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 my love letter to 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. ♡
A bit about me.
I mean, that picture up there is a pretty 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.
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 quick, easy, seasonal, 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!
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!