Rachel AlanaSeal Beach, CA, US
Making engaging & fun art since 1994! (I was about 3 years old then.)
Teacher, lifeguard, bookworm, music lover, history geek, outdoors girl, & avid swimmer. Most often found drawing food, fashion, or biology.
I have a BFA in Illustration from California State University, Long Beach. I also sell greeting cards! Check out my website, Etsy shop, & Instagram profiles for more of my work!
Recipes By Rachel Alana
Contest Category: I've BEAN Around the World
Few bean dishes have more regional variations than hummus, a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean dip made from chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans). It can be silky-smooth or chunky or whole-bean; spicy or nutty or herbed; topped with za'atar or paprika or pine nuts or olives or parsley. No matter whether Egyptian or Syrian, Lebanese or Israeli, Turkish or Greek, it's guaranteed to be delicious! (Who doesn't love earthy chickpeas and buttery tahini drizzled with olive oil?)
So grab a piece of pita bread or some fresh veggies, and start dipping!
Nothing captures FOOD GEOMETRY like the beautiful simplicity of circles . . . especially when those circles are bowls and spoonfuls of creamy, thick skyr yogurt! Which do you like best--lingonberry, plain, mixed berry, cloudberry, vanilla bean, or lime?
Nothing says FOOD GEOMETRY like these delectable, decadent, & delicious desserts! Which is your favorite . . . chocolate cake, hazelnut napoleon, carrot cake, berry bar, tiramisù, triple-berry cake, peanut brittle, cookie-dough brownie, white cake, red velvet cake, baklava, or dark chocolate fudge? Hmmm . . .
Nothing makes me GRATE-FULL for the wonders of cheese like the crispy, gooey goodness of a grilled cheese sandwich! It's perfection no matter where in the world you live . . .
The Classic: White Cheddar on sourdough
The Cowboy: Pepper Jack on cornbread
The Caprese: Buffalo mozz + tomato on grilled foccacia
The Pot o' Gold: Irish Cheddar on soda bread
The European: Emmenthal Swiss on brown rye
La Française: Gruyère + ham on baguette
When you're off to a family picnic or outdoor concert, this spectacular sandwich--made on a loaf of artisan bread--hits the spot every time! My family always makes this when we're going to a summer concert at the Hollywood Bowl. It's great for sharing and pairs perfectly with fresh fruit, caprese salad, green salad, and fancy olives!
THE DEEP SOUTH: Pulled pork with sweet & tangy barbecue sauce.
THE MARGHERITA: Classic Italian trio--tomato, basil, and fresh mozz.
THE MEDITERRANEAN: Olive oil-drizzled crust with tomatoes, crumbled feta, kalamata olives, & za'atar spice blend.
THE NEW YORKER: Thin crust & pepperoni (and grease, of course).
THE NEW SCHOOL: Artisan crust & leafy greens, topped with the ever-trendy egg.
THE HUMBOLDT HIPSTER: Shaved fennel, sundried tomatoes, & Humboldt Fog goat cheese.
THE CALIFORNIA VEGGIE: Kale, 'shrooms, tomatoes, basil, & summer squash.
THE CARNIVORE: Prosciutto, salami, pepperoni, & sausage.
THE HAWAIIAN: Ham & pineapple!
THE BIANCA: White sauce with Italian cheese blend.