Hey ya’ll! My name is Joanna, and I’m a chef-wannabe mom living in Florida. I’ve been a longtime blogger (I was a mom blogger back in the day!) who decided to go full-time to share my passion, food!
I have two daughters; Kayla is 17 and Kelsie is 11. (Kelsie is the reason behind EMF) I’m married to my best friend, Zack. We’ve been together for almost 15 years.
I love to spend time with my family.
I love to cook and bake, and would give anything to go to culinary school…one day.
I love a good book. I tend to obsess over the story and characters, and 99% of the time I’m upset when the story ends. I can think of a thousand ways the story could have went on.
I love a great cup of coffee and a glass of sweet tea. (not at the same time of course)
I can eat chocolate frosting straight from the bowl, and consider it to be one of the main food groups. What, it’s not?!
Everyday Made Fresh is my idea that I came up with after Kelsie was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis in October 2013. Her diagnosis was all we needed to change our eating habits, and become more aware of what we were consuming.
Naturally after the diagnosis of EoE, you go in for allergy testing. Her first allergy test was done 2 weeks after her diagnosis. We learned that Kelsie was allergic (like most of us) to a lot of environmental components. However, we focused on the foods. We learned that she was allergic to shellfish and tree nuts. Thus our journey began.
We searched high and low for allergy friendly foods. If you go to your pantry, you’ll see how difficult our search was. We did find that organic brands were more allergy “aware”.
We read label after label every time we go to the store. Yes, it’s a daunting task, but ingredients are constantly changing. We are always on the search for new brands that she (and we) can eat. (we don’t usually eat things she can’t)
Fast forward to Spring 2014 and she was still complaining of stomach pains. Her only outward symptom of EoE. After the omission of shellfish and tree nuts, along with medication; she was not getting any better. I decided to take her to another allergist and this is where we are today.
We discovered that she was also allergic to corn, tomato, egg, pineapple, soy, oat, and sweet potato. Yikes! We eat egg, corn, and tomato all the time, or at least some form of it. Think spaghetti, pizza, salsa, baked goods, and corn syrups in most processed products.
With all that, the way we shop for and eat food has changed. It has been extremely difficult to search for recipes that were allergy friendly and not gluten free. We went on a recent cook book search at our local book store and couldn’t find one that wasn’t gluten free but allergy friendly. Shopping for products has been just as hard.
We believe in labeling all recipes and products as much as possible. We believe that the world should be a much more allergy friendly place!
**Update – As of January 2015, we have added cooked tomato products into our recipes. We also were able to start baking with eggs again!
**Update – As of January 2017, we have added corn back into Kelsie’s diet. However, she still can’t tolerate corn syrups.