At Mary Lee Kitchen, we believe that what we eat matters.  Each of us has the right to know what is in our food.  Over the years the food industry has negatively impacted our health and well being.  This has caused the rise of food allergies, food sensitivities, rise in child obesity- which are just a few of the harmful side effects of the food manufactures created.  It is time for us to implement change.

I am a food artisan that creates allergy free products that are made in a sustainable way. Through my own experience with rare food allergies, I have learned how to cook in a way that is inclusive for all diets.   Through food education, recipes, and products I support the gathering of all people around the kitchen table.

Stuffed Acorn Squash


Acorn squash is an amazing winter squash.  It's sweet and buttery flavor allows for a lot of diversity in recipes.  If you saw the Chicken Sausage Dolmas recipe from last week, you will see a lot of similar ingredients.  This squash stuffing is identical to the beginning mixture found in the dolmas recipe.   ...

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top 25 local shops on the eastside

Favorites List

  Around this time of year many people write, edit, and discard lists of resolutions. We (A +E), however, write lists of exciting local places where we ate, drank, and shopped in the previous calendar year … and would like to continue frequenting. Past posts {link to amara} have mentioned a few of these favorite local haunts, but below is an extensive must-try tour of East LA. We would love to hear your thoughts, comments, and suggestions for further local adventures. Enjoy! Coffee ...

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Chicken Sausage Dolmas


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 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 the grape leaves in a bowl and ...

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Meet Almond Glory


Recently I had the opportunity to sit with a friend and mentor of mine, Gayle Myers. Gayle is the owner and founder of a local Los Angeles gluten-free baked good company, Almond Glory. Like many entrepreneurs, Gayle Myers somehow fell into her business. Her story can be found on Almond Glory’s website. The reason that I asked Gayle to meet was to give me some insight in starting a company, balancing life, and having your home a gathering space. Gayle and her family have large gatherings ...

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Local Eating and Meyer Lemon Bars


A few years ago, around this time, I made a decision. You could probably call it a self-challenge. I committed to only eating and drinking at local food businesses. That is, if a business had locations outside of Los Angeles County (or perhaps Orange County) I decided not to eat there for a year. So I was determined to frequent only local coffee shops, coffee roasters, fast food, bars, and restaurants. I like giving myself challenges like this. Maybe some day I will talk about the year I gave up ...

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Sweet Potato Leek Soup


Living in Pasadena, CA means that New Year's Eve is going to be crowded! People line the Rose Parade route early in the day of New Year's Eve, and the locals start hiding in their homes.  This year, living only a few houses from the parade route, my husband and I opted to stay in and have a chill night with some friends. I didn't want to cook much, but wanted to have something tasty for dinner.  Two hours before guests were to arrive, I decided on a Grilled Cheese Bar and Soup made with local ...

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