten-free, vegan holiday alternative for friends and family on special diets.  Ground almond is mixed with ground flaxseed and coconut oil and cocoa powder to form...

December 20, 2016

Popcorn balls are a Christmas staple.  Hot cocoa popcorn balls is a fun twist on the classic that yields a more fun and flavorful snack.  I like to mix in candy cane bits for a pop of...

December 20, 2016

If you want to make a gift that your friends and family will beg for every year thereafter, Christmas crack candy is the ticket.  This super simple candy has addicting qualities that...

December 19, 2016

Reindeer chow is the perfect Christmas snack food.  Kids and adults alike will love the combination of sweet, salty, smooth and crunchy that this snack offers.  Kettle corn is mixed with...

December 19, 2016

Vegan caramel sauce may be the best dish known I've prepared this holiday season.  Forget the candy thermometers, sugar burns and sticky pots, this devilishly good sauce comes together in...

December 15, 2016

Fudge fans rejoice with this fabulous recipe for almond butter fudge.  This easy candy is perfect for a gift or your contribution to the office Christmas party.  As an added bonus, those...

December 15, 2016

Chocolate reindeer pops from Hungry Happenings are the cutest, most adorable holiday treat.  Rice Krispies treats are dunked into melted chocolate and decorated with candy eyes, a red...

December 14, 2016

The holiday season is all about homemade sweet and treats.  These snowman cupcakes from Happy Go Lucky Blog can offer you a break in between the panattone and croquembouche.  You can turn...

December 13, 2016

Sparkling holiday punch is a festive beverage that can be prepared for any holiday event.  This effervescent drink can be made for strictly adults (cue the wine) or be sans alcohol for everyone...

December 12, 2016

Foodista user Lauren Short of Lauren Caris Cooks shared a dynamite recipe for vegan meringue cookies.  Meringue is traditionally made with a combination of egg white and sugar that is...

December 8, 2016

I have fond memories of decorating gingerbread men cookies with family during the holiday season.  It was an all day extravaganza with all the cousins gathering at grandma's house to...

December 8, 2016

Sugar cookie bars is a quick and easy holiday recipe that even the kids can prepare.  Store bought sugar cookie dough is pressed into a pan and baked.  It is topped with chocolate and candy...

December 7, 2016

Chocolate and peppermint are the quintessential holiday pair.  This flavor duo is featured in hot chocolate, cakes, candies and cookies.  These homemade sables highlight this couple's...

December 6, 2016

Steamed chocolate pudding cake is a modern take on a classic English dessert.  This dynamite cake is as moist as it is rich.  The ice cream is a must-have garnish as it cuts the richness of...

December 6, 2016

Hot chocolate cookies are the perfect way to eat the flavors of the classic holiday drink.  A chewy chocolate cookie dough is studded with dark chocolate chips and topped with a toasted...

December 5, 2016

If you are anything like me, the holiday season is strictly for baking.  And by baking, I mean only preparing cookies.  Even though I am in a baking frenzy, I still like to keep things...

December 5, 2016

Red velvet cupcakes are a festive sweet for the holiday season.  Nothing is quite as good as a moist, faintly chocolaty cake with homemade cream cheese frosting slathered over the top.  ...

December 2, 2016

We love our Foodista members and want to acknowledge their contribution to our site. This week we are getting into the holiday spirit with Culinary Envy's white chocolate caramel snowman hands....

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