SUPER EASY GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

By | 2016-04-18T21:14:20+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I don’t think of myself as being much of a cook. Which is maybe a weird way to introduce my first contribution to a food blog, but one of the great things about the Mary Lee Kitchen community is that everyone has a place at the table—even those who are culinarily challenged like me. It’s less that I’m a bad cook as it is that I’m an excessively time-crunched one (who doesn’t relate to that?) I usually have way less [...]

Easy Rice Pilaf

By | 2017-08-12T11:55:02+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Food Education, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

What is rice pilaf? Rice pilaf simply means that rice was cooked with broth, not water. It is different than a risotto for few different reasons, although both of them use broth in the preparation. In this easy rice pilaf, we add some common spices to give the pilaf extra flavor. As with most basic dishes, it is the perfect accompaniment to a meat or hearty vegetable dish. Sometimes, we just eat it plain. If you are like us, you [...]

Avoiding Hidden Corn Ingredients

By | 2017-08-12T12:13:52+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , |

After I got diagnosed with food allergies, Celiac Disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), I enrolled in a certificate program for nutrition and health to learn how to eat and understand what is happening in my body. This was also around the time that I discovered that I am not alone; many people are affected by the food that we consume. One of the largest hidden components of the food we eat is corn--something that I am allergic to. Since [...]

Brown Rice Pocho

By | 2016-04-05T09:31:04+00:00 March 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This basic and easy to make recipe is the third part of a delicious team when paired with the Matooke and Groundnut Sauce. I would also make it to go with curry or spicy dishes that need a more neutral flavor to soothe the heat. Brown Rice Pocho   Save Print Prep time 1 min Cook time 30 mins Total time 31 mins   Author: Elizabeth Eichhorn Recipe type: Side Serves: 4 servings Ingredients 1 cup brown rice flour 2 [...]

Tending to the Cycle of Life + Ugandan Matooke

By | 2016-03-14T12:01:27+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

*Disclaimer: This post discusses the resurrection of Christ; which is a key part of the Christian faith around the world. Have you ever eaten something that you grew in your garden? I recently pulled out what I thought was a weed, but was actually a potato! How might this have gotten into my succulent garden? Well, my husband and I compost, and when our bin is filled, we bury the remaining scraps in the dirt, and it just so happened [...]

Chicken Sausage Dolmas

By | 2016-03-10T14:47:21+00:00 March 10th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I don't know if I have mentioned this, but my husband and I live with another couple and their baby (it helps when you live in Southern California). The other husband is part Syrian and has made something that he calls "yebret" (Mediterranean Grape Leaf Rolls). He recently made some, but had leftover grape leaves...so I decided to make dolmas. We found a local Greek grocery store that carries grape leaves that are gluten and corn free.   I began by placing [...]

Spring + Strawberry Lemon Crumb Bars

By | 2016-03-09T16:10:10+00:00 March 9th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It’s here! What seems like a fleeting moment in the course of a year is finally upon us and will fade as quickly as it appeared. Now, I am generally a fan of fall, with its cooling weather, falling leaves, and delicious hot drinks to warm us. However, these next few weeks are by far some of my favorite in Southern California. That’s right, the ultimate sign that spring is arriving–the sweet, intoxicating aroma of blooming orange blossoms. If you [...]

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 [...]

Summer Greens Salad

By | 2016-05-17T10:06:16+00:00 July 3rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , |

Salads are an ideal summer food. They are crisp and water-filled, in season, and full of flavor. They are often obligatory side dishes for people who prefer healthy eating. Salads are neglected and undervalued dishes because they tend to be boring at best and anemic at worst; they lack inspiration. Like other salad aficionados, the Mary Lee Kitchen team viewed the green salad as an opportunity for creative license. We contemplated the potential ingredients, variations in bases (see our Bean [...]

Welcome to Summer

By | 2016-05-17T09:49:26+00:00 June 11th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Welcome to June! For many, Memorial Day weekend functions as the start of summer. Colleges are ending their semesters, schools are almost done, and temperatures are finally warm enough to consistently wear shorts and sandals. The Mary Lee Kitchen team can practically smell the cookouts, beach days, and long summer nights filled with food and conversation. Although summer hasn’t yet officially begun—hurry up June 21—we wanted to try something new in our posts this month. We all love to host [...]