Posts By: Ashley Rodriguez

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 »

Homemade Snickers

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  Currently in my freezer there is one last slice of ice cream pie. Next to that, a loaf pan of semifreddo minus one bite-size crater removed from its surface. In the fridge a pan of brownies teeters on a bowl of pudding. In the drawer where the vegetables should live, there is beer and… Read more »

Peaches in Moscato

Peaches in Moscato // Not Without Salt

    I realize the time for peaches has passed for many us, but think about blood oranges in place of peaches, or even slices of tender pears that smell of honey. The point is fruit loves to soak in a cup of Muscat. Particularly when the fruit has first sat in a touch of… Read more »

Chanterelle Chowder with Bacon and Corn

Chanterelle Chowder // Not Without Salt

  This is where summer and fall collide. Where the cool evenings justify a warm bowl of soup. A meeting of sweet, crisp corn and wilted chanterelles that smell of woods and earth. Bacon and thyme reiterate that earthiness before dill showers over the light creamy broth, bringing with it a fleeting freshness. Really, it’s… Read more »

Caramel Chai

caramel chai // not without salt

  These days I’m living and breathing the book. I feel like it’s all I think about which most likely is driving my family crazy. This almost obsessive behavior comes from the desire to create a book that represents the best of me right now – the best recipes, photos and words I can possibly… Read more »

a few things

pizza party // not without salt

              It always feels nice to be in this space. I miss it when I’m gone. And by “it” I mean you all because really you guys have created this space as much as I have. Soon I will return with a recipe but today I have a few… Read more »

Chile Lime Shrimp with Roasted Poblano Cream

Chile Lime Shrimp with Roasted Poblano Cream // Not Without Salt

I want to tell you all about this recipe. I would like to sit down with you and urge you to get some shrimp marinating immediately because the sooner you do the quicker you’ll be to putting one of these tangy, slightly spicy shrimp into your mouth. I would also encourage heavy dipping into the… Read more »

Fig and Melon Salad with Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette

Fig and Melon Salad with Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette // Not Without Salt

Monday morning began slowly, as they often do. It was the sort of weekend that could have used an additional day to recover but I had days of work to catch up with only a single day to make that happen. But there I sat, at my desk, motionless. “Seeking inspiration,” I began to type…. Read more »

Grilled Greens Salad with Anchovy Vinaigrette

Grilled Greens with Anchovy Vinaigrette // Not Without Salt

Over the past few months I’ve been working with S.Pellegrino to develop and photograph dozens of recipes. You guys, it has been so hard not sharing these recipes with you immediately, so you can imagine my excitement now that the program has officially launched and I can finally share the recipes and photos from this… Read more »

The one that gets made

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First Apricot pie of the season. July 27, 2013   There had been talk of an apricot pie. My brothers and I put in our not-so-subtle requests fueled by the memory of mom’s tender crust and the interior that puddles onto the plate and turns blush-toned yet soft spoken apricots into a perfectly tart and… Read more »

Croissant Loaf + giveaway

Croissant Loaf // Not Without Salt

* The winners have been selected. Thanks to all who commented. I’ve read every single one and am completely in awe of the kindness in this space. You all encourage me when I need it the most. Thank you. And thanks again to Cinnamon Hill for hosting the giveaway. If you didn’t happen to win… Read more »

Roasted Strawberry Milkshake

Roasted Strawberry Milkshake // Not Without Salt

This story has nothing and yet everything to do with roasted strawberry milkshakes. Regardless, I’m going to tell it if for the only reason that I can’t get it out of my head until I get it onto paper (or the screen as the case may be). Gabe and I sat down to a simple… Read more »

Poached Salmon with Cucumber Salsa

Poached Salmon with Cucumber Salsa // Not Without Salt

When the light is golden and hazy I take my time walking down our street to look beyond Ballard and over Queen Anne hill to see the tip of the Space Needle punctuating the top. It towers above the Evergreens just before the hill dips and descends into Lake Union which isn’t seen from my… Read more »