Hi there! We’re Emily and Nathan, the two humans behind this little blog. Nathan does the cooking, Emily does the baking, and we usually just stare at our dirty dishes in an attempt to make them disappear. (Just kidding! Emily is a bit of a neat freak and almost always cleans up the kitchen promptly.)
We started this blog in 2018 as a way to organize all the recipes we realized we’d developed over the 8+ years of making and enjoying food together. We also thought it’d be fun to have a creative outlet that could occasionally distract us from our day jobs.
our food philosophy
Nathan loves Mexican, Tex-Mex, Latin, and all other cuisines involving chiles. Growing up eating the standard staples of the American South, one of his goals for this blog is recreating those recipes in meatless forms – a quixotic quest bound to produce more failures than successes. He does the majority of the savory, stovetop-based cooking in our house, doing his best not to mess up the entire kitchen in the process. He has been banned from baking due to his lax regard for measuring exact quantities.
Emily loves ice cream more than anything in the world (besides Nathan, she supposes). She also loves freshly baked bread, anything eggplant, everything chocolate, and all things dotted with butter. She is the baker, pastry chef, and confectioner in our house, and she rarely refrains from licking the bowl.
Technically speaking, we are ovo-lacto pescatarians, meaning we eat eggs, dairy, and the occasional fish and seafood in addition to a plant-based diet. You can expect to find almost entirely vegetarian recipes here, some of which are also vegan or gluten-free (or can easily be made that way).
Besides not eating meat, we’re really not fans of limiting ourselves in any way. We don’t count calories or carbs, and we’re not excited by things that market themselves as low-cal/low-fat/low-sugar. We eat when we’re hungry, we don’t eat when we’re not hungry, and we try our best to eat all of what we make (not necessarily in one sitting, though!).
our recipe conventions
All recipes that call for salt refer to table salt unless otherwise specified.
In our baking recipes, we provide the amounts of dry ingredients in both cups and ounces. Our recipes are almost always formulated using weight measurements, so for best results, we recommend deferring to weight. (If you don’t have a kitchen scale, we highly recommend this one.)
Some of the links on our site are affiliate links, meaning that if you click on the link and make a purchase, a small percentage of the sale will go to us. Your support helps us keep up with operating costs (domain hosting, grocery store runs) and means the world to us!
Want to get in touch with us? Our email address is emilyandnathan (at) chilesandchocolate.com.