We are Amanda and Joe
the husband and wife foodies with a passion for cooking. We both grew up in New York but moved to New Jersey in April of 2019!
What originally started as a class project quickly turned into a fun hobby and creative outlet for us. This 'A+' project has now evolved into a lifestyle journal about living with food allergies, our experiences, personal adventures, and many, many recipes!
Amanda's Food Allergy Story
I was diagnosed with multiple food allergies at a very young age, thus starting my food allergy journey. It all began with my diagnosed allergies to dairy, meat, and shellfish, later adding corn, coconut, and selected nuts, then escalating my restriction list to most of the top 8 major food allergens and a diagnosis of Intestinal Candidiasis.
Now having to navigate this new dietary lifestyle, I turned to my website as a form of comfort to express myself and document what I was going through. With the many blogs and recipes developed, I transformed the website into my resource for food allergy-living. I have learned a lot along the way and hope my words or recipes can help someone else suffering from similar reactions.
Eating is typically a simple task for most people but can be scary and painful for those within the food allergy community. When I was first diagnosed with food allergies in the early 90s, food allergies were not as culturally common or easy to navigate. Unlike today, there wasn't the internet, weren't many cookbooks available, and weren't as many brands dedicated to food restrictions. While there are many options and resources today, I still face difficulties with my niche allergies, such as corn, coconut, nutmeg, and nightshades.
All the struggles I have faced over my lifetime, the stories I have accumulated, are what I keep in mind as I build and grow the site. I hope that sharing my experiences and publishing our recipes can help someone else, whether for themselves or their loved ones.
Our Recipes and Blogs
Almost all of the recipes developed for the page are free from gluten, corn, soy, nuts, dairy, shellfish, coconut, and nightshades, as well as chemical additives, food preservatives, and artificial flavors. Some recipes are even tailored to be flexible, including modifications or alternative ingredients for different dietary needs.
Along with our recipe options, we also share blogs about our everyday life. These blogs can range from managing food allergies and health-related conditions I face, such as eczema, asthma, Intestinal Candidia, anxiety, and depression, as well as blogs about being a homeowner, wedding planning, vacations, and fun stories about our relationship. This variety of blogs is to show you that, despite allergies being a major component in my life, I don't allow my restrictions to hold me back. I want to show that even though my body has limits, doesn't mean everything I want to do is off-limits.
I've lived with this immune disease for the majority of my life, so I feel as if I have an abundance of experience I can share with you. I hope that at least one of our blogs or recipes can help you. I also invite you to contact me if you have any questions about something you read or just want to chat about what you are going through.
Joe's Food Allergy Husband Story
Food allergies were not something I had to ever deal with firsthand. I knew people who had food allergies, but they either didn't have serious challenges with them or weren't allergic to major allergens found in everything. I didn't truly understand the extent of living with life-threatening food allergies until I met Amanda.
It was an adjustment at first, not only for myself but for my family as well. It was a new lifestyle we had to quickly take on and manage when having Amanda around. I was a victim to the mindset of "if you are allergic to that, just don't eat it". During this adjustment process, I learned it is so much harder than just avoiding an ingredient.
While learning how to manage life around Amanda's food allergies, I quickly learned some key things like how we just couldn't go out to eat without doing research and calling restaurants beforehand, checking all ingredient labels of new and old products, that I couldn't kiss Amanda if I ate something she was allergic to, and that I needed to communicate with my family a lot more before gatherings to make sure it would be safe for Amanda.
I also had to learn how to cook differently. Something that bonded Amanda and me together was our love for cooking. Even with my intermediate cooking skills, I had a lot to learn about cooking for food allergies.
At the beginning of our relationship, we made it a tradition that we'd always spend our Sundays together, cooking up something new, enhancing my ability to cook food allergy recipes. When we would share our dishes online, we quickly noticed how many people would request the recipe, thus sparking The Sunday Cookbook tab!
Here, you will find a collection of appetizers, meal prep lunches, dinner entrees, and sweet desserts. We invite you to grab a loved one, find a recipe, and create a perfect food allergy-friendly meal for two.
My Food Allergy Mom
Behind every food allergy kid, there is a dedicated, supportive, and strong Food Allergy parent! I cannot be more grateful for all the efforts my mom put into my food allergy journey. That is why I am very excited for you to get to know her too! Meet Momma Mac through her recipes and blogs that you can find on the Momma Mac's Cooking Corner tab.
Thank you for being here, for cooking with us, and for following along on our journey!
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