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. Ali! Such a cute story and cute pups. We just cooked up your enchiladas with your homemade enchilada sauce. It’s amazing how easy it is to make! Super delicious and worth every minute. Hope you are loving Barcelona!!

  2. hi Ali!
    if i were to make your enchilada sauce with fresh green chilis how much should a i add?

  3. Dear Ali, I am so excited to have found your website! I enjoyed reading about you. I have met some ladies where I live who were very involved in the Enneagram. I found it fascinating. Thank you for sharing! When you have a chance, do you have a recipe (it has ground beef in it) for chili? My husband likes thick chili and while I am not a good cook, I am looking for a recipe for thick chili with ground beef that I could make for him. As a side note, we married in 2013 (I was 56) and so we have not been married to eat other all of our lives, and I find it really hard to appease him with the cooking that I have done. When we worked, our schedules were so tight that we chose to do takeout on most nights, with leftovers on other nights. Now that we are retired, I was hoping to get into cooking, but he is hard to please and it has left me with not much of a desire to cook. I hope chili could be a good start.

    • May I comment here? I feel your pain! I have found that what works for me in making a thick chili is adding extra beans. I love the brand “Ranch Style Beans”. Have you ever seen those in your grocery store? And my favorite chili seasoning is the “Williams Chili Seasoning”. I hope this might be of a bit of help for you! Would you like my recipe?
      Ali, I hope it is ok for me to comment here!???

  4. Hey Ali! Found your Tex-Mex Migas recipe and will be making those for my dad this Father’s Day! I love that you were inspired by your trip to Austin. That’s our home. So it seems perfect! Now I just need to find a delish recipe for “Morning Margaritas.” Cheers!