Welcome to the end of my quarter life crisis. I'm Ashley, a Millennial who taught herself to cook and developed a love of telling people about it. I live in Austin, Texas, and try to bury myself in the foodie culture here as much as I can, without getting pretentious about it. I'm originally from New England, which lends a fun lens to my culinary tastes.

The heart of the blog is this: if I can do it, you can do it. I'm a Millennial with big dreams and a tiny budget. I taught myself how to cook. If you want easy, budget-friendly recipes, you've come to the right place. I'm not a professional chef, I didn't go to school for this (I did go to school for writing though), other than waiting tables in a Fenway chain restaurant I don't have much service industry experience. But I cook delicious meals and adorable baked goods by googling methods and taking risks. I work a full time job, this is not my job, this is just what I love to do.

And now I have a book forthcoming from Quirk Books in 2017. A dream I've had since age 6.

I started the blog Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine in 2011. I started Forking Up in 2016 as the next step in this crazy hobby of mine. Who knows where it'll go.

Join me on this haphazard culinary journey. You won't be sorry.


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