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. When will your cookbook come out? Seriously, your recipes have really maintained my sanity during quarantine. We’ve made so many of your recipes, I wish I could give you money and get a real bound book.

    Thank you! Tracy

  2. I love reading about your life Ali, with Barclay and the puppies.
    And being vegetarian also, I appreciate those recipes very much. Thank you.
    When you were the musician, what instrument did you play?
    That is so nice to make music.
    Tisa 💜🌷🐝🐱🐱🐱

  3. I love good food and normally taylor recipes to suit our taste as we tend like like a bit more flavour than most recipes provide. I however don’t make the best eastern food. I made your stir fried rice and they absolutely love it! No add-on’s – it was perfect as is. I am definitely going to try some of your other recipes. Thank you!

  4. Made your Moo Shu recipe with chicken! Omg it was a hit and very simple to understand! Packed full of Asian flavors . we ate it all… thanks for sharing!

  5. Love your blog. I’m a closet 3 star Michelin chef living in the gastronomic capital of the world, Paris. If you and your hubby pop over here after this Covid BS is over, please connect with me. My wife, Cherie, is a brilliant luxury travel designer and like me would love to meet you. I’m a prolific actor/writer/producer with my own Film, Theater and TV company. I grew up in London, fortunate enough to have The Beatles producer, Sir George Martin as my father. I’ve met practically every famous person under the sun from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, Steve Winwood being one of my favorites. Your blog title is brilliant. Stay strong and keep the faith. Gregory Paul Martin — www.gregorypaulmartin.com.

  6. I tried it and it tasted wonderful! And cute doggy ☺❤

  7. I have a question for you about a recipe you posted. I’m wanting to make little snack treats for a wedding party.
    The recipe is called “Candied Pecan Chex Mix” – the ingredients are listed, but when you click the link for the instructions, the link is NOT THERE. I’m curious about the order in which to do the nuts and chex mix – very familiar with them individually.

    Please let me know how to find the instructions.

    Thank you very much.

  8. Thank you on so many levels.
    Wishing you all the best.

  9. Your recipes sound good and one is on the book for today, but I really wish you included the nutritional information! I am tracking macros and need to make choices

  10. Thanks, Ali for your recipe. I’d love to try gazpacho. It’s funny how I can over here to your site. I was thinking of food that starts with the first letter of my name and this immediately came to my mind. Honestly, I don’t know what this good is. Reading it interests me. And, especially more interested when I learned you’ve got more vegetation recipes because I want to be partially vegetarian, if there is such a thing. Lol. Thanks. I think I would love this cold vegetable soup.

  11. Dear Ali,
    You are wonderful! Thank you for the wonderful recipes! And your cute dogs!

    – From NC

  12. The chicken breast recipe is great. Will this also work on a bone less turkey breast using the smoked paprika?

  13. Thanks so much for your Jambalaya recipe. I plan to make it in the next couple of weeks. My birthday is tomorrow when I will be 88 years old. I love to cook. When I retired in 1995 I decided to try new recipes so I’ve made new dishes along with the old favorites I’ve made for a long time ever since. I keep a list of the new recipes along with the date I made them and where I can find the recipe again. So far I’ve made 484 new recipes. Trying new things keeps me young. Thanks, again, for the Jambalaya recipe.

  14. My hubby loved the fried rice I made from your inspirational recipe. I tailored it to what I had on hand as you suggested. Thank you for your site! I would definitely buy your cookbook! Happy Thanksgiving 🍁