Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

By | 2017-05-03T12:57:38+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Categories: Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

You may have read our educational posts about setting up a gluten-free pantry -- which will help you have the ingredients on hand for these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins that avoid many of the common food allergies! In general, as we have said in other posts,   one of the hardest parts about beginning to eat in a new way is changing your entire lifestyle and relationship with food. One of the things we know people miss most? Baked goods. What could be [...]

Fall Changes + Tahini Crusted Baked Tilapia

By | 2016-09-13T12:01:19+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Fall is here, kids are back in school--and I’m definitely feeling  the shift in the season. From a carefree work environment to one with more structure. Seriously, my first day back from vacation at the end of August felt like October was booked already! With fall comes the smell of cinnamon, hot drinks, and cozy fires...but before I pull out my scarves or dust off my boots, I want to share some things that I learned on our break this [...]

Vacation Manifesto + Back-burner Tomato Sauce

By | 2016-09-07T12:35:41+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For many of us, summer is ending: school has started again, the weather is getting cooler, and our minds are turning to pumpkins, apples, and the Halloween decorations lining the stores. And although I am ready to leave behind some parts of summer, I’m not ready to  leave behind a topic many think of as only belonging to summer: vacations. For one thing, why do we normally think of vacations as belonging to summer? As adults, we can take them [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Fresh-Squeezed Orange Juice

By | 2017-01-27T14:43:04+00:00 March 4th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , |

Orange Juice is one of the world's leading juices.  It is a staple in many American households to have with breakfast or for those who are about to come down with a cold, since Oranges contain a lot of vitamin C.   There are a a few simple facts I want to address when it comes to orange juice: orange juice has a lot of natural sugar! additives are added to store-bought orange juice, and the FDA doesn't require the [...]

Gluten-Free Fresh Artichoke & Spinach Dip

By | 2017-01-27T14:39:54+00:00 March 2nd, 2014|Categories: Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , |

  Artichokes are such a funny vegetable!   They are prickly, hard, stiff, and can be very painful to work with.   It takes time to love these vegetables, but hopefully the recipe below will create a love for artichokes so grand that they will become a staple in your fridge. This was sup super tasty that my husband jokingly asked me to make this for him everyday!  I love to serve with GF crackers, bread, or EVEN the outer [...]

Homemade Vanilla and Corn Free Baking Powder; Baked goods can’t live without them

By | 2016-05-17T09:42:32+00:00 July 29th, 2013|Categories: Condiments + Basics, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , |

My husband, Victor, and I spend our Sundays in Malibu, CA.  We work at two churches in Malibu and drive to and from every Sunday. Neither of us really have an office, so we end up spending a lot of our time in the parish hall of the churches or just trying to kill time between the Church Service and when youth group begins, 3.5 hours later. Sundays are some of the hardest days of the week for me, because [...]

Baking Adventures, Last Day + Apple Crisps

By | 2016-09-14T18:07:44+00:00 July 27th, 2013|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The final day at the bakery was slow, but I accepted that since the chopping I had done the previous day had caused my arms to be in such pain.  I worked with someone new who let me see how the French croissants were made and I got to see how my chopping of pounds and pounds of chocolate were used. The baker I worked with that night even commented about how surprised she was to see me moving my [...]