Posts By: Ashley Rodriguez

Storyville Coffee

At our house coffee is a morning ritual not to be messed with. We wake to the shouts of “Mommy, Daddy?!” and “waahhh mehhh mama” – which is baby for “Get me out of this cage, give me a bottle warmed to 99.4 degrees and change this extremely dirty diaper.” One of us tends to… Read more »

Drink Green!

What better way to celebrate then with a Grasshopper Milkshake?! (Not quite the same as the Shamrock Shake…. BETTER!) In a blender combine some mint chocolate chip ice cream (two cups), whole milk (1/2 cup) and creme de menthe (2 tbl.) Blend until smooth. Serve with a mint chocolate cookie. If you had more restraint… Read more »

Cucumbers?

First of all let me apologize for my delay. We are embarking on the exciting roller coaster ride that is selling and then consequently buying a home. My husband and I decided to move back to Seattle for numerous reasons (this being one just for starters). Our life is on hiatus at the moment as… Read more »

Add this to your collection…

Last night I stayed up far to late devouring Molly’s (Orangette.blogspot.com) book, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table. If you haven’t already ordered your copy, what are you waiting for? There are so many recipes that I can not wait to try. One in particular are the fruit-nut balls. Like Molly,… Read more »

Strong Cheese

I made this recipe all the way back in January and I can not believe that I have waited until now to post it. Do not let my dilly dallying rub off on you. Raid your cheese drawer and make this recipe a.s.a.p. Frugality is not something I excel in. Being a passionate foodie I… Read more »

Honored

For the past couple of days I have walked around with a spring step and my head in the clouds. The Times Online selected Artisan Sweets as one of the top 50 food blogs in the world. I am so incredibly honored to be in the midst of blogs that I have admired and gleaned… Read more »

Tasting Chocolate

Many people suggest that the first year of marriage is the hardest (I’ve also heard the seventh is a tough one – we’ll see about that) but I look on that year with great fondness. My husband and I made it our mission to try nearly every restaurant in Seattle. We kept a notebook about… Read more »

Chocolate Love

I know a lot of people who are sickened by Valentine’s day. They shrug it off as an attempt for the candy and card industry to make a few bucks. But for me, any excuse to eat chocolate and tell someone you love how much you love them and then to hear it in return… Read more »

the last chocolate chip cookie…

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You better believe me when I tell you that you have just found the last Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe you will ever need. I know. I am not the first person to claim this weighty statement. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that this recipe was spreading as quickly as that nasty stomach virus… Read more »

In honor of Pie.

Happy PIE DAY!! I like pie. Which is quite evident by the amount of times I have talked about it here. In honor of the holiday I’ve compiled a list of my pie resources. Chocolate Pecan Pie My Favorite Crust Recipes Pie Science More Pie Pregnancy and Chocolate Cream Pie And still more Pumpkin Pie… Read more »

Corn Flakes and Cookies: An old recipe

My Great Aunt Abe loves to play Uno and evidently she loves to bake as well. Recently I went through some of my Aunt Abe’s things that were gathered from her home as she is now moving to assisted living. In the box of miscellaneous items I chose a set of hand stitched pillowcases that… Read more »

Toot toot.

I am so excited about the current issue of Seattle Metroplitan Bride and Groom that I just had to share with all of you. My little chocolates made lovely models. Photos taken by Angie Norwood Browne

Some thoughts on Peppermint Patties

Remember these little beauties I pointed you to? I finally made them. I am such a sucker for conventional products that I realize can be easily made myself. A few examples to make my point… I make my own laundry soap and dishwashing detergent. And of course you all remember the marshmallows and the kettle… Read more »

The Christmas Cookie that never was…

In all honesty this past week was one of the hardest weeks our little family has had. First I was sick and I am not talking about *cough* *cough* *sniffle* sick. It was more horrific than that, but I will spare you the details. Then poor little Baron came down with it. Gabe watched in… Read more »

Kettle Cooked

It is quite cold here these days. The kind of cold that manages to find its way into your bones so deep inside that the only cure is a long, scalding shower. It is gray too making everything outside a somber, monochromatic tone. I do enjoy this time of the year with all the excitement… Read more »

Roasted Grape Tart

Are you tired of hearing me talk about puff pastry yet? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Who could ever tire of the wonderfully flaky and butter filled pastry with its ability to create thousands of different culinary masterpieces? Today I bring you another use for puff. A recipe that is so simple while also being… Read more »

I’m thankful for… (in no particular order)

homemade white bread with sweet cream butter and honey. a new box of crayons. finding an old copy of Mrs. Piggly WIggly at Goodwill. the smile Roman flashes me every time our eyes meet. drinking lemon verbena/ mint tea with Baron. being able to support ourselves with careers created by our passions. Vosges dark chocolate… Read more »

A new tradition

whoa… I’m really cutting it close this year. Finally I have a thanksgiving recipe for you. I hope you aren’t finished cooking yet because I do believe this tart is worth making some space in the oven for. It’s tradition with a kick. Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan Tart with a brown butter crust is just what… Read more »

Classic Cooking

There are few things in life that I enjoy more than shopping for used books. It’s truly a thrilling hunt as you scour the piles of musty books in search of a real find. (Let’s be honest I always find something. I will always make room on my already crowded bookcase for another book.) I… Read more »

Pieces of Heaven; mixed with cereal

Remember those lovely little pillowy puffs of whipped sugar studded with vanilla beans? Yeah, so do I. I enjoyed countless cups of cocoa adorned with the sweet heavenly marshmallows… so many in fact that I had to go on a cocoa sabbatical so I can once again truly enjoy it’s chocolaty pleasures come December (true… Read more »

A moment of genius-ness

Have you ever come up with an idea so genius that you know you’re pretty much guaranteed fame and fortune just for conceiving such a brilliant concept? Well, the other day I came up with said idea. I really do believe that the world will never be the same once this revelation is unveiled. I… Read more »

A soup while you wait.

In the past week I have sat down several times to write a post and my efforts were always halted due to some other pressing issue. For example “Mom, I need to go potty.” from the 2 1/2 year old. “wahhh ahhh blphhh” from the 5 1/2 month old. “bark bark woof” from the new… Read more »

Warming up Fall

There is a subtle chill in the air. The sun is sleeping in longer than I am. Wearing my thick knit orange sweater and my big brown boots I am hit with the realization that today is my first day of fall. Whatever the calendar says, I ignore it because today is the day that… Read more »

pieces of heaven

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Today I found myself pursuing the cold. I didn’t bundle up on our walk to the park after dinner. I did not turn up the heat when I got home. I removed my layers down to a t-shirt and procrastinated putting on my slippers just so that my chill could be cured from the warmth… Read more »

Learn how to make Puff Pastry in 20 seconds

So if you are like me pictures really do speak a thousand words. When learning a new technique if I have an image to guide me along the process then I am golden. Because of this I decided to post again on Puff pastry (yes, it is that good it deserves multiple posts) In the… Read more »

Be afraid no more.

Puff pastry can be intimidating but the hardest part really is waiting. When making the classic version there is a lot of time that the pastry needs to relax. So if you are itching for a buttery, flaky piece of heaven go with the quick puff. Your craving can be satisfied in just a couple… Read more »

Puff the magic Pastry

Thanks to all of you who kept an eye on this lonely blog over the past couple of weeks. I was computer-less for about a week but I am now once again up and running with a shiny new (to me) MacBook Pro. So computer (don’t have a name for it yet) and I are… Read more »