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The Joy of Diving into Footnotes

I have enjoyed a newly discovered ‘game’ for assisting with my food and cultural studies. We all Wiki things. This would be a hard fact for any internet savvy “curioso” to deny, but I know that anyone (and everyone) uses Wikipedia as a source for answers. Even if just briefly. This makes searching for more […]

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Armchair Explorer? Internaut? Professional Student? An Aspiring Author Trying to Find Herself Without Getting Lost in the Black Hole that is The Internet.

Over the past 9 years, some more active than others, I have been on a personal journey to learn everything I can about the history, cultures, and cuisines of the world. I particularly love how dramatically all three are intertwined. Whenever I score a good regional cookbook I devour it it cover-to-cover as one might […]

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Six Month Update on Nutritional Goals with Our CFer on Trikafta

One year ago I was privileged with the ability to ‘come back home’ and again be a full time homemaker, mother, and caregiver. I had a huge list of goals that I desired to accomplish and put to ticking them off one at a time.

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Living with Cystic Fibrosis: Nutritional Changes After Beginning Trikafta

When living with Cystic Fibrosis the ideal care includes quarterly clinic visits. At at each of these appointments our son (currently 10) will be cared for by many different specialized medical staff members. His vitals are always taken by a Nurse at check-in, he always does a Pulmonary Function Test with a Respiratory Therapist, and […]

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Vanessa and Andrew

About Us

Hi! Welcome to Semiserious Chefs! We are a traveling family of three; Andrew as a web developer, myself, Vanessa, as a full-time homemaker/part-time blogger, and Nathan, a 10 year old homeschooler learning how to manage his Cystic Fibrosis. Every recipe found on this site has been created by us either in a tiny crappy apartment kitchen or an even smaller RV kitchen. That means that no matter what your own circumstances, you can cook wonderful food, too!


One of the things I love most in the world is... well... The World! I love people. I love cultures. I love the diversity of the world's cuisines, and I love bringing those flavors to my family's table. It is my dream to explore more of the US over the next few years, checking out what ingredients the locals actually cook with and what they create. I have to confess that I have a small major addiction to spices, and I love studying about their origins and what different regions of the world use for their geographic favorites.

If I had one word of encouragement it would be to never let your challenges get in the way of your dreams. Whether you are dealing with diabetes, autism, physical handicaps, or even low budget, if you desire to travel it can be done. We take CF treatments seriously but we also refuse to let CF hold our family back from seeing the world. Everyday I feel blessed to enjoy where ever we are and super excited to get where ever it is we are going.

If you would like to learn more about our journey check out our more detailed About Us page.

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About CF

Cystic Fibrosis is the genetic disorder that Nathan was diagnosed with shortly after birth. At its core is an issue of chloride and sodium (salt) balancing on a cellular level. Because if this various mucus' in the body are thicker than normal. Thick mucus in the pancreatic ducts makes digestion of fats and proteins difficult, while thick mucus in the lungs causes difficulties breathing and creates the perfect hosting ground for bacterial infections. There are also a myriad of other issues, including the body sweating much larger amounts of salt, which has historically lead to children with CF simply being known as 'Salty Babies.'


Nathan takes about 25 pill everyday for nutritional care. He does a nebulized breathing treatment and chest physiotherapy using a vibrating vest every morning and every night. This takes up about two hours of the day. There are multi hour sub-specialty clinic appointments every 3 months that always involve a thorough check-over and a very unpleasant throat culture. Once a year, or more as-needed, x-rays are taken, and blood is drawn for a full panel. If a patient has an exasperation they will go in for a 'tune-up' with a hospital stay anywhere from 10 to 30 days. We have been very fortunate to have yet to need a tune-up, but CF doesn't take vacations. It doesn't have birthdays or Christmas' off. It doesn't care if you are getting on a plane or staying in an Airbnb. It certainly doesn't care if you are living and traveling in an RV. It is unrelenting and you have to take it seriously. CF will never get better. It will only get worse.

But there is hope. Before the 1960s “Salty Babies” didn't make it to kindergarten. When Nathan was born the median life expectancy had grown to around 37 years. In the 10 years that has followed that has increased by nearly 10 more years. Not only has early screening for the disease, stronger antibiotics, specialized medications, and more Whole Person Care initiatives made major differences, but there are drugs coming down the pipeline that are being created to correct the genetic miscommunications that are happening at the cellular level. We take CF treatments seriously and don't miss those quarterly appointments, but we also refuse to let it stop us from living our dreams. We decided that now was the time and that we would do whatever we had to to make life on the road happen.

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