Hi! My name is Sam.

I am 25 years old, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and I’m currently residing in the sunny state of Florida ☀️

I was first diagnosed with a peanut and tree nut allergy when I was 15. At the age of 22 (after a few new reactions), I got re-tested and also showed skin prick test positives for shellfish and peas. In December of 2020, I started having a lot of throat-feels-like-it-is-closing, hives, difficulty swallowing, and stomach problem reactions to almost every meal. I went back to my allergist for a new skin prick test which showed a whole array of new positives. A follow-up blood test also showed new IGE sensitivity to a whole long list of new foods (which, weirdly, didn’t quite match the skin prick test).

Now that I have some answers from the test results, I am currently avoiding peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, wheat, nightshades (specifically bell peppers, paprika, & potatoes), peas, squashes, the mint family (specifically basil & thyme), vanilla, cherries/other stonefruit, and garlic.

This blog is to document the “Sam Safe” recipes that have worked for me throughout these changes. I’ve really come to love the creative process that comes with my dietary restrictions, and I hope that you find some joy from it too!

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