Easy Rice Pilaf

By | 2017-08-12T11:55:02+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Food Education, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

What is rice pilaf? Rice pilaf simply means that rice was cooked with broth, not water. It is different than a risotto for few different reasons, although both of them use broth in the preparation. In this easy rice pilaf, we add some common spices to give the pilaf extra flavor. As with most basic dishes, it is the perfect accompaniment to a meat or hearty vegetable dish. Sometimes, we just eat it plain. If you are like us, you [...]

Avoiding Hidden Corn Ingredients

By | 2017-08-12T12:13:52+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , |

After I got diagnosed with food allergies, Celiac Disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), I enrolled in a certificate program for nutrition and health to learn how to eat and understand what is happening in my body. This was also around the time that I discovered that I am not alone; many people are affected by the food that we consume. One of the largest hidden components of the food we eat is corn--something that I am allergic to. Since [...]

The Challenge of Owning a Company + Groundnut Sauce

By | 2016-03-19T21:50:05+00:00 March 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is the first of a two part blog series. Do you have a hard time figuring out who you are or what defines you? I do. I think we all do. I am a person who believes in sustainability, but I will buy a plastic food container. I try to eat locally, but sometimes I crave mangoes. The challenge of balancing all of my feeling plagues me daily. One of the largest challenges I face is owning a business. [...]

Food On Level Ground

By | 2016-05-17T10:02:45+00:00 November 7th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes|Tags: , , |

*disclaimer: This piece is an opinion piece and has a different of a format than most of our pieces. There is a recipe below. This butternut squash recipe can be found after the article. I spent the afternoon talking with the Executive Director of Level Ground, Samantha Curley, a non-profit in Los Angeles that “creates safe space for dialogue about faith, gender, and sexuality through the arts.” We talked about how her non-profit was once again in the [...]

Our Thoughts on Community + Fall Green Salad w/Pistachio Salad Dressing

By | 2016-05-17T10:03:13+00:00 November 3rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free|Tags: , , |

  Ashley: Community is the bedrock of daily life, providing a foundation for living. By this I mean that community, family, friends, and acquaintances, is the context in which people craft their lives. Here rituals and traditions emerge, forming us and our lives into rhythms. Here we make meaning out of both the challenging and enjoyable moments of life. It is against the backdrop of these meaningful connections that we find and make our places in the world. Because I [...]

Four tips to help discover new foods

By | 2015-10-13T18:17:50+00:00 October 13th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Food Education, Recipes, Table Conversation|Tags: |

Yesterday was a holiday that for many in the United States represents the possibilities of adventure, discovery, and exploration. Institutions closed to honor Christopher Columbus and children across the United States learned about European explorers and Columbus’s journey who “in 1492 … sailed the ocean blue.” There is another side to this exploration story. Recognized in some parts of the United States the holiday of Indigenous Peoples’ Day points us to the other side of that exploration; people whose lives [...]

Falling into a food allergy fad? We discuss the stereotypes that some people have about food allergies

By | 2016-05-17T09:55:42+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free|Tags: |

I had a recent encounter with a restauranteur who informed me that the only reason they carry Gluten Free or Vegan options is because it’s a fad. I informed her that I am a person who suffers a great deal from gluten and then left the conversation frustrated. These kinds of interactions happen often. A friend of mine, who has been Vegan for years encounters these sorts of conversations too. Folks ask her, “Does that mean you don’t eat butter?” [...]

Crockpot Tequila Lime Chicken + Holding a New Full-Time Job

By | 2015-08-21T16:45:24+00:00 August 21st, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , , , |

As you may have noticed from last week’s “Best Thing About Our Week” portion of our newsletter, I am transitioning between two jobs. Aside from writing for Mary Lee Kitchen I’ve worked my way through graduate school and the hodge-podge of part-time jobs, classwork, and research the degree required. Now I begin a new phase of full-time, 9-5 work. It will be an adjustment, to say the least.One of my biggest concerns about entering the “standard” workforce is losing the [...]

Food Prep Tips for the Changing Season

By | 2016-05-17T09:58:58+00:00 August 7th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , , |

As the heat continues through these last weeks of Summer, it’s difficult to imagine the cool, crisp breeze that comes with Fall. Late night porch sitting, stargazing, and slow mornings will soon be a distant memory. But I’m looking forward to a little more structure and organization in my life. I work better when I have things prepared and organized. As a child, my closet was organized by style and then color. As an adult, my refrigerator is organized and [...]

Grilling for Children with Celiac Disease

By | 2016-05-17T09:52:00+00:00 July 31st, 2015|Categories: Blog, Food Education, Gluten Free, Recipes, Sauce + Dressing|Tags: , , , |

When Kye was diagnosed with Celiac Disease last September at 3 years old, a weight was lifted off our shoulders. We finally had answers to the questions he’d been facing with his health. Those questions have certainly not stopped, nor are they likely to ever do so, but they have slowed to a simmer. We now know the basics of following a gluten free diet, like what to look for on food labels. We know that our son is aware [...]