Posts By: Ashley Rodriguez

Apple Pate de Fruit


While serving dozens of cookie plates at the restaurant I would occasionally sneak in a taste for myself. After the Chocolate Chip Cookie, the little fruit jellies were my favorite item on the plate. “This is the best fruit roll-up I’ve ever had” was my reaction after the first taste of a Pate de Fruit…. Read more »

Pumpkin Pie

I love that I’ve posted two entries that have both deviated from my NaBloWriMo plan – and it’s only the second day. Typical. But I assure you over the next few days you will get your fair share of apples. This past Saturday I found myself alone in the house. After the initial shock of… Read more »

Thank you, sara

Yesterday I received this in the mail. And this is how it made me feel. In fact that dopey grin will most likely cover my face for at least a week after this unexpected gift from a dear friend – whom I’ve never met. Inside this box was a tightly wrapped loaf of apple bread…. Read more »

NaBloWriMo – yes. I’m crazy.

So I think I’m going to do it. NaBloWriMo that is. I know you are probably as shocked as I am. “She’s going to write a new post everyday for a month? She barely manages to squeak out one a week.” First of all – don’t be so rude. Secondly, I’m crazy. Crazy and wanting… Read more »

Food: A-Z

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but there are a lot of killer photography tutorials floating around the food blog world these days. If you haven’t seen them check out: Wrightfood: Food Photography Set-up Post One Food Photography Set-up Post Two Compact Camera Food Photography White On Rice Couple: Photography Tips And I’m sure there… Read more »

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

You know what I love?! Vanilla. I mean of course there are other things like my husband and my boys and chocolate, but vanilla is really something to admire. I love the way the thousands of little black seeds disperse in a pot of simmering cream while I’m preparing a custard. I love the vivid… Read more »

Mushroom Hunting

I have recently become aware of a sub-culture that exists in the ever growing world of food lovers. The people that exist in this culture are passionate, determined, generous, adventurous, tough, gentle and secretive. They are at times self-less and giving and conversely elusive and greedy. For the mushroom hunter, finding the perfect specimen is… Read more »

Look what he can do

It would be a massive understatement to say that we are feeling a bit overwhelmed with all that has been going on lately. Everything is good – nothing to complain about – though somehow I manage to. If your a Twitter friend you are probably well aware that we have been “in transition”, a.k.a. homeless… Read more »

Field Trip – Bellewood Acres

These early Fall days scream for a visit to an apple orchard. With the air as crisp as a Zestar and the slight warmth of the fleeting summer sun comforting like a mug of fresh pressed Honeycrisp cider. Last week we made our first visit of the season to Bellewood Acres located just north of… Read more »

Dulce de Leche

While testing a fabulous apple tart recipe – which you should be seeing in the near future – I came across a technique that we used often at the restaurant but I have since forgotten. Dulce de Leche. One bite of the impossibly creamy and almost pudding like caramel had me regretting all those missed… Read more »

Creamed Corn

I’ve left this blog sit in silence for longer than I intended. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I sat on the couch with computer on my lap hoping for the words to float from my head to the screen. And they could very well have if there were any words… Read more »

Stuffed Bread

Sometimes the most delicious dishes don’t have the most appetizing names, like brown butter for example. If you had never had brown butter but just knew about it from its deceptively “blah” name you would have no idea that brown butter is quite simply one of the most amazing smells/tastes known to man. Rather than… Read more »

Swiss Chard and Caramelized Onion Tacos


I fell in love with food around the same time I was falling in love with my husband. I lived in Italy for six months and thought there was something wrong with me. While all the other students were buying leather boots and shopping for the perfect Italian apparel souvenir, all my money was spent… Read more »

Nothing Goes to Waste

So now that everyone has their lard rendered let’s make some shortbread. Wait. What?! You haven’t rendered your lard yet? I understand. Some people are less than thrilled to be fondling pig fat. If you haven’t gotten around to producing your own batch of the white gold then do yourself a favor – make some… Read more »

Rendering Lard

Kitchen projects excite me. While many think I may be a bit “off my rocker” as they say, for driving an hour to a farm more than a little off the beaten path to pick up 10 pounds of pig fat, then coming home to render the fat – which in turn casts a pig… Read more »

Oven-Fried Onion Rings …

… and a killer pickled garlic scape tartar sauce – if I do say so myself. I’m not one to shy away from fried foods. What I do tend to avoid are large stinky messes. Fried foods are notorious for producing an enormous mess. The bubbly caldron of hot oil leaves a lingering smell which… Read more »

Greek Nachos


It happened about a month ago. It was a typical day – casually following Twitter – laughing at the wittiness of those whom I follow and clicking through the links that caught my attention. As it was quite some time ago I don’t remember the exact words that @bittman used to lure me in but… Read more »

Strawberry Balsamic Shave Ice

I have casually rolled my eyes and silently scoffed at the woes of fellow Seattle dwellers who have complained about the heat. I may not have joined in this pitty party before because I have been sitting comfortably in a cool-climate controlled basement while we are still in house-hunting/buying transition. But lately my compliance with… Read more »


Sometimes I take pictures with the intention of turning them into paintings. Sadly I haven’t produced a painting since my two little boys arrived but when I do get around to cracking the seal on the ol’ tubes of acrylic I have a mighty supply of subjects to chose from. My love for apricots began… Read more »

Hibiscus Marshmallows

I have been inundating the blog with sweets lately (well, at least my last post had bacon). I guess that is a testament as to what I have been eating lately. For example, currently I am sitting in bed with a large pan of brownies, a half pint of raspberries and a fork. It’s no… Read more »


Before we get to our regularly (or not-so regularly) scheduled blog post I have a few announcements and/or links that I thought you may enjoy. First of all in case you missed it and care to read it, the Times Online recently posted an interview with yours truly. Everything you ever wanted to know about… Read more »

Bacon Caramels

I come from a long line of entrepreneurs. My grandfather came to America at the age of 18 from the Netherlands. He spoke no English but was fully equipped with determination and charm as he managed to woo and marry my grandmother within his first year in the states. He is a brilliant and generous… Read more »

Summer Berry Salad

I grew up in raspberry country. Otherwise known as Western Washington. The fields were perfectly stacked with rows of raspberry bushes creating a dizzying pattern as I stared out the window of our old station wagon (complete with exterior wood paneling). Growing up around here it was expected that once you hit a certain age… Read more »

Golden Crunch Cake


Quite often I break one of the cardinal rules of parenting; “Never wake a sleeping baby.” After the often drawn out and complicated process of actually getting them to sleep – waking them would be so very wrong. Why would anyone do this?! Here is why I do it. Our youngest child came out of… Read more »

Garlic Scapes

Garlic Scapes are a thing of beauty. We haven’t known each other very long but I am already in love. We met last Summer. It was a beautiful day in June – a Tuesday actually. I always anticipated Tuesdays as a heaping box of fresh produce landed on my door step around noon every other… Read more »

Making Danish

I didn’t have children so that I could have a crew of sous chefs ready and waiting to assist me with the day’s menu or follow me around with a mop and broom cleaning up all my inevitable disasters. But as it turns out that is in fact one of the MANY perks of having… Read more »

A Picnic Primer

The sun is upon us in the Evergreen state – for now at least. For those of us who live in the lush green land of the Pacific Northwest you have to understand that sunshine is a big deal. When it’s out, we’re out – and that is one of the (many) reasons why I… Read more »

Food, Inc.

In a few short weeks a film is going to hit select theaters that has the potential to change the way so many of us look at our food. I couldn’t be more excited. In April I was invited by the director, Robert Kenner, to attend a screening of Food, Inc. in Los Angeles. I… Read more »