The Kitchenista

"Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly." ―M.F.K. Fisher

"Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly." ―M.F.K. Fisher It takes time, thoughtfulness and detail to create a meal that is more of an experience shared with friends than something we rush through on the couch, catching up on the DVR. This art, for many, has gone by the wayside and I want to bring it back. I love to cook. I love to cook for people. I aim to create an atmosphere where people feel taken care of. I feel my food is another way to communicate. And I've decided to share it with you. The Kitchenista's goal is 3 fold. To bring people together over meals you don't have to stress over, to share tips and tricks to give you the confidence to entertain your friends or family, and to get us all back around the kitchen table - face to face - without the hustle and bustle and technology of life. We cater small dinner parties up to 10 people. We share recipes to impress your friends and family. We aggregate tips on how to entertain guests with little or no stress. So lets talk and see what we can do together! ABOUT THE COOK: I'm Ashleigh McHenry. I come from a long line of people who are creative, entrepreneurial...and hellacious cooks. When I look back at my childhood and even now, many of our conversations, educations and good times were focused around the kitchen. I have spent my entire career in the communications radio, TV and print....but often times, when I have come home from a long day at work, my creativity and feelings are better communicated through what I whip up for dinner than anything I did int he last 8 hours behind a computer. When I started sharing photos of what I was cooking, people kept telling me that they wished I cooked for them, and how delicious everything looked. I was humbled anyone thought much of what I made. After a few recent seminal events in my life, it became clear that life is short and needs to be taken by the horns. Opportunities and minutes don't last long. We're given but this one life and we need to make the most of it. So here I am. Let's eat!

These chicken wings are legit, yall.

Chicken fajitas and peppers and onions. Dinner is almost served. Need something spicy and hot when its cold out!! #keto #weightwatchers

BBQ ribs and kale salad. Perfect football food. #keto #weightwatchers

Asian lettuce wraps. Ground turkey, cabbage, water chesnuts....garlic, ginger, soy, teriyaki. #Keto and delllissshhhh. Oh yeah...and sriracha! Sauteed mushroom side.

Still staying low carb, check out this variation on italian wedding/meatball veggie soup!

Finished product..chicken diablo. Yum!

Chicken diablo tonight. Keepin' it Tex Mex. Chicken breast, mozzarella, jalapeno and bacon.

Salmon Pattie....asparagus. Yes.

Black eyed peas for good luck.

Trying to stay pretty low carb at the Kitchenista. Roasted asparagus? Yes please.

My own remoulade. The trick? It has a little dill pickle relish.

Food Drive Info - MC Food Bank

RESTAURANTEURS: September is Hunger Action Month. 75,000 people in Montgomery County need your help. If you run or own a restaurant or know people who do, and they would like a unique opportunity to give back during this very important month, please host a food or fund drive...or a "third party event" as we call them internally, to benefit Montgomery County Food Bank. Its next to no effort for either party and we both benefit! $1 on each entree? A special cocktail menu? 10% of proceeds for a happy hour or evening? You tell US what you want to do and we will help you make it happen. Get all the info you need, our guidelines and form here >

Shrimp lo mein. Carrots, local zucchini, onion, bell pepper, garlic, ginger and shrimp.

Cook 👏 your 👏 radishes 👏👏👏. Super simple pasta with radish, or, garlic and lemon.

Lemon bacon broccoli and parm pasta. Insane. So good.

Tacos Recipes -

Hi I'm Ashleigh and I'm a TACOHOLIC. Here's a jillion ideas for tonight and every night. Looking for a recipe? See all tacos Recipes - - Talk with your mouth full

Ww 0 Point Weight Watchers Cabbage Soup Recipe -

My lunch, a lot of days. Great for Weight Watchers or anyone watching their poundage...but tasty too! Make and share this Ww 0 Point Weight Watchers Cabbage Soup recipe from


Great tips on storing produce! So important!

Are you storing your produce completely wrong?

Potato, chorizo, onion and pepper tacos with roasted jalapeños. Doing Cinco right.

Fresh squeezed pomegranate, lime and jalapeño marg. That's how you do it friends. #HappyCincoDeMayo

Roasted local vegetables with a Mexican stuffed bell pepper. Perfect low carb dinner!

Me. Happy Sunday all!

Dang it.


The work week can wear you out. Check these easy dinners out!

We picked your dinner plans so you didn't have to...

Sunday decadence to get back 9n the healthy wagon tomorrow. New York Strip, baked tater and amazing sauteed onions.

Into food and beer? We need a few good men (and women!) to help out this Saturday! #HouEats #Volunteers

Love your share of #burgers and #brews? Well, MCFB needs volunteers to sign up for various positions & shifts for Throwdown Texas Burger & Beer Fest coming up on April 23! Positions include: Kid zone, beer service (must be 21 or over), front entry & check in, bottled water station and ground maintenance & trash pickup. Volunteers will receive free entry into the event, t-shirt and a free beverage. For more info, visit!

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day! Sharp Cheddar, pepperjack, bacon and apple on fat 9 grain bread. And homemade minestrone with orrichiete.

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[03/28/16]   Happy Monday, friends! How was your weekend? Anything special for Easter? We did FAJITAS. Why not? I'm in Texas now!

Friday idea.....when you're at the store this weekend, can we each do a little better at keeping this in mind? We'll feel better ALL week long.

[03/24/16]   Easter is this weekend.....does your family cook anything special?

Another good strategy. Have you thought about these ideas when you are shopping for the week? I really like the idea of using what is left; buying things that have more than one use are huge, whether its something you can eat raw or cooked (think spinach for a salad or sauteed as a side or in pasta) or even something like beets - where you can eat the actual vegetable AND the greens on top. Be strategic and creative so you don't waste!

Keep this in mind when you swing by the grocery this week! #plants #behealthy #foodlove

Welcome back, Monday! Grab yourself a fresh cup and let's do this!

Sounds much more adventurous, doesn't it?

Here’s How To Pack A Perfect Mason Jar Salad | Skinny Mom

Been wanting to give mason jar salads a go, but needed some handy tips to make sure the elements stayed fresh and didn't get gross and soggy? Here ya go! Mason jar salads are a practical — and adorable — way to prep your lunch for busy weeks. They're eco-friendly, reusable and can store your entire meal, dressing included, without worry. But don’t try this at home without reading our how-to guide for packing the perfect mason jar salad. >> Read more:…

An All-Green Menu For St. Patrick's Day | Skinny Mom

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! For an all green, and all healthy menu, check out this link! YUM! #SPD2016 Are you feeling the luck of the Irish? Serve up a healthy green menu all day on the 17th!

It's complicated. :)


Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow everybody! If you want to try cooking something for the big day, give this Irish soda bread a try. Not a TON of ingredients and pretty simple to mix up. I'll share a photo of my finished project soon! (well, probably an hour and a half or so). The batter for this unadulterated soda bread features buttermilk for a special richness.

30 Days Of Healthy Lunches | Skinny Mom

Starting up at a new day job next week, so I needed some quick and FRESH lunch ideas I can make in advance and pack. Came across this GREAT list and now I have a shopping list for the grocery store! Lunch is what keeps us going for that second half of the work day. Here are 30 healthy lunch recipes to try for 30 days that give you the nutrients you need to boost your energy and keep your brain focused. Shrimp Caesar Salad: Light and delicious, this salad is perfect to satisfy your taste buds du…

Never Throw Your Lettuce Away Again

I'm always tossing lettuce....I just can't eat enough alone! Here are some tips to help the lettuce you buy last longer and stay nutritious and flavorful. HellaWella offers five fresh tips to ensure your lettuce stays crisp, green and unwilted until you're ready to use it.

My job today - and yours! Happy Tuesday! :)

Healthy Pork Chop Recipes - EatingWell

On my mission at the grocery yesterday, I scored about 400 pork chops (OK, maybe a slight exaggeration). They were on sale, in bulk, and lean meat to fill up my meal prep calendar. Needless to say, to stomach 400 (give or take) #porkchops, I needed some fresh ideas over the next week or two. Check out these ideas! Discover eating well - with healthy recipes, healthy eating, healthy cooking, healthy diet recipes, weight loss recipes and healthy menus from EatingWell Magazine.

Healthy Cooking, Every Day: Menu | Food Network

Getting my shopping list together for the week and found these great tips for meal prep and what to stock up on from Food Network! What are you making this week? Find healthy meal inspiration from simple nutritionist-created menus in Food Network’s Healthy Cooking, Every Day hub.

Skinny Up Your Weekend

With this new found energy towards making myself and my food a priority, I saw these great tips to stay on track with your food...even on the weekend! Check 'em out! #healthyliving Here, three big weekend food traps, and how to avoid them.

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