Name: Karen Humphrey

Blog name and URL: Chasing Tomatoes and Notes From the Cookie Jar

Where were you born? Kamloops, BC

Where are you living now? Chilliwack, BC

Why did you start your blog?  Chasing Tomatoes started mostly as a place to store recipes for my step-daughter, who lives in Calgary. I began blogging at Notes From the Cookie Jar out of curiosity and because I loved to write, and eventually Chasing Tomatoes became a food blog in its own right.

How did you decide on your blog name?  Being involved with Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, I wanted something that reflected my search for real, unprocessed food. One day my husband and I were traveling through the Fraser Valley on our motorcycle and I saw fields and fields of fresh produce, and thought of Chasing Tomatoes.

What do you blog about? I write the recipes that my family has been enjoying, articles about cooking with kids, farms and markets in the Fraser Valley, and other food related topics.

What post are you most proud of and why?  I’m really proud of the lemon bars post. lemon bar

For years, I had tried very hard to find a lemon bar recipe that fit my strict criteria of not too sweet or sour, just enough filling, etc. It wasn’t until I tasted lemon bars that a parent of a girl I was working with made, and I hunted the teenager down and begged her, in front of all her friends, to give me the recipe. Sweet victory!

Which post do you wish received more love and why?  My raspberry chocolate pistachio biscotti is amazing.


People pay all sorts of money to have biscotti in a fancy coffee place and little do they know, it’s really easy to just bake your own and add in all sorts of different flavours!

Which post’s success surprised you and why?  I’ve been surprised by how well the Beef and Bean burritos have done.

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beef burrito

It’s been featured in The Metro and on Yummy Mummy Club. It really is a go to recipe at my house, for those nights when I don’t feel like cooking. I came up with it one night just out of my head, and now I make them often and keep a bunch in the freezer for emergencies. When you have a hungry teenager to feed, there’s always a food emergency.

What is one (non-kitchen) gadget you can’t live without?  Honestly, I’m very much a low tech gal. I only got my first smart phone recently, and use a laptop, but could live without it. I think if I had to pick something, I’d say my camera. I love to take photos of the adventures my family is having.

What is one kitchen gadget you can’t live without?  My microplane. It was a gift from a very dear friend, and I use it all the time.

Favourite food, care to share a recipe?  Ever since I was a kid, I have loved a good, homemade, cheesy pizza.  I’ve tried all kinds of recipes but this one is my favourite!


Pizza is a huge hit in our house, and I not only love eating it, I love all the different kinds we can create, too.

What else should we know about you that may or not be in your “About Me” page?  You would never know that I’m also a certified scuba diver and at one time, my family owned a dive shop and ran a diving boat business here in BC.

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