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 [...]

Our Tips for a Great Staycation

By | 2015-08-04T21:59:17+00:00 July 24th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Food Education, Recipes|Tags: , |

We live in Los Angeles - a destination city! This city is filled with fun adventures and excursions, but our daily lives get in the way of getting to experience all the city has to offer. Ashley and I both love traveling and exploring, however, there are factors that don’t allow for that to happen as frequently as we’d like. So, we try to have staycations. Wherever you live, a staycation is possible. It takes some planning and setting boundaries, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

An interview with artist Phaedra Taylor + homemade kimchi

By | 2015-08-04T22:00:38+00:00 February 27th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Recipes, Table Conversation|Tags: |

Phaedra Taylor, artist, mom, and wife to the Director of Fuller Theological Seminary’s Brehm Center for the Arts in Texas. The couple, along with their daughter, recently moved back to Texas after spending a few years in North Carolina, where David was finishing his PhD. I met the couple many years ago in Texas. Phaedra’s presence was captivating and I wanted to know more about her art and the way how she lives a sustainably. I am so honored that [...]