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 gone. After that we ate strong cheese .


In March things looked different. was born. And we drank great coffee.


In April we made butter.


Then in May we hit the big time. We hopped on a plane to L.A. to see a screening of Food, Inc. and to have a one on one interview with the director – at his home, while he ate his breakfast (this was all thanks to my brother who was a cinematographer for the film).


Garlic Scapes filled us with joy in June.


In July Bacon Caramels satisfied our sweet and salty cravings.


We learned how to render lard in August.


In September we took a field trip to the Orchard then made caramel worthy of those apples.

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A-hunting-we-did-go in October.


In November we learned all about coffee. More coffee. Coffee, cont’d.


And finally in December we covered ourselves in sugar. Cookies, candies, cakes, trifles and shortbread with onion jam.


Thanks to all of you for an incredible year. Here’s to an even more memorable one in 2010!

Have a fun New Year’s celebration. I will be ringing in the new year learning all about duck. More on this later.


24 Responses to “eating and remembering 2009”

  1. tara

    What a delicious year. I want to take a nap in that butter. It looks that inviting.

    And those cookies are now referred to as The Only Chocolate Chip Cookies around here. Santa was even left some.

    In 2010 you’ll be brilliant. I just know it.

  2. Fuji Mama

    What a great post! Totally made me hungry, even though I finished dinner no that long ago! Here’s to another delicious year!

  3. Wendy

    what a great post – I love your photos so much. Taking a nap in the butter sounds fabulous, but I’m especially excited that you just reminded me of the garlic scape pesto in my freezer! 🙂

  4. Eyes Bigger

    What a great year – and so reasonable to beleive that you will top it all in 2010! I’m softening the butter as we speak. Happy New Year!

  5. Emily Teeter

    Can’t wait to see what is in store for next year! I am going to whip up some chocolate chip cookies today!

  6. Julie

    Knowing you has brought a whole new twist to my life, especially looking forward to 2010. I’m so excited for all the culinary adventures it will bring. Martha! Cooking Classes! oh my!

  7. Susan @ SGCC

    An auspicious year, to be sure! Happy New Year to you, Ashley. I hope your 2010 is filled with wonderful and delicious new adventures!

  8. Sara

    such a successful year! i do need to make those reputable cookies of yours! Happy New Year, have fun on all your trips coming up!

  9. tea_austen

    What a delicious year you’ve had, my dear. Thanks so much for brightening our days with your talents—here’s to much more ahead!

  10. MG Atwood

    Very nicely done Ashley! I can’t wait to see what you cook up for 2010. 🙂

  11. Aimee

    I only came onboard sometime in the fall, but am looking forward to what 2010 holds for Not Without Salt! I’m a fan!

    Happy New Year!

  12. Trissa

    A busy and delicious 2009 you had – I’m glad for the write up – I think I missed the bacon caramels the first time around – but this time I’ll be sure to try this recipe. A happy 2010 for you and your loved ones.

  13. Barbara

    I love the way you’ve told the story of your food year and painted such a beautiful picture of it in photo form. Thank you so much.

  14. kamille

    Hi Ashley, I came across your blog via Sweet & Saucy, but what I realized when reading your about section was thinking, “I think this is the Ashley, Matio was talking about in my culinary class.” And it is. He & Christine raved about your baking abilities and missed having you go. I love to bake and it would have been wonderful if you were there to teach me a thing or too. But now I can check out your blog and possibly take a class.


  15. Alison

    This is my first time pay a quick visit at here and i am actually impressed to read everthing at
    single place.