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.

Five Tips for Stocking a Gluten-Free Pantry + Greens Salad with Apple and Pecan

By | 2016-04-27T20:26:45+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A line from the sound of music came to me as I prepared to write this post: "let's start at the very beginning. A very good place to start." And when it comes to cooking or baking gluten free, I completely agree. You can master all of the skills of cooking, baking, or substituting, but if you don't have the ingredients, it's going to be more than a little challenging to make the food. Below is a basic pantry guide [...]

Food Nostalgia + GF Bread Machine Recipe

By | 2016-04-19T17:03:10+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , |

Lately I have been thinking a lot about bread. Several of my colleagues greatly enjoy quality bread, and their enthusiasm for the qualities of “the loaf” have rekindled my own passion for it. As a child, my mother would make a loaf in her bread machine each week. We bought flour by the 25-pound bag at Sam’s Club or Costco, and learned early on that the “thump thump thump” sound during the mix cycle meant the dough was too dry. [...]

Birthday Reflection + Red Juice

By | 2016-04-12T14:50:09+00:00 April 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This week I turned 30. Yes, 30. Depending on your age, 30 might sound like I have the rest of my life ahead of me; like I am still very young. Or, 30 might sound mature and experienced, like I am now firmly on the side of adulthood and no longer in the fun-loving years of my 20s. Either way, 30 is a major milestone. I am no longer in a decade of life where I finish multiple major life [...]

And We’re out like a Lamb + Banana Coconut Pudding

By | 2016-04-03T22:51:39+00:00 March 29th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, Recipes, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , |

Does anyone else feel like the days are speeding past? Maybe it's the time of year, but it seems like I blink and another day is finished or another week is about to wrap up. In the midst of the mind-numbing speed with which the days and weeks are passing, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the month that is ending. This month has had the lion's share (like what I did there?) of challenging days, tempered [...]

Gluten-free Challenges + Mango Lassi

By | 2016-03-30T12:09:58+00:00 March 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I first started dating my husband, I received a cookbook for gluten free meals from my mother, who has always loved making food for other people. She had learned from me that he was, and is, intolerant of gluten. For him, this means that if he has more than one serving of something with wheat/gluten every week or so, he begins to show some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Thankfully for us, his reactions aren't anaphylactic shock, [...]

Local Eating and Lemon Bars

By | 2016-03-07T18:25:48+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A few years ago, around this time, I made a decision. You could probably call it a self-challenge. I committed to only eating and drinking at local food businesses. That is, if a business had locations outside of Los Angeles County (or perhaps Orange County) I decided not to eat there for a year. So I was determined to frequent only local coffee shops, coffee roasters, fast food, bars, and restaurants. I like giving myself challenges like this. Maybe some [...]

In Like a Lion + Jalapeño Apple ‘Slaw

By | 2016-03-03T15:40:01+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Did you ever hear the phrase that March “comes in like a lion and out like a lamb” when you were growing up? I did. And if this phrase is true in Southern California, then our lion is hot, dry, and confused. By all accounts, the intense year of El Niño rain that we were promised is either fashionably late or not showing up. It’s likely that the phrase just doesn’t apply here, but the memories of moving from the [...]

Food-loving Jetsetter + Cauliflower Breadsticks

By | 2016-02-04T11:01:18+00:00 February 5th, 2016|Categories: Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, Recipes, Vegetarian|Tags: , |

By the time this post goes live, I will be in the first part of a jetsetting week and a half, interviewing for a couple of different positions across the country. And, in addition to preparing for the interviews themselves, I began an itinerary for food destinations. Yep. Just as much as this is an interview trip, it is also a food adventure! But this is how I usually travel. For every trip I make, just after deciding where I [...]

Cilantro Lime Rice with Spice + Eating Local

By | 2016-01-28T13:30:06+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Vegetarian|Tags: |

  Once a week I trek to the grocery store --Trader Joe’s -- to buy all of the dry goods to supplement my CSA (community supported agriculture) box that comes on Saturdays. Recently I needed to pick up more basmati for today’s recipe (Lime Rice with a Kick), and I almost constantly run low on olive oil: hazards of frequent cooking I guess. As I drive there, I often reflect on how challenging grocery stores are for me. On the [...]

Another Reason I Eat Local + Jalapeno Leek Fritters

By | 2016-02-20T22:49:23+00:00 January 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes|Tags: , , , , |

Last month I took part in an anonymous gift exchange and received the most amazing gift. My benefactor found a local roaster and decided to give me a pound of their mouth-wateringly fragrant coffee. Guys. It was delicious. The coffee, a Brazilian bean with flavors of maple syrup and almonds, was so rich and intense. I adored it--my adoration fueled in part by the fact that the roaster donates 10 pounds of food to local food banks (over 800,000 pounds [...]