Hi there! I’m Ashley. I used to be a terrible cook. My husband likes to joke that he suffered through quite a few awful meals when we first started dating. Baking was always my strong point, but cooking? Not so much. After a few particularly horrendous meals, I decided it was time. I’d had enough. I’ve been in the kitchen ever since, learning, trying new things, having a blast, and generally making a giant mess in the process. I’ve never had any formal training in cooking or photography, just a lot of trial and error. I started this blog as a creative outlet, in the hopes of sharing my own journey in the kitchen and as motivation to continue to grow. I also hope that it inspires you to try out new recipes and cook more at home.
A little about me. After living in DC for over 7 years, we recently relocated to the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina, where I live with my wonderful husband and our awesome beagle Emma. By day, I work in higher education. I love coffee, any type of dessert, snowy winter days, watching old episodes of The Office, snuggling with our dog, shopping at Pottery Barn and Anthropologie, the mountains and spending time with friends and family.
Why the name Cookie Monster Cooking? It all started when I decided to work with a personal trainer in the weeks leading up to my wedding. He wanted me to keep a food journal of every single thing I ate. After weeks of dragging my feet (we eat pretty healthy so I figured I didn’t need to do it), I finally wrote everything down. When my trainer looked at the sheet, he got quiet and then started laughing. He asked, “What are you, a cookie monster?” Apparently I do eat well, except for those after dinner cookies. I went home and told my husband (then fiancé) the story – who also found this all very amusing. The name has stuck ever since.
Photo by the fabulous Blonde Photographer