green kale smoothies..

Marin Mama smoothies & juices 1 Comment


Are you all as sick of food as I am?  I swear I eat way more during the Christmas Holidays than I do Thanksgiving and Halloween combined.  I think it’s because there are cookies, cakes and chocolate bark galore in my house this time of year.  As I’m typing this I am stuffed and almost in a food coma.  The kids and I went to Whole Foods tonight for a burrito because we were starved and I was too lazy to cook.  Note to self; NEVER go get a Whole Foods Burrito when you are starved.  First off, they are huge and honestly half of their burritos are the perfect portion and what we normally eat.  Well, as I said, …

Homemade Graham Crackers

Marin Mama Cookies, Desserts 2 Comments


Ever thought of making homemade graham crackers?  The thought never crossed my mind until recently when we visited Modern Cookie Company, a local cookie shop in Larkspur.   We ordered these decadent s’mores on homemade graham crackers and we just about flipped out of our seats they were soo good.  The s’mores were so amazing that I wanted to turn this experience into something I could replicate at home, so I challenged myself to creating a version of my own. Update:  I have posted the s’more recipe and you can see it here.  It’s wonderful because it’s something you can make year round.  It also has a unique topping.  Enticed are you? I didn’t even have a clue as to what ingredients even went into …

chicken enchiladas with pumpkin sauce

Marin Mama chicken, dinner, family favorites, Mexican, weeknight dinners 13 Comments

chicken enchiladas with pumpkin sauce

John and I have become huge fans of Mexican cooking since moving out to California 15 years ago.  The Bay area has so many amazing and authentic restaurants to choose from that we rarely cook Mexican at home.  Now that I am blogging about food, I realize that I need to get out of my comfort zone and try some new dishes.  I recently asked a friend what type of dish she would like to see on my blog next, and she said anything Mexican.  So I listened to her request and perused through my stack of cookbooks for some Mexican inspiration.  I stumbled upon this pumpkin enchilada recipe in my Everyday Food cookbook, and since it was fall, I …

Robert’s Absolute Best Brownies

Marin Mama brownies, brownies and bars, chocolate, Desserts, family favorite desserts, family favorites, most popular recipes 29 Comments

Robert's absolute best brownies

I’ve searched high and low for a homemade brownie recipe that I like as much as the boxed Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix.  I’ve tried all sorts of homemade recipes for years and they have never lived up to those boxed brownies.  That is until today!  I found the BEST from scratch recipe thanks to David Lebovitz!  These brownies are dark, oh so dark, rich, moist, and chocolaty. They’re literally a chocolate lovers dream. Be forewarned, they are not your standard cake-like brownie, these are more fudge-like in consistency, but fudge-like in a good way, like a mouthwatering lick your fingers and plate sort of way. Robert’s absolute best brownies: Recipe adapted from David Lebovitz’s Ready for Dessert Printer friendly recipe at …

Chicken Parmesan

Marin Mama chicken, dinner, family favorites 18 Comments

chicken parmesan

Moms, here’s a wonderful and classic meal that is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.  I tend to make this meal when I know were going to have a crazy filled week.  It’s one of those make ahead meals that re-heats extremely well.  I always whip this up when the kids are at school and I can blast my iPod and sing while cooking away. I’ve been making this dish for a long time.  Quite frankly, this was the dish that I made for all of my college and post college boyfriends when I wanted to impress them.  Everyone that eats this, literally loves it.  It’s pure comfort food. Chicken Parmesan: Italian style breadcrumbs freshly grated parmesan cheese 2 large …

sugar-crusted popovers

Marin Mama breakfast, family favorites, popovers 23 Comments

sugar-crusted popovers

Set your weary eyes on these puppies.  Amazing!  They taste as good as they look, or should I say better than they look, as they look kind of weird.  These popovers are crusty on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside.  This popover is more like a breakfast treat or it can even be qualified as a dessert.  It’s a cross between cinnamon toast, a sugar and cinnamon donut and a popover.   I came across this recipe at the hair salon, of all places, while my highlights were processing.  I had 20 minutes to kill, so I started pursuing my iPad for some fun popover recipes I could try, when I stumbled across this page: Wow, are you …

orecchiette pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe

Marin Mama dinner, family favorites, Pastas, weeknight dinners 5 Comments


First off, I want to say a huge THANK YOU to those of you that are viewing my blog and making some of my recipes.  I can’t tell you how happy it makes me when a close friend, stranger or mom at school comes up to me and tells me that they are making one of the recipes from my blog that night. I love hearing their comments on how much their family enjoyed the recipe or how easy it was to make.   The biggest request I keep getting from people is to keep posting more yummy & easy weeknight dinners.  Dinner is the one meal that people struggle with. I get it, we’re all busy running around all …