Posts By: Ashley Rodriguez

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


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 »

Super Sweet Treat

The other day I wanted something sweet. But this wasn’t my usual daily sweet craving….typically I long for treats that just hint at being sweet, where the complexity of taste is covered with layers of flavors… tart, slightly salty, and gentle whisper of sugary sweetness. But this day I wanted something super sweet… I mean… Read more »

Ratatouille for Dinner

Thanks to this recipe we had an amazing dinner the other night. And thanks to my husband we have some amazing pictures to show for it. The next night I had some of the leftover vegetables that were sliced but not cooked. I caramelized some onions then added some chopped tomatoes and cooked that down… Read more »

Ice Cream Float to knock your socks off!

Still on my ice cream kick I wanted to share another killer ice cream recipe. I found a version of this recipe online and thought it was pretty genius. In my typical fashion I tweeked it and made it my own. I think my favorite part about it is that the variations are endless. Without… Read more »

Frozen Dessert Recipes

French Ice Cream –  a very rich ice cream which is made from an egg custard. Contains a high ratio of cream to milk to eggs. Yum. Gelato – is also custard based but contains more eggs and milk and less cream. Because of this less air is incorporated in the process of churning which… Read more »


Basil Mint Ice Cream with Chocolate Soup and a Panini I’m working on my next class…. “Beating the Summer heat with some tasty frozen treats.” That’s not really the name of the class I just thought of that right this very moment…. which is actually quite impressive since my brain feels like a big pile… Read more »

and now….

the recipes! PIE DOUGH: Grandma’s Pie Dough 2 cups Flour ½ tsp salt ½ cup oil ¼ cup milk ¼ tsp vanilla Combine in that order. PERFECT PIE CRUST 200 g all-purpose flour 125 g salted butter, diced (frozen) 1 T Cornstarch 1 egg 1 t Champagne Vinegar Pulse dry ingredients in a food processor…. Read more »

Pie Science.

Here are the notes from my class as promised. I will post the recipes soon but first you must understand the science behind the process. With a basic understanding of the ingredients involed in pie and tart making then you can better access the problem if something does happen to go wrong and you can… Read more »


I apologize, for this is now the second consecutive unsweetened post I have written. But I just wanted to take a moment and show all of you some of the veggies of my labor. This being my first year of attempting to grow a plentiful garden I am so proud of this image. These snow… Read more »

So Proud.

My extremely talented husband and his equally talented brother had the honor of photographing Sherry Yard’s wedding in May. They posted a number of photos and a link to her album on their blog. Sadly, as many of you know, I can not say that I attended the wedding because I was to preggo to… Read more »

My mind is on Pie

If you have been reading my blog for awhile you may have noticed that I have a crush on pie. The way the crust shatters as I bite into to it makes me swoon. The endless variety of fillings makes me giddy. My quest for the perfect crust recipe has been a daunting but delicious… Read more »

There is hope…

Just a quick update… In Bellingham we are fortunate enough to have a large local garden that supplies gorgeous produce to thousands of residents. I anticipate the opening of Joe’s Garden every year and with much excitement, I read the billboard that tells me what they are selling currently every time I drive by the… Read more »

hmm… Strawberries.

hmm…. I have managed to find a few spare moments where both children are quiet, fed and the house is somewhat in order. But in these precious moments my mind is empty. Here I sit eager to write a new post, (which I know is overdue) I don’t know where to start because apparently four… Read more »

A Sweet Entry Into The World

It has been seven days since Roman entered the world. Seven days of recovery, rest, restlessness, craziness, confusion and complete joy. If you had been following my Twitter at all you would know that I was done with pregnancy. I had had enough aches, plenty of restless nights, more than enough outbursts of uncontrollable sobbing,… Read more »

Roman has arrived!

Baby boy #2 has finally come and we couldn’t be happier. We just arrived home from the hospital this afternoon. So far he is eating great and sleeping wonderfully as well, although he only has one night under his belt so I won’t get too cocky yet. Thanks to everyone for your support, prayers and… Read more »