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 [...]

Local Eating and Lemon Bars

By | 2016-03-07T18:25:48+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A few years ago, around this time, I made a decision. You could probably call it a self-challenge. I committed to only eating and drinking at local food businesses. That is, if a business had locations outside of Los Angeles County (or perhaps Orange County) I decided not to eat there for a year. So I was determined to frequent only local coffee shops, coffee roasters, fast food, bars, and restaurants. I like giving myself challenges like this. Maybe some [...]

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 [...]

Another Reason I Eat Local + Jalapeno Leek Fritters

By | 2016-02-20T22:49:23+00:00 January 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes|Tags: , , , , |

Last month I took part in an anonymous gift exchange and received the most amazing gift. My benefactor found a local roaster and decided to give me a pound of their mouth-wateringly fragrant coffee. Guys. It was delicious. The coffee, a Brazilian bean with flavors of maple syrup and almonds, was so rich and intense. I adored it--my adoration fueled in part by the fact that the roaster donates 10 pounds of food to local food banks (over 800,000 pounds [...]

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 [...]