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 [...]

Thankfulness through Serving + Pumpkin Spice Latte

By | 2016-10-07T14:47:58+00:00 October 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Food and Faith, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , |

We are reposting this in honor of the birthday of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte  Thanksgiving is right around the corner for us folks living in the United States. It marks a time to remember what we are thankful for, having an attitude of gratitude, and preparing for the largest feast most of us will partake in during the year. There are so many things that I am grateful for, but one of the main things that I am grateful for [...]

Wendell Berry is One of My Favorites + Sweet Potato Tartelette

By | 2015-12-01T10:56:40+00:00 December 1st, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Food and Faith, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes|Tags: , , |

One of my favorite author-poet-farmers is agrarian writer Wendell Berry. He addresses food growth and production with a prophetic voice that denounces consumerism and commodification of food. Instead of treating what we eat as just another consumer good that can be used or wasted as we please, he urges readers step back and look at the larger picture. In his zoomed out perspective, the health and particularity of land and communities is the basis for the health of cities, people, [...]

Lessons From Our Organic Garden

By | 2015-08-04T21:53:55+00:00 April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Food and Faith, Food Education, Table Conversation|

This post is made possible by a friend of the Mary Lee Kitchen Blog, Caila Diehl Rinker. We hope you enjoy it. - Mary Lee Kitchen Team -- One of my favorite things about my house is the small garden in the front yard. My husband and friends would be quick to tell you that I’m taking credit for their hard work—I’ve been known to kill cacti. Even though I’m not the primary gardener, the rhythms of the garden help [...]

Passover + Seder + Traditions

By | 2015-04-03T20:40:51+00:00 April 3rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Food and Faith, Gluten Free, Recipes, Sauce + Dressing|Tags: , , , |

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 who were enslaved in Egypt is [...]

Land on Loan: Understanding and Keeping the Earth with Ellen Davis

By | 2015-08-04T22:00:02+00:00 March 26th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Food and Faith, Food Education, Table Conversation|Tags: , , , |

A few years ago a friend and I were discussing the ethics of the coffee we were drinking and where it came from. As we walked out of the coffee shop, she mentioned that she was reading a book for her Christian ethics class at Fuller Theological Seminary.  The book, Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible, describes the connection between biblical text and the land that was created. The author, Dr. Ellen Davis, is the Amos [...]

Guest Blogger: Lindsey Wright shares Lentil-Cauliflower Soup

By | 2016-05-17T09:45:44+00:00 December 26th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Food and Faith, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |

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 favorite cooks comes in- Angela [...]

Day 4 Guest Blogger: Lindsey Wright

By | 2014-12-22T17:40:10+00:00 December 25th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Food and Faith|Tags: , |

*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 to our food before we [...]

Day 3 Guest Blogger: Lindsey Wright

By | 2014-12-24T09:24:02+00:00 December 24th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Food and Faith|Tags: , , |

*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 just as much a part [...]

Day 2 Guest Blogger: Lindsey Wright

By | 2014-12-23T15:29:03+00:00 December 23rd, 2014|Categories: Blog, Food and Faith|Tags: , , |

*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 it links you to him [...]