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Kitchen Unnecessary shows the magic of cooking seasonal foods outside all year long with Kitchen Unnecessary, through rain, snow and other unsavory weather conditions which lead to amazing meals of fresh, local foods. Photos by Gabe Rodriguez.
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Leave the kitchen behind with Kitchen Unnecessary

Not Without Salt’s Ashley Rodriguez is bringing cooking outdoors to life with her new show, "Kitchen Unnecessary"!

Cooking outside is not reserved for just camping or the summer months - though it is awesome in those situations. Rodriguez shows the magic of cooking seasonal foods outside all year long with "Kitchen Unnecessary" - through rain, snow and other unsavory weather conditions which lead to amazing meals of fresh, local foods.

“I want to inspire a love of the outdoors, no matter the season,” she said. Rodriguez grew up in a family of outdoor enthusiasts, and she and her brothers still take their kids camping every summer. She took charge of creating food one wouldn’t necessary expect to eat on a camping trip, and that inspiration grew into the idea of "Kitchen Unnecessary" which is also a family affair. Rodriguez’s brother, Chris Baron is the director, while her husband Gabe is the content producer.

Each episode focuses on one food found in the great outdoors, from morels to shellfish and more. After either foraging/gathering, catching, hunting or harvesting the food with local food experts, Rodriguez shows viewers how to plan, prep and prepare a seasonal menu using only a campfire and a few key kitchen tools. Rodriguez even shows users how to craft a cocktail using the seasonal ingredient.

“We have so many wild foods available around the Northwest!” said Rodriguez. Why not take advantage?

"Kitchen Unnecessary" has featured local mushroom expert Daniel Winkler and Shina Wysocki of Chelsea Farms, and their summer plans include heading to Alaska in search of Copper River Salmon for a three-part series which will air over the fall/winter. Viewers can find "Kitchen Unnecessary" on YouTube, on Facebook or at https://www.kitchenunnecessary.com/.

Production Coordinator Julie Hubert is working with Rodriguez to bring the show to people in a workshop setting. The duo is elevating the outdoor experience and helping people connect through food.

“We want all aspects of "Kitchen Unnecessary" to be aspiring and yet totally obtainable,” said Hubert. “One of the ways to get people to take what they are inspired by is to do a retreat and experience their inspiration.”

Join Rodriguez and Hubert as they bring their show to life in their first ever Fire by the Sea dinner and workshop. Participants will learn outdoor over-the-fire cooking techniques at a seaside cottage, just 70 minutes from Seattle. The day will culminate in a dinner served family style, mere steps from the water where attendees will feast over a meal they have created. Tickets cost $160 per person with the exact workshop location address being released 10 days prior to the event. For more information and to buy tickets, visit Not Without Salt

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