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 [...]

Fresh Greens Salad with Apple + Pecan

By | 2018-03-04T17:11:09+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Categories: Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As spring arrives and the farmers markets begin to fill back up with fresh produce, I am always drawn the the section with fresh greens. There is something so vibrant about the color green in the spring, especially if the plants outdoors have been hibernating during the winter. The green seems to pop out with all the enthusiasm of the changing season. In the aisle of the farmer's market, this is practically a beacon that guides me in. Before I [...]

Five Tips for Stocking a Gluten-Free Pantry

By | 2018-03-04T17:20:55+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|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 [...]

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 [...]