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

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

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? [...]

Fall Changes + Tahini Crusted Baked Tilapia

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 [...]

Vacation Manifesto + Back-burner Tomato Sauce

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 [...]

Strawberry Margaritas + Simple Syrup

I absolutely love margaritas. Being a girl from Texas, this is not a surprising fact, but seriously the love for them has grown over the years. After realizing I had Celiac my alcohol consumption came to an abrupt halt until I knew which alcohols I could have without getting sick. Enter tequila!  A few quick facts about tequila: #nationaltequiladay is recognized on July 23 tequila is plant based produced from the heart of the agave [...]

Chew the World + Allergy Friendly Potatoes and Fried Chicken

Food allergies are abnormal responses to certain foods that are triggered by the body’s immune system. An estimated 4% of adults and 6 % of children suffer from food allergies. Any food can cause an adverse reaction but there are certain foods that are particularly notorious such as shellfish, peanuts, eggs, milk, soy and wheat. Below are four nutritious food allergy friendly recipes that you can easily prepare. Potatoes and Fried Chicken   Save Print [...]

Why I Eat Allergy Friendly + Homemade Ketchup

Have you ever had a moment where you felt like Ralphie in A Christmas Story, standing outside the window and looking in at something you really, really wanted? Or like Tiny Tim in Dickens’ Christmas Carol, watching someone feast when you were starving? These are classic examples of being excluded from something that is hoped for with great longing. Literature, film, and theater are all filled with examples of people who desperately wanted to be [...]

Dinner in Istanbul + Mediterranean Couscous Salad

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 [...]

Celebrate All Moments + Parsnip Fries

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 [...]

Top 5 Summer Spots in NYC

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Fresh Mint and Berry Smoothie

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 [...]

First Discovered Food Allergies + Caprese Salad

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 [...]