First Discovered Food Allergies + Caprese Salad

By | 2016-06-02T15:05:59+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Shellfish Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Let me confess something: I don’t have any food allergies. This is something I have mentioned in the past that I feel it’s important to continue to acknowledge. I am married to someone with a gluten intolerance, and have many friends with varying food allergies, intolerances, or other restrictions, but I, Ashley, am not allergic to anything. Why would I tell you this? May is food allergy awareness month, as you may have gathered from some of our other posts. [...]

First Awareness of Food Allergies + Parsi Chana Curry

By | 2016-05-26T14:25:33+00:00 May 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Well, funny story… I actually first became aware of food allergies through my brother. In high school, he had a long bout of daily hives due to some unknown substance. My mother went on a mission to identify the culprit, including eliminating every common food allergen: nuts, berries, diary, etc., from our diets and slowly introducing them back. Well, mostly his diet, but we were often along for the ride. That was miserable. I’m sure more for him, but I [...]

Food Allergy Awareness + GF Mini Blueberry Muffins

By | 2016-05-23T16:32:11+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , |

This month is food allergy awareness month. A whole month dedicated to helping raise more understanding of food allergies and how to find food for people who have food allergies. As you may know, we have a gluten-free cookie product line -- which makes for a perfect pairing with food allergy awareness month. And there has not been a single event that someone doesn’t approach the table and criticize the cookies for being gluten free and remarks about how they [...]

Spiced Salmon with Curry Dip

By | 2016-05-09T12:02:12+00:00 May 9th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Mary Lee Community, Paleo, Recipes|Tags: , , , , |

Michelle Lee is the author of The Young Skin Diet and Living Luxe Gluten Free cookbook. Make sure to check out all of her recipes!  My father-in-law worked in hospitality.  Perhaps because of that experience, or maybe because he was born with it, he had a gift for entertaining and hosted fantastic dinner parties.  He made it look effortless.  At last, he shared one of his secrets – this recipe – with me.  It was his standby for gatherings, and [...]

GF Foods Taste Different, but That’s Not Bad + GF Lemon Tea Cake

By | 2016-05-06T17:20:11+00:00 May 6th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Do you remember Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham” ? I had this rhyming story of two people discussing when to eat green eggs and ham first read to me by my kindergarten teacher, Ms. Lacy. Afterward, we shared green eggs and ham (which consisted of scrambled eggs dyed green, with pieces of ham mixed in.) I remember thinking it was the most disgusting thing, and didn’t want to eat it, even though I loved scrambled eggs and ham--when they [...]

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 [...]

How Fishing Changed My Perspective + Baked Halibut

By | 2016-04-24T10:42:12+00:00 April 24th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , |

As a child, I lived down the street from my three older male cousins. They were your stereotypical Texas boys who played sports, hunted, and fished; and as their younger female cousin, they felt it was important that they teach me to partake in these activities along with them. So, in first grade, I embarked on my first fishing trip and joined my extended family on a trip to the Wichita Mountains. I remember it being a hot summer day, [...]

Eating your Greens + Megan’s Spin on Green Beans

By | 2016-04-24T10:38:39+00:00 April 21st, 2016|Categories: Mary Lee Community|Tags: , , , , |

Green is my favorite color. I am pretty sure it always has been. And even though I had the perfunctory “I hate cooked spinach” phase as a young one, I usually like most green foods, as well. As I have previously discussed on this blog, Brussels sprouts and asparagus are staples on my weekly rotation of vegetables. I also love fresh spinach salads. Spinach is quite the versatile green, meaning I can have salad multiple times throughout the week, but [...]

Food Nostalgia + GF Bread Machine Recipe

By | 2016-04-19T17:03:10+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , |

Lately I have been thinking a lot about bread. Several of my colleagues greatly enjoy quality bread, and their enthusiasm for the qualities of “the loaf” have rekindled my own passion for it. As a child, my mother would make a loaf in her bread machine each week. We bought flour by the 25-pound bag at Sam’s Club or Costco, and learned early on that the “thump thump thump” sound during the mix cycle meant the dough was too dry. [...]

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 [...]