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 [...]

Sustainability + Slow-Cooker Carnitas

By | 2016-04-11T17:33:28+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This month, I’ve been thinking about the word “sustainability.” Yes, sustainable means what you think it means. Merriam-Webster defines it as “able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed.” But it is also  comprised of two separate words: “sustain” and “able” –something that is able to sustain. Ok, so maybe this isn’t a massive revelation, but before you roll your eyes, let’s pursue this idea. Sustainability is a big part of my community’s vernacular, and we’ve ignored [...]

How to Divide a Whole Chicken

By | 2016-03-30T12:02:35+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Originally posted on April 2014. I began buying whole chickens a few years ago when I was doing a little cost comparing while grocery shopping. Fear overcame me because I did not know how to cut a chicken! And it felt gross! But after watching this video a few times, and practicing on a few chickens, I saw how easy it actually is. After a few weeks, I realized the my ethics had shifted, and I wanted to buy whole chickens because [...]

Mandarin Orange Soy Ginger Kale Salad

By | 2016-03-15T10:19:17+00:00 March 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

*this was originally posted on March 2, 2015.  The month of March is about Spring and all that comes with it. For some it’s spring cleaning and gardening, while others celebrate St. Patrick’s day, but I also want to note that it is Women's History month. So, as you prepare the delicious salad, below, think about the women who have meant a great deal in your life and have helped you get to where you are. Now, onto salads. I think [...]

Tending to the Cycle of Life + Ugandan Matooke

By | 2016-03-14T12:01:27+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

*Disclaimer: This post discusses the resurrection of Christ; which is a key part of the Christian faith around the world. Have you ever eaten something that you grew in your garden? I recently pulled out what I thought was a weed, but was actually a potato! How might this have gotten into my succulent garden? Well, my husband and I compost, and when our bin is filled, we bury the remaining scraps in the dirt, and it just so happened [...]

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-loving Jetsetter + Cauliflower Breadsticks

By | 2016-02-04T11:01:18+00:00 February 5th, 2016|Categories: Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, Recipes, Vegetarian|Tags: , |

By the time this post goes live, I will be in the first part of a jetsetting week and a half, interviewing for a couple of different positions across the country. And, in addition to preparing for the interviews themselves, I began an itinerary for food destinations. Yep. Just as much as this is an interview trip, it is also a food adventure! But this is how I usually travel. For every trip I make, just after deciding where I [...]

Food Substitutes

By | 2016-01-22T17:09:23+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Paleo, Recipes|Tags: , |

When Elizabeth initially approached me about blogging for Mary Lee Kitchen, my first thought was, “Hmmm...ummm. Oof. How do I break it to her gently that I’m right in the middle of an X-Files binge that does not leave room for much else?” But sometimes we say yes to things because we want to be a good friend, and working outside of our comfort zone can be exhilarating. Additionally, the possibility of delicious food on the other side is something [...]

Guest Blogger: Lindsey Wright shares Lentil-Cauliflower Soup

By | 2016-05-17T09:45:44+00:00 December 26th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Food and Faith, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |

The holidays often end up becoming about indulgence. It’s the time of year that we’ve all decided that it’s ok to have all those extra sweets and appetizers, and by the time New Year’s Day comes around, many of us are feeling the effects of all the extras. You want to get back on track with something healthy, but you don’t want to feel like you’re on a diet. This is where one of my favorite cooks comes in- Angela [...]

Food Choices: Who can afford to be gluten-free?

By | 2015-01-13T21:07:06+00:00 July 11th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

As I was browsing Instagram the other day I came across a profile that set me off.   On this person’s description they described themselves as a connoisseur of local products and a locavore. This term, deemed by Michael Pollan, describes a person who is committed to eating food grown and produced locally.  The profile got me thinking of how we have categorized ourselves when it comes to eating. We have vegetarians, pescatarians, gluten-free, lacto-vegetarians, paleo diet, raw food, etc. The [...]