Posts By: Ashley Rodriguez

A lesson in photography

In the midst of all the holiday craziness I stepped away from the stove and got my hand out of the sugar to take a photography workshop with the incredibly talented, Penny De Los Santos. Chances are you have seen Penny’s work as it graces the pages of Saveur and National Geographic. One glance at… Read more »

Sushi: photos

The other day I thought I should eat healthy. So I made Sushi. For those who want to know these were taken with a Canon 5D 24-70 2.8 The light is au naturale. click through to Artazza for the recipe

eating and remembering 2009

In January we ate the best chocolate chip cookies. Wait what?! You haven’t tried them yet? I forgive you as long as you promise to start softening the butter after you read this post. In February we were honored by the Times Online and of course I mean we because without you I’d be long… Read more »

year of the lamb

With the new year approaching more rapidly then I can wrap my head around I am surrounded by articles wearing the title of ‘best of’ and lists that point out the trends of 2009 and predict the future trends of 2010. It was on such a list that I noticed pork was on its way… Read more »

Gingerbread Townhouse – December Daring Bakers

The December 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to you by Anna of Very Small Anna and Y of Lemonpi. They chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ everywhere to bake and assemble a gingerbread house from scratch. They chose recipes from Good Housekeeping and from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book as the challenge recipes. This has… Read more »

{Cocktail} Gin and Sin

The Food: A-Z Project is still going strong! Check out our flickr group and if you haven’t joined please do. Tomorrow we are moving on to the letter “H”. For those of you unfamiliar with the project please let me explain. Seeking inspiration and some discipline I decided to begin a group that photographs a… Read more »

Shortbread: two ways


Part 2. I realize that it has been weeks and quite possibly longer  since I’ve posted something savory. ‘Tis the Season! But don’t worry mom, I have been eating my vegetables  – it’s just so fun to talk about sugar. That changes today. Sort of. There is still sugar in the recipe but there is… Read more »

Shortbread: two ways


Part 1. I had a craving the other night. It was a very specific craving that, not surprisingly, involved chocolate and I wanted it in cookie form. I knew that I wanted it to be buttery with a texture that crumbles in your mouth as sand would except not as repulsive as the idea of… Read more »

On poached pears and a trifle

The other day a smell permeated the house that was as comforting as slippers – the ones that are covered with wool then open up to a textured faux fur that tries to replicate the impossibly soft covering of a baby lamb. It was as fragrant as Lillies and so completely intoxicating I had a… Read more »

Simple Chocolate Cake

It has been awhile since I designed and created a wedding cake. When my sweet little punks were less mobile I spent many weekends building massive edible sculptures that were destined to be destroyed and enjoyed. Some were covered in chocolate with torched meringue flames. Others were teal and intricately decorated with chocolate damask. Many… Read more »

Gingerbread Tart with Cranberry Curd

While I technically did not finish off the month by posting everyday I still consider my crazy attempt a success. In this current season of life my time is very limited and more structured then I ever would have wanted it to be. I have two little sweet boys who want my attention and continually… Read more »

Cannoli – my first daring baker’s challenge!

The November 2009 Daring Bakers Challenge was chosen and hosted by Lisa Michele of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives. She chose the Italian Pastry, Cannolo (Cannoli is plural), using the cookbooks Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and The Sopranos Family Cookbook by Allen Rucker; recipes by Michelle Scicolone, as ingredient/direction guides. She… Read more »

Cranberry Pecan Rolls

Last year we started a Thanksgiving morning tradition. We eat a Pomegranate. It just so happened that we had one lying on the counter as Gabe and I were discussing traditions we want to start with our young family. Suddenly a simple and delicious tradition was born. Last night Gabe ran to the store to… Read more »

Gingerbread Cookies


As a little girl I wanted to be Martha Stewart. My best friend and I took it upon ourselves to create a publication for young girls, such as ourselves, who dreamed of being the crafter, cook and exceptional decorator that Martha is. Our magazine was called, Mini Martha Living. It ran for one issue. Oh… Read more »

Meringue Mushrooms

I’ll be honest – I really have no idea what possessed me to make meringue mushrooms. Maybe it was my new found love of foraging? Nah. I think it’s because they are so fun to look at and much sweeter than their real life counterpart. I’ve made these in years past as an adornment to… Read more »


I’m waiting. The recipe that I have to offer you tonight is still in the oven.  I thought maybe we could wait together. Sooooo…. what’s new? How have you been since the last time we talked? Was it really just yesterday? Have you seen these dishes? And what about this corn? I know, right?!  FROZEN… Read more »

candy gifts – caramels and sticks

In the corner of our living room there are stacks and stacks of December issues of Martha Stewart Living. There is the December ’05 issue with a wreath studded with red glittering birds that hangs on a door painted the color of mint ice cream. December ’01- the cover is marked with an interior shot… Read more »


I am so happy I married someone who knows his way around a computer. Currently he is sitting to my right designing, programming and all-around creating a new website for me. Don’t worry – I’m not doing a complete overhaul of the blog – again. This time we’re working on a photography site – a… Read more »

quince brandy

Christmas came early this year in the form of quince. A friend, who has a friend, who has a tree, was unloading some of her bounty. I was there to happily collect and welcome the fragrant beauties with open arms and plenty of ideas. I am fairly certain that if you were to ask the… Read more »


I arranged for a babysitter before I knew what the evening agenda was. My husband knew and that was all that mattered. The night before our less-than-ordinary evening away, Gabe handed me a glassine envelope thick with papers. In years past these strange and lovely envelopes have included cards for no reason other than to… Read more »

Flavoring coffee

The last and final day of the coffee series. I really am quite sad about this actually. It turns out that not only do I love to drink coffee but I love to talk to you about it too. Although we’re not standing face to face, this world is indeed a crazy place and just… Read more »

a pass

I’d like to cash in my “Get out of Posting Free” card. Those exist right? It’s not that I don’t have things to share. Because I do. And it’s not that I don’t want to spend time with you kind people. Because I do. It’s just that I’m so tired and I’ve sat here for… Read more »

Coffee and bars

We’re getting into the good stuff tonight. Not that I don’t enjoy the drinks we’ve talked about previously. Each drink has its time and place but tonight we’re discussing some of the lesser known yet incredibly delicious drinks. Let’s just say there will be cream, lemon zest and brandy involved. It’s a good night indeed…. Read more »

Guide to espresso drinks, cont’d.

Boy do I need coffee today. It’s grey outside, I stayed up far too late and woke up far too early. On top of that I am going to dinner tonight in a room filled with people I don’t know. Eek. I’m going by myself. Double eek. You see I am much more comfortable talking… Read more »

A Seattleites Guide to coffee

I fit the Seattle stereo-type through and through. I love coffee. In the morning, afternoon, evening and well into the night I enjoy this jitter inducing, sleep-preventing, delicious drug. I love coffee’s smoky complexity. It fascinates me that one roasters bean tastes of citrus and berries while another’s interpretation brings out hints of chocolate and… Read more »

Tired, but i’m here

Oh man. Eek. I’m cutting it close tonight. 11:12pm my computer is telling me. So let me just start with a little disclaimer – this post won’t be an award winner, it won’t be prolific  – in fact I have no idea what I am going to say. This here is the nitty gritty of… Read more »

More mushrooms for me

I interrupt the regularly schedule apple post to bring you an excursion in the woods. A heavy on photos light on words sort of a post that marks the – wait – what day is this? 6th post of 31. *gulp* On Wednesday I went mushroom hunting. I really don’t know how I became so… Read more »

Winter White Salad

I know I may be jumping the gun a bit by posting a “Winter” recipe as it seems Summer has just recently said its final goodbye. But as the wind currently wisps outside my windows and the rain pelts down on the fragile jewel-toned foliage I just know the trees that were barely clinging to… Read more »