About maryleekitchen

At Mary Lee Kitchen, we believe that what we eat matters. Each of us has the right to know what is in our food. Over the years the food industry has negatively impacted our health and well being. This has caused the rise of food allergies, food sensitivities, rise in child obesity- which are just a few of the harmful side effects of the food manufactures created. It is time for us to implement change. I am a food artisan that creates allergy free products that are made in a sustainable way. Through my own experience with rare food allergies, I have learned how to cook in a way that is inclusive for all diets. Through food education, recipes, and products I support the gathering of all people around the kitchen table.

Top 10 Resources for Food Allergies

By | 2017-08-12T11:32:01+00:00 June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Food Education|Tags: , , , , , |

Have you ever had a panic attack? Like the kind where you can’t breathe and need a paper bag? This has only happened once or twice in my life, but the feeling is not something that I will soon forget. My body was out of my control. This feeling was similar to when I first tried to figure out the food allergy world. If you are connected to someone with food allergies, you can probably relate! So, in that case, I [...]

5 Tips for Setting up a Gluten-Free Kitchen

By | 2018-02-25T20:57:23+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , , , |

You may have already read the post on pantry must-haves when starting to live gluten free or corn free. If you haven’t, I highly suggest it, because one of the hardest parts about beginning to eat in a new way is changing your lifestyle and relationship with food. As people, we begin our food habits as infants and toddlers. Those ways of thinking about food are deeply ingrained, and discovering as an adult that you are allergic to something you [...]

Five Tips for Stocking a Gluten-Free Pantry

By | 2018-03-04T17:20:55+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , |

A line from the sound of music came to me as I prepared to write this post: "let's start at the very beginning. A very good place to start." And when it comes to cooking or baking gluten free, I completely agree. You can master all of the skills of cooking, baking, or substituting, but if you don't have the ingredients, it's going to be more than a little challenging to make the food. Below is a basic pantry guide [...]

Avoiding Hidden Corn Ingredients

By | 2017-08-12T12:13:52+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , |

After I got diagnosed with food allergies, Celiac Disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), I enrolled in a certificate program for nutrition and health to learn how to eat and understand what is happening in my body. This was also around the time that I discovered that I am not alone; many people are affected by the food that we consume. One of the largest hidden components of the food we eat is corn--something that I am allergic to. Since [...]

March Menu

By | 2016-04-05T10:15:20+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , |

This month we (Elizabeth and Ashley) focused on types of foods we don’t typically make and had an adventure without ever leaving the kitchen! We didn’t exit March like a lamb, but maybe that comes with the first week of April? Hope you enjoyed the dishes as much as we did; we would love to hear about your kitchen adventures. Main Dishes: Daal Vegan Sweet Potato Chili Go-Together Dishes: Groundnut Sauce Matooke Pocho Side Dishes: Cardamom Jasmine Rice Jalapeño Apple [...]

Brown Rice Pocho

By | 2016-04-05T09:31:04+00:00 March 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This basic and easy to make recipe is the third part of a delicious team when paired with the Matooke and Groundnut Sauce. I would also make it to go with curry or spicy dishes that need a more neutral flavor to soothe the heat. Brown Rice Pocho   Save Print Prep time 1 min Cook time 30 mins Total time 31 mins   Author: Elizabeth Eichhorn Recipe type: Side Serves: 4 servings Ingredients 1 cup brown rice flour 2 [...]

Elizabeth and Ashley’s Herb Tips + Tricks

By | 2016-03-07T14:36:55+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Recipes, Table Conversation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

No matter where in the country you are, the days are getting warmer. Here, in Pasadena we had temperatures in the 90s last week! Naturally, our minds turn toward making fresh and light foods in the springtime, particularly with fresh herbs. Ashley and I have small containers of herbs that we grow year round, so naturally the herbs act as a complement in our cooking. Below, we have listed some of our favorite ways to better feature herbs, elevating their [...]

Our Spicy January Menu

By | 2016-02-02T17:03:25+00:00 February 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: |

We really spiced up the menu last month! Here is a run down of our January menu! GF Cinnamon Sour Cream Coffee Cake Spicy Cilantro + Lime Rice Black Bean + Rice Casserole Pork Carnitas Brown Rice Tortillas Wesley's Perfect Margaritas Charred Kale + Sweet Potato Salad Lime Dressing Tomatillo Sauce Pico de Gallo And that isn't even all of them. I welcome you to try these recipes out and share what was your favorite!  

Finding Food Tradition

By | 2016-05-17T10:01:58+00:00 November 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Table Conversation|Tags: |

  Tradition, even those involving food, eluded my family of origin. Our religious community shunned rituals, holidays and feast days. My family abandoned the most benign practices—although their absence may be best explained by busyness rather than piety. One notable exception, limiting food consumption to instances wherein no more than two of five family members occupied the same room, became a de facto tradition. As tradition in the “traditional” sense infrequently occurred but repetition and food abounded, I always ate [...]

Our Thoughts on Community + Fall Green Salad w/Pistachio Salad Dressing

By | 2016-05-17T10:03:13+00:00 November 3rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free|Tags: , , |

  Ashley: Community is the bedrock of daily life, providing a foundation for living. By this I mean that community, family, friends, and acquaintances, is the context in which people craft their lives. Here rituals and traditions emerge, forming us and our lives into rhythms. Here we make meaning out of both the challenging and enjoyable moments of life. It is against the backdrop of these meaningful connections that we find and make our places in the world. Because I [...]