March 29, 2014

About Me


My name is Alise, and I’m a firm believer in a few key things:

  • Tater tots are a food group.
  • Our thighs will probably always be jiggly, so the sooner we embrace that fact, the better.
  • A glass of wine alone is sometimes but not always > than a glass of wine with friends, because a glass of wine with friends is > the sum of its parts. (Math?)

Hailing from a very small town north of Chicago but south of Milwaukee, I’m a Midwestern girl at heart; The tater-tot-casserole-loving, long-winter-enjoying, diehard-Chicago-Cubs-fan kind of girl. Moving to the East Coast has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it’s already proving to be a different kind of adventure.

When I’m not at work, I’m probably bending into yoga poses, attempting to conquer another recipe, or diving into a new book. I’m currently reading “Present Over Perfect” by Shauna Neiquist. 

This is a personal blog where I write mostly to keep myself on a deadline and to explore writing in different ways and avenues. Mostly, I just really like sharing recipes and hot takes.

Where does the blog’s name come from? 

Carol is the name of my maternal grandmother, and it reminds me of the many strong, creative women who paved the way before me. She was a painter, a mother, a wife, and a fantastic powerhouse of inspiration. So that’s how you get “maryalisecarol.” (My full name is Mary Alise.)

You can reach me via gmail with any questions, thoughts, or comments:

So nice to meet you!