Blog 2017-03-28T22:18:51+00:00

The Beginning of My Food Journey

Hello Mary Lee community! As you may know, we are shifting towards longer story-telling, and are separating out the stories from the recipes in order to make both easier to find. Here is a deeper look into my story. As a head's up, I am quite honest about how my food journey intersects with mental health at different points. For some this might be triggering, so read informed.  Lately, despite the fact that I professionally [...]

Repost: Seder + Passover + Traditions

(this was originally posted in 2015) As today marks the beginning of Passover and the Passover Seder, I wanted to spend some time really discussing the idea of tradition. Especially the traditions in each of our different cultures. You might not realize, but the Passover Seder is a meal that is eaten in a particular order and is always a specific grouping of food (each having a different representation). While eating, the story of the [...]

Printable Holiday Shopping Guide

I am the daughter of a very “type A” engineer. My father was, and is, a meticulous person who created charts and graphs ALL the time. He once told me that his favorite computer program was Excel--so not mine. However, I am very very thankful for his knowledge of the program, because it has helped me with my business.Who knew?! His list-making tendency always came in handy when it came to grocery shopping. This helped [...]

Sanctuary at the Table

If you live in the United States, this last week has been filled with a lot of emotion. No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, there has been a lot of conflict, fear, and division--a lot of which I have felt deeply. I needed most of last week to sit quietly and reflect on what was (and would have been, no matter the outcome) a historic presidential election. My emotions have [...]

Thankfulness through Serving + Pumpkin Spice Latte

We are reposting this in honor of the birthday of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte  Thanksgiving is right around the corner for us folks living in the United States. It marks a time to remember what we are thankful for, having an attitude of gratitude, and preparing for the largest feast most of us will partake in during the year. There are so many things that I am grateful for, but one of the main things [...]

Candouni: An Experience in Fine Greek Dining

Recently, my husband Ian and I traveled to Istanbul and Greece. To say it was incredible is an understatement. Awe-inspiring history, intriguing culture, spectacular views, and of course, mouth-watering dishes made this an unforgettable trip. When we travel, we like to immerse ourselves in as much of the culture as possible, and the best way we have found to really know a place is to eat their food. For our entire trip, we ate no [...]

Elizabeth’s Top 8 Corn Ingredient Substitutions

This past Saturday night, instead of going out with friends or having a date night out with my husband, he and I decided to stay in and make a GREAT meal. And I do mean great. Lately, most of our time has been completely filled with extra meetings, assignments, friends, and travel, so we needed this time to reconnect to our kitchen. As I was prepping the dressing for a steak salad, I paused and [...]

Date Paste Sweetener

  One of my favorite ingredient substitutions is dates in place of sweeteners. They still are high in sugar but they have other great benefits, like reduce blood pressure and a good source of fiber. I like making date paste. It's easy and can keep in the freezer for 3 months! If you are looking for other great substitutions, head over to our education section, and check out my top 8 corn substitutions... having good substitutions on hand makes cooking [...]

5 Tips for Setting Up a Gluten Free Kitchen

You may have already read the post on setting up a gluten-free pantry  when you made the  jump and started 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 entire 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, [...]

Reading Food Labels

This is a revised post of one published on June 25, 2014 Raise your hands if all of the food labels on produce and ingredient lists at the grocery store is becoming more confusing? HAND UP for me! The stories my grandmother told me of going to pick up fresh veggies at the market is not my experience. My frustration builds when I have to rummage through the mounds of produce just trying to know [...]