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

Elizabeth and Ashley’s Herb Tips + Tricks

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 [...]

Domenica Restaurant: Where Community Happens Around Food

In the Spring of 2012 two friends and I were traveling to rural Georgia for a wedding. To save money, we decided to do a partial roadtrip. Liz and I, were going to fly to Austin and meet up with Megan, then drive the rest of the way. I took an earlier flight than Liz because she flying standby. So when she couldn't get a flight out of Southern California into Austin, we told her [...]

Wendell Berry is One of My Favorites + Sweet Potato Tartelette

One of my favorite author-poet-farmers is agrarian writer Wendell Berry. He addresses food growth and production with a prophetic voice that denounces consumerism and commodification of food. Instead of treating what we eat as just another consumer good that can be used or wasted as we please, he urges readers step back and look at the larger picture. In his zoomed out perspective, the health and particularity of land and communities is the basis for [...]

Finding Food Tradition

  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 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 [...]