New Cooking Challenges + Pumpkin Simple Syrup

By | 2016-10-03T10:56:04+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Condiments + Basics, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Cooking is hard in my house lately. On doctor’s orders, we are doing two months of dietary restrictions, and it has thrown all of our eating habits into an uproar. Confession, I didn’t think it would be this hard. I mean, my husband was already intolerant of gluten, meaning that we have gluten free meals all of the time, essentially. Not to mention that I am part of a blog and business that deals with food allergies and making allergy-friendly [...]

Date Paste Sweetener

By | 2017-05-03T13:13:45+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Condiments + Basics, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  One of my favorite ingredient substitutions is dates in place of sweeteners. They still are high in sugar but they have other great benefits, like reduce blood pressure and a good source of fiber. I like making date paste. It's easy and can keep in the freezer for 3 months! If you are looking for other great substitutions, head over to our education section, and check out my top 8 corn substitutions... having good substitutions on hand makes cooking and baking easier, and prevents [...]

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 [...]

Fall Changes + Tahini Crusted Baked Tilapia

By | 2016-09-13T12:01:19+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 learned on our break this [...]

Vacation Manifesto + Back-burner Tomato Sauce

By | 2016-09-07T12:35:41+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 adults, we can take them [...]

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

By | 2016-04-27T20:26:45+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 is a basic pantry guide [...]

San Francisco, Montreal + Megan Makes Cookies

By | 2016-04-19T13:07:39+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My sister, Caitlin, and I spent last week climbing and eating our way through the hills of San Francisco. (Full disclosure: neither of us must contend with any food intolerances, so we did not have to do any prerequisite planning around that). However, one of the perks of living in or traveling to a larger city, of course, is the increased availability of delicious food that does fit into a modified diet. Many of the menus from restaurants where we [...]

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 [...]

Explore the World with Your Palate + Gluten Free Tabbouleh

By | 2016-04-15T18:44:14+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Culture has always been synonymous with food for me. Being from a large city with countless inhabitants whose people originate from far away places is as exciting as it is delicious. As a child, I loved to try new foods from different countries. It told me about what was important to that culture, which is usually family. It is also a great lesson in sustainability. A quick glance at any culture’s food teaches about what is local to the region [...]

Birthday Reflection + Red Juice

By | 2016-04-12T14:50:09+00:00 April 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This week I turned 30. Yes, 30. Depending on your age, 30 might sound like I have the rest of my life ahead of me; like I am still very young. Or, 30 might sound mature and experienced, like I am now firmly on the side of adulthood and no longer in the fun-loving years of my 20s. Either way, 30 is a major milestone. I am no longer in a decade of life where I finish multiple major life [...]