Posts By: Ashley Rodriguez

Film Friday: Night out

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I apologize for being a bit late on this one but I assume you’ll forgive me when you hear that I chose swimming in lakes, long walks, and watching the sun fade into the ocean instead of sitting inside writing this post. But now we are home from vacation and I am so happy to… Read more »

Film Friday: random acts of cookies

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On a particular morning, not unlike many before, I started to head down a dangerous path in my own head. You know the one – questions arise of the purpose of your path, and why you are not where you think you should be, and a wave of self-doubt starts to build. Usually I wander… Read more »

grilled soft cheese, thyme honey and fresh figs

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Here’s the story of how I met my new favorite snack. First I saw this image of brie with honey and figs and thought, “I must eat this.” Then a couple weeks later I ran into another image, this time the cheese stood alone but was grilled. You’ll notice a couple things so far. 1. I… Read more »

Film Friday: out of the city

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It’s Friday, which in most cases means I post some recent images I’ve taken on film. Here are a few other Film Fridays to peruse at your leisure. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. All images were shot using Kodak Portra 400 using a Canon A1 50mm 1.4. We can get there in just over an… Read more »

sage, walnut pesto – three ways

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What does one do when your garden is rampant with sage (and sadly, very little else)? Well, you make pesto of course. Before the brilliance of sage pesto, I had relegated sage to merely a Thanksgiving herb, getting neatly tucked under turkey skin just prior to roasting. Or casually stirred into sauteed mushrooms before the… Read more »

Film Friday: Block Party

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It’s Friday, which in most cases means I post some recent images I’ve taken on film. Here are a few other Film Fridays to peruse at your leisure. 1. 2. 3. 4. All images were shot using Kodak Portra 400 using a Canon A1 50mm 1.4. This week started off with a block party. Which,… Read more »

Honey Herb soda

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In reality I am not the advanced gardener of my dreams. The vision of me wading through overgrown rows of sun warmed produce with a wicker basket in one hand while the other plucks craggy and beautifully imperfect heirloom tomatoes from their fragrant vines, is just that – a vision. I have to believe that… Read more »

Homemade Butter Finger Candy

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I started making homemade pasta when I was eight. My parents kindly complimenting my bowls of mush while eating soppy noodles with much oohing and ahhing. I’ve since improved my pasta making skills. The moment I realized I could make my own butter I was out of my seat and shaking a jar of cream…. Read more »

Tequila Peach Pie

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I asked her to teach me her secret to making pie. Grandma was after all the bringer of pie to all family functions so of course I thought to learn from her. I wasn’t a foreigner in the often intimidating land of pie making as my mother frequently gifted us children with pie. The process… Read more »

Film Friday: when in Seattle, you must…

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*side note* This is part of a series in which I post images I’ve taken throughout the week using my Canon A1 (fancy talk for a film camera circa the 80′s) Here are a few other Film Fridays to peruse at your leisure. 1. 2. 3. All images were shot using Kodak Portra 400. ok,… Read more »

this year’s strawberry shortcake

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That title just doesn’t even begin to do this recipe justice but if I were to list all the things it has going for it, you would be missing precious seconds that you weren’t preparing and eating this dessert. You start with sweet strawberries that are ruby red through and through. Then you have hefty… Read more »

Bee’s Knees

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It’s been a few weeks now but our weekend away lingers on in the form of gin, lemon, and honey. It’s called a Bee’s Knees and I’m desperately trying to make up for the lost time when we, sadly, did not know of one another. A chance meeting that I won’t soon forget. Gabe and… Read more »

film friday: so far, summer

An antique picnic basket has already been put to great use with many more picnics in its future. A snuggle on the beach. It may not have been the warmest day but there was sun so we headed to the sand and sea. There has been gin. Lots of lovely gin. This particular cup is… Read more »

asparagus tart with walnuts and parmesan

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This recipe just isn’t fair. I’m sorry. With its main components being butter, Mascarpone, asparagus, walnuts, and a dusting of Parmesan – there is little to no chance this won’t be an unforgettable dish. I blame Delancey for planting the seed that sprouted this tart. On one of our regular visits I ordered a dish… Read more »

Film Friday: love and coffee edition

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This post is part of a series entitled, Film Friday. All the images you see here were taken on a Canon EOS ELAN 7E using Kodak Portra 400. As one of the bench markers testing this relationships longevity, I asked Gabe if he liked The Simpsons shortly after we started “hanging out”. He seemed indifferent…. Read more »

B L (slow-roasted) T

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The tomatoes arrived orange. It has been nearly 9 months since I’ve had a decent tomato but if memory serves me correctly tomatoes are suppose to be red. Not just any red. The kind of red that makes Dorothy’s slippers seem dull and lifeless. Red like the color of our first car. We called it… Read more »

film friday

How did I let a week go past without a post? Believe me, I’ve so wanted to be here but I am deep into a project that is demanding all. of. me. The end is in sight and everyone around me who has experienced my crazy, stressed-out, frantic fits is as excited as I am… Read more »

Film Friday

While on our weekend away Gabe and I wondered into a few antique shops before stumbling on the find of the day. A Canon A1 circa 1980 with a 50 mm 1.4 for $40. Today I saw my first roll of film from this camera. My expectations were low as the camera tech warned us… Read more »

Dating My Husband: A getaway

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First of all can I just say how much I adore you people?! You continue to blow me away by your kindness, generosity and willingness to encourage me just when I need it most. I don’t take lightly the fact that you return here to read and look into my little corner. So, thank you… Read more »

Poppy seed cake, mascarpone frosting, strawberries

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Mmind is in a perpetual state of rapid spinning lately. Many projects to tend to, classes to teach, children getting older, dishes to be done, and as always, changes for the family. I guess that is life – the constant striving for balance and struggle to stay afloat in the midst of the continual ebb… Read more »

Spicy Empanadas with cilantro cream

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He wouldn’t touch his food, which, let’s be honest, is not out of the ordinary. Moans of disapproval filled their mouths instead of the food. A constant stream of requests were shot in my direction in a tone that is not unlike nails scraping down a chalkboard. There was bartering and attempts at making a… Read more »

Caponata

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One quick announcement before we move on to Caponata. I am THRILLED to announce that I will be teaching a Food Photography workshop at The Pantry at Delancey in September. I’ll go through my process and we’ll have plenty of time to shoot together so that you walk away feeling inspired and more confident behind… Read more »

lego/pirate party

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It was a great success. That was evident in the smiles, the cheers, and my complete exhaustion. Totally worth it. So as promised, here is our lego/pirate party. Lego juice boxes made with construction paper. Muslin hand-painted table cloth. The pinata is homemade (I’m sure you could have guessed that by the smudges and crinkles)…. Read more »

happy weekend

I don’t know who is more excited for their birthday party this weekend, me or the boys. All of us are counting down the sleeps. You can be sure I will give you a full report post party but I wanted to share a few things with you before the big day. I’ve said it… Read more »

tarte flambée

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For a time I have let the San Marazano tomatoes remain in the cupboard. Their bright acidic tang blended with the soft heat of garlic and the subtle touch of dried oregano has served our pizza night’s well, but now I turn to creme fraiche. It began with a nudge from a friend who encouraged… Read more »

cocoa brownie with salted peanut butter frosting

Cocoa brownies with salted peanut butter frosting. In one more sleep my baby turns 5. Five. . . I don’t even know what to say. In my head I’m still a squirrley little teenager trying to figure this life out, all that it has to offer and how I’m suppose to navigate my way through…. Read more »

spring greens with creme fraiche vinaigrette

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SPRINGY HERB SALAD Serves 4 as a first course The herb goat cheese goes beautifully with this salad. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons creme fraiche (optional) 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar 1 tablespoon minced shallot 1/2 teaspoon honey 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard salt and pepper to taste Stir all ingredients together. Taste and adjust… Read more »