chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting

Marin Mama cakes and cupcakes, Desserts, family favorites, most popular recipes 105 Comments

chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting

This is a celebration cake so lets celebrate! I baked this cake to celebrate my blog being in the Marin IJ today.  OMG, I just saw that I’m on the front page!   You can click here to see the article if your interested in viewing it, come on, check it out! This chocolate cake was actually one of the first recipes I posted on my blog, (way back in October) and I wanted to post it again with some updates because it’s just that good folks!  Seriously, this is the best chocolate cake and it’s pretty famous among my group of friends.  I’m always getting requests to bake this cake for dinner parties, birthday celebrations, or just for plain old enjoyment.  I’m a …

spinach power smoothie

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spinach power smoothie

Guess what? I’m treating you all today to another “green” smoothie, yaaay! No, I didn’t use grass in this smoothie, in-case the above photo confused you. This is a simple but very nutritious spinach smoothie paired with some omega rich nutty ingredients. This smoothie is chock full of nutrition. It’s a great smoothie for your body, skin & hair. Did you know that walnut butter contains a significant amount of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, almost 9 times more than the closet nut? Walnuts are also great for boosting metabolism so more calories can be burned. GO WALNUTS! We all know the benefits of flax seeds, bananas and spinach, pair those ingredients with some almond milk and some walnut butter and …

big dutch baby

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Remember on Monday when I told you I went skillet crazy?  Well, this was the first dish I made that day. The big dutch baby, oh yeah! This is one of the easiest pancakes you will ever make. I mean it, it’s so easy, easy peasy! It’s a one-dish pancake and who doesn’t like that?  I’m calling the dutch baby a pancake for simplicity sake, but it’s not really a pancake, it’s less cakey, lighter and spongier.  It actually is more reminiscent of a crepe in its taste and texture. We all like to treat ourselves and kids to a fun breakfast on the weekend but who wants to slave over a stove flipping pancakes, not me. I would rather throw something together, relax …

skillet-baked chocolate chip cookie

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Here was my Friday.  It was crazy raining and the kids had the day off from school so what did I do?  I baked 3; count them 3 things in my cast iron skillet.  I was cast iron crazy!   I started off the morning making the kids a big dutch baby (recipe soon) via the skillet.  I did not of course eat this, I had a bite, teeny tiny.  I am a creature of habit in the morning.  I either have a big bowl of grapenuts topped with cafe fanny granola and some fiber one or a big bowl of oatmeal.  I also always have to have at least 2 cups of Peets coffee, the stronger the better.  I …

lacinato kale salad

Marin Mama family favorites, kale, kale salads, most popular recipes, salads 152 Comments

lacinato kale salad

I know this photo is not quote on quote “food porn” quality or pinterest worthy, but I guarantee it’s tastebud worthy.  It’s so tastebud worthy that I was literally licking the bowl after this salad.  I never thought I would be licking the bowl of a kale salad, but I was licking this one, seriously!  Who am I these days?  When did I start getting excited over kale of all things?  You won’t even realize that you’re eating kale as the garlic and lemon take away the bitterness of the kale.  You might surprise yourself and find that you just ate a whole head or two of kale with this salad.  I have friends who have tried this salad and gone from kale haters to kale …

pasta with walnut pesto, sausage, and broccolini

Marin Mama dinner, Pastas, weeknight dinners 9 Comments

pasta with walnut pesto, sausage, and broccolini (1 of 1)-4

Here’s another easy-peasy one-bowl pasta dish that is kid and hubby approved! Who doesn’t like that? This was showcased on Oprah’s site as a super foods meal. I think it was showcased as a super foods meal due to the walnut pesto and broccolini. I don’t think the sausage was contributing factor to that title, but that’s ok, because the sausage was the contributing factor to my kids rating this dish a 10. Hey, you have to throw something kid friendly in a dish that has walnuts in it, at least in my house. This pasta is similar to my broccolini, sausage and orecchiette pasta, but a bit different with the walnut pesto serving as the base sauce. I loved the …

Brussels sprouts salad

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Brussels Sprouts Salad

I know Brussels sprouts are not really “in season” right now.  We are actually at the end of their season, but I was craving a Brussels salad for lunch after devouring one the other night at a local restaurant. Brussels sprouts do taste best in the fall when they are small and green, but you can find still find them in most grocery stores this time of year, at least in the Bay area.  If you’re not a fan of Brussles sprouts or have not tried them, then you might want to wait and try this recipe in the fall when they are at their peak season.  I like veggies so this is a salad for someone who likes veggies, …

kale & pineapple smoothie:

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Happy Birthday Zoe!  My daughter Zoe turns 12 today!  I honestly can’t believe how fast the years have gone by.  It seems like only yesterday that we brought her home from the hospital, and now she is 12!   Goodness gracious!  For those of you with little ones, hold on to them as they will be middle schoolers before you know it.  As much as I miss those toddler years, I am so loving the tween years.  I love being able to watch “real” TV with Zoe as opposed to kid shows or cartoons. We especially love watching Doctor Who & Sherlock together.   We share the love of reading and read the same science fiction and fantasy books.  Zoe is even beginning …

beer-braised chicken verde tacos

Marin Mama chicken, dinner, family favorites, Mexican, tacos, weeknight dinners 11 Comments


Let’s talk Mexican!  Who doesn’t love Mexican food? I personally don’t know anyone that isn’t fan of Mexican fare.  Living in the bay area we have access to some amazing Mexican restaurants, and we frequent them quite a bit. I love cooking Mexican at home as well, and have really branched out from just making tacos and burritos. I remember when we first moved to California, 15 years ago, the only Mexican food I ate was a bean, rice and cheese burrito.  I’m so glad I got out of that rut and tried some new and exciting flavors. My husband introduced me to this recipe.  I saw the title, beer-braised chicken, and thought beer, really John?  Is this something the kids and I …

sausage & arugula skillet pizza

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sausage and arugula skillet pizza

TGIF!  It’s almost Friday and that means pizza night around the Grandy house!  Get out your cast iron skillet and let’s cook us up some PIZZA!  Let’s just backtrack here, you’re asking me if I said cast iron skillet, right?  Why yes I did, you are going to cook this pizza in a cast iron skillet. This is me telling you to go out and purchase yourself a cast iron skillet.  You don’t need to get a fancy name brand one like Le Creuset (those cost $150 and up).  Pick up a Lodge Logic.  The 12-inch skillet is only $29 and the 10-inch is only $20.  Here is a link to Sur La Table where you can check out the pricing and features. …