Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

By | 2017-05-03T12:57:38+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Categories: Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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? Baked goods. What could be [...]

5 Tips for Setting Up a Gluten Free Kitchen

By | 2017-05-03T13:04:45+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , |

You may have already read the post on setting up a gluten-free pantry  when you made the  jump and started 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 entire 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 [...]

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

By | 2016-05-17T15:13:29+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Gluten Free|Tags: , , |

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 all. As I’ve mentioned before, [...]

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 [...]

Gluten-free Challenges + Mango Lassi

By | 2016-03-30T12:09:58+00:00 March 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I first started dating my husband, I received a cookbook for gluten free meals from my mother, who has always loved making food for other people. She had learned from me that he was, and is, intolerant of gluten. For him, this means that if he has more than one serving of something with wheat/gluten every week or so, he begins to show some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Thankfully for us, his reactions aren't anaphylactic shock, [...]

Megan’s Adventures in GF + Mary Lee Kitchen’s GF Apple Crisp

By | 2016-01-30T12:06:48+00:00 January 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Vegetarian|Tags: |

Apple crisp has long been a favorite dessert of mine. It hits all the notes I crave in something sweet : the texture of the apples, cooked down but with their last crunch still in tact; the buttery richness of the streusel topping; and the “blank slate” quality of the dish, to which any number of additions or substitutions can be made. As Elizabeth noted in the original blog post that I used for this recipe, apple crisp can actually [...]

It’s My Birthday…Let’s Celebrate

By | 2015-08-23T08:54:58+00:00 August 23rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , , |

I turn 30 today! Another decade crossed off and I feel vulnerable about it. Turning 30 isn’t the issue, what bothers me is how much more frequent comparing myself to others has become in the past few months. Anna Wintour, the Editor-in-Chief for Vogue, is known to have wrote that by the time a woman is 30, they should have a signature scent and haircut. I read that about 15 years ago and thought that my signature smell would be [...]

Crockpot Tequila Lime Chicken + Holding a New Full-Time Job

By | 2015-08-21T16:45:24+00:00 August 21st, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , , , |

As you may have noticed from last week’s “Best Thing About Our Week” portion of our newsletter, I am transitioning between two jobs. Aside from writing for Mary Lee Kitchen I’ve worked my way through graduate school and the hodge-podge of part-time jobs, classwork, and research the degree required. Now I begin a new phase of full-time, 9-5 work. It will be an adjustment, to say the least.One of my biggest concerns about entering the “standard” workforce is losing the [...]

How a cheese platter took my beach experience to the next level.

By | 2016-05-17T09:52:17+00:00 July 28th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Recipes|Tags: , , , , |

I grew up in San Diego where the weather is perfect, the people are friendly, the traffic is nonexistent and the beaches are only 15 minutes away! And yet, I hated going to the beach. This was my reality as the youngest of seven siblings: I was constantly surrounded by cousins, nephews, aunt and uncles, brother- and sister-in-laws. And when we went to the beach—and we went a lot—it was this whole production, five or six cars caravanning towards the [...]

BBQ Chicken {GF + CF}

By | 2015-07-03T16:10:48+00:00 July 3rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , , |

I don't know about you, but I feel like my summer's get shorter and I find myself longing for the childhood summers where I used to play from Memorial Day until Labor Day. As an adult, the best way that I know to celebrate summer is through BBQs. This weekend is the Fourth of July and most grills, including mine, will be ablaze and roasting food for BBQs. BBQs used to be a great time to gather with friends and [...]