Cook Spotlight

ashley_samuel_pierson

By • September 14, 2011 • 39 Comments

ashley_samuelson_pierson  Giblet Gravy with Fresh Cranberries

Sure, people love the fall for the whole back-to-school, burnt-orange leaf feeling. But, why do we love it? It's a super season for produce and, punctuated by holidays, comfortingly delicious food (we're even making an iPad app about it!). Well, we were about ready to hand the reins over to ashley_samuel_pierson when we got ahold of her recipes. Her cooking is hearty and festive in a warm you to your bones kind of way. Beware: we may be trick-or-treating and crashing many a holiday dinner at your house this season.

Whether its her Roasted Pears in Balsamic Vinegar with Goat Cheese and Black Pepper or Rustic Cauliflower Bake, ashley_samuel_pierson knows how to roast, toast, and make the most of autumn fruit and vegetables. Chutney and gravy, latkes and Halloween treats abound. Her recipes are refreshingly simple and often healthy, if you can believe it -- admittedly not her Farmer's Market Peach Crumb Pie, but you've missed the season on that one anyway! Either way, this cook brings to mind memories of running through piles of leaves in only a tee-shirt despite the crispy weather. With Grandma Howley's Irish Soda Bread Biscuits waiting for us hot from the oven, of course.

Read our profile Q&A with ashley_samuel_pierson below, check out her blog and follow her on Twitter.

  • What do you cook when home alone?
    Well, since I can't remember a time in recent history I was home alone, I would say that I would cook like I usually do when my husband and small children are with me.

  • Your ideal meal:
    a meal with spice, vegetables and rice.

  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    I would love to learn to cook more with lamb.

  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
    varies, summer and holidays I always have more.

  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
    10

  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    dirty dishes

  • Your favorite cookbook:
    Ruth Reichl- The Gourmet Cookbook

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almost 3 years ago marysea

Congratulations girl!!! The Rustic Cauliflower bake is awesome. Thanks for all the amazing recipes. The boys and I love them all.

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almost 3 years ago marysea

Congratulations girl!! The Rustic Cauliflower Bake is awesome. Thanks for the amazing recipes. The boys and I love them all.

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almost 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Congrats on such a nice spotlight on you! I loved visiting your recipes just now and your pear dish just shot to the top of my list!

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almost 3 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Thanks ChezSuzanne! I am glad you enjoyed my recipes! I certainly always look forward to yours!!

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Congrats on a lovely spotlight! Those pears sound amazing...I can't wait to try them.

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almost 3 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Thanks gingerroot! Let me know what you think about the pears!!

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almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

Wonderful profile! Your recipes are always engagingly wonderful! And thank you for your lovely review of my peach tart the other week.

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almost 3 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Thank you Sagegreen for the kind words!

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almost 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Congratulations! Lovely to see you in the spotlight and learn more about you! :)

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almost 3 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Thank you BlueKaleRoad! I look forward to future posts from you as well!

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almost 3 years ago nannydeb

Congratulations! I have made your cauliflower recipe and it was delish!

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almost 3 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Thanks nannydeb! I am glad you enjoyed the cauliflower recipe!

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almost 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Great to see you in the spotlight - you recipes are terrific! And your photography as well.

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almost 3 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Thank you aargersi!

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almost 3 years ago ChefJune

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way to go, Ashley. Love your recipes. Had to laugh when the link from "latkes" in the article took me to a recipe for GRAVY!

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almost 3 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Thank you ChefJune! Sounds like an interesting twist with that link!

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almost 3 years ago boulangere

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Your photo is stunning. You look like Candace Bergen.

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almost 3 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Thank you for such a lovely compliment boulangere!

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almost 3 years ago mcs3000

Great spotlight and comment from your mom. Congrats! The Gourmet cookbook is one of my faves too, especially the mac + cheese recipe.

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almost 3 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Thanks mcs3000! I am checking out that mac and cheese recipe, I haven't tried that one yet!

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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so nice to see you in the spotlight, asp!

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almost 3 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Thank you MrsLarkin!

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almost 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations, Ashley--it's so nice to see you in the spotlight.

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almost 3 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Thanks drbabs!

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Great spotlight! Your pear recipe is fabulous, and I have to suspect you've forgotten to enter it in this week's contest - which needs to be rectified immediately!!

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almost 3 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Thank you hardlikearmour! I did enter my recipe!!

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almost 3 years ago sharon samuel

I am Ashley's Mom and I can atest to the fact that she is a wonderful cook and gracious hostess....We always look forward to her invitation!!!!!

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almost 3 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

LOL! Thanks Mom!

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almost 3 years ago sharon samuel

I am Ashley's Mom and I can atest to the fact that she is a wonderful cook and a gracious hostess..... we always look forward to being invited for dinner!!!!

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almost 3 years ago Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast

Yayy, congratulations!

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almost 3 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Thanks Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast!

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almost 3 years ago Hilarybee

Way to hold it up for the state of Michigan ;) !!

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almost 3 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Thanks Hilarybee!!

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almost 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Lovely write-up, congratulations.

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almost 3 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Thank you boulangere!

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almost 3 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Thanks sdebrango! I am completely blown away. Thank you food52 for the spotlight!