About Jessica Beth Levhofer

Jessica Beth Levhofer blogs at jessicabeth.net about navigating food choices in Southern California with a focus on environmentally friendly, just, and sustainable food. Her website also profiles her aerial silks training and her photography. Jessica can be reached at jessica@jessicabeth.net.

November Thoughts + Quinoa Zucchini Lasagna

By | 2016-11-22T10:03:17+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , |

It’s almost Thanksgiving and with a difficult past few weeks, I’ve needed to pull my family and friends close. We’ve needed more support, more connections, and more shared meals. I feel so grateful for the wonderful people in my life and the network that keeps us going. Being the food-based holiday that it is, Thanksgiving provides a unique opportunity for coming together with folks you might see every day, and folks you only see a few times a year. I [...]

Craving Fall + Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

By | 2016-11-01T08:35:12+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Recipes|Tags: , , |

As a kid growing up in New England, October always meant colorful leaves, apple picking, pumpkins, and big sweatshirts. It was part of every year’s pre-Halloween tradition to go to an orchard and pick as many apples as I could one weekend, followed by a pumpkin selection outing the next weekend. The days got shorter and cooler, and there were always more leaves to be raked into piles. For the past nine years, I’ve lived in Los Angeles and, while [...]

Food and Creativity + Overnight Oats

By | 2016-09-19T14:54:50+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For me, like for many people, the food I eat falls into patterns. I’ll eat the same thing for breakfast every day for weeks on end. I’ll make the same sandwich for lunch over and over again. I have a handful of go-to dinner recipes and when I can’t think of what to make and I’m hungry, I’ll throw one of them together. And then, one day, I’ll be sick of having the same things repeatedly and I have to [...]

Dinner in Istanbul + Mediterranean Couscous Salad

By | 2016-07-01T18:47:36+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the roof of a 6-story building, the hostess led me to my table. As I sat down, I took in the sights and sounds around me: the other diners, the kitchen, the bar, and beyond that, the sprawling city of Istanbul. It was dinner time in late May, so the sun was low in the sky, casting an enchanting orange glow on hundreds of minarets as far as I could see. I knew with a setting like this, dinner [...]

My Sister’s Celiac + Leek & Zucchini Pie

By | 2016-05-23T16:35:21+00:00 May 9th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Gluten Free, Mary Lee Community, Peanut Free, Recipes, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , |

One of the reasons I was so keen to guest blog for Mary Lee Kitchen is that I’ve watched my sister struggle with being 100% gluten free for the last five years. After her diagnosis with Celiac Disease, her life changed dramatically. Meal planning and eating became a daunting process---she left behind the days of casually eating out with friends or stopping for a quick sandwich while traveling. I’m endlessly impressed with how gracefully she manages it (seriously; I would [...]

Sustainability + Slow-Cooker Carnitas

By | 2016-04-11T17:33:28+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This month, I’ve been thinking about the word “sustainability.” Yes, sustainable means what you think it means. Merriam-Webster defines it as “able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed.” But it is also  comprised of two separate words: “sustain” and “able” –something that is able to sustain. Ok, so maybe this isn’t a massive revelation, but before you roll your eyes, let’s pursue this idea. Sustainability is a big part of my community’s vernacular, and we’ve ignored [...]

Patio Gardening + Mom’s Spring Omelet

By | 2016-03-02T18:55:58+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the small patio behind my Los Angeles apartment, I have a garden. Well...actually, I like to think of it more as an urban farm. Whatever it is, it’s a fun, informative, and delicious hobby. Recently, I’ve been spending time at the ‘ol patio farm watching last season’s plants reach the end of their lives as I get ready to plant for this season. Sitting off to the side of the patio, I have a dwarf lime tree. In the [...]

Love of Food + GF Crispix Party Mix

By | 2016-02-03T20:11:49+00:00 February 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Gluten Free, Mary Lee Community, Recipes|Tags: |

Why, hello there! I’m Jessica, I live in Los Angeles, and this is my first time blogging for Mary Lee Kitchen. I’m thrilled! I’m ESPECIALLY pleased to be a part of this team because I deeply support Elizabeth’s work building a community around food awareness and inclusive eating. My particular angle on food is sustainability. I uncovered a love of (and slight obsession with) this topic when I first picked up Michael Pollan’s books in 2014. Since then, I’ve read [...]