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.

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 [...]

Our Tips for a Great Staycation

By | 2015-08-04T21:59:17+00:00 July 24th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Food Education, Recipes|Tags: , |

We live in Los Angeles - a destination city! This city is filled with fun adventures and excursions, but our daily lives get in the way of getting to experience all the city has to offer. Ashley and I both love traveling and exploring, however, there are factors that don’t allow for that to happen as frequently as we’d like. So, we try to have staycations. Wherever you live, a staycation is possible. It takes some planning and setting boundaries, [...]

GF Rustic Sweet & Savory Crostinis

By | 2015-07-03T14:35:16+00:00 July 3rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , , |

When I plan a menu, appetizers set the tone for the entire meal because they are intentional creations, previews of the atmosphere I hope to create around the table. They hint at the style of the dishes to come. We wanted to create a space for a summer party with a low-key and relaxing mood, so we opted for an easy-to-eat, flavorful but uncomplicated bite.. A cracker version of crostini - typically little toast rounds with toppings -  was the [...]

Summer Salad Citrus Vinaigrette

By | 2015-07-03T14:03:43+00:00 July 3rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Recipes, Sauce + Dressing|Tags: , , |

For those of us without food allergies store-bought sauces, dressings, and pre-mixed seasonings can produce anxiety when planning a party. It’s my experience that even the healthy or organic brands have ingredients like “natural flavors” that could be processed corn, soy, or some other non-chemical ingredient. When I plan on serving a salad, I want a stand out dressing that all my friends can enjoy, regardless of their allergy restrictions. Yet as a host, I don’t want to serve only [...]

Gluten and Corn Free BBQ Sauce

By | 2015-06-24T14:24:05+00:00 June 24th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Recipes, Sauce + Dressing|Tags: , |

Sharing BBQ recipes can be dangerous. Depending on where you are in the United States BBQ can be a dry rub, part of a smoking process, or a sauce like in the South. Instead of arguing about what kind of BBQ is best, I’ll share my recipe. It is corn free, gluten free, and tastes great! Gluten and Corn Free BBQ Sauce   Save Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 20 mins   Author: Elizabeth [...]

Bean Salad & Dressing

By | 2016-05-17T09:49:15+00:00 June 12th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: |

Texas is known for BBQs. Not just hot dogs and hamburgers, but large slabs of meat with multiple layers of sauce. It’s no wonder my family loves their cookouts and grilling, they even grilled the food for my rehearsal dinner!Now that I live in Southern California, BBQs look different, more of the hot dog/hamburger style with multiple kinds of meat like veggie burgers, turkey burgers, bison burgers, etc. You have to know who is coming beforehand so that you grill [...]

Welcome to Summer

By | 2016-05-17T09:49:26+00:00 June 11th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Welcome to June! For many, Memorial Day weekend functions as the start of summer. Colleges are ending their semesters, schools are almost done, and temperatures are finally warm enough to consistently wear shorts and sandals. The Mary Lee Kitchen team can practically smell the cookouts, beach days, and long summer nights filled with food and conversation. Although summer hasn’t yet officially begun—hurry up June 21—we wanted to try something new in our posts this month. We all love to host [...]