Lessons From Our Organic Garden*


This post is made possible by a friend of the Mary Lee Kitchen Blog, Caila Diehl Rinker. We hope you enjoy it. - Mary Lee Kitchen Team -- One of my favorite things about my house is the small garden in the front yard. My husband and friends would be quick to tell you that I’m taking credit for their hard work—I’ve been known to kill cacti. Even though I’m not the primary gardener, the rhythms of the garden help me feel rooted to the basic patterns of life. The garden shows us that ...

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Bone Broth: Craving the Basics


Have you heard that restaurants and shops are selling a quart of bone broth for $30? Maybe you contemplated buying the “nutrient rich” and “flavorful” liquid. Maybe you scoffed at the price for something as basic as broth. After all, broth is basic. Broth is the foundation of many good recipes and another way to promote a “healthy” lifestyle, and it’s trendy. Broth is also incredibly easy to make at home in delicious small-batch quantities in your own kitchen; without spending $30 per ...

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Ashley’s Birthday + GF Lemon Tea Cake


It’s my birthday! When I was growing up my mother would ask me to choose the type of cake I wanted for my birthday. She then proceeded to bake it for me, no matter what it was. I remember thinking that she was invincible in the kitchen—she could bake anything. One year, she pulled off a giant cookie cake that to this day I don’t know how she made with a conventional oven and a regular cookie tin. As my birthday came closer, I found myself craving something a little lighter, a lemon tea ...

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Passover + Seder + Traditions


As today marks the beginning of Passover and the Passover Seder, I wanted to spend some time really discussing the idea of tradition. Especially the traditions in each of our different cultures. You might not realize, but the Passover Seder is a meal that is eaten in a particular order and is always a specific grouping of food (each having a different representation). While eating, the story of the liberation of the Jewish people who were enslaved in Egypt is retold. Connecting each piece of ...

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Fresh, Homemade Dressings


While reading Julia Child’s book Mastering The Art of French Cooking a few years ago, I began to understand the importance of sauces and vinaigrettes and how valuable they are to master, especially in French cuisine. Julia writes that, “sauces are the splendor and glory of French cooking...”(Child, Bertholle, & Beck, 1961, p. 54).This realization became even more meaningful while listening to The Splendid Table, a podcast hosted by Lynne Rosetto Kasper. In the episode titled Isaac Mizrahi: ...

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