Welcome to The Panicked Foodie!
I’m Dr. Ashley, a trained Ph.D. scientist that loves to experiment with food. I grew up in central New York and received my BS degree in physics and chemical engineering from Clarkson, and my Ph.D. from Cornell in chemical engineering. I started The Panicked Foodie in 2017 after becoming disabled due to chronic illness. The food blog has been therapeutic and has helped me start to heal. It also gives me purpose. What started as a hobby, has grown into something more than I imagined.
Over the past several years, my diet has been all over the place as I attempt to find a diet that works for me and helps me feel my best. And my blog sort of reflects that. I think a lot of people go through a similar journey on their quest to wellness, and so I wanted to capture that in my recipes. Diets that I have tried out include vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, keto, and a low copper diet. I really mean it when I say there is a little something here for everyone! The one constant variable though, is that nearly all baking and desserts will be both vegan AND gluten-free. Creating desserts and baking is my strength, and so I wanted to create these types of recipes because I know it can be a struggle. Especially for those of us with a sweet tooth!
For meals though, a lot of them are meat based. I have broken up my categories so that you should never see them if you don’t want to. I have broken up the main dishes by diet, omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan. At this time, I have to keep meat in my diet for several health reasons. But I will continue to work in the vegetarian and vegan spaces for meals, as I am able to.
Blogging has not only helped me to start healing, but I have discovered a possible career path that works within my limitations. Working from home allows me to craft an environment in which I can thrive while giving me the time and space to deal with flare-ups from my chronic illness. I’m also able to take time off from my food blog when needed. You will likely notice that I post very infrequently, and am sometimes gone for months at a time. But don’t worry! My blog is not going anywhere. I just needed an extended absence to deal with my health.
When I am not working on my blog or sick, you can find me playing video games, reading a book, getting some exercise or enjoying nature close to my home.
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy my recipes! If there’s something you are interested in seeing on my blog, please reach out to me through my contact form or reach out to me on social media.