Posts By: Ashley Rodriguez

It’s Ours!

So… an update from my last post….. the Rancilio Silvia is now a proud member of our family. Here’s the story. If you read my blog (or talk to me at all) you would know that my husband and I have been researching and entertaining the possibility of purchasing an espresso machine. Now we aren’t… Read more »

I would like you to meet…

…the possible new member of our family. If all goes well she will be with us on Friday. We just happened to find her on Craigslist in our home town!! It’s like it was meant to be (if it all works out!) I will tell you all about her when/if we get it. You can… Read more »

Once upon a time I made Chocolate…

… and it was an interesting educational experience. Some how I came across this site. As is pretty typical of how I operate… I got super excited and decided that Gabe and I had to meet this guy. So a couple weeks later we hopped in the car drove 7 hours to Yoncalla, OR to… Read more »

Thanksgiving: A Foodies Feast

The holidays… all around a wonderful time of year but for me it is extra special because food and eager eaters are in abundance. Traditionally my mom has done the majority of the cooking. But this year I have been nominated to be in charge. The items you would find on our holiday table are… Read more »

Pretty Pink Fairy Princess Cake

You can’t get more girly than this cake. Photos courtesy of GNR Photography¬† I created this Fairy cake for my three year old cousin’s birthday party. Pink marshmallow fondant covers the cake, edible pearls create a quilted look and gumpaste flowers decorate the top of the cake. The fairy is a finger puppet that I… Read more »

Fall Wedding Favor

Here is an image of a chocolate wedding favor I created. It is a dark chocolate sphere filled with handmade chocolates and brushed with an edible gold. It sits on a nest of golden spun sugar. The wedding was held at Semiahmoo resort in Blaine, Washington and the event was designed by Steven Moore Designs…. Read more »

Feeding sweets to the people

I recently participated in an event entitled Grape & Gourmet. Local restaurants and food vendors provided 1 – 2 oz. portions of their food to over 600 attendees with all the proceeds going to a local Rotary which helps many local charities. I served a Hazelnut shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate along with a very… Read more »

I’m in a magazine

My business was mentioned in the November issue of Northwest Business Monthly. If you read the brief blurb let me correct two things… my business name is Ashley E. Rodriguez ; Artisan Sweets (not Artesian Sweets) and my email is sweets@ashleyerodriguez.com. It was a phone interview so I understand how things could have gotten mixed… Read more »

Harvest Fruit Tart

A chocolate shell holds a spiced chocolate ganache. Poached Seckel pears, Hardy kiwis, persimmon, pomegranate, plum, figs, and asian pears adorn this seasonal beauty. This tart was served with a honey and spice Mascarpone cream. A perfect dessert to showcase the season’s finest offerings.

Bittersweet Chocolate and Roasted Pear Tarts

A buttery shortbread crust flecked with vanilla beans holds a creamy bittersweet chocolate ganache. The ganache is combined with Calvados and then a layer of pears sets atop the ganache. The pears were roasted with vanilla beans and butter. Finally a shiny chocolate glaze is poured on as the final layer. Garnished with bronzed lustre… Read more »

Sugar Pie Pumpkin Pie

A couple weeks ago Gabe, Baron and I, along with many other family members, spent a Saturday afternoon touring a few of our local farms. It was absolutely heavenly. I don’t think I could describe a more perfect day than this was. Crisp fall air warmed by the smell of hot apple cider and the… Read more »

Classic Blueberry Muffins

On a quest for a little adventure my sister-in-law and I decided to drive to the orginal Cascadian Farms. We went out in search of the last blueberries of the season. So with her two kids and my one we piled into her car and set out with very vague directions. Turns out it was… Read more »

Not a follower

I have a habit, whether it be good or bad I have not decided. I simply can not follow a recipe. How as a baker can this be? Well, a couple reasons… 1. I have a foundational knowledge of the science of baking and can slightly tweak recipes with an understanding that most likely the… Read more »

Good? Bad? Happy or Sad?

¬†Branded Fruit The link above is an article about the latest trend in large companies such as Disney and Warner Brothers, to put their kid friendly cartoon images on fruit with the intent to attract more children to eat fruit. Winnie the Pooh adorns organic apples. Daisy Duck dresses up peaches and Mickey and Minnie… Read more »

Fabulous Figs

The other day at the Co-op I spotted this season’s first figs. Reflection on figs brings back many joyous memories. My first taste of a fresh fig was when I was living in Italy. We were on a small pilgrimage from our tiny hill town to another neighboring town. Along the trail someone pointed out… Read more »

Thanks Grandma

Although she will probably never see this I just wanted to give a big sweet thanks to my Grandma for sharing her pie crust recipe with me. It has changed my pastry perception. In the last week I have made four pies (two peach, an apple and a chicken pot pie). Tomorrow I will be… Read more »