About Me


Perry Fam 2015-28I’m Natalie.

I’m passionate about keeping my family healthy. And feeding my kids things other than pancakes. (We really love pancakes. This is tough sometimes.)

I’ve been married to a chiropractor-and-wellness-expert husband for 12 years. Steve (yes, we love Journey jokes) is still my very best friend, my go-to guy for all things health-related, and my favorite taste tester. He also takes photos when we do excursion posts (Like when we went to Moab) and helps out with the accounting part of Perry’s Plate. He’s a huge help and so supportive!

Oh, and he loves salads. How did I luck out?

I have three little ladies who are my kitchen helpers, currently 9, 7, and 4. They can all crack eggs by themselves and name over a dozen types of produce. (My eldest can now make crepes — completely unassisted. My dreams have come true.)

I also have a squishy little man who joined our family in March 2015. He’s affectionately known as #babylukedanes on my Instagram feed. (It’s a long, Gilmore Girls-related story.)

They all keep me on my toes all day and remind me why becoming a mother was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. We try to have dinner together every night as a family — one of the most important things I learned growing up.

We’re recent transplants to the Reno-Tahoe, NV, area, and we like it here a lot.


As a family we lean toward the paleo end of the spectrum, and we feel our best when we do. We’re not fanatical about it, though, and will never turn down cookies on our doorstep. It hasn’t always been that way and you may notice it in the older recipes on my site. (Here’s why.) If you’re interesting in making positive changes to your diet, but not quite ready for a paleo plunge, try reading my Staying Whole in a Processed World series.

We’re also big fans of farmers’ markets and Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA). If you subscribe to a CSA and are wondering what to do with that big box of veg every week, see my CSA Wednesday Series for recipe ideas!


I started Perry’s Plate in Feb 2008 as a way to easily access and share our most favorite recipes, and it has blossomed into something that I never expected — a creative outlet for myself and a community of supportive friends and food-lovers.

I contributed to Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen Blog for five years and now contribute to Pioneer Woman: Food & Friends. I also finished writing a cookbook at the end of 2016 that will be published Spring 2017. (EEK!) It’s called The Big Book of Paleo Slow Cooking, and you can read more about that here: About the Book.

My work has been featured in other places such as Bon Appetit (online), Glamour (online), ABCNews (online), BuzzFeed, HuffPost Food, Gourmet (online), LDS Living (print and online) and Clean Eating Magazine (print and online).


I’m also a self-taught photographer and unless otherwise noted, have taken all of the photos on Perry’s Plate. As of February 2010 I use a Canon 30D and a fixed 50mm f/1.8 lens for all of my photos. As of June 2016 I use a Canon 6D and a 100mm 2.8L macro lens for all of my food photos.

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I love and appreciate all of my readers. Without you, this blog would be a very lonely place. So thank you for giving me a little of your time and attention — I will continue to send you tasty bites from our plate! Feel free to contact me at perrysplate [at] gmail [dot] com or use the contact form with any suggestions, questions, or comments. I’d love to hear from you!

I love, LOVE to connect on social media. You can find me on Instagram (my favorite), Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Drop over and say hi!

Disclaimer: The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child’s condition.

Photos courtesy of the fabulous Casey Zweifel of CZ Photography.