Not Without Salt is a must-read for sweets lovers. From bacon caramels to the perfect pavlova, Ashley Rodriquez is an expert on creating incredible desserts. Even better? Her blog is heavy on teaching the techniques you'll need to make everything perfect. Plus, for those lucky Northwest-based readers, she even offers instructional classes.
"In my family, the Fourth of July is the most highly anticipated holiday of the year. Our celebration includes a giant slip and slide, an endless buffet of food and a giant cardboard box packed full of fireworks—our grand finale, simply titled "The Box." With all the excitement going on, I want to spend as much time as I can enjoying the show rather then spending hours in the kitchen. The Fourth also happens to coincide with a bounty of summer produce, which needs very little prep to coax out its sweetness. So I make ice cream. This one is incredibly simple: You can dish it up right from the blender or place it in a freezer-safe container and then freeze until firm. Enjoy the fireworks, dessert has been made!" —Ashley Rodriguez, Not Without Salt