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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April 28, 2016

asparagus

Brown butter asparagus with caramelized shallots is an amazing spring side dish that you will want to cook all season long.  Bright green asparagus spears are roasted until just tender and...

April 27, 2016

Instead of the usual bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates, bake mom a batch of these beautiful rose meringue cookies.  Many beginner bakers are intimidated by this cookie because it consists...

April 26, 2016

avocado

My first introduction to smoothie bowls was on the streets of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.  Throughout the city there are small stalls where they serve fresh juices and acai bowls.  The bowls...

April 25, 2016

Barbecue season is almost here and this delicious seitan and mushroom barbecue sandwich is a recipe you won't be able to live without.  This classic Southern dish has been modified for...

April 22, 2016

Earth Day is about taking a step back and reflecting on the impact we make on the world from the food we eat to the way we dispose of waste and how we use our natural resources.  We must...

April 21, 2016

Since summer is creeping up, I'm beginning to fill my recipe rolodex with quick and easy frozen treats that I can whip up for my kids.  I stumbled upon this copycat recipe for...

April 20, 2016

Pulled honey garlic chicken is a meal that cooks itself.  You basically put all the ingredients in the pot and walk away (it is really that easy!).  The good news is that you can pair this...

April 19, 2016

This Pizza Roll bundt cake is the kind of recipe that will blow your mind.  It is convenience food taken to a whole new level by layering pizza on top of pizza.  Pizza Rolls are a popular...

April 18, 2016

burger

Black Bean Halloumi Burgers with Spiced Sweet Potato Wedges is a new way to enjoy the favorite burger and fries combination in a healthier way.  This homemade meal will soon become a family...

April 14, 2016

Rhubarb is one of the first spring vegetables to appear at the market.  Yes, you read that right - a vegetable.  While those reddish green stalks are botanically classified as a...

April 13, 2016

A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is as straightforward as it gets when it comes to "cooking." Two pieces of bread come together with two sticky spreads in sweet harmony.  While this...

April 12, 2016

Kale and lentil salad packs a powerful punch of protein.  Since this salad uses a variety of sturdy greens like kale and cabbage, you can prepare this healthy meal (even with the dressing) ahead...

April 12, 2016

noodles

I am always on the look out for quick and easy meals that keep dinner interesting.  I have my favorite stand-bys like spaghetti and turkey burgers but I like to throw in something different into...

April 11, 2016

salad

Beautiful bright green stalks of asparagus line the stands at farmers markets.  They range from thick and study to pencil thin, each one specially cultivated for a particular purpose.  ...

April 9, 2016

Toast holds a special place in my heart.  While it does not require any real skill, it is one of those nostalgic meals that hold special memories.  Whether it was part of a large breakfast...

April 9, 2016

bread

The weekend is for baking.  This is a time when you can take this slow and really enjoy the baking process.  One of my favorite treats to prepare is a lemon blueberry loaf cake because it...

April 7, 2016

beer

In the last decade, beer has received a face lift and is more popular than ever.  Craft breweries have completely revitalized the industry and beer snobs are eagerly waiting the next limited...

April 6, 2016

Ramp season is in full bloom which means that this allium is making its way onto restaurant menus.  If you are reading this article and don't know what the heck I am even writing about, then...

April 5, 2016

quiche

Crustless asparagus and ramp quiche is an elegant spring dish that can be served at almost any event.  Ramps are one of spring's delicacies because they have such a short season.  These...

April 4, 2016

Whole roasted pesto salmon is hands down my favorite spring recipe.  This easy meal requires very little preparation and can be on the table in just 30 minutes.  This salmon recipe is as...

February 25, 2016

stir fry

Stir fries are a quick and easy meal that can include just about anything except the kitchen sink.  The basic technique requires an array of vegetables, a protein and a sensational stir fry...

February 25, 2016

cake

Turmeric is making a name for itself in 2016 outside of curry mixes.  This bright orange spice is part of the rhizome family (like ginger and galangal) and can be used fresh or dried....

February 23, 2016

tortilla pie

Green chile tortilla pie is a simple dish that can be enjoyed for any meal of the day.  This recipe is a cross between a quiche and a frittata, the flour tortilla acts as the crust so...

February 22, 2016

avocado

Seafood can be intimidating to many beginners; perhaps it is is because of the steeper price tag or the short cooking times.  Whatever the case, this can be mastered just like any other food...

February 18, 2016

brown rice

Miso glazed salmon is a meal that can be made within minutes.  This is the perfect recipe for busy days, late work nights and anything in between.  I love to serve this salmon on a bed of...

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