Posts by Ashley Rodriguez

Ashley Rodriguez is the creator of, the winner of Saveur Magazine's Best Cooking Blog. She studied in professional kitchens before becoming a mother of three. Now Ashley spends her time, cooking for her family, teaching cooking and baking and photographing it all. Ashley just finished writing her first cookbook, "Date Night In," which will be released in December 2014.

Trick or Treat: Homemade Twix Bars Recipe

Homemade twix bar recipe on Craftsy!

It's nearly candy season and what better way to respond to "trick-or-treat" than with a homemade replica of a classic favorite? This homemade Twix bar recipe is the ultimate grown-up version of the classic confection, and I promise not to tell if you give the kids the packaged confections and save these for yourself.

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Butchering the Bird: Spatchcocking A Chicken for Better Cooking

Spatchcocked and roasted chicken

Spatchchocking a chicken allows it to cook much more quickly and evenly as well as getting the skin crisped and deeply flavored throughout — not just on the breast. Learn how to to spatchcock a chicken for quick, even cooking and delicious depth of flavor!

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Weeknight Dinner: A Simple Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

A Simple Arroz con Pollo Recipe on the Craftsy Cooking Blog

It's so easy to get into a weeknight rut. Pasta seems to be the go-to, tossed together with whatever bits and pieces of ingredients found in the fridge. That's all well and fine, but sometimes you need to throw a curveball in there. This week's curveball? A delicious Mexican comfort food dish — arroz con pollo.

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Spotlight on Squash: How to Cook a Delicata Squash

How to cook delicata squash on the Craftsy Blog!

It is indeed squash season and their sweet, flavorful and tender flesh is well worth the effort. Plus, with a few tips, the stress and effort needed to turn a tough squash into a tender one is really quite minimal. Let's start with how to prep an an easy one first: the delicata squash.

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An Apple a Day: Simply Delicious Apple Recipes

Roasted Apples + More Recipe Ideas on the Craftsy Blog!

Apple season is here, and I know I am definitely ready to be reunited with this delicious and versatile fruit. Today I'm going to share two of my very favorite simple apple recipes + ideas for even more ways to use one of fall's signature fruits. Read on to find out how to get that apple a day in the most delicious way possible!

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Food Craft Favorites: How to Make Ricotta at Home

Toast topped with homemade ricotta cheese on the Craftsy Blog!

Alright, let’s make some cheese, shall we? Really, I’m quite serious. There are many types that can easily be made at home in very little time at all. Here's a recipe for making homemade ricotta that will turn you into a cheesemaking artisan in no time at all.

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Hot Fudge Ice Cream Cake: A Celebration Dessert

Ultimate Ice Cream Cake Recipe on the Craftsy Blog!

Ice cream cakes are the ultimate in celebration cakes — and this incredibly decadent version is no exception. With homemade Oreo-cookie-like wafers, candied cacao nibs and homemade hot fudge, this recipe is everything you remember from your childhood and more. Read on!

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Fresh Fall Produce: Autumn’s Seasonal Vegetables & Fruits

Mushrooms — Autumn Seasonal Vegetables & Fruits on the Craftsy Blog!

Just when we’ve had my fill of summer heat, long days and a free-form schedule with the kids around looking to you for what they should do with their day, autumn shows up and brings with it cool evenings, a jewel-toned palette and pumpkin everything! Make the most of the season's bounty! Check out this guide on the best of autumn's seasonal vegetables and fruits, plus plenty of recipes to inspire you to start cooking.

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DIY Condiments: Recipe for Pickled Peppers

How to make pickled peppers on the Craftsy Blog!

I thought it perfectly fitting to talk to you about pickled peppers as October just so happens to be National Pickled Peppers month. What better way to celebrate than to whip up a batch for yourself using this tasty, foolproof recipe? You may find they make their way into your breakfast eggs, lunch sandwiches and dinner pizzas. Your fridge was never the same.

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