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

A Foray Into Farming with Hannah Owens + Cilantro Sauce

In Virginia there is a farm run by one woman. She started her small farm out of a desire to know where the chicken she ate came from and  because she couldn’t find any quality chicken in her area. Hannah Owens, of Monrovia, CA, worked for this farm during  Fall 2014 through the organization World Wide Opportunities for Organic Farming (WWOOF).  I recently spent some time with Hannah discussing farming across the United States, WWOOF, [...]

An interview with artist Phaedra Taylor + homemade kimchi

Phaedra Taylor, artist, mom, and wife to the Director of Fuller Theological Seminary’s Brehm Center for the Arts in Texas. The couple, along with their daughter, recently moved back to Texas after spending a few years in North Carolina, where David was finishing his PhD. I met the couple many years ago in Texas. Phaedra’s presence was captivating and I wanted to know more about her art and the way how she lives a sustainably. [...]

Living Luxe: Gluten Free and Lactose Free Recipes

Today, I want to introduce you to Living Luxe Gluten Free, a company dedicated to creating recipes that are gluten and lactose free. Michelle Lee, the recipe creator, recently released a cookbook and shared it with Mary Lee Kitchen.  The cover is beautiful. The photos inside, mesmerizing. I was so excited to get into the kitchen and try one of the recipes.  Michelle’s recipes are heavily influenced by her time she spent in Spain. The [...]

Eat Local: Fiore Market Cafe and Composting Tips

A few years ago, I went to lunch with a friend. She had been raving about this particular restaurant and told me that it “screamed” Elizabeth (local, fresh food, and an inclusive menu). I pulled up to the community theatre parking lot and noticed a garden which was the path to the quaint little restaurant. Walking through this beautifully laid out garden helped me release all my stress from the day. That lunch was a [...]

Meet Almond Glory

Recently I had the opportunity to sit with a friend and mentor of mine, Gayle Myers. Gayle is the owner and founder of a local Los Angeles gluten-free baked good company, Almond Glory. Like many entrepreneurs, Gayle Myers somehow fell into her business. Her story can be found on Almond Glory’s website. The reason that I asked Gayle to meet was to give me some insight in starting a company, balancing life, and having your [...]

Guest Blogger: Lindsey Wright shares Lentil-Cauliflower Soup

The holidays often end up becoming about indulgence. It’s the time of year that we’ve all decided that it’s ok to have all those extra sweets and appetizers, and by the time New Year’s Day comes around, many of us are feeling the effects of all the extras. You want to get back on track with something healthy, but you don’t want to feel like you’re on a diet. This is where one of my [...]

Day 4 Guest Blogger: Lindsey Wright

*The following blog post is from Lindsey Wright of Dear Wilderness: Exploring Beauty, Wellness, and Balance. Follow her blog here. One of the things that people are really starting to take notice of these past few years, is the sustainability of food, and how we can be socially responsible with how we eat. With documentaries like Food, Inc. and Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, and authors like Michael Pollan, people have begun to see what really happens [...]

Day 3 Guest Blogger: Lindsey Wright

*The following blog post is from Lindsey Wright of Dear Wilderness: Exploring Beauty, Wellness, and Balance. Follow her blog here. Like many people, Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. Even in sunny California, I make a concerted effort to have everything feel as cozy as possible. We get cinnamon candles going, we have holiday music playing, we string garland and lights, and best of all, we cook. The food we make in the month of December is [...]

Day 2 Guest Blogger: Lindsey Wright

*The following blog post is from Lindsey Wright of Dear Wilderness: Exploring Beauty, Wellness, and Balance. Follow her blog here. Food and family. The two are more intrinsically linked than we may think. You grow up watching your mom make a secret family recipe. A certain crazy pizza topping makes you think of your equally crazy dad. You used to make fun of him for that topping, but now you secretly kind of love it, because [...]

Because What We Eat Matters: Thanksgiving Reflections with Norman Wirzba

It is always an incredible opportunity to talk with someone who has provided inspiration to you, particularly on a topic you are passionate about. Recently, Elizabeth offered me the opportunity to speak with Dr. Norman Wirzba, a professor at Duke Divinity who writes and teaches and speaks on about food, agrarian practice, and ecology, among other things. His writing on food and faith has been highly formative as I slowly changed the way I approached [...]

Altars and Tables

This week's post is by a good friend of mine, Dave Rinker.  For a more detailed look at this article please check out Dave's blog. dave and his youth hugging a sequoia tree. The late great John Muir is quoted saying, "If you pull on one thing, you find it hitched into everything else in the universe." This may at first glance seem like an impossible idea, perhaps too poetic to be true, or even a bit [...]