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

Food On Level Ground

*disclaimer: This piece is an opinion piece and has a different of a format than most of our pieces. There is a recipe below. This butternut squash recipe can be found after the article. I spent the afternoon talking with the Executive Director of Level Ground, Samantha Curley, a non-profit in Los Angeles that “creates safe space for dialogue about faith, gender, and sexuality through the arts.” We talked about how her non-profit [...]

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

  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 [...]

Four tips to help discover new foods

Yesterday was a holiday that for many in the United States represents the possibilities of adventure, discovery, and exploration. Institutions closed to honor Christopher Columbus and children across the United States learned about European explorers and Columbus’s journey who “in 1492 … sailed the ocean blue.” There is another side to this exploration story. Recognized in some parts of the United States the holiday of Indigenous Peoples’ Day points us to the other side of [...]

Falling into a food allergy fad? We discuss the stereotypes that some people have about food allergies

I had a recent encounter with a restauranteur who informed me that the only reason they carry Gluten Free or Vegan options is because it’s a fad. I informed her that I am a person who suffers a great deal from gluten and then left the conversation frustrated. These kinds of interactions happen often. A friend of mine, who has been Vegan for years encounters these sorts of conversations too. Folks ask her, “Does that [...]

Crockpot Tequila Lime Chicken + Holding a New Full-Time Job

As you may have noticed from last week’s “Best Thing About Our Week” portion of our newsletter, I am transitioning between two jobs. Aside from writing for Mary Lee Kitchen I’ve worked my way through graduate school and the hodge-podge of part-time jobs, classwork, and research the degree required. Now I begin a new phase of full-time, 9-5 work. It will be an adjustment, to say the least.One of my biggest concerns about entering the [...]

Food Prep Tips for the Changing Season

As the heat continues through these last weeks of Summer, it’s difficult to imagine the cool, crisp breeze that comes with Fall. Late night porch sitting, stargazing, and slow mornings will soon be a distant memory. But I’m looking forward to a little more structure and organization in my life. I work better when I have things prepared and organized. As a child, my closet was organized by style and then color. As an adult, [...]

Grilling for Children with Celiac Disease

When Kye was diagnosed with Celiac Disease last September at 3 years old, a weight was lifted off our shoulders. We finally had answers to the questions he’d been facing with his health. Those questions have certainly not stopped, nor are they likely to ever do so, but they have slowed to a simmer. We now know the basics of following a gluten free diet, like what to look for on food labels. We know [...]

Our Tips for a Great Staycation

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 [...]

ContentChecked: An App to Help Navigate Food Allergies

I heard about ContentChecked a few months ago. It’s an app that was created to help people with food allergies navigate grocery shopping. I recently spoke with Victoria Brodsky, Head of Nutrition, to discuss the app, the ContentChecked company, and how they are trying to encourage transparency with manufacturers.As the Head of Nutrition she has created and updated the ContentChecked guidelines for food allergies in addition to giving food allergens values (if there is a [...]

Lessons From Our Organic Garden

This post is made possible by a friend of the Mary Lee Kitchen Blog, Caila Diehl Rinker. We hope you enjoy it. - Mary Lee Kitchen Team -- One of my favorite things about my house is the small garden in the front yard. My husband and friends would be quick to tell you that I’m taking credit for their hard work—I’ve been known to kill cacti. Even though I’m not the primary gardener, the [...]

Passover + Seder + Traditions

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 liberation of the Jewish people who [...]

Land on Loan: Understanding and Keeping the Earth with Ellen Davis

A few years ago a friend and I were discussing the ethics of the coffee we were drinking and where it came from. As we walked out of the coffee shop, she mentioned that she was reading a book for her Christian ethics class at Fuller Theological Seminary.  The book, Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible, describes the connection between biblical text and the land that was created. The author, Dr. [...]