Posts By: Ashley Rodriguez

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 »

Homemade Yogurt with Butter Toasted Walnuts and Honey

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I’m not usually one for routines except for Tuesday mornings. Baron and I beat the sun up as we head off to school. In between drop off and me returning to spend the morning with 12 kindergartners reading about Zip the zebra I squeeze in breakfast for one at one of my favorite places in… Read more »

Dating My Husband: when it comes easy

grapefruit and avocado salad // not without salt

There are days when the date night is another item on the to do list. We do it to continue the habit knowing that even in our exhaustion the time together is necessary. We never regret that time together because even in the most tired evenings, when it’s simply a cocktail and a 30 minute… Read more »

Thoughts for a new year and salad

Yogurt Ranch Dressing // notwithoutsalt.com

At the end of all the holiday activity I had carved out a day to go see Les Miserables with a couple of friends. The previews alone were enough to fill my eyes with tears so I knew well enough to grab a couple extra napkins to sop up my tear-stained cheeks but what I… Read more »

Homemade Bitters

homemade bitters // notwithoutsalt.com

The calendar marches on with great force even though I’m continually urging it to slow down. Unfortunately my pleas go unnoticed but I assure you you still have time to gift your family, friends or yourself with homemade bitters. Last week I taught a room full of eager students how to make bitters. We all… Read more »

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum // notwithoutsalt.com

I’m filled with an eager excitement thinking on all the things I want to do, see and accomplish this time of year: Twinkling lights of red, green, blue and yellow to be seen while drinking hot chocolate. Gifts to be bought and gifts to be made. Cookies to be enjoyed and vegetables eaten to balance… Read more »

Brown Butter Ginger Cookies with Mascarpone Cream

Brown Butter Ginger Cookies with Honey Mascarpone Cream // notwithoutsalt.com

Consider this your fair warning: This blog is about to become sugar laden. “What’s new?” You may say. To that I say, “Hey, remember last week when I fed you Brussels sprouts? Okay then, we’re ready for sugar.” I know for a fact that there is at least one sweet reader eager for this recipe…. Read more »

Dating My Husband: Eton Mess

Snowflake Meringues // notwithoutsalt.com

Dating as young, broke college students forced Gabe and I to be creative with our date nights. The truth is we didn’t see this as much of a limitation, we were just happy together. Our homework was done together, every meal in our college cafeteria was eaten together and we did a whole lot of… Read more »

Give Thanks

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  “Give thanks in all things.” Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I hope for a great meal, joy in the kitchen and many moments of shared thanks. (These images were the result of a fun side project with Gabe, Kyle Johnson and myself).

Cider Punch

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I have one last suggestion for you to complete your Thanksgiving meal. And I do believe it’s a good one, dare I say I saved the best for last? It’s time we talk about your Thanksgiving cocktail. Now there are a couple ways you can go about this: If your family is like mine Thanksgiving… Read more »