Thanksgiving Reflections + Gluten Free Pumpkin Granola

By | 2017-03-10T11:59:18+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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 family for the holiday. Ever [...]

Elizabeth’s Top 8 Corn Ingredient Substitutions

By | 2017-05-03T13:18:56+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This past Saturday night, instead of going out with friends or having a date night out with my husband, he and I decided to stay in and make a GREAT meal. And I do mean great. Lately, most of our time has been completely filled with extra meetings, assignments, friends, and travel, so we needed this time to reconnect to our kitchen. As I was prepping the dressing for a steak salad, I paused and realized that it didn’t take [...]

Food and Creativity + Overnight Oats

By | 2016-09-19T14:54:50+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 repeatedly and I have to [...]

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 [...]

Fresh Mint and Berry Smoothie

By | 2017-08-12T11:10:42+00:00 June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Corn Free, Egg Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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 to keep things interesting (and [...]

Patio Gardening + Mom’s Spring Omelet

By | 2016-03-02T18:55:58+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the small patio behind my Los Angeles apartment, I have a garden. Well...actually, I like to think of it more as an urban farm. Whatever it is, it’s a fun, informative, and delicious hobby. Recently, I’ve been spending time at the ‘ol patio farm watching last season’s plants reach the end of their lives as I get ready to plant for this season. Sitting off to the side of the patio, I have a dwarf lime tree. In the [...]

Nourishing Good Intentions + GF Sour Cream Coffee Cake

By | 2016-02-02T16:00:24+00:00 February 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , |

A few years ago, I’d asked Ashley to meet me for coffee at a local Starbucks. She kindly said that she’d love to, but asked if we could meet somewhere else. I was curious about the change of location--maybe it was the taste of the coffee? The ambience? I wasn’t sure. When we met up, I asked about her desire to change locations, and she informed me that she and her boyfriend were trying to only eat at local restaurants. [...]

Discovering New Comforts + Spiced Buckwheat Pancakes

By | 2016-05-17T10:06:54+00:00 December 23rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Mary Lee Community, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free|Tags: , |

Yams, Grandma’s macaroni and cheese, collard greens, beans, rolls, ham… This is what typically comes to mind when I think of traditional holiday foods. The holidays always meant being surrounded by family and an abundance of food. Whether Thanksgiving or Christmas, preparations began the night before with washing vegetables, soaking beans, and defrosting large birds or hams. The next morning, I rose early with the sun and my mother to help in the marathon of cooking and baking. My brothers [...]

Celiac Friendly Breakfast Puffs- Perfect for your Preschooler

By | 2015-09-04T08:59:14+00:00 September 4th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , , , |

This summer has given our family amazing opportunities to share our table with each other, with friends, and with family. We’ve been able to have (nearly) complete control over the battle against celiac disease and once the summer months end, it’s back to school, back to daycare, and back to a daily stress about whether or not Kye’s caretakers will be as vigilant about reading labels as we are. We’re fortunate to have people we know and trust who take [...]

Egg-free Breakfast Risotto

By | 2016-05-17T09:50:44+00:00 May 19th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , , , |

Every week we eat dinner with a group of friends. We call this sanctuary “community dinner” because it is a place where we build in person the kind of community that Mary Lee Kitchen hopes to build online around eating together. The group of people has changed over time, but the consistent part of community dinner is gluten and corn free (and often vegetarian or with meat on the side) potluck style eating. This way, each person can eat and [...]