with a pinch, a dash and a splash

About Me

Welcome to my little corner of the foodie world!

Sip & Spice

I’m Allie, creator of Sip & Spice. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with food. I was one of those kids who finished breakfast asking what was for lunch, then sat at lunch asking what was for dinner. And I haven’t really stopped since.

I daydream in recipe format.

Simple is best… Let the natural flavors and colors shine through. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard. And oh em gee, it definitely doesn’t have to be boring. It’s all in the flavors you use. Start just about any savory recipe with olive oil, fresh minced garlic and a dash of crushed red pepper flakes and you pretty much can’t mess up. Having a stocked spice cabinet makes life fun and unpredictable!

Eat local & seasonal… when possible. I live in upstate New York. Local avocados and pineapples are hard to come by…and this chick will do just about anything for an avo toast and a pineapple mimosa. I do ADORE shopping at the farmer’s market in the height of the spring & summer though. The flavor difference between a fresh, organic bell pepper in August and one of those waxy guys at the store in the middle of winter.

Less is more. This is a super easy way to eat a little healthier. Put some cheese in it/on it/between it/around it if you want some, but you don’t need as much as you think you do. Cutting back just a little saves room for more treats overall. I’m a huge proponent of “crowding out” theory of eating. Add in more tasty fresh food, and you’ll find less room for the junk.

Balance is the key. There is, however, a definite time and place for the junk. I firmly believe that denying yourself anything simply because “it’s bad for me” will only cause you to binge later on. If you want a slice of pizza, have two! But then maybe you just have some fruit after dinner instead of that bowl of ice cream. Or do have that bowl of ice cream! You do you. Just try to have some kale sometime soon.

I currently live in Saratoga Springs, NY with my super handsome boyfriend. We love spending time in the kitchen together trying new recipes, perfecting old family favorites, testing my (sometimes crazy) ideas and creating delish dishes. We laugh and love and sometimes argue, which inevitably happens when you get two Italians in the kitchen together. Plus, he’s not quite on board with my “less is more” mentality yet… but we always find compromise.

I started this blog to document some of the delicious recipes that are coming out of our kitchen. They’re what we’re really eating right now! We find inspiration in everything from old family favorites to our favorite food networks shows to restaurant meals that we’re convinced we can make better.

About Allie:

fav spice: crushed red pepper flakes (nonna used to call them red devil…love that!)
fav sip: gnarly head lodi zinfandel, pineapple mimosas & green smoothies
fav kitchen tool: garlic press
fav workout: hot yoga
fav color: sage green
fav abbrev: totes
can’t live without: avo toast
hate: goat cheese, olives, campari
spirit animal: mermaid
go-to meal: tacos—the varieties & combos are endless
dream vaca: cruising the mediterranean