she cooks…he cleans

Real food, gluten-free meals, and eclectic music!


Some people eat to live, and others live to eat.  I don’t think we have to address which group I fall into.  I really enjoy food…good food…and for most of my life I’ve happily consumed much delicious fare without concern for where it came from or what it might do to my health.  I don’t want to get all preachy here, or too science-y – but I would be remiss to start this food blog without some introduction to our food philosophy!  Here goes!

We started out this blog basing our meals on the principles of the primal diet, also sometimes referred to as paleo, low-carb or the “caveman diet” .  It makes sense to us from an evolutionary standpoint to eat foods were available to the early humans – namely meat, seafood, fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds.  One could say the focal point of this eating plan is avoiding sugars and grains, particularly grains that contain gluten.  Although neither of us has been diagnosed as gluten-intolerant, we know that we feel better for giving it up.  Although we have not completely given up all grains, we do try to be restrained in our consumption of rice and anything with corn (organic/non-GMO polenta, cornmeal, etc.).

The Perfect Health Diet  (graphic from

The Perfect Health Diet (graphic from

More recently, I heard about the Perfect Health Diet.  I think this is a more accurate representation of how we eat, since it includes rice and the “pleasure foods” that we’ve never seen fit to give up.  When making long-term dietary choices, it makes no sense to absolutely deny yourself foods that make you happy.  Life is short, after all.  Who wants to spend it without decadent dark chocolate, paella, cheesy goodness, Pinot noir, and roasted nuts?

Labels aside, this blog is about eating real food – not food in packages with nutritional labels, or heating instructions, or that you see advertised on t.v.   Quality counts, a lot!  Meat and eggs from pasture-raised animals are not only better for you, but better for the environment.  It only takes common sense to realize that ingesting pesticides found on conventionally grown fruits and vegetables can’t be good for you in the long run.  Supporting local farmers, when you can, helps the local economy and reduces food transportation costs.  (We’d like to grow our own vegetables, but with my black thumb for gardening, we would soon starve.)

So, in a nutshell:

  • Eat fresh, organic produce when possible
  • Eat certified organic meats/eggs, preferably from animals that were pasture-raised and treated humanely.
  • Avoid artificial ingredients, processed foods, high-fructose corn syrup, GMO, etc.
  • Simply-prepared foods are the best and let the flavor of the food shine!
  • Enjoy your life and your food!

I hope you enjoy the recipes and the music!  Thanks for visiting!


I’m the “He Cleans” portion of the show, and my role is part taste tester, part wine opener, and DJ. While Nancy tempts your taste buds with her excellent skills at the stove, I’ll provide the soundtrack for the meal and who knows what else.

So, if the kitchen’s a rockin’…you’ve found the right place! Hope you’re hungry!



32 comments on “About

  1. Steve
    February 19, 2011

    Hi there Nancy & James!

    My name is Steve Walters and I recently started blogging at, which is currently being updated with recipes, but in the next few months will be my vehicle for covering the food and restaurant scene in Bangkok Thailand.

    I am now in the process of meeting as many food bloggers as I can and I found your site recently and was pretty impressed. I’ve added your site to my Foodie Blogs list here: and would also like to add you to my blogroll.

    If you could add my site to your blogroll and write back to let me know it has been added I will add you to mine as well and the exchange would be greatly appreciated!

    As you might imagine I am very excited to get moved to Bangkok and get started on covering the food scene there as I feel it is an area that isn’t well covered by English speaking bloggers. I plan on adding loads of great reviews, pictures and even video and will be holding contests as well. It should be fun, entertaining and informative for everyone that visits.

    Thank you so much in advance for adding me to your blogroll and I look forward to reading your posts (I’ve subscribed!) and maybe even featuring some of your own posts as I do plan on a weekly roundup of Thai themed recipes and posts from other food bloggers.

    Warm regards,

    P.S. If you are on Twitter I would love to have you as a follower and I follow back:

    • slyrooster
      March 18, 2013

      As you’ve discovered, I’m a new blogger at “Musings of a Sly Rooster.” I truly enjoy your recipes (Lemon Garlic Shrimp over Cauliflower Mash is an absolute favorite) and appreciate your food philosophy. I look forward to future collaborations!

      • She cooks...He cleans
        March 18, 2013

        Thank you, Sly Rooster! I read some of your posts already and enjoyed them….particularly the one about your “gluten-free” relatives. ha! I’m glad you don’t hold it against us that we try to be gluten-free. 🙂

  2. Megan
    May 29, 2011

    Hi! I just found your blog on tastespotting and I have recently started taking my family’s diet ‘back to the basics’ and I just heard about olive oil turning to a trans fat when heated I noticed your food pyramid says no cooking with the olive oil – I cannot find any documentation on this. I assume that is why YOU don’t cook with it? Could you give me any information on this and/or sources? I typically like to get my info from the Weston A. Price foundation and I am very excited about this journey in food – I also LOVE food and am excited to do some more looking around on your website. Thanks so much

    • Nancy
      May 29, 2011

      Hi Megan!

      Thanks for the comment and thoughtful question.
      To be truthful, I do cook quite a bit with olive oil. I try to use coconut oil and fats from good meats as much as possible, but sometimes I’ll mix them with olive oil in the pan. Also when I roast vegetables in the oven, it is usually olive oil that I use to coat them – mostly because it is more convenient and I like the results.

      There seems to be a lot of controversy about the extent and significance of oxidative damage caused by heating olive oil. I take solace in this article from Mark’s Daily Apple, at He says:

      “Let’s put it to rest – olive oil, especially good quality virgin olive oil with all the phenolics intact, is decently resistant to heat-incurred oxidative damage and a great addition to your diet. And if you’re worried about exposure damage, adding a bit of vitamin E to olive oil seems to reduce oxidation. (…) Keep your intake moderate, don’t use it as a frying staple, choose the good stuff, and try to use it mostly at room temperature. I find that the culinary benefits of extra virgin olive oil (the taste, the pepperiness, the subtle depth) and the nutritional benefits (the phenolics, primarily) become heightened when added at room temperature (or at the most gently warmed) to dishes. I love butter and ghee and coconut oil as much as anyone, but the undercurrent of fear surrounding the exposure of olive oil to slightly elevated temperatures and to oxygen is unfounded and, in my opinion, misguided.”

      You can probably find more information there, if you’re interested in exploring his links and sources for the cited studies.

      Thanks again for visiting…hope you enjoy the website!


  3. Dave
    July 11, 2011

    Greetings… I was looking for your email address. Would you mind passing it on


    • Nancy
      July 11, 2011

      Hi Dave!

      Our email is: There’s a link over on the sidebar ————->

      I just noticed it didn’t stand out very well, so I added larger font.


  4. tracie
    September 20, 2011

    Hi–very excited about your site. I stumbled on it last night via Serious Eats. About 6 weeks ago I cut out most carbohydrates from my diet. A year and a half ago my husband and I began eating only local meats. We purchase as much local produce as we can, and local cheese too. We haven’t really subscribed to gluten-free or paleo, but are simply trying to eat in a way that makes sense to us. Your approach seems very similar to ours. I’m excited to look through your recipes and pick up some tips!

    • She cooks...He cleans
      September 26, 2011

      Hi there! We’re glad you found us, and hope you enjoy the recipes! We feel better after cutting out the wheat, but still like our cream, butter, cheese, and wine…I don’t think there’s a name for that approach yet. We just try to eat the best we can! Thanks for the comment!

  5. fairflavors
    September 24, 2011

    I just found your blog through chowstalker. I really, really like it. Very nice recipes and it’s a bonus that it’s all primal. It’s always nice to find people who share my love for good recipes and food philosophy 🙂

    I will definitely visit more often. Thanks for sharing!

    • She cooks...He cleans
      September 26, 2011

      Thanks for the support on the food philosophy – after spending the weekend out of town, with people giving me strange looks about not eating bread at every meal – I could use it!

      Hope you continue to enjoy the blog!

  6. Eleen Lee
    December 12, 2011

    Very very nice food blog. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. sindylee12
    January 26, 2013

    Found you when looking for a coconut flour pancake recipe. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Thanks for writing!

  9. Lead Our Lives
    February 17, 2013

    Thanks to a mutual friend/blogger, Ms. Neverfrychickenwhenyourenaked, I’ve now found you here and on Facebook. I have perused a few of your recipes and am hooked! Looking forward to your inspiration in the kitchen, from the turntable and the “he cleans” part of this blog. I am the cook, cleaner and DJ at my house! So excited to have found you!

    • She cooks...He cleans
      February 17, 2013

      Isn’t Ms. Neverfrychickenwhenyourenaked wonderful? I really appreciate her for bringing me to your attention – and also appreciate your comment here for bringing YOU to my attention. I’ve been enjoying your inspiring posts on facebook for a while, but never got around to following your blog. That has been corrected now! Thank you for stopping by. ~Nancy

      • Lead Our Lives
        February 17, 2013

        Thanks, Nancy. I am honored to know that you’ve read some of my posts. I am looking forward to trying your recipes, since I’ve found my way back into the kitchen to play in my food!! Gluten free now, I’m anxious to do even more with veggies, fruits and meats!! 😉

  10. Amanda Riva (@TheHotPlate)
    February 25, 2013

    Hi Nancy!

    First, let me introduce myself. My name is Amanda Riva and I am the Owner & Co-Founder of The Hot Plate ( I found your blog and could not stop drooling over the photos! The Hot Plate is a free community for the hungriest Food Lovers on the web, and I’d love to have you share your recipes with us!

    The Hot Plate has lots of ways for you to promote and share your recipes with thousands of Food Lovers across the world! Now you can:

    – Promote your recipes and blog by submitting them to our THP Loved Photo Section (if you use Foodgawker and Tastespotting you know the drill)

    – Be part of the webs fastest growing community of hand picked Food Lovers

    If you have any questions or comments do not hesitate to let me know!

    Happy Cooking,

  11. Kari Andrikopoulos
    March 19, 2013

    Do you have a recipie for fried chicken?
    Love your site

  12. Hi there! I noticed you stopped by my blog, and I just wanted to thank you for coming by – I really appreciate it! Feel free to stop in any time, and I hope you continue to like what you see 🙂

    • She cooks...He cleans
      April 29, 2013

      Hi Stephanie –
      I enjoyed browsing your blog and I have bookmarked some things to revisit too! The photography and recipes are beautiful! 🙂

  13. Gena
    November 10, 2013

    Just want to let you know that I enjoy your blog, particularly the graphics on this page and the photography. Come on over and check out my blog too if you’d like!

  14. misha
    November 21, 2013

    hi nancy, i really really like your blog. strangely, i really enjoy it because i am specifically not paleo and have no desire in ever switching over from my carb-riddled diet. i’ll explain.

    your blog gave me a little bit of hope. lately, a lot of my friends have gone paleo, and they are a little bit rabid about it. they literally insist on eating nothing but roast pork belly or bacon for almost every meal. it makes it impossible for me to invite them for dinner parties, and eating out in restaurants has become nigh impossible.

    it is nice to see that you guys are paleo, but polite and understanding that not everyone is or should be. thank you for that. i’ll definitely stop in time to time to see what you guys are up to.

  15. She cooks...He cleans
    November 22, 2013

    Hi Misha! We appreciate that not everyone can commit to giving up yummy, yummy, delicious bread…especially the crusty type dipped in olive oil, or flaky biscuits…. Ok, I’m having a hard time right now, gotta snap out of it.

    We’re not so much paleo, but we are freaks about quality ingredients. However, I think that enjoying life and not alienating everyone around you is more important than adhering to some regimen (unless it is truly medically necessary). Sometimes you have to eat that chicken casserole that your mother made, even when you know it has chicken from a bad lifestyle in it, and the vegetables aren’t even close to organic, and (gasp) it might have bread crumbs on it.

    By the way, just followed your blog. Love your writing – -had me smiling before I even finished my first cup of coffee!

  16. dedy oktavianus pardede
    August 6, 2014

    you guys are awesome, i hope i found my kitchen partner of crimes later on,
    but i guess it’s calle hecooksshecleans, lol
    nice to find your blog, keep sharing and inspiring!!!

  17. Terry
    July 26, 2015

    This weekend we came home with our 1/4 side of grass fed beef, in our order was a tri-tip. I’ve never made a tri-tip before and we just made your marinated tri-tip recipe and OMG it was delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipes. I’m excited to try some of your others.

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  19. Teresa Alesia
    February 25, 2018

    Hi Nancy, I found your recipes on Pinterest and can’t wait to try them! I’m a diabetes educator for children with diabetes. I volunteer with Slamdunk (a basketball camp for children with diabetes). I’m always looking for help tips to share with parents and children. Hoping that you’re still posting.

    • She cooks...He cleans
      February 25, 2018

      Hi Teresa! I’m sorry to say that it has been a LONG time since I posted anything new. However, you never know. I’m still around and might find time to keep up with posting again. Hope you enjoy the site!

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