Posts By: Ashley Rodriguez

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

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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

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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 »

Brussels Sprout Salad with Red Onion and Pecorino

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It is easy to overlook the meager Brussels sprouts for the more traditionally appealing pumpkin pie or mashed potatoes. Those are not difficult to win over fans – wrapped in a flaky crust, layered with spice, whipped with butter and cream – it’s no wonder those dishes get the fame. But today I’m here as… Read more »

Turkey Roulade with Sausage Stuffing

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“We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer My facebook feed is scattered with friends and family who have dedicated an update of thankfulness for everyday in November. The political rants are becoming less and less while the thanks for… Read more »

Pumpkin Graham Bread

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It seems we’ve begun a new tradition in our family. That is, if you consider two weeks of loaf cakes on Sunday a tradition. I certainly do and it’s one that I don’t intend to quit. It’s these loaves that mix up in minutes, spend an hour in the oven (giving the right amount of… Read more »

Dating My Husband: travels together

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Along a winding road sharing its edge with a muttering river to one side and towering trees at the peak of their lush summer coat on the other, Gabe and I listened to a booming voice read John Steinbeck’s, “Travels with Charley”. Steinbeck’s words fit our scenery as he, along with his dog, Charley, tightly… Read more »

Chopped Apple Cake

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Happiness is a Sunday with no plans. An early morning where the first few steps are taken towards the oven in order to pre-heat. And even though Ivy manages to put an entire tub of expensive face product in her hair and the boys spend all afternoon doing everything but cleaning their room, Sunday still… Read more »

Baked Oatmeal with Roasted Pears

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  I love it when breakfast sort of disguises itself as dessert. Let’s talk pancakes for a moment. Serve those sweet fluffy, round cakes in the morning with a generous drizzle of maple syrup and you have breakfast . Serve something similar after dinner and it’s dessert. Let’s call them what they are – cake…. Read more »

Dating My Husband: reconnecting

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We were driving home late Saturday night from Portland, having just finished our week long road trip in Oregon and relished in the quiet as the kidlets slept in the back of the van. “Did you have fun?” I asked Gabe. Which seems such a simple question and one that I probably should have asked… Read more »

Let’s agree

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The cup sat on the edge of the table in such a way that light flooded in from behind highlighting little peaks of the frothed leaf that sat suspended on the latte. I took its picture not because I was overwhelmed by its beauty or because I thought it’d make a compelling image but because… Read more »

Travel: Oregon

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Let’s start this post with a bit of a disclaimer (or two). We took a little trip around Oregon recently which was sponsored by Travel Oregon. They didn’t ask me to write this post but I am doing so because I’m far too excited not to share some of these highlights with you. Disclaimer two:… Read more »

Creamy Parsley Pesto

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Last year it was sage, this year parsley. In my small, yet efficient garden I allowed two parsley plants to go to seed at the end of last season. While I was trying to keep up with the sage by smashing it into an aromatic pesto and tucking it into aioli, the parsley was dropping… Read more »

Cornmeal cake with blueberries and maple whipped cream

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“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ― Epicurus My tendency is to live from one project to the next, marking my life with goals, successes and the trying process of reaching those goals. Ambition… Read more »

Her Carnival Birthday

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It may have been excessive. Perhaps a bit over the top, but that was sort of what I was going for. Billowy balloons marked the entrance. Our guests, young and not so young, were greeted by our Lemonade stand offering a variety of cold beverages that refreshed on one of those perfect, late summer afternoons…. Read more »

Tomato Toast with Parmesan

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  Like the last dregs of sweet ice cream dripping down the sides of a freshly pressed waffle cone we are lapping up every last bit of Summer. It’s true that nearly an entire month remains of the season but this week school starts and with the oldest darting off to Kindergarten this year, it… Read more »

Julia’s Chicken Liver Mousse

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“Cooking is not a particularly difficult art, and the more you cook and learn about cooking, the more sense it makes. But like any art it requires practice and experience. The most important ingredient you can bring to it is love of cooking for its own sake.” -Julia Child, Mastering the Art of French Cooking… Read more »

fire and feast

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I’ve fallen in love with a new way to cook. Well, let me clarify, it’s new to me. Fire. On our recent trip to the San Juan Islands I prepared a feast laced with Moroccan flavors almost entirely over an open flame. Madrona trees with  vibrant red-orange trunks framed the view of the Pacific just… Read more »

portrait of a tomato

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With knowledge comes responsibility. I’ve been known to tout the old adage, “ignorance is bliss” but in reality I really should proclaim that my own ignorance is often a reflection of laziness. Once you’ve gained knowledge is hard to sit comfortably without action. Today I’m acting out against slavery. Along with The Giving Table, International… Read more »