Dinner in Istanbul + Mediterranean Couscous Salad

By | 2016-07-01T18:47:36+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the roof of a 6-story building, the hostess led me to my table. As I sat down, I took in the sights and sounds around me: the other diners, the kitchen, the bar, and beyond that, the sprawling city of Istanbul. It was dinner time in late May, so the sun was low in the sky, casting an enchanting orange glow on hundreds of minarets as far as I could see. I knew with a setting like this, dinner [...]

Celebrate All Moments + Parsnip Fries

By | 2016-07-01T18:26:10+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free|

My fourth wedding anniversary was a few weeks ago, June 16! I can’t believe I was married four years ago! After our wedding, we honeymooned in Boston, MA. Neither of us had ever been there, and we wanted to go somewhere new. We spent the first half of our trip  on a beach outside of the city in Nantasket, and it was 50 degrees! Then, the day we went into Boston proper, they were in the middle of their hottest [...]

Top 5 Summer Spots in NYC

By | 2016-07-01T17:28:15+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Recipes|Tags: , , , , |

I’ve been very forthcoming on this blog about my preference for the colder months. I tend to prefer the produce selection of the fall, and I love a good layer sweater. However, I do have to hand it to New York City in the summer; there are endless things to do and places to explore. I’ve done my best to whittle it down to five categories, but there is no possible way I could address everything, much less have experienced [...]

Tips to Prepare for Fourth of July Traveling with Food Allergies + Lettuce Wraps

By | 2016-06-28T15:47:30+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , |

One of the best things about traveling is the good food! It doesn’t matter if you’re going to a big city with lots of food options or camping where you bring your own--you do have to do some pre-trip food planning. Here our my top tips for planning ahead and traveling with a food allergy. Determine where you are staying and if there will there be a kitchen, a fridge, or appliances. If it doesn’t have any of these things, [...]

Fresh Mint and Berry Smoothie

By | 2017-08-12T11:10:42+00:00 June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Corn Free, Egg Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Summertime means many things in the produce world. To us, it means berries. Whether you pick your own berries, or buy cartons of them at a time, we bet that you make at least a few smoothies a summer. Our fresh mint and berry smoothie is a new favorite around here, and we bet that it will become one of yours too! Here at Mary Lee Kitchen, we like adding in a few extra ingredients to keep things interesting (and [...]

First Discovered Food Allergies + Caprese Salad

By | 2016-06-02T15:05:59+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Shellfish Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Let me confess something: I don’t have any food allergies. This is something I have mentioned in the past that I feel it’s important to continue to acknowledge. I am married to someone with a gluten intolerance, and have many friends with varying food allergies, intolerances, or other restrictions, but I, Ashley, am not allergic to anything. Why would I tell you this? May is food allergy awareness month, as you may have gathered from some of our other posts. [...]

5 Tips for Setting up a Gluten-Free Kitchen + Tuna Pasta Salad

By | 2016-06-02T13:43:42+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , |

You may have already read the post on pantry must-haves when starting to live gluten free or corn free. If you haven’t, I highly suggest it, because one of the hardest parts about beginning to eat in a new way is changing your lifestyle and relationship with food. As people, we begin our food habits as infants and toddlers. Those ways of thinking about food are deeply ingrained, and discovering as an adult that you are allergic to something you [...]

First Awareness of Food Allergies + Parsi Chana Curry

By | 2016-05-26T14:25:33+00:00 May 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Well, funny story… I actually first became aware of food allergies through my brother. In high school, he had a long bout of daily hives due to some unknown substance. My mother went on a mission to identify the culprit, including eliminating every common food allergen: nuts, berries, diary, etc., from our diets and slowly introducing them back. Well, mostly his diet, but we were often along for the ride. That was miserable. I’m sure more for him, but I [...]

Food Allergy Awareness + The “Original” Mary Lee Kitchen Cookies

By | 2016-05-17T15:13:29+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Gluten Free|Tags: , , |

I didn’t cook anything for this week’s blog post, although I did eat all kinds of allergy-friendly food--and not always intentionally, which I think is a good omen for my involvement in this venture! Instead, I am using this time to reflect on the past several months I’ve been exploring the Mary Lee Kitchen recipe archives and trying out foods I know and love, but altered in small ways in order to be enjoyed by all. As I’ve mentioned before, [...]

Food Allergy Awareness + GF Mini Blueberry Muffins

By | 2016-05-23T16:32:11+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , |

This month is food allergy awareness month. A whole month dedicated to helping raise more understanding of food allergies and how to find food for people who have food allergies. As you may know, we have a gluten-free cookie product line -- which makes for a perfect pairing with food allergy awareness month. And there has not been a single event that someone doesn’t approach the table and criticize the cookies for being gluten free and remarks about how they [...]