My name is Rebecca and I live in the Willamette Valley of western Oregon. After spending my childhood summers picking green beans and never-ending ground cherries in my mother’s vegetable patch and then learning my around the kitchen, I have been dedicated to good food and the story and people behind it. I’m drawn to eating foods that are deliciously healthy, locally-sourced, simple, and seasonal. In addition to cooking and blogging, I am a runner, writer, gardener, educator, and nutrition enthusiast. On my blog, Eggplant and Olive, I share life lessons to fuel my literary calling and plant-based meals that are always gluten and dairy-free.