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. Hello Ali,
    What a joy to find the recipes that I needed and someone that is cooking them from my beloved Barcelona!!
    I am from Barna but reside in the Utah right now.
    Hope you are having a full and beautiful life there!
    Keep posting!

  2. Love your blog! I discovered it when searching for enchiladas which I made last night and they were delicious (with the homemade sauce)! Just read about you living in Barcelona – one of my favorite cities in the world! So much to discover and enjoy there – la boqueria – one of my favorites! Keep on sharing your great recipes! Gracias!

  3. I laughed riotously, with joy, when I first saw the name of your blog! What an amazing adaptation, lol!
    Thank you for your eclectic taste, and excellent tips and tricks!

  4. I’m impressed. I usually grab and go off allrecipes.com or other, but I went outside my comfort zone and found you… nicely done here. Keep it up!

  5. Hola!

    So, I just stumbled across your blog looking for a Jambalaya recipe. It looked pretty good and am now set out to make it here at home best I can from where I live (and during the covid lockdown). I then looked here on your “About” and got a real kick. In short, my girlfriend and I are from the states, Florida, but she is from Puerto Rico originally. In 2017 we followed a crazy dream and moved to Spain as well! We came to start our own restaurant and have one now on Mallorca! We initially moved to Asturias and rented a restaurant there for about a year and a half and we decided to move to a more warmer climate as Julia could not take the winters in the mountains being an island girl. So, from one expat to another, hola neighbor!

    As a side note, I’d be curious if you have some versions of these recipes based (or tweaked) to what we can get here. I can get a lot of things from the big market in Palma, but for instance, I have yet to find Andouille and use chorizo criollo. And for the restaurant we have altered many recipes trying to use as many local ingredients as we can to blend them into a “local” version. We cook with Sobrassada a lot as well.

    Un Abrazo,
    Matt y Julia

  6. Ali,
    So enjoy learning about you and how you began this site. I am a recent “fan” of this site. Your advice on how to cook a delicious chicken breast has changed my family’s dinner time! Tonight we are trying the Moo Shu Chicken….the directions, tips and videos are exactly what I need.
    Sometimes I would like to cancel dinner time, but know that isn’t possible. My family wouldn’t go for that ……
    Then I look for recipes, end up at your site and get excited about cooking again.
    I hope you are well, especially in light of COVID-19. Many people are cooking much more at home now. When friends ask what to make I start them with your chicken breasts, the recipe/ideas that got me started.
    Thank you so much!

  7. Hi Ali, I’ve been following your blog for awhile and I have really enjoyed your posts. I have a 14 year old daughter who has loved cooking & travel, and she is currently looking into different career paths. She has dyslexia and school has always been a struggle when it comes to reading and writing. Thankfully with modern technology, she can have anything on the web read aloud to her and there is great software for speech to text. So the world of learning is at her fingertips. I was wondering if you would ever consider answering some of her own personal questions about your journey to creating this blog about food and travel and some of the obstacles you’ve overcome while you have been on the blogging adventure. Thank you for considering.

  8. Just found you when I was looking for a fried rice recipe. All recipes before yours that I have made have always been lacking. I was making the grilled chicken teriyaki from Cook’s County last night and wanted fried rice to accompany that dish. I followed your recipe to a T. Made rice at noon so it could get cold. You said the key to the recipe is the butter, cold rice (I am always in a hurry and my rice has never been cold) the sesame oil and the oyster sauce _ you were right. The dish was perfect. I signed up for the your email. Now if your Caesar salad and shrimp scampi turn out like the rice oh how happy I will be. Will go out there to look at yours soon.

    Thank You

    Karen from Salisbury NC.

  9. Hi from Puerto Rico! I randomly found your website when I was looking for a Scalloped Potatoes. After doing the recipe, which was delicious, I started reading and browsing your website. I have to tell you that I’m so happy I found your blog. In this quarantine I have cooked so many new things and I’m always looking for new things to cook. Definitely I will be doing more of your recipes. Keep you posted on the outcome. 😘😊

  10. Thank you so much from Las Vegas for sharing all of this! 🤠

  11. Ali, I made the No Knead Bread and want to know how i can get tithe “mouse holes” in my loaf.

  12. Oh! How happy am I that I found your site.
    During quarantine I have made your:
    Shrimp tacos
    Flour tortillas
    Key lime pie
    Chicken carnitas
    All have been a hit!
    Thank you so much for sharing your recipes and talents with the world.

  13. Hello ALI!

    Well….this site took me down a rabbit hole I didn’t expect….

    Searching for beef jerky and stumbled on yours…then checking the other recipes I found myself doing “open in new tab” a billion times and then Pin, Pin, Pin, Pin.

    I can’t wait to start in on the recipes.

    But first…..JERKY!

    (I’ll have to come back and check out the Barcelona move….)

  14. 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

  15. 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 💜🌷🐝🐱🐱🐱

  16. 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!