Welcome to Maplevine Kitchen!

I’m Allie Cleveland, the author and recipe developer behind Maplevine Kitchen. Welcome to my little corner of the internet! Here, you’ll discover an eclectic mix of easy-to-make yet elevated seasonal-focused recipes that pack a serious flavor punch. Just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it can’t have style!

Whether you’re hosting a bash or just looking for easy dinner ideas, we’ve got you covered. From festive holiday recipes to locally sourced dishes inspired by the Pacific Northwest, our recipe collection has something for everyone. Need a guide on selecting the best ingredients or seasonal produce? We’ve got those too! So come on in, kick up your feet, and let’s cook up something delicious together.

Try some of these Maplevine Kitchen favorites!

Whipped ricotta dip on a wooden charcuterie board with veggies and crostini.
Creamy Whipped Ricotta Dip with Garlic and Herbs

Maplevine Kitchen’s Cooking Philosophy

At the heart of my cooking ethos lies the pursuit of that delectable sweet spot – where effortless simplicity meets elevated sophistication. My focus is all about whipping up fuss-free recipes that have that fancy factor, but without any of the complicated hullabaloo. Because who said that uncomplicated can’t also be indulgent?

Also close to my heart lies a deep appreciation for cooking with the seasons. Why? Because using the freshest and most flavorful seasonal ingredients is the key to making dishes that truly sing.

With each new season comes a unique variety of produce and flavors, just waiting to be incorporated into your cooking. From vibrant local produce to bold herbs and spices to mouthwatering marinades and sauces, I always strive to craft dishes that pack a BIG flavor punch. After all, food should be both nourishing and delicious!

Chicken and Potatoes in Cider Cream Sauce
Chicken and Potatoes in Cider Cream Sauce

On a stormy fall day, there’s nothing I love more than staying cozy at home and spending time experimenting in the kitchen. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we get our fair share of rain, but we prefer to think of it as “liquid sunshine” – after all, it’s what makes our local produce so amazing!

Whether I’m perusing the farmers markets or picking up my latest CSA share, I’m always excited to see what fresh, seasonal ingredients are available to play with in the kitchen.

One of the things I love most about cooking is discovering new flavors and cuisines and sharing them with others. You will probably notice several of my recipes on the site are Italian-inspired dishes which are my favorite. 😉

That’s why I enjoy sharing regional specialties I’ve discovered on my travels, as well as my favorite local ingredients and dishes. So join me as we explore the delicious bounty of the Pacific Northwest and beyond!

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Late summer’s bounty from the community garden

Why eat seasonal and local?

Cooking seasonally is a great way to ensure that you are using the freshest and most flavorful seasonal ingredients which is the key to making dishes that truly sing. Each season brings its own unique produce and flavors that naturally pair well when eaten together. So by cooking with what is in season, you can elevate your dishes and make them taste even better.

But the benefits of cooking seasonally go beyond just taste. Eating in tune with the seasons means you’re consuming produce that’s at its peak of ripeness and nutrition. Fruits and veggies that are allowed to ripen fully before being picked are loaded with more vitamins and minerals than their underripe counterparts. So when you cook with the seasons, you’re not just enjoying delicious food – you’re also doing your body a favor.

Close up of farmer's hands holding red and gold apples

Supporting local farmers and growers is important to me, which is why I always try to buy produce that’s in season. By doing so, I’m not only getting the freshest ingredients, but I’m also supporting my local economy and reducing the environmental impact of transportation. It’s a win-win!

Cooking seasonally also connects me to tradition and community. I think back to my grandmother and great-grandmother, canning and pickling each summer, and how life revolved around the harvests and the cycle of the seasons. By cooking with the seasons, I’m carrying on a tradition that’s been passed down for generations – and that feels pretty special.

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Farmer’s market winter vegetables

A bit more about me

Confession time – I’m a total homebody who loves nothing more than experimenting with new recipes and sharing them with my nearest and dearest (and now with all of you lovely folks!). Although I currently work in the legal field as a paralegal, I spent over 15 years working in the restaurant industry in Seattle and Los Angeles, where I developed a keen sense of what makes a dish truly delicious and balanced.

My weekends are all about exploring the local farmers market for fresh, seasonal ingredients to inspire my menus for the week ahead. Whether I’m prepping meals for the coming week or hosting a casual get-together with friends, I’m all about creating dishes that are easy yet impressive, letting the ingredients speak for themselves while still delivering that “wow” factor.

Ultimately, I started this blog to connect with like-minded foodies and inspire others to embrace their love of good food. Food is such a universal language – whether you’re cooking for loved ones or simply enjoying a delicious meal, it’s all about connecting with others and savoring every moment. Cheers to that!

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My Dad getting ready to make up a big batch of pesto!