Posts By: Ashley Rodriguez

Peppermint Tea Lemonade

Peppermint Tea Lemonade // Not Without Salt

I’m in denial that summer is nearing an end. I’ve been here before and I know myself enough to know that it happens in a moment. One moment its tomatoes and the next it’s apples, warm drinks and pumpkin everything. But that moment hasn’t happened yet so I’m still planning on repeated pitchers of this… Read more »

Roasted Apricot Stracciatella

Roasted Apricot Stracciatella // Not Without Salt

I sit in my office doing the internet version of twiddling my thumbs; bouncing from Facebook to Instagram scrolling through the feeds until my thumb aches and my mind is overwhelmed with images and updates that leave me feeling depleted. I have only a couple more hours to work and yet I can’t focus and… Read more »

Salmon and Chickpea Salad

Salmon and Chickpea Salad // Not Without Salt

I didn’t intend to post two salmon recipes in a row but I did intend to tell you about this one as quickly as possible. This is the salad that has balanced out the burgers and ice cream. It’s the one that has put me back on a healthful track when the weekend’s activity were… Read more »

Plank Grilled Salmon Sandwich

Plank Grilled Salmon Sandwiches // Not Without Salt

Judging by the bug bites, dirt under their nails and their olive skin deepening to a color much like browned butter I say that we’ve been doing summer right; according to the unwritten rules of childhood summers. They’ve spent evenings camping (with more to come), sat out by countless fires, had their (almost) fill of… Read more »

Spicy Garlic Dip for Fresh Vegetables

Spicy Garlic Dip // Not Without Salt

      I had the best intentions of sharing these photos from my trip to Louisiana right after I arrived home in March. But you know life sometimes alters the best laid plans and to be honest I’m still finding my rhythm with this space after being away from it in a scattered sort of… Read more »

Flank Steak Tacos

Flank Steak Tacos // Not Without Salt

I’m not one to repeat recipes but when I do I take notes and then come right here to tell you about it. Because a recipe repeated is a special one in this house. This summer has been one of meals so simple they leave more time for us to be outside, enjoying the sun… Read more »

Honey Sweetened Frozen Yogurt

Honey Sweetened Frozen Yogurt // Not Without Salt

  Recently I spent a few days in Aspen eating and drinking my way through the Food & Wine festival. Go ahead and take a moment to roll your eyes at that last sentence. I totally would. The food was great, I mean really great; buffalo milk soft serve with olive oil and flaky salt, salted… Read more »

Green Rice Salad with Nectarines and Corn

Green Rice Salad with Nectarine and Corn // Not Without Salt

    The window was cracked open just enough so I could smell the ocean and hear the squawking seagulls outside. It was March so I also had the fireplace blazing to offset the chilled air coming from off the water. I was alone, in a hotel room for two nights with the primary mission… Read more »

A Picnic Primer + Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

oatmeal pecan cookies // not without salt

On a recent trip to Charlotte, North Carolina I had the pleasure of sitting down to a picnic while learning the origins of informally dining outdoors and the proper picnic etiquette. We sipped chilled white wine; crisp and light, in the humid heat of the south while our instructor, Carl Libonati (the etiquette guru at… Read more »

Pickled Grapes

Pickled Grapes // Not Without Salt

  “Real life, I’ve finally learned, is created by stacking normal days, one on top of the other, for decades, and living each of those days as fully as possible, embracing whatever each day brings.” Richard Dahlstrom With pen in hand and frustration flowing like ink, I wrote in my journal a couple months ago… Read more »

Watermelon and Peach Fresh Fruit Cake

Fresh Fruit "Cake" // Not Without Salt

The passing of May marks the end of birthday season for us. There was parties, way too much sugar, new photos taken and time spent in the memories of the old ones. And there’s reflection. “You’ve been a mom for 8 years!” Someone reminded me when I told them how old Baron is. Eight. Years. I want so badly… Read more »

Dating My Husband: Foraging

Mint & Nettle Pesto // Not Without Salt

“I want us to be a family that forages together.” I told Gabe. “That’d be fun.” He responded not really knowing what that means or looks like but eagerly jumping on board as he often does when I come up with yet another lofty dream. So we have a few books on our shelves that… Read more »

Coconut Date Shake

Coconut Date Shake // Not Without Salt

  There are some recipes that just seem too simple to share. Some, that for one reason or another I’ve deemed unworthy of a snapshot and a spot on these pages because of their ease and well, because they seem too ordinary. I think about this as I make these so-called “humdrum” recipes again and… Read more »

Spring Chopped Salad

Spring Chopped Salad // Not Without Salt

I’m trying to give more thought to our table. I put an actual tablecloth on it. I haven’t done that since we’ve had kids and quite honestly, I’m not sure I did it before then. Pink petaled tulips sit in the middle of the table. Their slender stems bend slightly to catch the last bit… Read more »

Chocolate Cupcakes with Fresh Mint Buttercream

Chocolate Cupcake with Fresh Mint Buttercream // Not Without Salt

      I’ve written in this space long enough to have mentioned cupcakes a number of times. At first I thought, “I can’t post yet another cupcake recipe, can I?” Of course I can. Because one can never have too many recipes for a rich and perfectly textured chocolate cupcake and this frosting really… Read more »

Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream Cake

Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream Cake // Not Without Salt

  Here are my tips for having THE best 32nd birthday: Celebrate at least four times throughout your birthday week and feel no shame about it. Sure it’s only your 32nd birthday, not 30th or 40th but still, if you want to celebrate you celebrate. Have the sort of friends that surprise you with an… Read more »

The BKR or Bacon, Kale and Ricotta Sandwich

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We loaded our small car with bags, snacks, iPhones and while “Danny the Champion of the World” played through the speakers. Gabe drove with hands gripped tightly on the wheel as rain pelted against the window through much of the drive to Portland. We needed the sort of adventure that comes when we step outside… Read more »

Feed South Africa + Lentil Soup with Coconut

Lentil Soup with Coconut // Not Without Salt

I opened the fridge to scour its neglected contents after a busy weekend. Little bits of carrots and onion sat deserted at the bottom of the vegetable drawer. The half bunches of soggy and now unrecognizable herbs were tossed into the garbage. Once the fridge was reaped of its humble contents I moved on to… Read more »

Winter Herb Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

Winter pasta // Not Without Salt

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ― John Steinbeck     It’s harder for me to find beauty in the winter. I struggle to see joy when I can’t feel my toes. I spend far too much time grumbling about the lack of light that makes… Read more »

Tomato Poached Eggs with Kale and Wheat Berries

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I’m taking a much needed break from attempting to come up with a title for my book to come talk to you all instead. Thanks for the lovely distraction. I’d much rather talk about my dear friend, Megan’s book right now. Megan writes a beautiful blog called, A Sweet Spoonful and her first book, Whole-Grain… Read more »

Salad of Cara Cara Oranges, Avocado and Feta

Salad of Cara Cara oranges, avocado, feta // Not Without Salt

January 1st didn’t start the way I hoped it would: an early morning visit to urgent care after a sleepless night with my little one in pain still battling a sickness that lasted nearly all of his holiday break. “So this is how 2014 is going to be?” I heard myself thinking. Like a crazed… Read more »

Hot Ginger Toddy

Hot Ginger Toddy // Not Without Salt

It’s interesting to me how we all respond differently to recipes. For me there’s a physical reaction when I come across a recipe that I can’t wait to try. Something inside me jumps as if to say, “yes!” I’ll respond by creasing the corner of the page to remind myself to head right to that… Read more »

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Affogato

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Affogato // Not Without Salt

“Do you want ice cream with caramel sauce or hot chocolate?” I ask Ivy. Her face brightens with the choice. She and I plan to take full advantage of a quiet house and the ice cream that sits idly in the freezer. “No wait!” I interrupt just as she is ready to answer. “How about… Read more »

Currant and Orange Marmalade Tea Cake

Currant and Orange Marmalade Tea Cake // Not Without Salt

The marmalade’s original intention was for cocktail experimenting. When that went terribly wrong the jar sat lonely in the fridge until I found the perfect recipe that would accomplish three things: 1. Satisfy my craving for something sweet with my coffee. 2. Give something new for you to look at while I’m gone, which brings… Read more »

Chocolate Panna Cotta with Blackberry Caramel

Chocolate Panna Cotta with Blackberry Caramel // Not Without Salt

  Things look different around here, right? I hope you don’t mind the change. I freaking love it. I was getting tired of staring at the same screen and let’s be honest, even I had a hard time using my old site. Now when I land on the home page I get fluttery and excited,… Read more »