Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for October 28th

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I want to start off by saying THANK YOU to all of you for all the amazing comments and emails last week celebrating my blog’s first birthday. It was so nice to hear all your positive comments, and I savored each and every one of them, so thanks for taking the time to jot down a few words. I spent much of last week in the kitchen cooking up some new and not so new recipes. It was rainy and cool so I was content just puttering around the kitchen. I tried a new cupcake recipe on Sunday to bring to our friend’s house. Zoe, the videographer, videotaped the whole process, so we will feature the video along with the recipe. We had such a great time …

Happy first birthday to Marin mama cooks

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Hip Hip Hooray!  It’s Marin Mama Cook’s 1-year celebration. Can you believe that this blog has only been alive for a year? I can’t, because honestly this blog has become such a huge part of my life and has really transformed me. I now have a hobby and passion that I adore.  This post is going to be a bit long, so grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and settle in. Why did I start a blog?  Yes, why did I start this exhausting hobby, I often ask myself this question.  A year ago I struggled with finding a passion, something creative that I could do while the kids were in school. I thought about going back to school, …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for October 21st

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weekly menu for october

Last week was unseasonably hot, (near 90 most afternoons) so I ended up not making the chicken Parmesan, as I did not want to heat up the kitchen. It was basically a week of sandwiches and salads. I really should check the weather forecast before I plan my weekly menu, don’t you think? Anyway, I made this delicious egg salad sandwich on Monday, (which I will post soon) as well as whipped us up a batch of curried chicken salad. It felt like summer cooking in October.  

deep-dish pepperoni pizza

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deep-dish pepperoni pizza

Have you purchased a cast iron pan yet?  Yvonne, I’m speaking directly to you!  My friend Yvonne said she would get a cast iron pan once I did a post on how to maintain one.  I still haven’t put a post together hoping that she will just go with it and let me explain it to her over the phone. Is anyone else interested in a post on how to maintain a cast-iron pan?  If so, I will write one. It won’t be the most exciting post, but if you’re all wanting it, I will do it, so let me know. See, I’m nice that way. If you don’t have a cast iron, you have to get one. They are really …

Marin Mama’s weekly dinner menu for October 14th

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simple egg salad

I received so sweet responses, calls, emails and such from people regarding Eli’s birthday post. My family was super psyched to be able to see his special day, as they all live out of state.  See, I use to have this other blog that I started at the same time as my cooking blog.  It was a blog about my family, my thoughts and basically random stuff.  I even had a post on there with a video of Carly Simon’s, “You’re so Vain.” I mean it was pretty random.  I posted there almost daily in the beginning, but then life got in the way and I didn’t have as much time to focus on 2 blogs.  So that blog took a back …

Eli’s birthday celebration!

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I’m breaking out of my comfort zone and writing a post on Friday morning of all days.  It’s not like I don’t have 100 other more important things to do, but I was going through photos from Eli’s birthday yesterday and thought I would throw it all together in a quick recap post.   So Happy Friday to you all, and I hope you enjoy this recap of Eli’s special day!   Each year for his birthday, Eli gets to pick out one sugar cereal to enjoy and consume over the next week or so, till its gone (it doesn’t last past 5 days).  Last year he picked Lucky Charms and the year before that, frosted flakes.  Look at that …

pumpkin muffin poppers

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pumpkin muffin poppers

Pinterest is one of my new favorite places to find fun recipes.  I found my favorite heirloom tomato soup there and now these pumpkin poppers!  Pinterest rocks!  When I saw the photo of these muffins, I just had to make them.  They reminded me of my sugar-crusted popovers, and I knew if they tasted anything like those, then they would be a winner. I have made these 3 times so far and they are gone, like gone, in a heartbeat.  The muffins are unbelievably moist and when you cover them all over with the sugar and cinnamon mixture, you have yourself a killer snack.  They’re crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside.  We’ve been eating them for breakfast, after school with some warm chai tea and even after …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for October 7th

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This is an extra special week in the Grandy house as Eli turns 8 this Thursday!   Happy Birthday Eli!   Isn’t he just the cutest little guy? John has the perfect birthday party planned for him and his buddies. The boys and their dads are going to tour Alcatraz.  Yes, the boys are going to prison!  It’s the perfect party for a bunch of 8-year-old boys (and 8-year-old dads at heart).  I love the idea because I don’t have to go, (it’s a father and son kind of party) and I didn’t have to plan or organize anything. John handled it all from the invitations to the favors.  My hubby rocks!  The boys and dads are ecstatic!  Men and boys, …

easy chocolate mousse – cooking with kids

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Hi everyone!  Zoe here!  Now, I know you’re used to my wonderful mom writing these posts, but today I’m posting on her blog.  This post if for all of you kids out there that want to start cooking. I’m going to show you how to make the best, and easiest chocolate mousse ever. I remember how I found this recipe. We were down in Carmel at this restaurant and for dessert we all split a chocolate mousse pie. It was one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten. I decided then and there, that I needed to make this recipe. So about a week or two later we were in the library, and I saw this kid’s cookbook from William and Somona.  For …