Pasadena’s First Allergy Free and Sustainable Food Company, Mary Lee Kitchen, Launches New Line of Cookies at Artisanal LA

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Mary Lee Kitchen is Pasadena’s first food company that brings together allergy free products with sustainable cooking and manufacturing practices to address foods with hidden allergens and unethical production processes.

Mary Lee Kitchen, a creator of allergy free products made in a sustainable way, just launched its first of a kind company with a new line of fair trade gluten and corn free chocolate chip cookies. Elizabeth Eichhorn, the owner of Mary Lee Kitchen, shared her desire to bring everyone around the table again with her food, "Through my own experience with rare food allergies, I have learned how to cook in a way that is inclusive for all diets. I am sharing this knowledge through education, recipes, and products that allow everyone to share the same meal again.”

Elizabeth’s passion for cooking started with her grandmother, Mary Lee, at a very young age. After she discovered her own rare food allergies, she found it difficult to eat other people’s meals, even gluten free products. “I have an allergy to corn, which is the main ingredient in most gluten free products,” stated Elizabeth. “Along with an allergy to avocado it was nearly impossible to eat anything in Southern California!”

While she was studying nutrition at Pasadena City College she became intimately familiar with the manufacturing practices of food. “I became very concerned about how the processes were removing nutrition that is intrinsic to ingredients. I wanted to show people how they can include ethical and sustainable cooking practices in their everyday lives.”

Elizabeth is an expert at transforming everyday recipes filled with allergens and lacking substantial nutritional value into nutrition rich food everyone can eat. “I’ve had so many requests for my recipes I will be launching a cookbook packed with recipes and tips to help educate our communities,” Elizabeth explains, “and I will be launching a Kickstarter campaign in February, 2015 to help support this important effort.”

Elizabeth will be sharing her cookies and knowledge in the Holiday City Market at Artisanal LA in Old Pasadena, CA on December 6, 2015 (http://artisanalla.com/events/).

Anyone interested in learning more about Mary Lee Kitchen and Elizabeth can find educational information at http://maryleekitchen.com.

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