10 Tips for Saving Money and Navigating Farmer’s Markets

By | 2017-12-07T13:11:59+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , , , , |

These 10 Tips will help you navigate your local farmer's market, get the best tasting produce for a good price, and build a community.

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 [...]

Elizabeth and Ashley’s Herb Tips + Tricks

By | 2016-03-07T14:36:55+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Recipes, Table Conversation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

No matter where in the country you are, the days are getting warmer. Here, in Pasadena we had temperatures in the 90s last week! Naturally, our minds turn toward making fresh and light foods in the springtime, particularly with fresh herbs. Ashley and I have small containers of herbs that we grow year round, so naturally the herbs act as a complement in our cooking. Below, we have listed some of our favorite ways to better feature herbs, elevating their [...]

Taking Time to Slow Down and Eat + Vegan Sweet Potato Chili

By | 2016-03-04T17:28:04+00:00 March 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I can’t tell tell you how many times I skip meals and just graze on whatever is around me.  By the time I get home I am famished and hangry (hungry + angry). Whoever is in my path is going to get destroyed, so let this be your warning. I forget to enjoy my food. I forget that I can really love food. I forget that food is an important element that keeps us alive. Loving food is something I [...]

In Like a Lion + Jalapeño Apple ‘Slaw

By | 2016-03-03T15:40:01+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Did you ever hear the phrase that March “comes in like a lion and out like a lamb” when you were growing up? I did. And if this phrase is true in Southern California, then our lion is hot, dry, and confused. By all accounts, the intense year of El Niño rain that we were promised is either fashionably late or not showing up. It’s likely that the phrase just doesn’t apply here, but the memories of moving from the [...]

Food On Level Ground

By | 2016-05-17T10:02:45+00:00 November 7th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes|Tags: , , |

*disclaimer: This piece is an opinion piece and has a different of a format than most of our pieces. There is a recipe below. This butternut squash recipe can be found after the article. I spent the afternoon talking with the Executive Director of Level Ground, Samantha Curley, a non-profit in Los Angeles that “creates safe space for dialogue about faith, gender, and sexuality through the arts.” We talked about how her non-profit was once again in the [...]

say hello to ashley.

By | 2014-10-23T18:31:17+00:00 October 10th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

If you are a frequent Mary Lee Kitchen follower through the blog, social media, or recipes, then you have probably noticed that there are changes happening around here.  The company has grown into a production company that also wants to help educate people on the idea of food and the "table". As the company enters into this new transition, I've realized I need some help writing for the blog, enter my good friend, Ashley.  She in now a co-blogger on this [...]

Time for Change

By | 2015-01-13T21:09:58+00:00 September 2nd, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Once again summer has come and gone all too quickly. My mother told me when I was young that this would happen, but I never am quite prepared for it. During the summertime, I usually have all of these exciting ideas, plans, and hopefully the possibility of rest, but in all actuality, I finish maybe one project at most! This creates a pretty deep hole of disappointment. I push and push and push myself all of the time to find [...]

The First Step to Change

By | 2017-01-27T14:33:54+00:00 February 4th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Finding the time to workout, eat right, sleep the eight hours you are supposed to have, meditate, spend time with friends and family, clean the house, and still do all the other things you have to do is OUTRAGEOUS! The excuse I hear the most when it comes to a person’s diet is, “I don’t have time.” Well, look at the list above. You’re right we don’t have time. However, I encourage you to stop feeling guilty when you don’t [...]

How to Avoid Holiday Stress + Probiotic Smoothie

By | 2017-01-27T11:29:03+00:00 December 16th, 2013|Categories: Blog, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Wintertime can be filled with craziness.  It is the holiday season and people’s moods are not always the cheerful kind that we hear about in Christmas songs. Stress is heightened and our moods are not always the best.  We get stressed out about finances, food, gifts, decorating, parties, looking good in our party wear, and the list goes on and on.  It feels like the 2 week vacation that kids get off from school is more overwhelming than not. [...]