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

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 [...]

Mary’s Gone Crackers

Part of our goal at Mary Lee Kitchen is to introduce you to other food businesses that see the need to change the food industry and produce food that is fit for those with food allergies.  I recently was connected to the son of the woman who started Mary's Gone Crackers, Jacob Farris.  I invited Jacob to tell his story of growing up with Celiac Disease, working with Mary's Gone Crackers, and the philosophy behind [...]

Who Is Welcome at the Table?

Gathering around a table to eat food can be a very intentional process. I went to a high school with an open lunch policy (we could go off campus for lunch and then return to school to hang out at the “bricks”--the cool spot).  Certain groups would only go to certain restaurants.  It felt very similar to the scene in Mean Girls when Janis and Damian map out the “cool” places to sit in the cafeteria. [...]

Is Loneliness an Eating Disorder?

Food is a centrality to each of our lives. We talk about what we will have for dinner at breakfast and daydream about the beautiful dessert that we can create afterwards. Our mouths water as we pass bakeries and smell the delicious baked goods drizzled with chocolate or sprinkled with sugar. The cookbook section is growing massively larger at the bookstores these days and there are multiple television networks dedicated to food. However, the question [...]