Posts By: Ashley Rodriguez

How to Shuck an Oyster

I was asked to photograph oysters. Typically I photograph food that I eagerly speed through the photo making process so I can eat my subject. This shoot was different. I’m not much of an oyster fan. I’ve tried and am continuing to try – although I give myself a free pass when I’m pregnant. I… Read more »

Quinoa : the perfect picnic grain

Picnic season is upon us and for this I couldn’t be more excited. So excited in fact that the first day we had legitimate sunshine around here I got a sunburn. The gentle burn on my skin still causes me to smile and dream about all the days of laying on the grass and the… Read more »

New Summer Classes Added!

We are so excited about our June classes, featuring CAKES and MEXICAN FOOD, two of our favorite things! Email to reserve your spot! *A second cake class has been added! We will be having a “Cake Walk” on June 9th as well for those of you who didn’t get in to the class on… Read more »

Vanilla Salt : a homemade gift


Mother’s Day is approaching rapidly and while I’ve already unwrapped my present in the form of two beautiful and large vegetable beds that my sweet husband made for me, I have the perfect handmade gift for the mother who likes to spice things up in the kitchen. Vanilla Salt. It’s unique, incredibly easy to make… Read more »

Baguettes at Home


The other night we sat down to a dinner that was so simple it went from in my head to on the table in under 15 minutes. So I couldn’t help but laugh when my husband commented, “this is my favorite dinner in a long time.” – or something to that effect. He fumbled his… Read more »

Rhubarb Ice Cream with Oatmeal Shortbread

It was Monday afternoon and I was pacing my living room. My dear friend and cooking class partner, Julie, arrived to watch our boys while my husband and I headed off to the 20 week ultrasound. Those of you who have been down this road before know that this is probably the best appointment there… Read more »

Market Finds

Sunny and 65* in Seattle demanded a trip to Pike Place Market. We relished the morning as we played tourist in our own city. We each had our own mission. I was determined to pick up some vital ingredients to appease some pregnancy cravings – butter, goat cheese and chocolate cake. At DeLaurenti I found… Read more »

Chocolate chip Banana Bread


Grandma always goes overboard at Christmas. With 14 grandchildren and by now I’ve completely lost tract of the number of great-grandchildren – just this year there will be three new babies (ours included), yet she blesses us abundantly. But no Christmas bag is complete without a fresh baked loaf of Grandma’s banana bread. This year… Read more »

always in bloom

In Seattle we had nearly two weeks where the sun tempted us with Spring. Green buds emerged, soft pink cherry blossoms covered the bare branches and in the anticipation of our Summer garden we covered our window sills with starts soon to be planted in the rich soil. Now the rain has returned and continues… Read more »

I’m back. Well, almost.

I knew I liked all of you but after all those kind words of congrats and encouragement over the exciting news of our family expansion – well, now I know you folks are the best there are and I like you A LOT. From the bottom of my heart I thank you. These have been… Read more »

Why I’ve stayed away from food

I have some explaining to do. It’s happened a few times in my blogging career where I seem to just slip off into an unknown void. Without an explanation my words, pictures and food cease to exist in cyberspace. And I hate coming back here apologizing to you kind people for my absence because you… Read more »

New Classes added

I may not be updating the blog regularly but I did just update my classes page! Check it out and sign up. If you happen to be in the Bellingham area I’m teaching a class near you tomorrow (Wednesday 2/10) and there is still space. Thanks all. I will be back to my regular posting… Read more »

A lesson in photography

In the midst of all the holiday craziness I stepped away from the stove and got my hand out of the sugar to take a photography workshop with the incredibly talented, Penny De Los Santos. Chances are you have seen Penny’s work as it graces the pages of Saveur and National Geographic. One glance at… Read more »

Sushi: photos

The other day I thought I should eat healthy. So I made Sushi. For those who want to know these were taken with a Canon 5D 24-70 2.8 The light is au naturale. click through to Artazza for the recipe

eating and remembering 2009

In January we ate the best chocolate chip cookies. Wait what?! You haven’t tried them yet? I forgive you as long as you promise to start softening the butter after you read this post. In February we were honored by the Times Online and of course I mean we because without you I’d be long… Read more »

year of the lamb

With the new year approaching more rapidly then I can wrap my head around I am surrounded by articles wearing the title of ‘best of’ and lists that point out the trends of 2009 and predict the future trends of 2010. It was on such a list that I noticed pork was on its way… Read more »

Gingerbread Townhouse – December Daring Bakers

The December 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to you by Anna of Very Small Anna and Y of Lemonpi. They chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ everywhere to bake and assemble a gingerbread house from scratch. They chose recipes from Good Housekeeping and from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book as the challenge recipes. This has… Read more »

{Cocktail} Gin and Sin

The Food: A-Z Project is still going strong! Check out our flickr group and if you haven’t joined please do. Tomorrow we are moving on to the letter “H”. For those of you unfamiliar with the project please let me explain. Seeking inspiration and some discipline I decided to begin a group that photographs a… Read more »

Shortbread: two ways


Part 2. I realize that it has been weeks and quite possibly longer  since I’ve posted something savory. ‘Tis the Season! But don’t worry mom, I have been eating my vegetables  – it’s just so fun to talk about sugar. That changes today. Sort of. There is still sugar in the recipe but there is… Read more »

Shortbread: two ways


Part 1. I had a craving the other night. It was a very specific craving that, not surprisingly, involved chocolate and I wanted it in cookie form. I knew that I wanted it to be buttery with a texture that crumbles in your mouth as sand would except not as repulsive as the idea of… Read more »

On poached pears and a trifle

The other day a smell permeated the house that was as comforting as slippers – the ones that are covered with wool then open up to a textured faux fur that tries to replicate the impossibly soft covering of a baby lamb. It was as fragrant as Lillies and so completely intoxicating I had a… Read more »

Simple Chocolate Cake

It has been awhile since I designed and created a wedding cake. When my sweet little punks were less mobile I spent many weekends building massive edible sculptures that were destined to be destroyed and enjoyed. Some were covered in chocolate with torched meringue flames. Others were teal and intricately decorated with chocolate damask. Many… Read more »

Gingerbread Tart with Cranberry Curd

While I technically did not finish off the month by posting everyday I still consider my crazy attempt a success. In this current season of life my time is very limited and more structured then I ever would have wanted it to be. I have two little sweet boys who want my attention and continually… Read more »

Cannoli – my first daring baker’s challenge!

The November 2009 Daring Bakers Challenge was chosen and hosted by Lisa Michele of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives. She chose the Italian Pastry, Cannolo (Cannoli is plural), using the cookbooks Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and The Sopranos Family Cookbook by Allen Rucker; recipes by Michelle Scicolone, as ingredient/direction guides. She… Read more »

Cranberry Pecan Rolls

Last year we started a Thanksgiving morning tradition. We eat a Pomegranate. It just so happened that we had one lying on the counter as Gabe and I were discussing traditions we want to start with our young family. Suddenly a simple and delicious tradition was born. Last night Gabe ran to the store to… Read more »

Gingerbread Cookies


As a little girl I wanted to be Martha Stewart. My best friend and I took it upon ourselves to create a publication for young girls, such as ourselves, who dreamed of being the crafter, cook and exceptional decorator that Martha is. Our magazine was called, Mini Martha Living. It ran for one issue. Oh… Read more »

Meringue Mushrooms

I’ll be honest – I really have no idea what possessed me to make meringue mushrooms. Maybe it was my new found love of foraging? Nah. I think it’s because they are so fun to look at and much sweeter than their real life counterpart. I’ve made these in years past as an adornment to… Read more »