Behind Closed Doors: Leanne Citrone

Leanne spent her professional life caring for the hair of some of the most recognized names in Hollywood. But when she wasn't at her Los Angeles salon, Andy LeCompte, you could find her in her spectacular California kitchen turning out meals for family and friends. And with the onset of Covid, those meals became more abundant and her passion for cooking grew prompting her to shut the door on her previous career and open up a new one. And luckily for us, she's translated that passion into her new website; a love letter to food and all its meanings. Today she's sharing what she relies on in her kitchen, and the meals that she's turning to during these high days of summer. You can be sure there is stone fruit and a good knife.

What is your food philosophy?

Local, organic, seasonal, mostly vegetarian 

How do you start the day? 

Probably not the best way to start the day but I always check my emails and messages before I get out of bed.

Next up is a shower to wake up, I do not drink coffee so I need the water to get me going in the morning.

I try to exercise as often as possible, I really thrive from the energy in group classes which has been harder right now because of covid.  

I strongly believe in being hydrated so I start my day with a cup of tea, hot water with fresh mint or lemon and then spend the rest of the day drinking water. 


What's always in your fridge? 

I go to the farmer's market every week so there is always a lot of fresh produce, I move the older produce to the front so I make sure to use it up first. 

I spend a lot of time organizing my fridge, I find the more organized my kitchen is the easier it is to cook and the less food waste I have.

I love Malk Milk, dijon mustard, Zuccto capers, Zabs hot sauce, HP brown sauce, I love Vital Earth Mineral Blend and Super Multi Liquid Minerals and Vitamins. 

Lots of fresh herbs and fruit which is all washed and cut up so it gets eaten. My husband is a big coffee lover and goes through a lot of Minor Figures Oat Milk.

There is always some dark chocolate hidden in the fridge somewhere.


What’s always in your pantry?

So much! 

It took me years to build a pantry, it always feels like an expensive habit to keep.

I have it organized into sections; cereals and oats and overflow supplies.

Flours, baking powders and sugars for baking. 

Beans, rices and grains with Kombu and jarred goodies like Pepperoncini and The Coconut Butter. 

Next up is nuts and seeds, chips and other snacks. As my kids get older this section seems to get smaller.

I keep all my veggie stock, jars of tomatoes and pastas together.

I have a separate section for all my vinegars, oils and spices.

What do you turn to, to make you feel your best: food and all the other practices?

We bought a sauna during covid, I love to go in there and decompress and read a book. I try to meditate. I love to be in bed, I will always choose to watch tv in bed over the sofa. I try to eat clean but do allow myself treats. I love chocolate which can be a problem. I love to get my nails done and get regular facials. After owning a hairsalon for so many years I have a good self care beauty routine….. I love a face serum or face oil. I don’t know if I have ever taken a FAST shower.


Favorite kitchen tool?

Ahhhhhh only 1!!!! A great knife. 


Go-to meal that you make for yourself more often than not?

I have cooking ADD, I don't know if there is any one thing I go to. It really depends on the season and what’s in the fridge.


What are some of your favorite kitchen essentials?

A great knife, my mandolin, All Clad and Cast Iron Pans. My Ikea kitchen towels, I don’t use paper towels so I use these a lot! 


What ingredient are you most excited about right now?

All the summer fruit, nectarines are having a big moment in my house, melon and grapes…… 

I just organized all my spices so I definitely find that my cooking has gotten better because I can see everything and its easy to play around. 


What are some of your favorite cookbooks?

I just got the new Bavel one, I love Sababa by Adeena Sussman, I gave a friend my Mexico cookbook by Margarita Carrillo Arronte about 3 years ago and just asked if I could borrow it. I love all of Diana Henry's books, I am from England so anything that connects me to home always feel good.


How do you end your day?

A bubble bath is always a nice way to unwind. We do family movies in bed.


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