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Hi, I’m Tina and welcome to Scaling Back!  I am a self-taught cook and photographer living in Portland, Oregon.  Over the last few years both my husband and son have developed some severe food sensitivities and allergies, so this blog is a chronicle of my attempts to recreate allergy-free versions of their favorite foods.

I try to find a balance between healthy and indulgent and I believe that everything is okay in moderation.  I eat mainly whole foods, based on what I find in season at my local farmers market.  I consider food one of life’s biggest pleasures, and I love cooking for my loved ones and friends.  I hope that I can inspire you to fall in love with your kitchen and make the time you spend there pleasurable and effortless.

This blog is also space for me to share my downsizing experience with you.  A year ago, while wandering through a house that was too big for my family, filled with things I didn’t care much about, I realized that it was time for a fresh start.  I took the leap, and we moved into a small house without a garage or basement.  For us, it was a realistic and dramatic difference that required us to discard, donate and gift more than 75% of our possessions.  Simplifying has given me the opportunity to spend more time doing the things I love.

Thank you for visiting the site.  I’d love to hear from you!  Please leave a comment, send me an email,  or connect with me on social media.  And if you make a recipe I’d love to hear how it turned out for you.  Snap a picture and tag it #scalingback on Instagram.