About Ali

Hey!  My name is Ali.  And I am so happy that you found your way here to this little corner of the internet!

Gimme Some Oven is a celebration of life shared around the table, and specifically, the recipes that bring us all together.  Because whenever I think about it, most of my favorite memories in life really have taken place around one table or another.  From cozy date nights in watching “This Is Us” with our favorite garlicky pasta, to impromptu happy hours after work with friends toasting the world’s best margaritas, to decades of Christmas Day dinners fighting over the last slice of Grandma’s pecan pie, to bringing over a pan of my favorite chicken enchiladas to friends after surgery, to introducing our 100th friend to the brilliance that is nooch popcorn — well, if you ask me — good food shared with good people is pretty much the best.

And all the better when that food is quick and easy to make, legit do-able, seasonally inspired, lightened up a bit, and wildly delicious — right?!

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

Ali Martin

A bit about me.

Well, I suppose this picture is a good start.  Yoga pants.  Comfy sweater.  Baking yummy stuff to bring over to our neighbors.  That’s my happy place, right there.

Beyond that, I’m a musician-turned-full-time-blogger who has the complete privilege of spending my days creating recipes to share on the world wide web, which — miraculously — means that they somehow sneak into your kitchens halfway around the world.  Which I happen to think is just about the coolest thing ever.  I love my job, and love all of you, and don’t take a single moment of this awesome job for granted.  I love creating recipes that I hope you will also love.

Beyond the blog?

I’m a Kansas City girl who just recently had some friends set me up on a blind date with the guy of my dreams…and then fell head over heels in love with him…and then married him ♡♡♡…and then together, we decided to follow our craziest dreams and move to Spain…and now?  We’re livin’ the expat life together here in the heart of Barcelona with our two pups.  And I couldn’t be more grateful.  Life has a way of changing in a heartbeat.  And I’m so thankful for this new season filled with so much love and laughter.

As you can see here, I also have a permanent case of the travel bug, and love setting out on adventures as often as possible, especially while we’re living in such close proximity to sooo many of the places on my European bucket list.  So if you follow along with our life behind the scenes, don’t be surprised if the scenery changes often.  But beyond that?  My favorite things in life tend to always revolve around good friends, studying Spanish, Barre3, Mexican food, the Enneagram, playing music, and making food for people I love.  Oh, and snuggling with our cute pups as often as possible.

A bit about the blog.

Without a doubt, the other favorite love in my life is this space right here.

I actually started this blog on a total whim back in 2009 when I was beginning to cook more and more, and wanted a place to organize and keep track of my favorite recipes.  It was a total hobby for me.  And as you can see if you take a scroll back through the archives, ha, I still had lots to learn back in those early days. 😂 But.  The more I began blogging, the more I enjoyed learning about photography and recipe development and writing.  And the more I began to find my own style of cooking, and the values and rhythms and ingredients that felt true to me.  And through it all — thanks to the miracle of this crazy world wide web — I started seeing more and more of you give these recipes a try for yourself.  Which I still say is the absolute coolest thing ever.

Truly.  Back when I was in college, food blogs didn’t even exist!  Let alone, have the potential to support full-time incomes.

But over time, this site grew to the point where I was able to leave my previous job as a musician and work on cultivating this space full-time.  And for that — and especially for all of you who tune in week after week, month after month, year after year — I am deeply, deeply grateful.  I take very seriously the trust that you all place in these recipes, and love working on new ones that will hopefully be total winners when passed around your own tables.  So whenever I see you tag a recipe on Instagram or read a comment that you made and loved a recipe, welp, just know that you’ve downright made my day.  Absolutely love it.

A bit about my food philosophy.

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

I always used to struggle with the fact that this blog didn’t really have a “niche”, especially having heard from so many experts claim that blogs couldn’t be successful without one.  But here’s the thing — I blog the way I cook.  And I really enjoy cooking a little bit of everything!

I love the balance of improvising a stir-fry one day, and then measuring the precise amounts of ingredients for a meringue the next.  I love adding as many greens and veggies to my plate as possible, and then maybe indulging in a fudgy brownie for dessert.  I love cooking as seasonally as possible, yet will cave for a good pint of fresh blackberries at the store any day of the year.  I love dinners that take less than 30 minutes to cook most nights of the week, and then enjoying a glass of wine as I babysit a slow-cooking pan of paella on a Saturday.

A little bit of everything.  All things in moderation.  All of that good stuff.

That said, without a doubt, most of the recipes on this site generally fall into the quickeasyseasonal, and lightened-up category.  And while I still eat meat, we cook plant-based recipes most of the time at home nowadays (especially thanks to marrying a vegetarian), so you may notice that proteins are becoming less and less common around here.  Otherwise, you’ll find that the blog generally has a pretty good balance of recipes showing up here in a given month.  And as always, if you ever have any recipe requests, don’t hesitate to let me know!  I love making them happen!

Finally…

For more info about blogging, photography, and life behind the scenes, feel free to check out my FAQ page, which I try to constantly update.  And if you haven’t already, feel free to subscribe to our YouTube channel, where we’re now posting new videos regularly about life behind the scenes, in addition to lots of yummy food videos.  And of course, always feel free to follow along and come say hi on Insta too.  ♡

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

Love,
Ali

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289 comments on “About Ali”

  1. I love your page & every single recipe I have tried has been amazing! Your instructions are very detailed and easy to follow as well. Thank you for sharing your yummy recipes! 

    • Jennifer, you’re too sweet, thank you for your kind words! We’re so happy you’re a fan! :)

  2. Hi Ali. I would very much love to try your recipes, but sadly I am barraged by adds and the recipes are difficult to get to. Perhaps a little less emphasis on the adds?

    • Hi Diane! Thanks for your honest feedback. We’ve made some changes with our ads this month — especially on mobile — so hopefully they won’t be quite as invasive (or numerous). Thanks for visiting the site!

  3. Hi Ali! So glad I found your blog! I actually just moved to KC and started my own food blog. I really love all the colors and movement on each of your pages. I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes!

    • Thanks Naomi, and congrats on your move to KC, and welcome! You will LOVE it! Also, thanks for your sweet words about the blog, we’re happy you’re a fan. :)

  4. Was just reading your “making self rising flour “.  This is all fairly new to me …….I have to use a gluten free all purpose flour in my house. How can I make my GF self rising flour …same way ???

    THANK YOU….marcella

  5. i am looking forward to making your enchilada sauce and enchiladas…your instructions are excellent (image and text). thank you.

  6. Dear Ali, Henry, & GimmeSomeOvenCrew,

    Long time-reader, first time caller. I felt it was about time that I finally sent a quick and not-particularly-glorious-but-quite-heartfelt THANK YOU for all that you do. My pseudo-sous chef Will, the Corgi, loves spending time with me on the couch reading and plotting and planning from your wonderful site, and then executing and not-begging-technically-but-gee-dad-maybe-a-bite?ing with me as we join you all on your culinary expeditions. You’re the kind of good people I would even let have a glass with me in the kitchen as I make chili, but no paper or pen provided. 

    Thank you again for all that you do, and congrats on doing it so well.

    Best,
    Drew (&Will)

    • Thanks for your sweet message Drew! Corgi Will sounds adorable, and we bet he and Henry would get along famously. :) We’re glad you enjoy the blog, thank you for being a fan!

  7. I just want to say that your blog is just AMAZING! I have found so many fantastic easy recipes on here, job well done! Thank you so much! :)

  8. Just to say hello..love your site name…will definitely try some of your recipes!  A big THANK YOU for your (most thoughtful) dairy free category…so helpful for my  (mostly) lactose intolerant family.  I am SO frustrated  reading casserole recipes….lots of cheese, creamed soups, etc…..some sound so good, but unsuitable for my table…again…thanks for the recognition …get SO very annoyed with “recreating”  recipes to make them work for us….usually not worth the time, due to such heavy reliance upon dairy products, and what can really equal the flavor in a dairy reliant recipe?

  9. Ali…I love your blog, your recipees and you could not be anymore adorable!

    Hoping you and Henry, and your new beau, have a safe and magical holiday season :)

  10. I love your site and follow all of your pages.?? Thank you for sharing your wonderful, delicious and healthy recipes! Love, love, love all of yumminess! Thrilled you are a Kansas City girl. ? 

  11. I love to collect recipes and had no idea that KC (I live just outside the city limits) had such talent. I look forward to browsing more of your recipes and finding new things to tickle the tummy.

  12. I love your recipes!!  So happy that I subscribed to your blog.  You food is beautiful, delicious and very healthy.  I joined Weight Watchers 3 months ago and have lost almost 20 pounds!  I have loved eating healthy and working on changing many ingredients in recipes to have less fat, less salt and sugar, etc..  While I don’t eat gluten free, I eat much differently than I did before and your recipes are perfect for my weight plan.

    Thanks again for wonderful recipes.  I copy all of them off and keep them in a notebook!  Myra Smith, Liberty, Tx.  
    Author of “Soul Food for the Sandwich Generation”…a book for caregivers, and I also make homemade greeting cards for clients.  

    • Thanks for your sweet words Myra, we’re so happy you enjoy the blog! And that’s amazing about your weight loss, congrats!! We’re so touched to hear these recipes are helping you – thanks for taking the time to share with us. :)

  13. I have been on a Gimme Some Oven kick lately and your recipes NEVER disappoint. Looking forward to making your potato soup tonight. Thank for sharing!

    • Thanks so much Alisa, we’re glad you’re a fan, and we hope you enjoy the potato soup! :)

  14. HI Ali,

    I love everything about this blog..Great great job and please keep up the good work! I’m sure I’ll bookmark and be back soon

    • Thanks for your sweet words Amy, we’re happy you like the blog! Thanks for visiting. :)

  15. Hi there! I just discovered your website and I’m loving the whole theme and all the quick/easy recipes. One thing I wanted to ask though was when baking, do you put things into the oven in Celsius degrees or Fahrenheit? Thanks! Can’t wait to try out some of your recipes.

    • Thank you Rachel, we’re happy to hear that! We use Fahrenheit when writing the recipes – thanks! :)

  16. Love love love your site and have been sharing like crazy! Already tried several recipes, and tonight, it’s five ingredient white chicken chili.

    • Thanks Tammy, we’re glad you enjoy the blog, thanks so much for sharing too! We hope you enjoy the chili tonight! :D

  17. I’m a newly married opera singer living here in KC, and randomly found you on Pinterest while doing some meal planning! I was so excited when I saw that you live in KC – this city is just great and full of great people! Your recipes look fantastic and I’m excited to try about 3 of them this week! And, I shamelessly post pictures of my food on Instagram, so be on the lookout! @samantha_mezzo

    • Congrats Samantha! And thanks for your sweet words about the blog, we’re happy you’re here — we’ll definitely keep an eye out for your IG photos! :D

  18. Hello
    just stumbled upon your blog and stoked to have found your buffalo chicken dip recipe. Thank you for easy to understand instructions and all the photos. WELL DONE!

  19. I love your blog! I’m working on improving my blog and would love to know what you do to for advertising and partnerships with companies. Perhaps you can shoot me an email with some tips or resources? Thanks! Keep up the great work. :)

  20. Hi Ali, just wanted to say I love your site. I found you through a video about Pinterest you made with Lindsay from Food Bloggers Pro and I am glad I came over. You have a lovely place and as a newbie it’s very encouraging to me. I am following you on Pinterest as well.

  21. Yikes! I accidentally used cayenne pepper instead of chili powder!! Is it still salvageable?

  22. Hi I enjoy your recipes. My dad has been ill since August and I wanted to make him the peanut butter cookies on your website. Do you know what I could substitute for the brown sugar? The white sugar I can sub splenda. But baking for diabetic is new to me. Any help would be appreciated. I wanted him to be able to enjoy a cookie at Christmas. Have  blessed season, thank you

    • Thank you Sue, we’re happy you’re a fan! We’re sorry your dad is not well, we hope he gets better soon! You may be able to find a low-glycemic sweetener that’s similar to brown sugar, such as Agave, but even that might be too sweet for a diabetic. Truvia does make a brown sugar blend that you could maybe try. We found this, and perhaps it will be helpful to you! Honestly, we’d still recommend checking with a doctor, as we are not experts on cooking/baking for those with diabetes, and we don’t want to relay any information to you that is incorrect or that could make your dad more sick.

  23. Thank you for taking time to respond to my question. It was helpful.

  24. I like the chex mix and truly enjoy cooking. The tips are very helpful and appreciated. If looking for a new book for book-clubbing. ” A Poet’s Dream ” by Rev Matthew Whitten is a really good read with much food for thought. And ends up being much, much more than many notice. The very next to last blank page of the book has a hint and clue. One gets to read from many points. Amazing read. 

  25. Nothing beats a good dish! And you certainly have the knack for it. Oh for the love of food, I’ll have no choice but to hit the ping pong table extra hard after gorging for the holidays! I find myself wanting to try new things and it looks like I’ve found just the site.

    • Thank you Tim, that’s very kind of you! We appreciate you being a fan, and we hope you have a great new year’s! :)

  26. Hi Ali,

    I love your site! Want to let you know that your recipe index has a broken link. When I click on Entrees/Main Courses I get a 404.

    Happy cooking and sharing,
    Nurya

    • Oh goodness, thanks so much for bringing that to our attention Nurya, we will get on fixing that ASAP!

  27. Just made these and they came out perfect.  thank you for sharing your recipe

    • Hi Karen! We’re not sure what recipe you’re referring to, but whatever it was, we’re happy you liked it! :)

  28. Hi Ali I just want to know – regarding that ‘flourless 3 ingredient chocolate cake, how much, chocolate, butter and eggs can I use for this recipe. I am very anxious to make that chocolate cake but don’t now the quantities. Thank you

    Kind regards

    • Hi there, we think you meant to leave this comment on the cake recipe, but we’re a little confused, because the quantities for all of the ingredients are listed right here:

      You need:

      8 large eggs, cold
      1 lb. dark, semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
      16 Tbsp. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 16 pieces
      optional toppings: powdered sugar and/or berries

  29. Hello. I have a couple of questions regarding your slow cooker chili. When you mention the 1 chipotle in adobo sauce what is exactly is that and what brand is it? Does this come in a can and if so what size can is it?

    Also, for the 4 ounce can of chopped green chiles….do you use the entire can and if so what brand is it?

    • Hi Rosalie! For the chipotle in adobo sauce, they’re typically sold in small cans in your grocery’s Hispanic section of the International aisle. Embasa and Goya are the two brands we usually see. There are several peppers in a can. And yes, we use the whole can of green chiles — those should be in the same area as the chipotles, and the brand we usually see is Old El Paso. We hope you enjoy!

  30. Your Barbacoa-Style Beef Tacos turned out awesome. 

  31. Love your recipes they are amazing and great instructions. Do you have a recipe book out? Would love to get it!

    • Thanks Rosie, we appreciate that! Unfortunately no, we do not, but stay tuned as who knows what will happen down the road! :)

  32. I just discovered gimmesomeoven and absolutely love your recipes. (Already planning on the enchiladas with your homemade sauce.) It’s so frustrating though that the ads almost ruin the experience. In this day of mobile devices, (I have a latest generation samsung android ) I really  can’t understand why a site should be so slow because of ads that I will NEVER click on, (mostly because by clicking, I’m saying that it’s okay to ruin a site with those very same ads).  I really hope it improves on your site, as you have one of the best recipe collections I have found….on par with Ree Drummond! I love to cook, especially Mexican food.  I am a transplant from San Francisco to Montreal,  and the only way to get good Mexican food is to make it myself.  Just finding the ingredients is a huge challenge. (3 years to finally find corn tortillas!) So, thank you so much for awesome recipes, I  will be back, but with a bit of aaarrrrggghh when those pages take forever to load.  Cheers and happy cooking! 

  33. Your web page and information is Great.  I bookmarked your page and can NOT wait to maNe some of your recipes.  Thank you

  34. I am new to Pinterest and cooking, I’ve been in “menu pause” for sometime now, but am getting the itch. For people like me and also for the ones whose cooking ideas have gone stale, some ideas to what to serve with the different entries might help, at least it would me.

  35. Hi! I recently came across your blog through Pinterest as I was searching for a recipe and then realized you’re a fellow Kansas Citian! Anyway, another blogger/real-life friend and I are planning a KC blogger meetup and we’d love for you to join! I couldn’t find your email address anywhere on here, but if you want to drop me an email with it (sarahbsides at gmail dot com), we’ll add you to our list!

  36. Hi Ali,

    I stumbled across your blog from one of my other favorites, Brown Eyed Baker, and I love your recipes. I live here in KC too and would love to know if you have any great recommendations for restaurants, etc? I have my preferred ones of course, but would love any ones that you can suggest as another food connoisseur . :-) Thanks!

    • Hi Missy! I know Ali loves Beer Kitchen, The Farmhouse, places at the River Market (Burrito Bros, Bo Lings, Carrollo’s, Beignet), McCoy’s Public House, El Patron Cocina & Bar, Julep, Westside Local, Quay Coffee, Thou Mayest, and Il Lazzarone. Hope this helps! :)

  37. Ali,

    I tried your Best Chicken Enchilada with Red Enchilada Sauce. While I did make a mess in the kitchen, my fourteen year old son LOVED the dish and my spouse raved. My spouse thought the enchiladas were restaurant quality. This recipe is going into our favorites book.

    Wanted to write and thank you for sharing it. (Matt Toll from Baltimore, MD)

    • We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed them Matthew! Thanks for taking the time to comment. :)

  38. Hi Ali,  I was looking for a recipe for potato soup and came across your blog.  I love the comment you made about just being at peace and aware of that sense of well being.  So wise and wonderful.  I wish I had known that when I was 30.  So I am thrilled to have found your blog,  good recipe’s from a wise young woman

  39. Made the Kale Caesar Salad over the weekend for guests and it was a hit.  Love the dressing – made it exactly as written and it was a winner.  Thank you!

  40. Hi Ali,
    I ran across your,  ” The Big Reveal”, while shopping for cabinets at Nebraska Furniture Mart. Your kitchen makeover is impressive. I realize you are in Kansas but maybe you can give some insight into how you and your contractor interacted, since it’s apparent you bought  a lot of the supplies and appliances yourself shopping around at different locations. We remodeled a bathroom and were pretty good at buying our own materials, but the contractor was not happy.  We are getting ready to remodel our bathrooms and kitchen and would like to make this a more enjoyable experience. I really appreciate your web-site and will look to see if we can use any of your recommended vendors. Our daughter is a homeschool Mom and tells the funniest stories about her experience. I told her she would be good at blogging. She has a close knit circle of about 400 friends that she stays in touch with.
    Cheers,
    Pieter Kempff

    • Hi Pieter! We actually did the crazy thing of self-contracting the project (which I don’t recommend — so confusing!), but totally recommend all of the vendors that we used. NFM was also awesome to work with. Hope that helps! :)

  41. Hey Ali!
    I made your stacked chicken enchiladas last night and they were wonderful! My husband loved them and asked if they were easy enough for him to make too. I love cooking and playing with recipes,  so I really appreciate your food blog. I will definitely be showing it to my girlfriends. Can’t wait to try some more of your recipes! 
    Liz

    • Hi Liz! Thanks for sharing with us — we’re so glad you and your husband enjoyed them! :D

  42. Hello! I also live in KC and I just LOVE your blog! I make dishes off of it all of the time for me and my husband and they always turn out great. Your page and passion has inspired me to start a blog of my own! Something to look forward to after my day job – thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your delicious recipes! :)

  43. Hi Ali,

    I just finished listening to your podcast with Bjork, thanks for all the advice, awesome! I live on a boat and have been blogging for over 5 years about my adventures and cooking on a sailing blog, just got introduced to the world of food blogging last summer thru Bjork’s podcasts and changed my blog to a “food blog” this past fall, again thanks!
    Cheers, Rick

  44. Your lemon chicken recipe looks great. I am looking for gluten free  recipes for my granddaughter. Thanks

  45. I just had to say I love this blog! It is beautiful. The white on white really pops and I love that you share some more about what you do outside of the kitchen!

    Thanks for sharing!!

    • Thank you for your sweet words Alicia — we’re happy you’re here! :)

  46. Ha!  I just stumbled on your singles page while trying to find a blog I tried to start up a few years back on being 30 and single.  But also as a non-trad full-time student.  It was cool to see that you are also a Kansas Citian.  I look forward to exploring your blogs.  

  47. Ali, I just wanted to take a moment and tell you how much I love all your recipes. I live in Arizona (it’s 110 here today) so I am always looking for great crockpot meals, and your recipes are so tasty but easy. Just wanted to say “Hey girl !” 

    • Thank you Suzie, you are too kind! And 110 degrees, oh my gosh, that’s crazy! We appreciate you taking the time to comment, and we’re so glad you enjoy the recipes! Stay cool! :)

  48. Love it!! Always cooked baked chicken and it was alway dry.. Tried this tonight with one small chicken breast, cooked at 425 for 20 minutes, I think the secret is the brining because I have added olive oil before and still dry..cooked 10 minutes with lid on and 10 minutes with lid off then let it rest for 10 minutes before cutting .. Best chicken breast I ever cooked, thanks so much !

  49. I like your blog already and I haven’t even started to look at the recipes. I’m looking for a good chili and I know you have one your dad likes.
    I hope to have a blog and a website soon so I’ll invite you over then.
    Have a super day.

    Lesley

    • Hi Lesley — thanks for checking out the blog, and for commenting! We hope you enjoy the chili, and we wish you luck with your own blog/site — cheers! :)

  50. I was looking for a scalloped potato recipe and chose yours based on the picture (looks delicious).  So, here I am.  I’m having a family pool part 30 people).  I’m going to make your recipe.  I think everyone will love it.  Wish me luck.  I love your blog, by the way.

    • Thanks for your comment Ronda! We hope you enjoy the scalloped potatoes — let us know what you think! :)