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 [...]

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 [...]

Easy Rice Pilaf

By | 2017-08-12T11:55:02+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Food Education, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

What is rice pilaf? Rice pilaf simply means that rice was cooked with broth, not water. It is different than a risotto for few different reasons, although both of them use broth in the preparation. In this easy rice pilaf, we add some common spices to give the pilaf extra flavor. As with most basic dishes, it is the perfect accompaniment to a meat or hearty vegetable dish. Sometimes, we just eat it plain. If you are like us, you [...]

The Challenge of Owning a Company + Groundnut Sauce

By | 2016-03-19T21:50:05+00:00 March 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is the first of a two part blog series. Do you have a hard time figuring out who you are or what defines you? I do. I think we all do. I am a person who believes in sustainability, but I will buy a plastic food container. I try to eat locally, but sometimes I crave mangoes. The challenge of balancing all of my feeling plagues me daily. One of the largest challenges I face is owning a business. [...]

Chicken Sausage Dolmas

By | 2016-03-10T14:47:21+00:00 March 10th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I don't know if I have mentioned this, but my husband and I live with another couple and their baby (it helps when you live in Southern California). The other husband is part Syrian and has made something that he calls "yebret" (Mediterranean Grape Leaf Rolls). He recently made some, but had leftover grape leaves...so I decided to make dolmas. We found a local Greek grocery store that carries grape leaves that are gluten and corn free.   I began by placing [...]

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 [...]

Our Favorite Sides + Bacon Leek Mac and Cheese

By | 2015-10-23T15:57:17+00:00 October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: |

I have a guilty confession to make: side dishes are my favorite part of dinner. Entrees are often meat, and frankly the average cook has a limited number of ways that they prepare meat. Sides, however, seem to naturally vary, which I love. I also love cheese. I try to include it in my daily and weekly meals whenever I reasonably (or creatively) can. This often means that I eat cheese for snacks, sneak it into soups, and stuff it [...]

New in 2013 + Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

By | 2017-10-29T19:31:45+00:00 December 29th, 2012|Categories: Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

How have the holidays come and are almost gone? I am totally experiencing the Holiday Blues this year! I started and almost finished the entirety of the show "Parenthood," and became very attached the characters. However, now that the holiday weeks are winding down and I am back into a routine, I wanted to share with all of you some of the things Mary Lee Catering will be doing for 2013: There is now a weekly post going live on [...]