Hi, I’m Kelly and I’m so happy you’re here!
Your family, friends & all of us with food sensitivities are really lucky to have you as part of our tribe. Not everyone will take the time to learn about cooking for food sensitivities, and I for one am truly grateful that it matters to you.
It can be really challenging to dine out with any confidence or enthusiasm when you have food sensitivities. And when you have multiple foods you need to avoid, more often than not the only ‘safe’ option to eat off a menu is a simple salad. Which, let’s face it, is hardly a meal and definitely not something to do cartwheels over.
My aim is to help you safely prepare 8SAFE recipes that all of your guests can enjoy. I hope that by removing the stress for everyone involved, we will all sit comfortably around the same table again. Enjoying not only nourishment — but the love, laughter and community that goes along with it.
If you’re a professional chef: Let’s talk! Find out how we can work together to create 8SAFE options to offer your guests.
If you’re a home cook: I invite you to explore the 8SAFE Recipe Box, 8SAFE Recipes Around the Web, and/or 8SAFE Recipes Found in Cookbooks and see if I can change your mind about ‘allergy-free’ cooking. Then invite your loved ones with food sensitivities over for dinner — THEY WILL ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOU FOR IT!
And if you have food sensitivities: I invite you to share this site with family, friends, and maybe even your favorite local eatery — because the more people who can safely cook for us, the better! (Plus, can you imagine enjoying a meal that’s been prepared by someone else?? Cue the angels singing!!!)
And in case you’re wondering…
My education includes graduating as a Certified Holistic Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2013; the Food as Medicine Program with Dr. James S. Gordon and staff of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine; and the Therapeutic Elimination Diets program through the Integrative & Functional Nutrition Academy.
I’ve been living a low/no sugar diet since 1985 (don’t do the math!). In 2012 I discovered my sensitivities to gluten, egg, dairy, and soy; and in 2014 learned that beef and pineapple are not my friends either. As if that weren’t enough, I’m also currently avoiding spicy foods, tomatoes, chocolate, citrus fruit, caffeine, & alcohol as well, thanks to a diagnosis of Paroxysmal Laryngospasm & Silent GERD in January 2019.
Truth be told, avoiding these ingredients isn’t always easy — but is absolutely worth it.
I personally photograph all my recipes and product photos, but the girl behind the camera for my professional photos is the amazing Alicia Bruce. Many thanks to her for turning awkward moments into magic. :)