About Karen

I'm a lover of strong, hot coffee and good chocolate. Homemade pizza slathered in melty cheese would be my choice of a last meal, and I am a strong believer in everything in moderation.

At one time, I claimed that you would not find kale chips on my blog. You would find homemade, full fat, full of love treats and main dishes in this space; most fairly healthy, some decidedly not so.  I'm a pretty adventurous soul and I would eat almost anything-except I'm not a fan of kale or quinoa.

That is, until January 2016, when I had a glass of red wine and then a bad asthma attack that nearly landed me in the emergency room. Over the course of the next year, I discovered that I had developed Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD) otherwise known as Samter's Triad. I also was diagnosed with severe asthma and, much to my horror, developed multiple severe food allergies to corn, wheat, soy, rice, peanuts, tree nuts, peaches and raspberries.

Turns out I shouldn't really be eating that pizza.

Chasing Tomatoes has always been the place where I shared things I had tried in my kitchen with the goal of getting other people to see that cooking really isn't that difficult and inspire them to try things in their own kitchen. That was challenged significantly when I had to throw everything I knew about how to feed myself out the window and start over (do you know how many things contain corn? EVERYTHING). After a period of mourning, and then anger because not only was I sad but OMG HUNGRY all the time, I think I finally have a handle on things and have figured out enough that I can start sharing again.

You're not going to find any weird diets, fads, or pseudo medical advice here. I believe in real food and following a medical doctor's advice. I will do a little writing on allergies, asthma and AERD for information sake, but I'm not a doctor and I will never profess to have a cure.

Any products suggested are going to be ones that I have personally bought and tried myself. As with all allergies, you are responsible to read labels and/or make phone calls to see if those products are safe for you.

My hope is still that you will be inspired to try things in your kitchen, whether you struggle with allergies or you just want to try something new. The focus here is always going to be good food-for everyone!

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