10 Tips for Saving Money and Navigating Farmer’s Markets

By | 2017-08-04T10:08:17+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , |

These 10 Tips will help you navigate your local farmer's market, get the best tasting produce for a good price, and build a community.

The Beginning of My Food Journey

By | 2017-05-14T08:50:20+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Table Conversation|Tags: , |

Hello Mary Lee community! As you may know, we are shifting towards longer story-telling, and are separating out the stories from the recipes in order to make both easier to find. Here is a deeper look into my story. As a head's up, I am quite honest about how my food journey intersects with mental health at different points. For some this might be triggering, so read informed.  Lately, despite the fact that I professionally trade in narratives and life [...]

Repost: Seder + Passover + Traditions

By | 2017-05-14T08:46:42+00:00 April 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Food and Faith, Table Conversation|Tags: , , , |

(this was originally posted in 2015) As today marks the beginning of Passover and the Passover Seder, I wanted to spend some time really discussing the idea of tradition. Especially the traditions in each of our different cultures. You might not realize, but the Passover Seder is a meal that is eaten in a particular order and is always a specific grouping of food (each having a different representation). While eating, the story of the liberation of the Jewish people [...]

Printable Holiday Shopping Guide

By | 2017-05-12T13:28:06+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , |

I am the daughter of a very “type A” engineer. My father was, and is, a meticulous person who created charts and graphs ALL the time. He once told me that his favorite computer program was Excel--so not mine. However, I am very very thankful for his knowledge of the program, because it has helped me with my business.Who knew?! His list-making tendency always came in handy when it came to grocery shopping. This helped to make the time at [...]

Thanksgiving Reflections + Gluten Free Pumpkin Granola

By | 2017-03-10T11:59:18+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Thanksgiving is a difficult holiday for me. I love the gatherings of friends and loved ones, but I am not always full of thanks, especially these past few years. My husband and I have had a really rough time trying to figure out our careers, our faith, where to live, family life, and a lot more stuff--which can be pretty common to all of us! The hardest part is that I am not with my family for the holiday. Ever [...]

November Thoughts + Quinoa Zucchini Lasagna

By | 2016-11-22T10:03:17+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , |

It’s almost Thanksgiving and with a difficult past few weeks, I’ve needed to pull my family and friends close. We’ve needed more support, more connections, and more shared meals. I feel so grateful for the wonderful people in my life and the network that keeps us going. Being the food-based holiday that it is, Thanksgiving provides a unique opportunity for coming together with folks you might see every day, and folks you only see a few times a year. I [...]

Sanctuary at the Table

By | 2017-04-15T09:54:53+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Table Conversation|

If you live in the United States, this last week has been filled with a lot of emotion. No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, there has been a lot of conflict, fear, and division--a lot of which I have felt deeply. I needed most of last week to sit quietly and reflect on what was (and would have been, no matter the outcome) a historic presidential election. My emotions have been on a rollercoaster for [...]

FORAGING FOR PECANS + SPICY PUMPKIN SOUP

By | 2016-11-22T10:05:53+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes|Tags: , , |

Here at Mary Lee Kitchen, we are working on a number of exciting projects -- recipes, educational posts, collaborations, and prepping for holiday markets plus other events. While those projects are cooking, here is one of our favorite soups from the archives to warm your kitchens and stomachs. Happy Monday everyone!  Foraging makes me think of going into the woods to gather ingredients, shooting a deer with a bow and arrow, and then cooking everything over an open fire. That is [...]

Craving Fall + Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

By | 2016-11-01T08:35:12+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Recipes|Tags: , , |

As a kid growing up in New England, October always meant colorful leaves, apple picking, pumpkins, and big sweatshirts. It was part of every year’s pre-Halloween tradition to go to an orchard and pick as many apples as I could one weekend, followed by a pumpkin selection outing the next weekend. The days got shorter and cooler, and there were always more leaves to be raked into piles. For the past nine years, I’ve lived in Los Angeles and, while [...]

Emotional Connection to Pumpkin + Spiced Pumpkin Rum Martini

By | 2016-10-13T15:09:36+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I didn’t really know Fall as a season until I moved to Alabama for college. The enormous trees started to change from deep hunter greens to bright oranges, yellows and reds around the middle of September, and stayed that way until Thanksgiving. I hadn’t experienced anything like this while growing up in the dry desert of West Texas. The Pumpkin Spice Latte also made a grand appearance into my life the fall of my freshman year of college. I resisted [...]