Posts By: Ashley Rodriguez

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


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


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 »



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


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


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 »

Roasted broccoli hummus

It appears to me that if you were to scan through my blog you might think I eat one of three things on any given day. 1. Sugar. 2. Fried foods. 3. Liquor. You are most likely right and perhaps if it has been a rough day, all three. While I do probably eat more… Read more »

Rhubarb iced tea

(photo by my husband, gabe) She’s on the move. My little girl, at 7 months is crawling, chewing on cables, pulling herself up and putting every little crumb and Lego into her mouth. It’s a constant eyes-on-Ivy phase. Good thing she is so darn adorable. Remember last year? There was rhubarb and there were my… Read more »


I love getting questions from you people. It reminds me you’re there and you are listening. Some of you reading may be asking yourself, “Wha?! I asked her a question months ago and she never responded.” It’s true. I’m sorry. In the jungle of my inbox I have been known to let a few emails… Read more »

banh mi with pork meatballs

Pork Meatball Banh Mi

A mere 30 minutes north of our cozy home there is a little shop in a little strip mall in a fairly little town. In this shop they make and sell one of the best sandwiches in and around Seattle. You can be the proud owner of said sandwich for around $3.00. It’s Banh Mi…. Read more »

Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs

Last week I had my first taste of rhubarb and asparagus. For me those two tastes symbolize Spring more than the presence of Tulips or the gentle warmth of sun (still waiting for that). The tangy tart bite of rhubarb combined with a buttery shortbread crust and cool whipped cream. The bitter taste of a… Read more »

Simple Spaghetti with tomato sauce

I like simple things. I even like the word. It is in and of itself simple. Two syllables easily rolling off your tongue and landing into an ear of one who immediately sighs relief. Simple is comforting, reassuring, and hard to achieve. Naturally I am not a simple person. I’m complex; full of nooks and… Read more »

road trip – portland

Day 1. Heart Day 2. Barista Day 3. Coava Don’t get me wrong, I love Seattle. We have so many wonderful things to toot a horn about. I mean afterall we are the birthplace of coffee. Kind of. But Portland has stepped up their coffee game – as you may have noticed with these last… Read more »

Road Trip – Portland

This is day two of our coffee field trip in Portland. First stop was Heart Coffee Roasters. Next stop Barista. Classic gray, rainy day in Portland. Perfect for coffee. It was 9 am so I decided to stick with the coffee. Look at those two. She wants the Ethiopian beans but he is trying to… Read more »

Road Trip – Portland

Our taste buds determine the route and this time they were screaming for coffee. Portland has become a mecca for good tastes and lucky for us it is only a few hours away by car. Timed perfectly those three hours could be a pleasant, stop-less drive, giving Gabe and I plenty of time to talk… Read more »

Focaccia with red sauce

When life is unsteady and a sudden thrust of unsettling news unexpectedly hits I am faced with the uncomfortable reality that life is fragile. A smile from my sweet baby becomes more precious, the happy shrieks from the boys makes me joyful rather than annoyed, and the popcorn kernels littering my floor continue to reside… Read more »

Coffee Pudding

What’s better than coffee – black as sin with brushes of hot steam tickling your nose and teasing you with its black currant and tobacco notes before your lips ever touch the edge of your favorite mug? Not much. May I dare suggest a slightly thickened version of your favorite beverage that rivals a hot… Read more »

Fried Penne

Leave it to Martha and her people to come up with the idea of frying pasta. (It’s quite possible they weren’t the first ones to add pasta to hot oil but it was their site where I first saw it which is why I am giving them credit). Seriously, genius. Pasta=good. Frying=good. Pasta+frying= double good… Read more »

Homemade Rainbow Chip Cake


It’s become tradition. Each year for Gabe’s birthday I make him a boxed cake. Rainbow chip. It’s his favorite. A couple years ago I made the horrible mistake of buying Funfetti. Not the same. The following year we went to several different grocery stores until we found Rainbow Chip. Well worth the effort. The lure… Read more »

His Snickerdoodles

Gabe’s in the kitchen baking. Let me just say that again. Gabe. My Gabe. My sweet husband, is in the kitchen baking. While I sit on the couch doing absolutely nothing except letting my mind shut-off and unwind from a rambunctious, albeit, typical day. You see, my husband doesn’t do a lot of baking, let… Read more »