Thanksgiving Reflections + Gluten Free Pumpkin Granola

By | 2017-03-10T11:59:18+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Thanksgiving is a difficult holiday for me. I love the gatherings of friends and loved ones, but I am not always full of thanks, especially these past few years. My husband and I have had a really rough time trying to figure out our careers, our faith, where to live, family life, and a lot more stuff--which can be pretty common to all of us! The hardest part is that I am not with my family for the holiday. Ever [...]

Thankfulness through Serving + Pumpkin Spice Latte

By | 2016-10-07T14:47:58+00:00 October 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Food and Faith, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , |

We are reposting this in honor of the birthday of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte  Thanksgiving is right around the corner for us folks living in the United States. It marks a time to remember what we are thankful for, having an attitude of gratitude, and preparing for the largest feast most of us will partake in during the year. There are so many things that I am grateful for, but one of the main things that I am grateful for [...]

French Roast Chicken + Ashley’s Typical Thanksgiving Feast

By | 2016-05-17T10:00:52+00:00 November 25th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes, Soy Free|Tags: |

It has been several years since my husband or I have been able to make the journey back for Thanksgiving with either of our families. In the absence of yearly celebrations with our families, we have created a new “normal” for Thanksgiving. A typical day of feasting begins days in advance with shopping and preparation. After gathering vegetables, fruits, and dry goods, I roughly sketch a schedule for myself. I tend to be an organized person, and having a written [...]

Food, Family, and Thanksgiving Stuffing

By | 2016-05-17T10:02:12+00:00 November 15th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Vegetarian|Tags: |

This is the time of year when my thoughts turn with excitement towards large feasts and the gathering of friends and family. I imagine recipes, those that have succeeded swimmingly in the past and those I would like to try, and dream of menus. I coordinate with others to make sure that we craft a space that is inviting and meaningful to all who gather. And I eagerly anticipate the consuming of delicious foods. Because no matter how chaotic or [...]

Sister Love + Thanksgiving Green Beans

By | 2016-05-17T10:02:25+00:00 November 10th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes|Tags: , |

Thanksgiving was always the big holiday in my family. We’d go to my maternal grandparents for a few days and eat until our pants were so tight they were going to bust. My grandmother, the controller of the kitchen, began making the food two weeks prior to our meal. Partly because she had a certain way of cooking things, and partly because our family was so large that she needed that much time to prepare.It was only after I was [...]

Because What We Eat Matters: Thanksgiving Reflections with Norman Wirzba

By | 2014-11-26T23:12:30+00:00 November 26th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Food and Faith, Table Conversation|Tags: , |

It is always an incredible opportunity to talk with someone who has provided inspiration to you, particularly on a topic you are passionate about. Recently, Elizabeth offered me the opportunity to speak with Dr. Norman Wirzba, a professor at Duke Divinity who writes and teaches and speaks on about food, agrarian practice, and ecology, among other things. His writing on food and faith has been highly formative as I slowly changed the way I approached buying, cooking, and thinking about [...]

Mary Lee’s Gluten Free Apple Pie

By | 2014-11-26T17:15:23+00:00 November 25th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , |

This is a recipe that I shared with Abundant Harvest Organics about a month ago.  I wanted to share it with all of you now that it is Thanksgiving week and we are feverishly rushing around getting all of our ingredients together. […]

Making Food Traditions … and Sun-dried Tomatoes

By | 2014-11-13T22:19:00+00:00 November 13th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , , , , |

Prepare your ingredients (tomatoes, oregano, salt, pepper, and other herbs) Holiday traditions are hard. No two ways around it, whether you love them or hate them, traditions take work to keep up, and work to establish. Why, you ask, might I be thinking about this? Well, I am most likely hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year. As hostess, I want to make sure that my friends and guests have that particular food that makes Thanksgiving actually Thanksgiving [...]

Thanksgiving + Peanut Butter Cookies

By | 2017-08-16T13:13:28+00:00 November 23rd, 2012|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , |

It has been a few weeks since I have written last.  So much has changed--I have a new website: www.maryleecatering.com (it is still in process, but check it out).  The Holiday Season is quickly upon us, and I can't seem to change my kitchen menu fast enough. It is hard to find differing recipes for Halloween, and then for  Thanksgiving, and of course for Christmas… On top of the change of menus there is also a change of season and weather--which [...]