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

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 [...]

Hope through Death

The inspiration of my company, the woman whose voice I hear every time I throw away an ounce of food and matriarch of one large, crazy, loud family, is my grandmother. She is no longer with us, but her life continues to influence so many of my decisions, personally and professionally. Our Family! My grandmother was born in Wichita Falls, TX. She studied in Nashville, TN for college, traveled the world, moved thirteen [...]

A Meal for Strangers That Become Family

  Gathering a group of people together that have different backgrounds, faces, socioeconomic classes, races, and beliefs for a meal is what I got to see happen this past Sunday night.  I was asked to help prepare a meal for the closing scene of an upcoming movie “Praying the Hours”. There were children present at this meal, running around, playing tag, and enjoying time together.  Picking some food off their plates, but mainly trying to [...]

Feeding the Hungry

(The quote is from Shauna Niequist's book Bread & Wine) This is the second week of Lent.  In the Liturgical Christian tradition there is a 40-day period before Easter as a remembrance of Jesus’ time in the desert.  Some people who observe this time use it as a method to lose weight, to restart their New Years’ Resolution, or just to reconnect with themselves but it is meant to be “a special time of prayer, penance, [...]

Traveling with Food Allergies

My husband and I got back from his annual youth group mission trip the other night. This year, the group went to Oregon to help restore a community. The drive up and back were the parts of the trip I got to go on. It was hard to stop anywhere that had food for me. I knew I would have to prepare food to take with me, which I always do before a trip. This [...]