About Ali

Hey! I’m Ali, and I am so happy that you found your way here to Gimme Some Oven.

I created this little corner of the internet to celebrate life around the table and the favorite recipes that bring us all together.  Because really, isn’t that where so many of the best memories in life take place?  In our house, we gravitate towards recipes that are quick, easy, seasonal, (mostly) healthy, and seriously delicious.  So whether that’s whipping up a quick stir-fry or batch of cozy wild rice soup in the wintertime, blending up some refreshing gazpacho with sangria in the summertime, making our millionth batch of tacos and margs on Tuesdays, or baking up a warm batch of cinnamon rolls and eggs benny for sunny weekend brunches — my heart is never more happy than when my table is filled with good food and good people gathered ’round.

So if that sounds like your style too, you’ve got a kindred spirit right here.  ♡

A bit about me.

When I began this blog back in 2009, I was working as a full-time musician by day and cooking up a storm by night.  Now, I have the privilege of doing all of the recipe-developing, photography and writing for this site as my full-time job.  And more than a decade into blogging, I can honestly say that I still absolutely love it.  Seeing the recipes that I create here in my tiny kitchen show up on your tables around the world makes my heart so, so happy, and I work incredibly hard to ensure that this site can be an inspiring and trustworthy resource for you to turn to.

Beyond the blog, I’m a born-and-raised Kansas girl who’s currently living the expat life for awhile in Barcelona, Spain.  My husband, Barclay, and I got married in the summer of 2017.  And since we both work from home, we decided that we might as well take advantage of our work flexibility and move abroad to get to see the world through a different culture’s lens for awhile.  So we packed up four suitcases and our two cute pups and moved here right after we got married.  And we are loving it here.

We try to make the most of those crazy-cheap RyanAir tickets and travel on the weekends around Europe as much as possible.  But when we’re home, you can find us soaking up sunny terraces with friends, taking the pups for long walks along the shore, enjoying endless tapas and glasses of vermút, studying up on the Enneagram and social justice (our two fave topics of convo!) and just enjoying our cozy little apartment here in the city center.

To follow more along with life and reflections behind-the scenes, feel free to follow my personal Instagram account.  And for anyone interested, I also share there about our infertility and IVF journey too.

A bit about my food philosophy.

So what kinds of recipes will you see here on Gimme Some Oven?

Short answer: a little bit of everything.

The food that I share on the blog is the food that we eat here in our home.  And as an omnivore married to a vegetarian, the majority of the meals in our house are now plant-based.  (So some of you long-time readers may notice that meat dishes have become less common on here.)  One of the things I also love about living in Barcelona is that the markets here are strictly seasonal — as in, you couldn’t find fresh watermelon or tomatillos here in December if you tried — which has been great extra motivation to cook with seasonal produce as much as possible.

The majority of our meals during the weekdays fall in the 30-minutes-or-less category.  But I also love cozying up with a hot cup of coffee or a glass of wine on the weekends and diving into recipes that require a bit more time, like our favorite Swedish cinnamon buns or Spanish paellas or DIY maki rolls for “Sushi Sundays.”  You may notice that we also have a major weakness for Mexican food, noodles of all kinds, soups and various kinds of cookies around here.  And while most of my recipes are on the healthier side, I definitely also enjoy indulging in some indulgent sweets and comfort foods on occasion.

So as always, please always feel free to take whatever recipes you love on here and leave the rest.  And if you ever have specific recipe requests, don’t hesitate to let me know because I love to cook what you’re craving!

Thank you.

More than anything, I just want to say thank you so much for being here, and I hope that this site can play some small part in making your days a little brighter and tastier.  Cheers, everyone. ♡


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  1. I have a question on your baked chicken. Do you cook it until the thermometer reaches 165 or take it out at 160 and let it rest to 165? Love your website!!

  2. I just write to say, thank you. My family out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean loves your focaccia recipe, as well as your beef jerky, which we are making constantly with our new dehydrator. Will now expand to your other suggestions. You’re a hit in the 808! Aloha, Ken

  3. Your potato soup is to DIE FOR!!!

  4. going to try your pickled red onions, sounds delish. If I may ask how is it living aboard. I just retired and I would love to take my hard working bride of 36 years and live aboard. maybe some tips and advice, but thank you and keep the blog going

  5. I’m so glad I found you. I made your brined chicken last night. My family loved it. I’m making more tonight. I am not a cook, but a baker. My family is on the no carb meal plan.
    We also have 2 little Havapoos. I love that you are living in Spain.
    Cheers! Stay safe and healthy!!

  6. Hi,

    Do you have a cookbook? I love all your stuff it has helped me learn how to cook!

  7. I’m going to make your chicken enchilada casserole. My friend makes it and highly recommends it.
    I enjoyed reading about you. You have an upbeat, happy attitude.
    How did you get your pups from the US to Barcelona? Did they have to be quarantined?
    And how do you stay thin?
    I hope you, your husband and your pups have a lot of happiness in your lives.
    G-d bless,

  8. Ali,

    I’d like the capability to thumbs up/down comments made by others.