D.E.A.R (Drop Everything and Read…and listen)


Do you remember having D.E.A.R. days in elementary school?  I remember when I was in second grade, my friend Jenny and I were supposed to be reading, but we were giggling in the corner talking about something silly.  Our teacher, Ms. Lewis, approached us and scolded us because we weren’t reading.  As I grow older my days become crazier and busier, I wish that someone would yell at me now for not reading!

This is the Holiday Season, a time where we hope to slow down but we are actually sped up.  We rush around fighting traffic, blasting noise, and sometimes forget to take a minute and drop everything…to read and listen.

Ashley and I complied a list of a few of suggestions to read and listen to (as well as make and watch) which will hopefully help you unwind, feel inspired, and breathe.  *not everything on this list is food related


Serial.  If you are not on social media or haven’t listened to This American Life ever, let me introduce you to this podcast.  It is riveting.  The greatest part about it is it isn’t boring..like some podcasts (sorry folks). I listen to it while cooking, running, or even just driving around.  You should listen to Serial while eating cereal…or granola in my case.

The Splendid TableFake Vegetables 

Lynn Rosetto Kasper.  How can you not love that voice?  I find myself entranced by this show.  This episode is from a few weeks back.  Take a listen.


Elizabeth Ehrlich- Miriam’s Kitchen 

Michael Pollan – Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

-really you should read some Pollan, he gives good insight into the food world.

Peter Mayle – A Year in Provence (soooo much good eating in this one!)


Kitchen Vignettes- ANY of the videos are worth your time.


Ina Garten’s Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup

Gluten Free Grapefruit Custard from The Bojon Gourmet

By | 2014-12-07T22:49:22+00:00 December 2nd, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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At Mary Lee Kitchen, we believe that what we eat matters. Each of us has the right to know what is in our food. Over the years the food industry has negatively impacted our health and well being. This has caused the rise of food allergies, food sensitivities, rise in child obesity- which are just a few of the harmful side effects of the food manufactures created. It is time for us to implement change. I am a food artisan that creates allergy free products that are made in a sustainable way. Through my own experience with rare food allergies, I have learned how to cook in a way that is inclusive for all diets. Through food education, recipes, and products I support the gathering of all people around the kitchen table.

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