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 [...]

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 [...]

Candouni: An Experience in Fine Greek Dining

By | 2017-05-12T13:32:40+00:00 September 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Mary Lee Community, Table Conversation, Travel|Tags: , , |

Recently, my husband Ian and I traveled to Istanbul and Greece. To say it was incredible is an understatement. Awe-inspiring history, intriguing culture, spectacular views, and of course, mouth-watering dishes made this an unforgettable trip. When we travel, we like to immerse ourselves in as much of the culture as possible, and the best way we have found to really know a place is to eat their food. For our entire trip, we ate no American food, and it was [...]

Megan Eats at the Indian Road Cafe in Manhattan

By | 2016-05-05T11:01:00+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Table Conversation|Tags: , , , , , , |

  I wrote recently on the blog about my brief but very enjoyable trip to San Francisco. One of the things that struck me most about the city was the integration of nature into a bustling metropolis; the city is plopped right into a beautiful bay and is surrounded by rolling hills. I experienced several “grass is always greener” moments, unable to stop myself from comparing San Francisco to the concrete jungle of my home in New York City. But [...]

Elizabeth and Ashley’s Herb Tips + Tricks

By | 2016-03-07T14:36:55+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Recipes, Table Conversation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

No matter where in the country you are, the days are getting warmer. Here, in Pasadena we had temperatures in the 90s last week! Naturally, our minds turn toward making fresh and light foods in the springtime, particularly with fresh herbs. Ashley and I have small containers of herbs that we grow year round, so naturally the herbs act as a complement in our cooking. Below, we have listed some of our favorite ways to better feature herbs, elevating their [...]

Domenica Restaurant: Where Community Happens Around Food

By | 2015-12-09T16:15:50+00:00 December 9th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Recipes, Table Conversation|Tags: |

In the Spring of 2012 two friends and I were traveling to rural Georgia for a wedding. To save money, we decided to do a partial roadtrip. Liz and I, were going to fly to Austin and meet up with Megan, then drive the rest of the way. I took an earlier flight than Liz because she flying standby. So when she couldn't get a flight out of Southern California into Austin, we told her to find any flight that [...]

Finding Food Tradition

By | 2016-05-17T10:01:58+00:00 November 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Table Conversation|Tags: |

  Tradition, even those involving food, eluded my family of origin. Our religious community shunned rituals, holidays and feast days. My family abandoned the most benign practices—although their absence may be best explained by busyness rather than piety. One notable exception, limiting food consumption to instances wherein no more than two of five family members occupied the same room, became a de facto tradition. As tradition in the “traditional” sense infrequently occurred but repetition and food abounded, I always ate [...]

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 [...]

ContentChecked: An App to Help Navigate Food Allergies

By | 2016-05-17T09:50:29+00:00 May 28th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Table Conversation|

I heard about ContentChecked a few months ago. It’s an app that was created to help people with food allergies navigate grocery shopping. I recently spoke with Victoria Brodsky, Head of Nutrition, to discuss the app, the ContentChecked company, and how they are trying to encourage transparency with manufacturers.As the Head of Nutrition she has created and updated the ContentChecked guidelines for food allergies in addition to giving food allergens values (if there is a product with a food allergen [...]