Posts By: Ashley Rodriguez

Homemade truffles


Tradition tells us to leave Santa a tall glass of milk with a heaping plate of cookies. While there is nothing wrong with cookies I just have to wonder if maybe Santa is bored. I can’t help but think that he rolls his eyes while reluctantly reaching for yet another chocolate chip cookie leaving only… Read more »

quick puff pastry


You all must know by now how much I love butter. Particularly in its puff pastry form. I’ve written about quick puff pastry before but as often as I make this recipe I thought it deserved another spot on the blog – a more in depth tutorial-like spot. Making classic puff pastry should be on… Read more »

Dating My Husband

photo by James Moes If you needed a restaurant recommendation in Seattle my husband and I were the ones to ask. After we were married, nearly every Friday night we would have “date night”. For days in advance I’d scour magazines, the Internet and newspapers trying to decide which restaurant to try. We never went… Read more »

Sweet and Savory spiced nuts


Life requires balance. Long days of work insist on subsequent days off to re-energize and inspire. Non-fiction reading and classic literature demand the occasional trashy romance novel thrown into the reading mix once in awhile. And most importantly when the sugar intake is high – as is often the case during this season – then… Read more »

Snow Day

See snowball. See snowball hit child. This is how we’ve been spending our Thanksgiving week. Snow ball fights, a continues pot of apple cider bubbling on the stove ready to sluff off the chill and a immense amount of gratitude for having a warm home. Right now I’m making the last additions to my grocery… Read more »

Roasted Red Onions

Something’s missing. I mean sure you have the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes but still something’s missing. Don’t worry though, I’ve got you covered. What’s missing is a large platter of sweet and tangy caramelized onions. Your plate is screaming for the addition of roasted red onions with a bright gremolata… Read more »


Yes that’s me in the middle holding up my freshly plucked duck. See that smile? I’m quite proud of myself. On that day I killed my dinner. It’s hard to say that without sounding sadistic especially paired with that huge smile sprawled across my face. It was Duckfest that led me to my first experience… Read more »

Gluten-Free Chocolate Biscotti

I was both honored and slightly frightened when Shauna (Gluten-Free Girl) asked me to bake a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving recipe. I’ve made a few gluten-free items before but they were completely flour-free. This time I wanted to challenge myself and have fun playing with completely new-to-me flours. I love a good challenge. Now I understand that… Read more »

“it tastes like Almond Roca” candy

I will be attending three Thanksgiving dinners this year. I will be wearing stretchy pants at each meal (and probably a cute little dress to cover up the fact that I’m wearing stretchy pants). It may surprise you to know that I don’t do a lot of cooking on Thanksgiving. It’s not that I don’t… Read more »

Rough week, Great books

I’m not going to lie. This past week has been very difficult. Like so many of us do, I tried to be the woman who could do it all; maintain a fairly clean home, keep the laundry pile at a level that wouldn’t swallow up one of the children if they happen to fall in… Read more »

Pumpkin Rice Pudding

No one was more happy to smell the scent of cinnamon wafting up from a steaming sauce pan than my oldest brother. Peering over my mom’s shoulder he would stop for a moment to watch the rice dance about in the bubbling milk. For us it was milk rice and it was dinner. I liked… Read more »

Honey Roasted Peanut Butter

Our little family of five has nearly wiped out an entire orchard of Honeycrisp apples this season. There is rarely a Fall day that passes without me returning to the kitchen several times to cut up more. And while the naked slice of a Honeycrisp is the perfect snack – sweet, tangy, floral and crisp… Read more »

Homemade Twix Bars


If you don’t want gaggles of children beating down your door on Halloween night then look no further. If you’d rather not be the most popular house on the block then continue on your Internet search. If you aren’t a fan of a cookie crust so tender it shatters in your mouth, or a creamy… Read more »

A Return

This week was the first time I returned to the kitchen since Ivy was born. Today she is one month old. Before you call the authorities let me assure you that I did not let my family starve for the past month. Night after night we have been blessed with food from our dear family… Read more »

Sister baby is here!

I don’t remember exactly when Baron started referring to our little bun in the oven as sister baby but it stuck and now that she is finally here I get a huge grin every time the boys see her and say, “hi sister baby”. They then proceed to give her a hug and a kiss… Read more »

Pancakes With Blueberry Butter

Pancakes have a way of making mornings feel special. One can’t help but smile as they bite into a pile of fluffy, pillow-like cakes that are made moist with a bath of syrup. Around here we have pancakes quite often. I guess we like our mornings to feel special. Or I just love how excited… Read more »

Homemade Potato Chips


In a recent cooking class I taught we made homemade potato chips. We then sprinkled said chips with a spice mix composed of fennel seeds, coriander, fennel pollen and salt and pepper. Since that class I can’t stop making these chips. Please, help me stop making these chips. They are light and airy, fried to… Read more »


Although I’ve let this place go quiet I wanted to let you know about a few things I’ve been working on that are floating around the internet. First let me introduce you to one of my favorite Summer treats. Coffee Granita. You’ll find the recipe on (in fact you can find several of my… Read more »

Some baby clothes

I promise more food to come soon. This week is a flurry of testing recipes for various articles, classes, etc. There will be plenty of food to share. But I wanted to bring you something while I had a moment to spend with you. So please indulge me while I show you that I’m learning… Read more »

Recycled Crayons

There’s nothing better than taking something that’s old, haggard and about to end up in the garbage and making it new and exciting all over again. Especially if the project involves crayons! The other day my boys and I were feeling a little crafty. I have also been feeling a little bit of the nesting… Read more »

Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

I recently received an email from a sad baker. She was attempting to make buttercream in the midst of a rather hot day. Her kitchen was nearing 80* leaving the butter a melty mess. Oh how I’ve been there. In my wedding cake making days I would constantly worry about dripping buttercream on hot days…. Read more »

Zucchini Whoopie Pies

The bags are mostly packed, the food is prepped and I have enough sewing projects and reading material to keep me busy for the next month – all of this can only mean one thing… it’s VACATION time! There will be toes dipped into the ocean, sand found in every nook and cranny and plenty… Read more »

Quick Pickled Red Onions


Quick. It’s not too late. In fact, don’t rush – you still have time – this recipe is fast and easy. I am having such a hard time believing that 4th of July is this weekend already. Excuse me one moment – MY BABY GIRL IS GOING TO BE HERE SO SOON! WAHHOOOEEE!! Okay thanks…. Read more »

The Newlywed Kitchen Potluck

So I have a great idea for a Summer – or anytime – party. Step 1. Pick a cookbook. Step 2. Invite fellow food-loving folk. Step 3. Tell invitees to prepare one recipe from the book of choice. Step 4. Set out dishes. Step 5. EAT! I can’t take credit for this brilliant idea which… Read more »

Chocolate Chip Cookies Revisited

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Alone in the fridge there sat a roll of freshly made chocolate chip cookie dough. It meant to join us for the weekend as the husband and I were enjoying a quiet weekend away, otherwise known as our babymoon. For those of you unfamiliar with this odd term let me explain – it’s a last… Read more »

A quilt in shades of pink

It has taken me a long time to embrace the role of wife/mother/homemaker. I have a few other jobs too such as writing this blog and teaching many of you lovely people how to be more confident bakers,  but my primary responsibility is taking care of my family and our home. It is how I… Read more »

Mint, basil, cucumber & lime fizz

Here is my plan for the Summer – me, comfortable chair, kiddie pool, feet dangling, kids content, green grass, flourishing garden, sitting, big pregnant belly and an endless pitcher of this mint, basil, cucumber and lime fizz. So basically what we have here is a variation of a virgin mojito – if you aren’t growing… Read more »

Perfect Pizza at home

With Delancey (incredible pizza restaurant with famed owners Brandon and Molly – of Orangette) right around the corner from us it seems so silly to even bother making pizza at home. Call me silly. Whenever a challenge presents itself, such as creating crispy, chewy crusted pizza at home, I take it head on and am… Read more »