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

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 [...]

5 Tips for Setting up a Gluten-Free Kitchen + Tuna Pasta Salad

You may have already read the post on pantry must-haves when starting to live gluten free or corn free. If you haven’t, I highly suggest it, because one of the hardest parts about beginning to eat in a new way is changing your lifestyle and relationship with food. As people, we begin our food habits as infants and toddlers. Those ways of thinking about food are deeply ingrained, and discovering as an adult that you [...]

First Awareness of Food Allergies + Parsi Chana Curry

Well, funny story… I actually first became aware of food allergies through my brother. In high school, he had a long bout of daily hives due to some unknown substance. My mother went on a mission to identify the culprit, including eliminating every common food allergen: nuts, berries, diary, etc., from our diets and slowly introducing them back. Well, mostly his diet, but we were often along for the ride. That was miserable. I’m sure [...]

Food Allergy Awareness + The “Original” Mary Lee Kitchen Cookies

I didn’t cook anything for this week’s blog post, although I did eat all kinds of allergy-friendly food--and not always intentionally, which I think is a good omen for my involvement in this venture! Instead, I am using this time to reflect on the past several months I’ve been exploring the Mary Lee Kitchen recipe archives and trying out foods I know and love, but altered in small ways in order to be enjoyed by [...]

Food Allergy Awareness + GF Mini Blueberry Muffins

This month is food allergy awareness month. A whole month dedicated to helping raise more understanding of food allergies and how to find food for people who have food allergies. As you may know, we have a gluten-free cookie product line -- which makes for a perfect pairing with food allergy awareness month. And there has not been a single event that someone doesn’t approach the table and criticize the cookies for being gluten free [...]

My Sister’s Celiac + Leek & Zucchini Pie

One of the reasons I was so keen to guest blog for Mary Lee Kitchen is that I’ve watched my sister struggle with being 100% gluten free for the last five years. After her diagnosis with Celiac Disease, her life changed dramatically. Meal planning and eating became a daunting process---she left behind the days of casually eating out with friends or stopping for a quick sandwich while traveling. I’m endlessly impressed with how gracefully she [...]

Spiced Salmon with Curry Dip

Michelle Lee is the author of The Young Skin Diet and Living Luxe Gluten Free cookbook. Make sure to check out all of her recipes!  My father-in-law worked in hospitality.  Perhaps because of that experience, or maybe because he was born with it, he had a gift for entertaining and hosted fantastic dinner parties.  He made it look effortless.  At last, he shared one of his secrets – this recipe – with me.  It was [...]

GF Foods Taste Different, but That’s Not Bad + GF Lemon Tea Cake

Do you remember Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham” ? I had this rhyming story of two people discussing when to eat green eggs and ham first read to me by my kindergarten teacher, Ms. Lacy. Afterward, we shared green eggs and ham (which consisted of scrambled eggs dyed green, with pieces of ham mixed in.) I remember thinking it was the most disgusting thing, and didn’t want to eat it, even though I loved [...]

Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary from The Kitchen Expert

this recipe was shared with Mary Lee Community by Kitchen Expert If you are only ever going to really master a single recipe, let it be this one! Much everyone on the planet goes crazy for a nice roasted chicken with garlic and rosemary, but you’re going to be able to elevate things even further by changing out those big fat roasters most grocery stores try and pedal and instead give everyone that you’re having [...]

Five Tips for Stocking a Gluten-Free Pantry + Greens Salad with Apple and Pecan

A line from the sound of music came to me as I prepared to write this post: "let's start at the very beginning. A very good place to start." And when it comes to cooking or baking gluten free, I completely agree. You can master all of the skills of cooking, baking, or substituting, but if you don't have the ingredients, it's going to be more than a little challenging to make the food. Below [...]

Persian Kuku from The Delightful Table

this is recipe was originally posted on The Delightful Table Spring has sprung and the Spring Equinox also happens to be Persian New Year.  I've always been closer to and identified more with the Spanish side of my family.  After all, my Persian grandmother and my father both immigrated to Spain when my dad was a kid so there's also a lot of Spanish influence on my Persian side.  Even so, I have always tried to connect with [...]