Hi there! Welcome. I’m Rebecca. After spending my childhood summers picking green beans and never-ending ground cherries in my mother’s vegetable patch and then learning my way around the kitchen–I’ve been exploring good food and the story and people behind it. I’m drawn to food that is delicious, local, and seasonal. In addition to cooking, I’m an avid runner, writer, gardener, and as a graduate student in nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health, an aspiring nutritionist.

I currently live in Eugene Oregon and though I’m an Oregon native and absolutely love running in the rain and exploring the green PNW outdoors, I grew up on a cattle ranch on the dry, sunny, and windy side of the state. I’m married to a super guy, William, and I like to share snippets of our life here.


About the Blog

Above all, Eggplant & Olive is a landing pad for my thoughts on food, health, and a little bit of life, as well as for the meals I love to eat. Though I spent most of my early years in wheat and cattle country, I transitioned to a gluten and dairy-free diet in early 2012 for medical reasons. For more details about my dietary choices, food philosophy, and to get to know a little more about my history with food, please explore the following posts.


If you found this site through means other than food, and are interested in a little more about me, I recently began sharing my experiences with running, eating disorder recovery, mental health, and my faith in a more personal blog, here.


7 responses to “About

  • Battr

    Great site you have! We’re creating a new recipe sharing site and would like you to be involved in the beta. Please email me. Thanks! – Ken


  • Ruth

    Rebecca, I am so glad you shared this! I really did love seeing you guys over Christmas break. Best wishes in 2014.


  • Whitney Faber

    Hi Rebecca!

    Gluten-Free Living magazine has an exciting opportunity for bloggers just like you.

    Blogger U. is the April 4th kickoff event for the first ever Gluten-Free Living Conference in Orlando, Florida. A day of classes dedicated exclusively to gluten-free and healthy living blogging, the seminars will focus on recipe development, food staging, taking your blog to the next level and much more. Because when it comes to writing a blog, it’s never too late – or too early – to go back to school.

    In case you’re not convinced yet, here are the top five reasons to enroll at Blogger U.:
    1. Grab some SWAG – Let’s be honest; free stuff is the best. And there will be plenty of it between samples, coupons…and did we mention the show bag?
    2. Learn from the best – We’re not kidding about this one. Jules Shepard (Jules Gluten Free), Amie Valpone (The Healthy Apple), Amy Leger (The Savvy Celiac) and Amy Ratner (Gluten-Free Living magazine) will all be there sharing their knowledge about how to make your blog great.
    3. Think of the value – For just $75, you get a full day of classes, lunch, entrance to the Homecoming Happy Hour, a two-day pass to the show floor and workshops AND a ticket to the M.I.X. event Saturday night.
    4. Network – Get the chance to chat with other bloggers, mingle with our speakers and meet industry professionals.
    5. Better your blog – Well, this is school. So it’s really about the education and Blogger U. will give you the tools to improve your skills and grow your brand.

    Check out our website for more information at gflconference.com. Register now to reserve your space!

    Feel free to contact me with any questions. We hope to see you there!

    Whitney Faber

    Gluten Free Living Conference
    April 4-6
    Orlando, Florida


  • Ania TastyQuery


    I saw your blog and thought it had great recipes and awesome pictures! I therefore would like to invite you to our new culinary website which has just started.

    This is how it works in short. TastyQuery.com is a website for food bloggers and their fans allowing them to automatically collect recipes from your food blog. It’s a large database of links to recipes on food blogs. Everyone can join us for free.

    For more please visit:

    TastyQuery.com is an English version of our main website called “Mikser Kulinarny”, founded in Poland. “Mikser Kulinarny” has a large audience (over 2 mln unique visitors monthly) and with TastyQuery.com we want to repeat that success and drive thousands of new visitors to your food blog.

    In case of any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

    best regards

    Ania, TastyQuery.com


  • The Dirt Diva

    Love your blog! I’m an organic backyard farmer in the Mojave Desert and I’m roasting my fresh garden beets right now to try your posted Beet Hummus recipe! Thank you!


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