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.

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 [...]

Thank you and Vegan GF Cherry Almond Bars

By | 2016-05-17T09:49:41+00:00 June 8th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , |

The GF Vegan Cherry Almond Bar recipe is at the bottom of the page.  Last night at our Kickstarter Party, I looked around at the crowd in awe. I felt like it was the first time people were able to see the vision of Mary Lee Kitchen—people gathering, eating and drinking without having to worry about food allergies. Thank you to all who came out to support our campaign!Some special thanks to: Claud Beltran,  Claud & Co. and Bacchus' Kitchen [...]

Soy Free Miso Salad Dressing

By | 2016-05-17T09:50:11+00:00 June 4th, 2015|Categories: Corn Free, Gluten Free, Recipes, Sauce + Dressing|Tags: |

I get so much lettuce in my CSA box during the summer months,  it’s like they think I’m a rabbit. I usually  search through various cookbooks or online blogs for new recipes to use with my lettuce, and then it’s time to make the dressing! Dressings can be time consuming and sometimes I feel like they are a waste of food because lot of recipes only use a small portion of an onion or shallot. Which means  I’m left with [...]

Avoiding Soy + Soy Free Miso Soup Recipe

By | 2015-06-03T18:59:50+00:00 June 3rd, 2015|Categories: Corn Free, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: |

I’m a member of a Facebook group for people who have corn allergies. In the group, people pose questions about products that they think might contain corn, pictures of their skin reactions to corn, etc. I once posted a question to the group asking about using Vitamin E oil on my skin and if it comes from corn since I was getting bumps around my eyes and wasn’t sure why. The unanimous answer was that it usually doesn’t come from [...]

Mary Lee Kitchen has a Kickstarter Campaign

By | 2015-05-20T18:50:25+00:00 May 19th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/maryleekitchen/mary-lee-kitchen-welcome-to-the-table?ref=nav_search I used to have the ability to walk into any store and purchase any snack, that freedom was pulled out from under me when I was diagnosed with food allergies. This change sparked a shift in how I understand the food I consumed and required more intentional research and planning if I wanted to stay healthy. This process was mentally exhausting, physically tiring, and often times isolating. And that’s why I created Mary Lee Kitchen. I wanted [...]