About Me

I like peaches.
I like cake.
I like summers at the lake!
-Megan, age 5 Meg Opel

Welcome to Peaches & Cake!

I’m Meg and this is where I share my crowd-pleasing recipes and entertaining tips. I think that inviting people into your home is the most intimate act of kindness, and my all-time favorite thing to do is to have great conversation with family and friends over a bottle of wine and a home-cooked, candlelit dinner. You can find my tips on how to host a killer dinner party here.

Personally, I follow the paleo and primal lifestyle of eating whole, unprocessed foods. I started eating and living this way after discovering the Whole30 in Fall 2012, and I have never felt or performed better in my life. I still keep all my old recipes on my site because they’re part of who I am and my evolution as a cook, and I’ve tagged each recipe appropriately so you can distinguish between them. So no, I do not really eat much “cake” anymore as my blog title might suggest, but I definitely do enjoy wine, ice cream, parmesan cheese, and dark chocolate when the time feels right!

Eating paleo is a completely personal decision and I don’t force my family, my dinner party guests, or my blog readers to eat any certain way. Since I am a foodie and I love to develop recipes for dinner parties, you may find posts from time to time that feature ingredients like pastured dairy products, wine, white rice, potatoes, or organic corn. In general, when I’m entertaining, I like to make food for all to enjoy so that each person can make their own decisions and feel comfortable.

I’m 27 and live in River Forest, Illinois with my super-darling husband who is a dermatology resident. We both graduated from Cornell in upstate New York. You can find pictures and a film from our July 2011 wedding here.

When I’m not dreaming up recipes for the blog or hosting dinner parties, I’m working full-time for my family’s dermatology practice, squeezing my buns at The Dailey Method, hiking, antiquing, crafting, playing with my golden retriever Nell, or spending time with my six siblings at my family’s lake home in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (the lake mentioned in the poem above).

Please feel free to contact me with comments and questions. I am also available for personal chef and dinner party delivery services in the Chicago and southeastern Wisconsin area. For more information, click here.

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