roasted beet and arugula salad

Marin Mama salads, vegetarian 3 Comments


It’s almost Labor Day and everyone is either going out of town, or fitting in that last summer barbecue.  We’re actually staying local and plan on hitting the pool, grilling out, and making our annual end of summer bike trek through Sebastopol to pick some fresh blackberries.  It’s a family and friend tradition, and one of our final hurrah’s each summer.  The blackberries are so ripe and fresh that they honestly taste like dark chocolate, I’m not lying.  They beat any blackberry you will buy at the supermarket.  We take our time biking through the wine country and stop for lunch at our favorite cafe in Graton, as well as check out our favorite gallery.  The food is local and fresh, and the gallery …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for August 28th

Marin Mama weekly dinner menu 10 Comments


Ok, here is a new series that I’m going to start.  I’m hoping this series will help you, as well as help me.  I have tried for years to plan out a weekly menu in advance, but for some reason or another, I just never got around to it.  I would plan out a day or two in advance, but that was it.  I am determined this year to finally get a system into place and make it happen.  I’m going to post my weekly menu for you all to see on Sunday, (hopefully in the morning) that way if you want to follow it, or get ideas for the week, you can.  I’m only going to plan meals Sunday …

Tips on how to pack a waste-free school lunch and snack

Marin Mama how to 9 Comments


Most of you moms are getting ready for your kids to go back to school.  You’re going through your checklist of school supplies, trying to figure out what to you need to buy and what can be re-used.  My kids started school this week, so I got off to an early start.  Luckily, I didn’t have to buy a new lunch box or lunch containers, as I had an ample supply from previous years.  Both of my kids’ schools encourage kids to pack a waste-free lunch as well as snack.  It’s California, go figure.  I’ve had a few years to perfect the art of packing a waste-free lunch, so I thought I would share with you some of my favorite …

roasted beets

Marin Mama how to, side dishes, Veggies 12 Comments


Finally a new post!  Can you believe it?  I took a mini blogging vacation as we were visiting John’s family in Minnesota. John’s parents, brother, sister and all their kids live there (6 cousins for my kids to play with). We always plan our Minnesota trip the week before the kids start school, as It’s a great way to close out the summer and the kids come back on Minnesota time, so getting them up for the first day of school is a breeze. Unfortunately, we were lame on taking photos. I think I have more photos of food than I do my family, so sad and so lame. I’m definitely going to change that though. John and I treating ourselves to an ice-cream after our 3 …

homemade dark chocolate magic shell – cooking with kids

Marin Mama chocolate, cooking with kids, Desserts 10 Comments


I‘m starting a new series on my blog called, cooking with kids.  I have a lot of families that read my blog, therefore a lot of kids. Some of my readers are actually kids, believe it or not.  Moms come up to me and tell me their children look at my blog, and then come up to them with dinner and dessert requests.  I love that!  Zoe and I decided that it would be fun to have a kid’s series of posts for this blog, recipes that Zoe loves to make with her friends and by herself.  We want to inspire kids to get in the kitchen and cook more.  All the recipes are things that any child over a certain …

cilantro lime chicken tacos with mango avocado salsa

Marin Mama chicken, dinner, family favorites, Mexican, most popular recipes, tacos, weeknight dinners 23 Comments

cilantro lime chicken tacos

These cilantro lime chicken tacos are the BOMB!  This is the recipe that I raved about in Friday’s mango avocado salsa post. If you like chicken and tacos, then you will love this recipe. These tacos were actually rated a 10+ in my house.  Everyone had 2 tacos, and some people (I’m not mentioning names) wanted a third. You know when people ask for thirds at dinner, then you have yourself a winner recipe! The chicken is so moist and flavorful from the cilantro lime marinade, and then top it with the mango avocado salsa, and BAMM, you have yourself an amazing taco! This recipe is super easy to make, and pretty much a make-ahead meal, perfect for entertaining. You can marinate …

mango avocado salsa and how to dice a mango

Marin Mama how to, Mexican, salsas, side dishes 19 Comments


This salsa is a preview to another recipe that I am showcasing on Monday, cilantro lime chicken tacos.  This mango avocado salsa and tacos are rated a 10+ in my house, because they both pair so perfectly together. This salsa is a great stand along recipe though, so I wanted to showcase it as a separate recipe, rather than combine it with another where it might get lost. This salsa is super easy to throw together and all of the ingredients are in season right now and as fresh as can be.  I love this salsa because it’s not your standard red or green salsa. It’s a unique combination of flavors and textures.  We love serving this salsa alongside some tortilla chips. Bring this …