An interview with artist Phaedra Taylor + homemade kimchi


Phaedra Taylor, artist, mom, and wife to the Director of Fuller Theological Seminary’s Brehm Center for the Arts in Texas. The couple, along with their daughter, recently moved back to Texas after spending a few years in North Carolina, where David was finishing his PhD. I met the couple many years ago in Texas. Phaedra’s presence was captivating and I wanted to know more about her art and the way how she lives a sustainably. I am so honored that she decided to share her story with Mary Lee ...

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Living Luxe: Gluten Free and Lactose Free Recipes

Today, I want to introduce you to Living Luxe Gluten Free, a company dedicated to creating recipes that are gluten and lactose free. Michelle Lee, the recipe creator, recently released a cookbook and shared it with Mary Lee Kitchen.  The cover is beautiful. The photos inside, mesmerizing. I was so excited to get into the kitchen and try one of the recipes.  Michelle’s recipes are heavily influenced by her time she spent in Spain. The spices and aroma of each dish filled my kitchen and I could ...

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Offbeat + Inspired shares Coffee + Maple Spiced Nuts


As some of the country is preparing for even more cold weather this weekend, we want to encourage you to recreate this wonderful snack.  We are so excited to share with you Offbeat + Inspired's recipe for Coffee + Maple Spiced Nuts! This recipe is a great one to warm you and your loved ones up this weekend. Print Coffee + Maple Spiced Nuts Author: Offbeat + Inspired Recipe type: Snack Cuisine: Gluten Free Corn Free Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  ...

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Coq au Vin: Bringing France to California


Lately I have been on a French kick. Mostly I am remembering my Paris adventures with Elizabeth. We explored the nooks and crannies of the city, drinking coffee in cafes and looking at the art and architecture of the city.  There’s a lock-covered bridge in Paris that evoked powerful feelings in me; the symbols of eternal love were so tangible and compelling. At the end of each day, we selected a restaurant and sampled fantastic food, soaking in the rhythms of the city and its people. One ...

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Creativity in Love and Cooking


Relationships, like cooking, require practice, effort, and creativity. Cooking for someone you love needs just a little bit extra of all three. You see, while my husband and I were dating, we bonded over the desire to eat fresh, local food because it was, and is, important for our health. We both received a CSA box (see this post for my CSA journey) and valued supporting local food businesses. I soon discovered that we both had different ideas about how to cook those foods and how they ...

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