Tree Nut Free Recipes

In Like a Lion + Jalapeño Apple ‘Slaw

By | 2016-03-03T15:40:01+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Did you ever hear the phrase that March “comes in like a lion and out like a lamb” when you were growing up? I did. And if this phrase is true in Southern California, then our lion is hot, dry, and confused. By all accounts, the intense year of El Niño rain that we were promised is either fashionably late or not showing up. It’s likely that the phrase just doesn’t apply here, but the memories of moving from the [...]

Patio Gardening + Mom’s Spring Omelet

By | 2016-03-02T18:55:58+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the small patio behind my Los Angeles apartment, I have a garden. Well...actually, I like to think of it more as an urban farm. Whatever it is, it’s a fun, informative, and delicious hobby. Recently, I’ve been spending time at the ‘ol patio farm watching last season’s plants reach the end of their lives as I get ready to plant for this season. Sitting off to the side of the patio, I have a dwarf lime tree. In the [...]

Making the Healthier Food Choice + Citrus Ginger White Fish with/Purple Sweet Potatoes and Carrots

By | 2016-02-29T14:23:32+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Categories: Gluten Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: |

Food and I have had a relationship a lot like that of high-school sweethearts attempting a long-distance relationship. For the longest time, our relationship was rooted in a blissful appreciation of all things new; the slightest kiss (Hershey’s Dark Chocolate, mainly) made one’s stomach flutter with excitement. I relished in the beauty of a surface level relationship; one based on an appreciation for Hot Pockets and Uncrustables, for school lunch and fast food, for eternally flowing streams of Mountain Dew [...]

Welcoming without Judgement + Basil Meatballs

By | 2016-02-12T20:41:27+00:00 February 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|

I want to tell you about my friend, Beth. We met because she needed to shadow someone for her graduate school class, and I just happened to work for the organization she was required to shadow. Beth and I went to the same school and happened to be in a class together the following quarter. During that time I would get random facebook messages from her asking for my notes from class because she couldn’t make  it in that day. [...]

Don’t Expect the World to Understand Inclusion + Brown Rice Tortillas

By | 2016-01-12T17:35:00+00:00 January 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Sauce + Dressing, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|

I grew up in West Texas, where it’s an understatement to say that there isn’t much going on other than it being very flat, very dry, and very windy. But, one of the things that West Texas offers, that I haven’t found anywhere else, is amazing TexMex--especially at my favorite restaurant, Rosa’s. Rosa’s holds a special place in my heart. My family would get it for dinner multiple times during the week, my friends and I would grab lunch there [...]

Merry Christmas 2015 + Holiday Winter Soup

By | 2016-05-02T16:34:07+00:00 December 25th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , |

A few years ago I had to let go of the perfection that I desired for the holiday season. I wanted everyone to have a small homemade gift from me, beautifully wrapped presents for my family, perfectly decorated cookies, and the smell of cinnamon throughout the house at all times. My husband and I did not have much money our first Christmas together, but I still dreamt of that perfect Christmas. I spent weeks making gifts for friends, made my [...]

Playing with Your Food + Young Broccoli with Shallot and Lemon

By | 2016-05-17T10:03:41+00:00 October 30th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , |

How many of you played with your food when you were a kid? Both my sister and I certainly did, and our favorite imaginative playing-food was broccoli. I remember being told that we couldn’t leave the table until we finished our food, and then we’d stay for an hour or more making elaborate stories of the “trees” and their inevitable violent demise.  Surprisingly we actually stayed—even without parental supervision—until our plates were clean. To this day I can’t look at [...]

Foraging for Pecans + Spicy Pumpkin Soup

By | 2016-05-17T10:05:03+00:00 October 16th, 2015|Categories: Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , |

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 not me.  Cooking over an open fire sounds nice, but I like the grill. I am not a camper, and I am not a hunter. AT ALL.  So when I think about foraging I don’t personally feel like I fit. But if you think about it, foraging happens all around [...]

Celebration of Community and Invitation to Join + Vegan Eggplant Appetizer

By | 2016-05-17T09:55:09+00:00 October 2nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , |

Let out a deep sigh of relief, because we made it through the long, hot summer and into October! Isn’t it exciting?! I love the beginning of seasons. It feels fresh, new, and homey. This month also marks a full year since Ashley joined the Mary Lee Kitchen team. Her desire and passion for food and faith was present in every conversation, making her a natural fit to write for the team. Ashley, thank you for pushing me, helping us [...]

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 [...]