I tried something new last fall. I actually started reading the ingredients on food labels. It wasn’t that I didn’t care to eat healthy before. Call it lazy ignorance? It just seemed like such a big task to pay so much attention to the ingredients in every single thing I bought. But then, after a few recommendations from friends and family, I started an eating program. You may have heard of the Whole 30. It required me to look at [...]
Do you ever get bored, drinking the same old beverages? I do. In my daily life I drink the same rotation of water, coffee, and tea. A cocktail or glass of wine will occasionally make an appearance, but I largely stick to routine, which is boring and mostly my fault, I’ll admit it.. The force of habit keeps me in my rut, and I forget my ability to think creatively about my options. Thankfully, the currently changing season brings a [...]
Ashley shows you how to use the Trader Joe's coffee flour for a summer nectarine and blackberry cobbler. This is perfect for your Labor Day weekend!
Ashley gives us a mouthwatering recipe for cognac-pecan skillet brie and teaches us that going camping doesn't mean that you have to forgo great food.
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 [...]
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 [...]
Especially during the fall months when everything is pumpkin flavored, we begin to crave pumpkin treats and baked goods. Do you get that craving too? Whether or not you do, we wanted to share a recipe that has become a household staple for the both of us. Here is our favorite go-to gluten free pumpkin bread recipe; let us know in the comments if you have any modifications or adaptations you really love! 5.0 from 1 reviews GF Pumpkin [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]