Hi! I’m Ashley. I’m trained as an interior designer and I have a passion for hospitality. I am the happiest happy host in the kitchen. My husband Joshua and I married in May of 2014 and I became a “Cuoco,” or “cook,” in Italian! Quite literally, I am a happy cook. Cuoco Contento was born in August 2015. I cook the things that bring me extraordinary joy.

I didn’t even see it coming. I became a wife and immediately fell in love with the kitchen: the menu planning, the grocery shopping, the food prep, the hosting of guests, the smell of my grandmother’s apple pie getting golden in the oven and the ultimate reward, serving it to others.

My ambition is to practice hospitality. To me, this means giving my guests my best. To make them feel at home. I cherish the family meal. I believe it’s important to say grace, to use every meal as an opportunity to take communion with others. I want to offer friends and family my home, my table and my utmost attention. If someone is special to you, make that person feel it in a way they will never forget.

“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:13

More about me:

I’m born and raised in Long Island, New York. I’ve been here ever since. I want to see more. I dream of traveling to Lake Como, Venice, Rome, Munich, Sydney…the list goes on! Josh and I want to live out in the open, somewhere south of here, where the mountains are tall and the farms are plentiful. I also vow to own chickens one day. And maybe some bees.

I graduated from the New York Institute of Technology in 2014 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design. I became certified through NCIDQ in the Spring of 2016.

A few of my favorite things: homemade pasta, pie straight out of the oven, autumn evenings, kraft paper cards, cinnamon, the sound my gas burner makes with it ignites, afternoon walks to the beach, classic Christmas songs, reading, shrimp cocktail, leather everything, wooden spoons, good coffee, Louis Armstrong “tunes,” listening to my grandparents’s stories, a good food and wine pairing, the color orange, journaling, my red Staub coccette.

I shoot on a Canon 6D with a 50mm lens.