• Alex Snodgrass's Pantry •

All photos by  Jessica Quadra

All photos by Jessica Quadra

Like any good Texan, Alex Snodgrass’s approach in her Dallas kitchen is big, bold, and heavily spiced. But her blog The Defined Dish really owes its cult following to her balanced, relatable approach—Alex’s cherished arsenal of feel-good foods paves the way for her gut-friendly, homestyle cooking. For example: instead of relying on plain ol’ soy sauce for her beef bulgogi recipe, the mom of two little ones DIYs her own Whole 30-compliant version with coconut aminos and fish sauce. As a certified grocery store buff, she also knows how to keep a well-stocked larder; you’ll never catch Alex without her “secret weapon” anchovies, her treasure trove of hot sauces, or a bottle of immuno-supportive elderberry syrup in the fridge. Read on for more about Alex’s love for all things Ina Garten, how growing up in a small Texas town with no restaurants made her a great cook, and the vibe-y playlist she jams to while making dinner.

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Her style

  • “My style is simple, yet elevated. I love the simple, white, sleek kitchen but I feel like I’ve given it my own touch by adding little knick knacks and art here and there to give it character.

  • I like to keep my food simple, yet elevate it using big, bold flavors and spices to prevent food boredom and to give it some pizazz!

  • I find my inspiration everywhere! Through travel, trying new restaurants and cuisines, reading magazines and books, watching TV shows and of course, via social media and online. I also am so inspired and learn so much from my mom and mother-in-law, they are both fantastic cooks with two completely different styles.

Markets & shopping

  • This is tricky--I feel like I am the crazy woman that hits up 3-4 grocery stores a week. My favorite, more traditional spots in Dallas are Central Market, Whole Foods, and Natural Grocers. As far as fun, local spots-- Jimmy’s Food Store is the most fabulous and authentic Italian market there ever was! I just adore it.

Fridge must-haves

Pantry staples


  • Lemon press

    Meat mallet

  • Made In Knife, Y Peeler

  • Silicone ball whisk (I love it because it doesn’t scratch your cookware!)

  • Curious Chef Nylon Knife so that my littles can cook with me and learn early knife skills while staying safe

  • Poultry shears

  • Microplane for zesting!



  • I love collecting cookbooks; however, I really don’t use them for cooking. Growing up in a small town without restaurants nearby, I learned the art of homecooking very young from my Mother and Grandmother. I do have some favorite cookbooks though that I think are beautiful and delicious!

  • What’s Gaby Cooking by Gaby Dalkin

  • The Home Cook by Alex Gaurnaschelli

  • Dining In by Alison Roman

  • Party-Perfect Bites by Milli Taylor

  • It’s All Easy by Gwenyth Paltrow

  • Oh, and ANYTHING by Ina Garten.”

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