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

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, [...]

Do You Have a Food Allergy?

I recently interviewed my allergist in Pasadena, California.  He allowed me to post the interview, and I wanted to share it with all of you: The middle of October is a time for pumpkin carving, pie baking, and the unfortunate beginning of allergy and cold season.  Not only do I have food allergies, but I also have seasonal allergies. That makes this a time where I want to hide from the world and/or cover my [...]

Proposition 37

“Almost all the corn and soybeans grown in the United States now contain DNA derived from bacteria. The foreign gene makes the soybeans resistant to an herbicide used in weed control, and causes the corn to produce its own insecticide.” “The F.D.A. has said that labeling is generally not necessary because the genetic modification does not materially change the food.” From “Battle Brewing Over Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods” by Amy Harmon and Andrew Pollack [...]