Posts By: Ashley Rodriguez

Chile Lime Shrimp with Roasted Poblano Cream

Chile Lime Shrimp with Roasted Poblano Cream // Not Without Salt

I want to tell you all about this recipe. I would like to sit down with you and urge you to get some shrimp marinating immediately because the sooner you do the quicker you’ll be to putting one of these tangy, slightly spicy shrimp into your mouth. I would also encourage heavy dipping into the… Read more »

Fig and Melon Salad with Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette

Fig and Melon Salad with Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette // Not Without Salt

Monday morning began slowly, as they often do. It was the sort of weekend that could have used an additional day to recover but I had days of work to catch up with only a single day to make that happen. But there I sat, at my desk, motionless. “Seeking inspiration,” I began to type…. Read more »

Grilled Greens Salad with Anchovy Vinaigrette

Grilled Greens with Anchovy Vinaigrette // Not Without Salt

Over the past few months I’ve been working with S.Pellegrino to develop and photograph dozens of recipes. You guys, it has been so hard not sharing these recipes with you immediately, so you can imagine my excitement now that the program has officially launched and I can finally share the recipes and photos from this… Read more »

The one that gets made

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First Apricot pie of the season. July 27, 2013   There had been talk of an apricot pie. My brothers and I put in our not-so-subtle requests fueled by the memory of mom’s tender crust and the interior that puddles onto the plate and turns blush-toned yet soft spoken apricots into a perfectly tart and… Read more »

Croissant Loaf + giveaway

Croissant Loaf // Not Without Salt

* The winners have been selected. Thanks to all who commented. I’ve read every single one and am completely in awe of the kindness in this space. You all encourage me when I need it the most. Thank you. And thanks again to Cinnamon Hill for hosting the giveaway. If you didn’t happen to win… Read more »

Roasted Strawberry Milkshake

Roasted Strawberry Milkshake // Not Without Salt

This story has nothing and yet everything to do with roasted strawberry milkshakes. Regardless, I’m going to tell it if for the only reason that I can’t get it out of my head until I get it onto paper (or the screen as the case may be). Gabe and I sat down to a simple… Read more »

Poached Salmon with Cucumber Salsa

Poached Salmon with Cucumber Salsa // Not Without Salt

When the light is golden and hazy I take my time walking down our street to look beyond Ballard and over Queen Anne hill to see the tip of the Space Needle punctuating the top. It towers above the Evergreens just before the hill dips and descends into Lake Union which isn’t seen from my… Read more »

Bacon Day

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Remember that time a few weeks ago when I promised bacon? You thought I lied didn’t you? Well, I didn’t because today is the day. Let’s just go ahead and call it bacon day because not only do I have two great recipes (a goat cheese and bacon pasta and red onion and bacon jam)… Read more »

White Bean Salad with Peas and Mint

White Bean Salad with Peas and Mint // Not Without Salt

It’s not out of life’s character to move quickly, to come and go while often leaving a path of destruction not unlike the upended houses and thrown cars that get in the way of a tornado. Right now emails are coming in faster than I can respond to, we’re signing my little girl (my baby!!)… Read more »

Rhubarb Floats

Rhubarb Floats // Not Without Salt

“The sun,–the bright sun, that brings back, not light alone, but new life, and hope, and freshness to man–burst upon the crowded city in clear and radiant glory.” - Charles Dickens No matter where in the world you live I’m sure by now you’ve heard the gleeful cries of us north westerners basking in the unseasonable warmth. It… Read more »

Roasted Tomato Caprese with Avocado

Roasted Tomato Caprese with Avocado // Not Without Salt

All right, 2013, you’ve got my attention. You’re a big one. Friends, it is with joy so intense I feel it in every part of my body that I get to tell you that Saveur magazine, along with all of you lovlies who voted, has named this here blog the best cooking blog of 2013…. Read more »

Salted Peanut Florentines

Salted Peanut Florentines // Not Without Salt

I can tell you from experience that these lacy, sweet and salty cookies go quite nicely with hot chocolate on a lazy sick day. Early in the morning we declared it a pajama day at our house and I can think of no better lazy day activity then giving a lesson in Mexican hot chocolate… Read more »

Fattoush

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It’s time for me to rediscover my love of salad. It is definitely not a hard relationship to rekindle but I’ve somehow lost sight of it’s flare as I’ve been distracted by cocktails, making homemade sausage, cheese-laden pastas and hearty roasts. But this week Gabe went ahead and said it, “We need to eat healthier.”… Read more »

Turntable Kitchen Pairings Box Giveaway

Turntable Kitchen Pairings Box Giveaway // Not Without Salt

*Thanks to the Random Number Generator we have a winner!! Brandon, from Kitchen Konfidence – CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you so much for all of you who entered. It was so fun to hear from so many of you! Every time I hear the rumble of a truck roll down our street my heart jumps in my… Read more »

Lemon Curd with Fresh Berries, Mint and Cream

Lemon Curd with Fresh Berries and Mint // Not Without Salt

I knew it had to be lemon curd. Usually I’m not this passionate about the sweet and tart, pudding-like dessert but with that lemon tree right outside the window (the same one of the Whiskey Sour fame) it was practically taunting me. With branches bending under the weight of the fruit and large vibrant leaves… Read more »

Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad // Not Without Salt

When people ask, or even when they don’t I often describe parenting as a roller coaster although I really hate how cliche that sounds. And yet, I can’t think of a better way to describe the highs and lows, dips and dives, elatement and nausea that happens in a single day when you are left… Read more »

Citrus Cocktails

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We’re nearing the end of our time in California but before we left I had to share with you a bit of the citrus-inspired cocktails we’ve been sipping while here. First there’s the perfected Whiskey Sour that my dad has been working on ever since they came to Palm Desert and became the proud owners… Read more »

Dating My Husband: Dessert Picnic

Strawberry Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream // not without salt

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.” – Alfred Tennyson And in this garden of mine we would picnic everyday, as we did the other night. There would always be stiff Manhattans in the flask, sweet strawberry cupcakes in hand and rich chocolate… Read more »

Pressure Cooking: French Pork Stew with White Beans

Pressure Cooker French Pork Stew // not without salt

America’s Test Kitchen sent me the FAGOR Duo Stainless Steel 8-Quart Pressure Cooker to experiment with in preparation for their forthcoming book, “Pressure Cooker Perfection” (available to pre-order now, released in March). What you are about to read is my experience with the pressure cooker using one of the recipes from the new book. I was… Read more »

Butterscotch Pudding with Roasted Banana Whipped Cream

Butterscotch Pudding with Roasted Banana Whipped Cream // not without salt

It was just about a year ago when I had the butterscotch budino (an Italian baked custard) at Delancey. Sitting on top of its perfectly smooth camel colored cap was a pile of billowy cream with streaks of roasted banana throughout. I’ve always been a fan of pudding and its not-so distant cousins; panna cotta,… Read more »

Melted Leeks and Ricotta Tartine

Homemade Ricotta // not without salt

Could it be that there is actually something good to be said of fear? It turns out that the emotion that I’ve dreaded and relegated to being “wrong” and “unhealthy” might possible be an indicator of exactly what I should be doing. Let me back up for a moment. This past week I read, or… Read more »

Salted Caramel Date Loaf

Salted Caramel Date Loaf // Not Without Salt

  They say a good friend listens, lends a shoulder to sop up tears, is trustworthy and dependable. Yeah, yeah those are great but this week I’ve seen that a good friend will also schlep a caramel cake from San Francisco to Seattle in her carry-on for the sole purpose of sharing it with you…. Read more »