dark chocolate chip cookies

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Are you a dark chocolate fan like me?  I mean, do you crave chocolate?  I adore anything chocolate.  Bring on the chocolate layer cake, chocolate ice cream and chocolate mousse.  Can you see a pattern here?  I was sick of the Thanksgiving fare of pies and more pies so I decided to bake one of my favorite cookie recipes.   This is not a recipe for the vanilla loving person, this is for the chocoholic.  This cookie is sinful, dark and gooey.  My mouth is watering just saying those words, so I’m going to get myself a glass of milk and chow down.  Oh, and this cookie is family, kid and friend approved.  I made these for Zoe’s class party one …

Tangerine bundt cake with citrus glaze

Marin Mama breads and muffins, cakes and cupcakes, Desserts, quick bread, salsas 4 Comments


I saw this cake on the most recent cover of Everyday Food Magazine and said to myself, “I just have to make that.”  I was looking for a breakfast cake for Thanksgiving morning and this one fit the bill perfectly because it looked so refreshing and it gave me an excuse to use my bundt pan again. This bundt cake was a bit labor intensive as you have to zest and squeeze about 8 tangerines.  It was well worth it in the end, as we all enjoyed an extra large slice of this on Thanksgiving morning. Note:  It’s best to make this cake a day ahead so that the glaze can set overnight.  Just cover and store the glazed cake at …

cranberry orange sauce

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cranberry orange sauce

Thanksgiving is almost here and everyone needs a cranberry sauce to compliment their Turkey dinner, right?  This cranberry sauce is so simple to make and tastes 100 times better than the canned stuff.  I remember devouring the canned stuff as a kid each Thanksgiving.  I would peel open the can and dump out that big glop of gelled cranberry sauce onto the serving dish and call it a day.  Easy peasy right?  Well, yes, it was easy, but not so tasty, so move over canned sauce and say hello to the fresh stuff.   This recipe has been passed down from John’s mom, aka, mama mama.  She got the nickname from Zoe when she was 2 years old, and it …

Cranberry Orange Bread

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cranberry orange bread

This is my favorite bread to make and give during the Holidays.  Cranberries and oranges always remind me of the Holidays, and when I bake up this bread my house smells like Christmas.  Cranberries and oranges are the perfect combination.  The citrus from the orange compliments the tartness of the cranberries, making each bite the perfect balance of sweet and tart. This bread is moist, full of flavor and a total crowd pleaser.  I love having this bread with a cup of tea as an afternoon snack, or with a slab of butter and some coffee in the morning. cranberry orange bread: recipe from Joy of baking 1 cup cranberries, coarsely chopped 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1 …

Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Sea Salt

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Here’s a dessert that you don’t have to feel guilty about eating. It’s dark chocolate bark, and it’s as amazing as it looks, but yet so simple to whip up.  You can mix up a batch in literally 5 minutes before chilling it in the fridge.  You may even have all the ingredients at home, I did.     Pair this up with a nice glass of red wine and you have the perfect after dinner dessert.  Wrap or box some up, and you have the perfect Holiday hostess gift.    Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Sea Salt: Recipe from Whole Living Magazine Vegetable or olive oil cooking spray 9oz dark chocolate (70 percent cacao), melted 1/4 cup pistachios, chopped …

Green Bean and Shallot Ravioli

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green bean and shallot ravioli

I saw this recipe in the November issue of Whole Living Magazine and I knew I had to make it.  I mean I was literally salivating over this recipe and 5 others.  These recipes were shown as Thanksgiving side dishes for vegans and vegetarians.  I thought to myself as I was staring longingly at the photos, when did I start getting excited over vegetable dishes?  Who is this girl?  I use to get excited over a juicy burger, fries or any sort of sweet, (well, I still get excited over sweets) but vegetables?  This is all recent and very strange for me.  I’m honestly considering becoming a vegetarian.  I would prefer a beautiful homemade (not those frozen things) veggie burger to a …

Penne a la Vodka

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penne a la vodka

OK, we turned back the clocks yesterday and we had our first California rain on Saturday.  In my book that means it’s officially fall and time to start breaking out our favorite comfort foods. Here’s a pasta staple at our house, Penne a la Vodka!  This dish is a classic in my book and it’s SO delicious. The best part about this recipe is that I usually have everything on hand to make it, which makes it an easy dinner fill in.  Make sure you serve this up with some warm crusty bread to soak up all that yummy sauce.  This pasta tastes even better the next day as the penne soaks up all the sauce overnight.   Penne a …

the best chocolate chip cookies

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The best chocolate chip cookies

These are the best chocolate chip cookies folks, seriously, you do not need to look any further. This recipe came from Cooks Illustrated so you know it has been tried, tested and approved. These cookies have also been tried, tested and approved in my house as well as many of my friend’s houses, and they are always declared by all as the “best chocolate chip cookie.” I bake these up all the time for bake sales, classroom birthday parties, but I mostly bake them for pure pleasure because they are just so darn good.  These cookies have crunchy edges, chewy centers and there are chips in every bite. They’re the perfect afternoon craving throw together at the last minute cookie because you …