About Ali


Ali Ebright, blogger at Gimme Some Oven | gimmesomeoven.comHey!  My name is Ali, and I’m really happy that you’re here. 

I’m the blogger behind Gimme Some Oven, and I’m all about creating recipes that are fresh, creative, quick, easy, and perfect for sharing with those you love.

I do all of the photo-taking, recipe-creating, food-styling, and lots of taste-testing around here.  And I also enjoy sprinkling in lots of stories about life in Kansas City, where I spend my days cooking, adventuring, book-clubbing, music-playing, pour-over-coffee-drinking, DIY-project-ing, and soaking up lots of time hanging with some great friends.  Oh, and hanging out with my #1 sidekick and crumb catcher — my sweet pup, Henry.  (Feel free to take a peek at life behind the scenes on my personal Instagram.)

So what’s the story behind this blog?

Well, one of my favorite things on earth is getting to spend time around the table with good people and good food.  All the better when that food is tasty and prepared homemade.  And, if you ask me, all the better when that food is quick and easy to prepare, so that you can spend more time hanging out and making memories with those you love, instead of getting stuck in the kitchen stressing over a soufflé.

So I started this blog as a hobby back in 2009, simply as a place where I could organize all of my favorite recipes so that I could return to them again and again.  And years later, I’m thrilled that it has grown into a place that many of you now return to as well.  Seriously, it makes my heart so dang happy whenever I see photos or read comments about you trying out these recipes, or reading any of the articles on here.  So thank you so much for being here — it really means a lot!

If this is your first time visiting the blog, I’d recommend starting out by browsing our mega recipe index of simple and amazing recipes, that also now includes options for various dietary needs.  Feel free to also explore our Life and DIY sections on the page, and come say hi on social media if you’re on InstagramPinterestFacebook or Twitter.  We respond to recipe questions in the comment sections at the bottom of each post, but if you want to touch base about anything else (including business partnerships), just drop us a note on our contact page.

Thanks again for stopping by, and I wish you many delicious days ahead!

♥ Ali

Leave a Comment:


  1. Char R — July 17, 2016 @ 3:34 pm (#)

    Most of your stir fry type recipes calls for oyster sauce but I can’t eat shell fish.
    Is there something else I could use or could I leave it out without ruining the taste?
    Thank you for responding. (I have found some great recipes from your site!)
    Char in IL.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 17th, 2016 @ 9:22 pm

      Hi Char! You could use soy sauce or hoisin sauce instead. We hope this helps! :)

  2. Rick Bauza — July 17, 2016 @ 6:16 pm (#)

    Ali your blog and recipe page aré awesome you’re awesome.❤️💋👍👍💞💞😘😘🌹🌹

  3. Megan Langford — July 19, 2016 @ 12:50 pm (#)

    Hi Ali! I have a Frugalista Friday blog at the My Atlanta Moms Club site, and I would love to link to your great Aldi posts when I spotlight that store next week. I would also love to collaborate some time! I love your site!

  4. Amanda — July 24, 2016 @ 6:25 pm (#)


    I was reading your jumbolaya recipe (which I’m eager to try but your website kept getting hijacked every couple of seconds. I kept getting redirected about 7 times. Not sure if this has to do with a bad ad but it made it hard to capture the recipe. Just wanted to let you know! Keep up the good work! :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 25th, 2016 @ 2:54 pm

      Hi Amanda! Oh goodness, we’re so sorry! We’ve let our advertising guy know and he’s looking into it, so we’re working on it. We’re sorry for the crazy redirects!

  5. Doris — August 8, 2016 @ 4:36 pm (#)

    Ali—you are totally adorable! And, as I was perusing the Internet for a great chicken enchilada recipe , I found you and the greatest recipe ever! Never knew making the sauce was that easy. Thank you bunches for the great recipe. My new boyfriend will love it! Cheers and blessings upon you dear.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 10th, 2016 @ 12:20 pm

      Thanks for your sweet words Doris! We hope your boyfriend loves the enchiladas! :)

  6. Julie Mitchell — September 2, 2016 @ 2:42 pm (#)

    I do not typically send comments but I so needed to Thank you for you best ever fried rice recipe. I followed as many of your tips as possible, but didn’t have either the sesame oil or the oyster sauce, it was still so delicious. This is going into my top 10 recipes. It tasted as close to good restaurant fried rice as I ever tasted. 5 stars for sure.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 4th, 2016 @ 6:51 am

      We’re so happy you loved it, Julie! We appreciate you giving the recipe a try and we appreciate your sweet comment! :)

  7. Wendy Schultz — September 13, 2016 @ 3:45 pm (#)

    Dear Ali

    Made your chocolate chip skillet cookie recipe last night for my daughter’s 15th birthday, it was incredible, everyone enjoyed. So easy and quick.

    Thank you for sharing.



    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 14th, 2016 @ 10:31 am

      Hi Wendy! Thanks for your sweet words — we’re so happy to know this was a hit for your daughter’s party! :)

  8. Peyton Jewell — September 17, 2016 @ 7:55 am (#)

    Ali! I follow you on Instagram and LOVE your passion for life! I’m headed to the grocery now to pick up some ingredients for this fab dip. A food-loving girlfriend of mine turns 25 tomorrow and I can’t wait for her to try this …. okay and tell her about you, too!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 18th, 2016 @ 10:12 am

      Thanks, Peyton — we’re not sure which dip you’re referring to, but we hope you and your friend enjoy it!

  9. Karen — September 26, 2016 @ 1:45 pm (#)

    Your recipes are amazing. They are all so appealing to all members of the family. Budget friendly, easy enough for those who can’t spend all day in the kitchen and have minimal skills. Having a child with dairy, egg and nut allergies I am constantly looking for healthy alternatives that don’t take all day or are too expensive. Your blog is entertaining and by far is one of my go-to sites. Keep up the good work!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 27th, 2016 @ 12:21 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Karen — we’re so happy to know you and your family enjoy the blog! :)

  10. Laura Korhonen — September 26, 2016 @ 4:21 pm (#)

    I love your recipes!! The slow cooker chicken teriyaki is so amazing, my friend even asked me to make it for him for his special birthday dinner last month, he likes it so much. I downloaded the slow cooker potato soup and crispy carnitas to try as well, can’t wait!! I look forward to your posts in my email box. Keep it up!!

    Have a great day!
    Laura Korhonen
    reader from Vancouver, Canada. :)

  11. Kim — September 26, 2016 @ 11:13 pm (#)

    Thanks for this great blog! I am stoked to have come across it! I am a recent college graduate and just starting to gain the art of cooking!  I appreciate how much work you put into this blog. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 27th, 2016 @ 12:48 pm

      Thank you, Kim — we’re so happy to hear you enjoy it! :)

  12. William — October 1, 2016 @ 10:29 am (#)

    Hey Ali! I just wanted to tell you that I specifically look for your blogs and recipes on my Pinterest! As there is not a single recipe that I have not tried! Today I am making the potatoe soup! It’s raining and breezy in central Illinois! And it goes great with college football game day! Keep the recipes coming! I love them all! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 3rd, 2016 @ 2:19 pm

      Thanks for your sweet words, William — we’re so happy to hear that! We hope you enjoyed the soup! :)

  13. Milagros — October 6, 2016 @ 12:07 pm (#)

    I made this recipe with brown rice and is delicious.  My family will never eat brown rice any other way.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 8th, 2016 @ 10:39 pm

      Hi there! We’re not sure which recipe you’re referring to, since you left the comment on the “About Ali” page. Do you mean the fried rice? Either way, we’re happy you and your family enjoyed it! :)

  14. Debi — October 31, 2016 @ 5:56 pm (#)

    Hey Ali – I’m pretty new to your site and I just wanted to say I have already made your fabulous chicken enchiladas twice ! And of course, I have also made the homemade sauce as well. Soo easy and delicious !

    I actually made such a big batch of enchiladas (18) that I froze about half of them after I had baked them.
    I gently wrapped them in foil and then slid them into a gallon size freezer bag. When I went to reheat them, they came out perfectly ! No weird wateriness or anything. All I did was let them thaw awhile and then when I reheated in the oven I covered them with foil and then heated them at 360 ( since they were just a bit frozen) for 20 minutes. You never would have known they were reheated. They were perfect ! Thanks again for the great recipe ! I can’t wait to try your garlic salmon. YUM !

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 11th, 2016 @ 11:43 am

      Hi Debi! Thanks for taking the time to share this with us — we’re so happy you enjoyed the sauce and the enchiladas, and that reheating them after freezing went well! :)

  15. Natasha — November 1, 2016 @ 11:55 am (#)

    Hey there,

    I have been on your site for about 20 minutes now and I have to say it is one of the most amazing things I have ever come across.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 7th, 2016 @ 11:48 am

      Thanks for your sweet words, Natasha! We’re so happy you enjoy the blog! :)

  16. Natasha — November 1, 2016 @ 12:18 pm (#)

    Hi there,

    I’ve been on your site for about 20 minutes now and I must say it is one of the most amazing things I have ever come across.
    I’m 21 years old, and I have NEVER been good at cooking or baking, anything that involves food really. Therefore, I haven’t had a very healthy diet these last couple years. Well for a while now I’ve wanted to live a healthier life style, and well.. I go to the gym regularly so that’s a plus but I’ve had troubles when it comes to what I’ve been putting into my body. I recently moved to the city with my best friend, and feel there is no better time to start fresh than right now. Especially with all the fast food that is now surrounding me daily, it would be so easy just to “pick something up” when I’m hungry since I’m not good at cooking anyways. Well, I don’t want to go down that road anymore, so I searched healthy recipes and came across your website. My mind is blown. I think you have done an amazing job just organizing it and I don’t know how many times my jaw has dropped while searching through all the different recipes you have because of how delicious something sounds. Your website has inspired me so much, and it has actually given me hope and belief that I CAN cook, and it will taste good. I could not believe that there were actual healthier alternatives that III thought would taste good! I swear I’ve probably printed about 100 different recipes already. And I have not even checked out the rest of your site yet but I know I’m going to love it. So basically I just wanted to let you know that I think what you are doing is amazing and I will definitely be referring back to your site all the time. I just want to host parties and make dinner for everyone now. :P Thank you for inspiring me :)

  17. Ruth Pease — November 1, 2016 @ 1:53 pm (#)

    love the skinny fettucine recipe,especially sauce for chicken alfredo thank you so much

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 7th, 2016 @ 11:29 am

      We’re glad to hear that, Ruth! :)

  18. Kim — November 8, 2016 @ 3:53 pm (#)

    I just saw that you’re a Shauna Niequist fan….your blog reminds me a bit of her books. very nice :)

  19. Susan B — November 13, 2016 @ 6:27 am (#)

    I tried the crock pot chicken enchilada  soup and it was delicious! Thank you! I’m allergic to garlic, but I used a substitute, asofitedae (spelling?) and it worked well. Now that I’ve found your blog, I’ll return to try more. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 17th, 2016 @ 11:18 pm

      We’re happy you enjoyed it, Susan!

  20. Shweta — November 13, 2016 @ 6:46 am (#)

    Hi there.. Thot I will just keep you posted.. I saw your pic of lemon blueberry muffin shared by dollop_ofsunshine on instagram claiming she made them and pics by her.Didnt find any credits given to you. I have noticed this user sharing pics of other bloggers on her social media claiming as her own.
    Best regards

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 18th, 2016 @ 1:40 pm

      Oh my goodness, thank you so much for the heads up, we appreciate you letting us know!

  21. Kathrine — November 15, 2016 @ 7:54 pm (#)

    I did not know you were in KC. I’ve been following you for a good year and had no idea! Love your post on product photography! Thanks again!

  22. Marina — November 17, 2016 @ 11:13 am (#)

    Great!! Grazie from  Italy

  23. Jeremy — November 28, 2016 @ 2:53 pm (#)

    Tried your Enchilada red sauce last night and it was amazing. Made my wife very happy..happy wife, happy life! Will be saving your page for future ideas.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 28th, 2016 @ 4:35 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Jeremy! We’re so glad you and your wife enjoyed the sauce!

  24. Jim Petrell — November 29, 2016 @ 10:01 pm (#)

    Many years ago I learned to bake squash whole. Solved the problem of cutting a very hard vegetable. I have found that baking whole squash actually adds to the flavor of the squash.  Try it. Saves a lot of work.  I have taken over cooking since I am retired and enjoy any cooking sites on the internet. Saves a little on the wifes work load, although I find I am doing more and more other than cooking.

  25. Larry Ingram — December 3, 2016 @ 10:20 am (#)

    Hi Ali,

    What a beautiful website, and I mean beautiful. I tried the silicone mat for spreading out dough, and then saw the Bethany boards for rolling out dough. I ordered one and like it a lot more. It’s the same kind that my mom always used. It’s also fun to sprinkle flour onto the surface.
    I have trouble with the fluted edges sagging while baking.
    I will try letting the dough rest after placing in the pie dish.
    Maybe that will help.
    Thanks for your website!


    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 11th, 2016 @ 9:39 am

      Thanks for your sweet comment, Larry — we’re so happy you enjoy the blog and we hope you find the pie tips helpful! :)

  26. Sue Norton — December 5, 2016 @ 5:59 pm (#)

    I love your blog! I’d rather read a blog, then shop in the store. Honesty is what makes us a community! Being of Italian/Midwest decent, now cooking for 1. Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 11th, 2016 @ 10:26 am

      We’re so glad you enjoy the blog, Sue! :)

  27. aloha — December 17, 2016 @ 6:19 pm (#)

    you did not tell how much of any thing to measure for the snow cream 1 cup sugar? 1 tes. salt ?or 2 cups milk???????????

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 22nd, 2016 @ 10:00 am

      Hi there. The specific ingredient amounts are listed in the snow cream post (in the recipe box), at the bottom of the page. We hope you enjoy!

  28. JULIE — December 20, 2016 @ 4:39 pm (#)

    Hi Ali- I made your French Silk Pie today and would love to feature your recipe on my blog. May I have your blessing, please? :) …Happy holidays, Julie

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 28th, 2016 @ 6:18 pm

      Hi Julie, we’re glad to hear that! You’re most welcome to feature the recipe on your blog (thanks for asking) :) please just make sure you attribute recipe/photo credit and link back.

  29. Bregg — December 26, 2016 @ 6:34 pm (#)

    Wow!!!! This is a totally cool website, and idea Ali! We all love it! (You’ve included all the favorites of practically everyone, wherever they live, or grew up.)

    All of your potato recipeas, are always going to be a favorite of my family and friends & I forever….. (Especially your “Creamy Ham and potato soup. While everyone in all the classes, in the schools that I’ve went to, and graduated from will always fall in love with your “Easy Peruvian Shrimp” item, and video to learn even more about.

    I’ve never been so curious and interested in these very good ideas you’ve listed and have given to all of us to make for ourselves. Thank you very much Ali! (I can tell I’m gonna love all of them in which I try to make like you have…)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 27th, 2016 @ 9:20 am

      Thanks for your sweet words about the blog, Bregg — we hope you enjoy making some of these recipes! :)

  30. Linda Youk — January 1, 2017 @ 9:05 pm (#)

    I made the Rigatoni with Mushrooms and Rosemary for our New Year’s Eve dinner.  My husband doesn’t like cheese so I left out the Parmesan.  I also added a shredded whole rotosserie chicken with garlic bread on the side.  WOW, what fabulous meal.  Thank you so much!  We are looking forward to adding this to our weekly meal rotation.  Happy 2017!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 16th, 2017 @ 7:44 pm

      We’re so happy you and your husband enjoyed it, Linda! Happy 2017 to you as well! :)

  31. Pamela — January 7, 2017 @ 9:01 am (#)

    First time visiting you But I know already “ILL BE BACK!!’ I pulling my frozen chicken breast out and brine > which I’ve never done before. Then off to bake with BUTTER , which in my opinion..what is better than butter????? Thanks for sharing your talents !!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 11th, 2017 @ 1:40 pm

      Thanks, Pamela — we hope you enjoyed the chicken!

  32. Mary — January 7, 2017 @ 10:04 am (#)

    Beautiful Blog, thanks for all the great gluten recipes!

  33. Corrie — January 11, 2017 @ 2:51 pm (#)

    I use your site all the time! I mean, like 3x/week. I would really, really LOVE to see a cookbook that has a lot of your “greatest hits” recipes. Just FYI!

  34. Lina — January 31, 2017 @ 9:39 am (#)

    Good morning Ali,

    I want to say that you have inspired me a lot to cook in the kitchen! I absolutely love your recipes! And I wanted to congratulate you on being such a successful food blogger!

    I came across your Zoodles recipe and I myself would like to purchase a spiralizer. Which one do you recommend me buying?

    Thank you in advance!


    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 2nd, 2017 @ 9:05 am

      Hi Lina! Thanks for your sweet words — we’re go glad the blog has inspired you to cook more! :) As for the spiralizer, we can’t say enough good things about this one (it’s the best)!

  35. Yadira — February 3, 2017 @ 11:23 am (#)

    Hi Ali ! Been following a lot of you’re recipes and have not been disappointed ! You’re awesome !!❤️❤️❤️

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 4th, 2017 @ 10:40 pm

      Thank you for your sweet words, Yadira — we’re so happy you enjoy the blog!

  36. Alan — February 3, 2017 @ 6:10 pm (#)


    I visited your blog for the first time, was impressed by your recipe for fried rice, and though I’m not much of a chef, I easily followed your excellent instructions. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures, but I plan on making the rice again and will send photos at that time. I’m 84 and married, but I think I’m in love with you, or maybe it’s your cooking.

    My wife has never been a fan of fried rice, but she had to admit that she really liked the rice.

    My only complaint was that the recipe didn’t create as much fried rice as I wanted. Tomorrow I will double what is called for.

    Keep up the good work.

    Alan Marcus

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 5th, 2017 @ 9:06 pm

      Thanks for your sweet words, Alan — we’re so happy you enjoyed the fried rice! :)

  37. Olivia Hemming — February 8, 2017 @ 12:24 pm (#)

    Hi Ali, like many of us, we put our own spin on food though often they result in unintended consequences and we step on a culture’s toes, which I found in your enchilada recipe. I found your use of flour tortillas to be unauthentic. Corn tortillas are authentic to both enchiladas and tacos. Flour tortillas are used in burritos. Using flour tortillas in an enchilada recipe would result in a soggy mess. My Mexican grandmother and my mother would turn over in their graves if we didn’t speak up and to keep our culture’s food authentic..

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 8th, 2017 @ 8:18 pm

      Hi Olivia! We appreciate your feedback and we definitely recognize that flour tortillas for enchiladas are not authentic. We used them in the recipe because we prefer them to corn tortillas, but we encourage folks to use corn tortillas if they prefer! :)

  38. Fran — February 12, 2017 @ 12:24 pm (#)

    Why is it called oven co con vin when it is cooked on the stove?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 12th, 2017 @ 6:39 pm

      Hi Fran! We think you may have meant to leave a comment on the Coq Au Vin recipe? Coq Au Vin translates to chicken cooked with wine.

  39. Karen T — February 15, 2017 @ 10:45 am (#)

    Man you are so talented! I just found your blog by accident and I could not stop going clicking to the next page and the next page. Cant wait to try these recipes, they look so delicious!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 15th, 2017 @ 1:23 pm

      Thanks for your sweet words, Karen — we’re so happy you enjoy the blog! :)

  40. Jane McPherson — February 20, 2017 @ 11:04 am (#)

    I always make my own pie crusts ’cause my family loves them. They are flaky and yummy and not hard and tasting like cardboard like store-bought pies. You say you use pre-made pie crusts so what brand would you recommend? Once in a while it would be time-saving to use one. Thank you.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 20th, 2017 @ 5:41 pm

      Hi Jane! We’ll actually make our own from scratch and keep them in the freezer, but if you want store-bought, we feel like Pillsbury works fine. We hope this helps!

  41. Dana V — February 20, 2017 @ 2:11 pm (#)

    Can the chicken enchilada casserole be made as a half recipe? Sounds so good but don’t want to have so much .
    Thank you

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 20th, 2017 @ 5:24 pm

      Yes, we hope you enjoy!

  42. Angeline — February 28, 2017 @ 7:47 pm (#)

    Hi! Just wanted to let you know the jambalaya recepie is freakin amazing! Huge hit with my husband and perfect for Mardi Gras. Can’t wait to try more of your recipies!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 1st, 2017 @ 9:56 am

      Thank you for sharing, Angeline — we’re thrilled that you guys loved it! :D

  43. susie bowden — March 9, 2017 @ 10:04 pm (#)

    First of all congratulations on your upcoming wedding!! My daughters and I follow your blog and have made several of your recipes. We are big fans.

    I’m a 55 year old mom to two daughters and one son. My 28 year old daughter and her husband are moving to Kansas City from San Antonio Texas this May. He got accepted to Nurse Anethesist School at the Truman Medical Center. I was hoping that you could suggest an area or areas one might find an Apt. within walking distance to restaurants and shops. There budget is @1,200.00. We would appreciate any advice you could give us. Thanks, Susie

  44. Antoinette — March 15, 2017 @ 4:01 am (#)

    Hey Ali! I’ve tried at least 10 of your dishes and they have all been DELISH! My family and friends have also become huge fans of my cooking, thanks to you :) Will definitely continue trying out your featured recipes!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 16th, 2017 @ 2:16 pm

      Thank you so much, Antoinette — we’re so happy you’re enjoying the blog! :)

  45. Carolyn Taylor — March 16, 2017 @ 6:24 pm (#)

    Try replacing corn with hominy, I think it gives Mexican flavored soups MORE of a Mexican flavo

  46. Debbie — March 17, 2017 @ 6:51 pm (#)

    Okay, it’s official, you are my favorite go-to site for recipes! (It pains me to tell Ina that she’s now #2). I can’t tell you how many of your recipes I’ve made and I’ve never had one I didn’t like! I just made your slow cooker black bean soup and dinner rolls as part of my dinner, very good! I hate conventional salads and you have so many really, really good ones! (Sorry, my extended family now calls asks me to make MY Ramen noodle salad!) I have referred quite a few friends to your site for great, fresh recipes. So keep doing what you’re doing, it makes the rest of us look good!

    Thank you,

    Debbie Hannigan

  47. margie — March 21, 2017 @ 9:14 pm (#)

    Hello, I just tried you “best ever” enchiladas and made your enchilada sauce from scratch as well..OMG you were not kidding, I don’t think I have had better at an actual Mexican restaurant..So impressed. I never have liked the store bought enchilada sauce but this one was amazing…I look forward to trying more of your recipes for sure !!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 23rd, 2017 @ 3:11 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Margie — we’re so happy you enjoyed both the recipes! :D