About Ashlee



I love food.

I love a good deal.

And that’s what this blog is all about — my search for good food at reasonable prices.

Eating on the cheap hasn’t always been so important to me. In a former life, I was a journalist for the Lexington Herald-Leader with a decent salary. I was rich by no means, but I had money in the bank, which gave me the freedom to go out to eat as often as I liked.

Then my life changed. I left my reliable paycheck for a year-long assignment as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) in my hometown, Louisville, Ky. Volunteers don’t make salaries — they earn stipends that cover the cost of living. Translation: every penny that I did or didn’t spend was important.

My time as a volunteer changed the way I think about money and food. I study menus and calculate tips before I leave the house. I can rattle off a list of places where you can get a decent meal and only put down 10 bucks. And I will drive across town for grocery deals, whether it’s cherries for $1.99/pound at Kroger or 19-cent bananas at Aldi.

I started this blog as a way to help me keep writing and document the ease (or difficulty) of eating well and on a budget. Now, I want to share — share my love of Louisville and its culinary scene, share some of the tips and tricks I have learned, and share my food-centric adventures.

There is more to me than being frugal. I enjoy reading, knitting and watching Golden Girls. I spend a lot of time with my husband, Rob (aka Mr. Ashlee Eats, aka The Mister), and our dog, Roscoe. And if I’m not at my computer, I’m probably in the kitchen behind piles of cookbooks and dirty dishes.

10 thoughts on “About Ashlee

  1. Ashlee,
    We found your blog post on hunger this morning and would love to link it to our Facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/daretocare). It’s a great piece on hunger in the area. May we link your blog?
    Jenny Smith
    Dare to Care Food Bank

  2. Ashlee – this is such a great idea! I’m going to link to it in my blog, Thyme and Reason.

    Thanks for sharing.


  3. carrie says:

    ashlee, just noticed you have our blog, master of fine eats, linked to yours! thanks so much. i will be sure to link back to you!

  4. Sheila Wittenback says:

    Hey, Ashlee! Enjoyed your Chicken Fest blog! Nice to meet you and glad the trip to Corbin was good for you! Come back next year and we’ll take you to the skillet and you can judge for yourself if the chicken is good…(I’d actually rather have Raisin’Cane, however it’s spelled!) Loved your picture with the Colonels!!!!

  5. GNN says:

    Hello Ahshlee! Any good chicken marinade recipes you can recommend? As the weather here across the pond is finally heating up (hmm…may have spoken too soon today), I’d love to blog something that can be used for the BBQ. Any ideas?

  6. Jenn says:

    Excited to have found your blog. We just moved to Louisville and we also downsized our income! I would defnitely drive across town for 19cent bananas. Can you give me the first restaurant in Louisville you think we should try??

    • Start with the most important (and my favorite) meal of the day. It’s hard to beat Wild Eggs, which has several locations in town. For dinner, depending on your tastes, you can’t go wrong with a sandwich from Havana Rumba or a slice from Papalino’s if you’re looking for other good deals. Let me know what places you discover!

  7. michael clark says:

    well hello mus!! its awesome to see your blog as I was trying to find some good foor trucks in the area. whats some good trucks and where are they located on what days. also your aunt Jennifer said can you post a recipe for a good banana pudding! Love ya and say hello to rob and roscoe.

    • Hey, Mikey! The best way to find the food trucks is to visit their Twitter or Facebook pages. Most of them are pretty good about posting their location. I’ll see what I can do about the banana pudding recipe 😉

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