About Ashley Wilkins

Professional by day and fun-loving foodie by night. She and her husband live in Southern California with their dog Riggins. Ashley’s skills in the kitchen, her love for understanding food, and ability to write in complete sentences shines through in the blogs that she writes.

5 Challenges when Trying to Snack Allergy-Friendly

By | 2018-09-15T13:58:27+00:00 September 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Whether you are new to eating allergy-friendly or an old pro, there are some significant challenges when it comes to finding good snacks. And a good snack is important. It might be a bit of a (completely deserved) running joke with my friends about how much food I have with me at all times: I typically carry at least two snacks in each bag and have a stash of snacks at my desk for my day job. Why know the [...]

Summer Stonefruit Caprese Salad

By | 2018-07-15T15:59:53+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

I have a confession to make. I love stonefruit more than berries. I know this is a controversial statement for many. I mean, who doesn’t love a good strawberry? (Except, of course, those who are allergic to berries with embedded seeds,) But I am not lying. I would much prefer a perfectly ripe peach or nectarine (yellow, not white, medium acid, cling doesn’t matter to me) to a strawberry. I also love cheese. Once, in college, while I was sound [...]

Stocking Your Kitchen: Fridge Basics

By | 2018-06-24T14:42:55+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , , , |

Have you ever looked in your fridge and seen only condiments and a few sad, orphaned items? Odds are, you have. Better yet, have you ever looked in your fridge and only seen items that you can’t eat? If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions and live with someone who doesn’t, you’ve probably experienced this as well. And if what you ask yourself in those moments (other than “who can I call for take out?”) is “what can I [...]

Spring + Green Bean Salad

By | 2018-05-10T17:27:48+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Categories: Corn Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I am not sure why, but spring makes me want to eat more brunch. I mean, I love brunch year-round...but when the spring veggies come into their own, their more delicate structure (as opposed to the heartier fall and winter veg) makes me want to eat breakfast foods and light dishes all the more. All winter long I crave heavier food, but as soon as the sun comes out and the temperature warms up, I shed heavy foods like layers. [...]

Easy (and Magical!) Lemon Curd

By | 2018-07-15T16:18:30+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Condiments + Basics, Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , |

So you know how I was talking about being into heritage stuff lately? I am still on that kick, which is why I’m going to introduce you to one of my favorite things: lemon curd. I’m not fully sure that it’s heritage, but oh well. When I think about lemon curd, Downton Abbey and fancy sitting rooms with high tea and scones come to mind. Maybe it’s not completely accurate, but it’s what I think of. Either way, curds are [...]

White Grapefruit Shrub

By | 2018-07-15T16:27:22+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Categories: Corn Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , |

Lately, I have been on a bit of a heritage kick. In the garden, I am loving the heritage varieties of allllll the veggies. In my home, I am incorporating different pieces from my grandparents into my decor and general life rhythms; and in my kitchen, not only am I working on adapting some recipes from my grandmother’s Hungarian cookbook into versions that are gluten and corn-free, I am looking at heritage recipes in general. That is where this grapefruit [...]

A Cardamom Inspired Cocktail

By | 2018-02-27T20:44:28+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Categories: Corn Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , |

Do you ever hear someone describe a drink or recipe you haven’t tried before, and simultaneously think “get in my belly now” and “how on earth will that taste?” When Elizabeth proposed this recipe, the "Sweet, and Yet..." created by our friend Stephanie over at Rosebud Coffee, (who our sister company Ampersand Dinner partnered with earlier this month for a Valentine’s day event), I had that very reaction. I enjoy the taste of cardamom, and I enjoy the taste of [...]

Dairy-Free Coconut Panna Cotta

By | 2018-02-13T21:45:19+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: Corn Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , |

  Does anyone else ever need just a bite of something sweet -- but not too sweet? That is me almost all the time. I like dessert, but I’m generally more into savory foods, so I prefer my sweets to be a little more subtle. This is why I like panna cotta so much: it’s sweet, versatile, and can be customized with any number of toppings. This particular recipe for panna cotta is a gem. It’s dairy free and made [...]

My Food Journey Continued: Equity Around the Table

By | 2018-02-07T20:59:40+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Table Conversation|Tags: , , |

Last year, I shared deeply about the true beginnings of my “food story.” I didn’t know what to expect...I had no prediction about how writing it or publishing it would feel--I only knew that I wanted, that I needed to be honest with myself and others about all the reasons why food is an important part of my life, and how it came to be that way. And so, without expectation, I left myself open to whatever emerged from telling [...]

Pomegranate Autumn Mocktail

By | 2017-10-24T20:09:48+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Categories: Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Do you ever get bored, drinking the same old beverages? I do. In my daily life I drink the same rotation of water, coffee, and tea. A cocktail or glass of wine will occasionally make an appearance, but I largely stick to routine, which is boring and mostly my fault, I’ll admit it.. The force of habit keeps me in my rut, and I forget my ability to think creatively about my options. Thankfully, the currently changing season brings a [...]