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Recipes 2017-03-30T21:39:05+00:00

Thanksgiving Reflections + Gluten Free Pumpkin Granola

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 [...]

November Thoughts + Quinoa Zucchini Lasagna

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 [...]

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

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 [...]

FORAGING FOR PECANS + SPICY PUMPKIN SOUP

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 [...]

Craving Fall + Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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 [...]

Emotional Connection to Pumpkin + Spiced Pumpkin Rum Martini

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 [...]

Thankfulness through Serving + Pumpkin Spice Latte

We are reposting this in honor of the birthday of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte  Thanksgiving is right around the corner for us folks living in the United States. It marks a time to remember what we are thankful for, having an attitude of gratitude, and preparing for the largest feast most of us will partake in during the year. There are so many things that I am grateful for, but one of the main things [...]

New Cooking Challenges + Pumpkin Simple Syrup

Cooking is hard in my house lately. On doctor’s orders, we are doing two months of dietary restrictions, and it has thrown all of our eating habits into an uproar. Confession, I didn’t think it would be this hard. I mean, my husband was already intolerant of gluten, meaning that we have gluten free meals all of the time, essentially. Not to mention that I am part of a blog and business that deals with [...]

Date Paste Sweetener

  One of my favorite ingredient substitutions is dates in place of sweeteners. They still are high in sugar but they have other great benefits, like reduce blood pressure and a good source of fiber. I like making date paste. It's easy and can keep in the freezer for 3 months! If you are looking for other great substitutions, head over to our education section, and check out my top 8 corn substitutions... having good substitutions on hand makes cooking [...]

Food and Creativity + Overnight Oats

For me, like for many people, the food I eat falls into patterns. I’ll eat the same thing for breakfast every day for weeks on end. I’ll make the same sandwich for lunch over and over again. I have a handful of go-to dinner recipes and when I can’t think of what to make and I’m hungry, I’ll throw one of them together. And then, one day, I’ll be sick of having the same things [...]