About Me

Hello there.  I’m Ashley – the girl in the kitchen.




Interestingly enough, I didn’t grow up with an interest in cooking.  In fact, I informed my mother on multiple occasions that I was not getting an advanced education so I could spend my evenings preparing meals.  I don’t know how or when, but somewhere along the line, that changed.  Look at me—I’m writing a food blog.  Craziness.

In the Fall of 2015, the wildest thing EVER happened: I published a cookbook, 30 Easy Meals for Reluctant Cooks.  You can find out more details here or go here to order your copy.  Squeeeee!

30 easy meals

So here’s the deal.  I lucked out and got to marry my best friend.  Sometimes I can’t believe my good fortune in snagging this guy.  Between us, we made the cutest little Doodlebug, who is our absolute world.  I’ve got a full-time work gig that I love.  A fabulous family.  Great friends.  I am blessed.

But balancing that is difficult.  Sometimes impossible.  I daydream about coming home to a spotless house cleaned by a professional cleaning service, with steaming hot meals prepared by my own personal chef.  But since that’s not going to happen, and because I want my son to grow up healthy and nourished by good, wholesome food, I’ve learned to cook.  More surprising, I discovered that I actually enjoy it.

I also discovered that it doesn’t have to be stressful or time-consuming to create meals that are not only good for you, but actually taste good.

I don’t have a SLR camera like many of the super food bloggers out there.  Even if I did, I wouldn’t know how to use it.  I barely know what to do with the point and shoot I have.

As of June 2012, I use a Nikon D3100 and a 50mm lens.  I still don’t know how to use it.

I am addicted to tortilla chips.

I like to wear a ton of dangly bracelets.  Someone once told me it makes you look thinner.  I figure it’s worth a try.

I’m crazy about football.  Craaaaazy.  I’m not a pleasant person to be around when my team is losing.

I like red wine and chocolate.  They are proven health foods, you know.

And I’m living proof that anyone–absolutely anyone–can be successful in the kitchen.

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You can contact me at kitchenmeetsgirl(at)gmail(dot)com. I look forward to hearing from you.