Hello! Welcome to my kitchen and thanks for visiting!
I’m Chelsey, the recipe developer, author and photographer behind the Saucy Fig.
If I don’t love it, I don’t swallow” ~ Ratatouille
My #1 Rule for my recipes is: MUST BE DELICIOUS. Period. However, with that said, I do strongly believe in cooking fresh, healthy, whole foods that taste as delicious as they are good for you. I’m an avid supporter of moderation in all things and love my occasional indulgences.
My goal in creating the Saucy Fig is to make cooking delicious food achievable for everyone – regardless of food allergies, restrictions or diet preferences.
When I married Nate in 2010, my cooking world changed dramatically due to his food allergies. Suddenly, I could no longer cook with gluten, dairy or refined sugars. That’s true love right there folks! However, when some doors close, others open. I found a new love for cooking fresh whole foods, as well as experimenting with ingredients to adapt my favorite comfort recipes such as homemade chicken pot pie, fettuccini alfredo, or strawberry cheesecake.
While you’ll find that most of my recipes are free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugars, I do still love to cook and bake for friends and family. Therefore, you’ll find recipes for anyone and everyone here at the Saucy Fig.
I was always in the kitchen—even as a child. Whether it was face painting with pumpkin pie or up to my elbows in homemade applesauce, I was there in the thick of it. Our love for creating (and eating!) delicious food brought us together as a family, and some of my most cherished traditions revolved around the kitchen and dining room table.
Years later, I’m still continuing to build traditions in the kitchen with my own children. My husband and I currently live in Oregon with our three year-old son and one year-old twin girls. We love berry picking at local farms, exploring farmers markets, and bringing our treasures back to the kitchen to create our next meal together.
- Before starting our family I taught elementary school in Houston, TX.
- Favorite foods include but are not limited to:
- pasta with pesto sauce
- tacos (in all varieties – I do not discriminate)
- any dessert involving chocolate and berries – preferably raspberry sauce.
- Favorite activities include reading, anything outdoors, and weekend trips to the Oregon coast with my family.
Inspiration for the Name
The Saucy Fig was inspired by a beloved fig tree that was in our backyard growing up. I come from a family of 5 girls and some of my most cherished memories with my sisters were made in that tree. Our backyard was full of fruit trees – apples, peaches, pears, apricots, cherries, plums, and lots and lots of pomegranate trees (19 to be exact). However, the fig tree was always our favorite. Not necessarily because of the fruit, but because it was enormous with perfect branches for climbing. We’d bounce, swing and climb for hours in that tree. It was the set for endless imagination. In the summer we’d hang our pool towels from its branches and lounge while eating popsicles. In the winter we’d sit in the tree eating pomegranate seeds by the handfuls. After going to college, our tree eventually got so big that it split down the middle and had to be removed. Possibly one of the saddest days of my life. However, it has been the center of my childhood play, my love for food, and now represents my ongoing endeavor to share that love for food with you.