Hi. I'm Mary Helen, and I write recipes.
You'll find an ever-growing library of dishes here on Mary Makes Dinner.
The bulk of recipes on this blog are vegetarian and vegan, but occasionally you'll see something with a little fish or meat. As I become a better eater, my recipes come along with me, growing healthier and more delicious while I grow happier and more experienced in the kitchen.
If you cook one of my recipes I'd love to hear about your experience with it! Drop me a line, or send me a photo at MaryHelen(at)MaryMakesDinner.com
Author Bio: Mary Helen LeonardRecovering Yankee and ex-expat, Mary Helen Leonard fell in love with Austin several years ago, and is now proud to call this little city her home. She’s a professionally trained cook with a background in French, Japanese, and Chinese cuisines, from a food-crazy family of fishermen and restaurateurs. This mix of culinary influences has resulted in a cooking style that Mary Helen likes to call “homespun fusion”. Comfort foods are often at the heart of her recipes, and they tend to be peppered with unexpected flavors and ingredients.
She enjoys sharing her skills online as a culinary instructor for ChefHangout.com. Mary Helen also loves competitive cooking. Recently, she took home the prize for “most experimented” at the 2012 Austin Food Experiment for her tomatillo ice cream. Mary Helen’s food obsessions include, but are not limited to: noodles, pickles, rice balls, avocado, hot sauce, quinoa, dim sum, beergaritas, sweet potatoes, and, of course, ice cream.
Born in Bangor, Maine, she has also lived in a series of other exciting places including Yonkers, New York, Southwestern Connecticut, and Beijing, China. These days Mary Helen lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Scott, their lovable mutt, Gracie, and two funny little cats, Ziggy and Pickles.