Emotional Connection to Pumpkin + Spiced Pumpkin Rum Martini

By | 2016-10-13T15:09:36+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I didn’t really know Fall as a season until I moved to Alabama for college. The enormous trees started to change from deep hunter greens to bright oranges, yellows and reds around the middle of September, and stayed that way until Thanksgiving. I hadn’t experienced anything like this while growing up in the dry desert of West Texas. The Pumpkin Spice Latte also made a grand appearance into my life the fall of my freshman year of college. I resisted [...]

New Cooking Challenges + Pumpkin Simple Syrup

By | 2016-10-03T10:56:04+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Condiments + Basics, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Cooking is hard in my house lately. On doctor’s orders, we are doing two months of dietary restrictions, and it has thrown all of our eating habits into an uproar. Confession, I didn’t think it would be this hard. I mean, my husband was already intolerant of gluten, meaning that we have gluten free meals all of the time, essentially. Not to mention that I am part of a blog and business that deals with food allergies and making allergy-friendly [...]

Date Paste Sweetener

By | 2017-05-03T13:13:45+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Condiments + Basics, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  One of my favorite ingredient substitutions is dates in place of sweeteners. They still are high in sugar but they have other great benefits, like reduce blood pressure and a good source of fiber. I like making date paste. It's easy and can keep in the freezer for 3 months! If you are looking for other great substitutions, head over to our education section, and check out my top 8 corn substitutions... having good substitutions on hand makes cooking and baking easier, and prevents [...]

First Discovered Food Allergies + Caprese Salad

By | 2016-06-02T15:05:59+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Shellfish Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Let me confess something: I don’t have any food allergies. This is something I have mentioned in the past that I feel it’s important to continue to acknowledge. I am married to someone with a gluten intolerance, and have many friends with varying food allergies, intolerances, or other restrictions, but I, Ashley, am not allergic to anything. Why would I tell you this? May is food allergy awareness month, as you may have gathered from some of our other posts. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]