Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for March 31st

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weekly dinner menu for March 31st

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you’re all celebrating this day with friends and family or at least doing something fun and Easterly (I really don’t know if that’s a proper word). We’re actually headed out to meet our “California family” for an early brunch this morning, like 10:00 am early, so I would say it’s more like a late breakfast. I’m up early hoping that I get the motivation and energy to hit the gym beforehand, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen, as we hiked down into Muir woods yesterday and my legs are wiped! I tell you, there were a lot of stairs to climb! This week’s photo is the makings of the broccoli lemon pasta that …

buttermilk roasted chicken

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buttermilk roasted chicken

It’s so nice to have an arsenal of quick and easy weeknight meals that don’t taste like they were quick and easy to make. I want to serve my family healthy, real food during the week, but I don’t always have the time to make something elaborate. I have a boatload of easy week-night meals in my repertoire, and this chicken dish is one of those. This is one of those chicken dishes that you will make at least once a month, if not more. It’s one of my favorite chicken recipes because you can throw the marinade together in less than 10 minutes and then let it sit anywhere from 8 to 24 hours. It’s a great make-ahead dish, perfect …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for March 24th

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You’re all probably on the edge of your seats wondering how those veggie burgers that I made last week turned out, right?  Well, I hate to say it, but they were not good at all (insert sad face). In fact, I didn’t even serve them up to the family. I was frazzled at dinner time because I had planned on serving them up that night, but luckily I had the all the ingredients on hand for the chicken quesadillas that I was going to serve on Tuesday, so I served that up to the family instead. To be honest, I think the kids were happier with the dinner switch. I just love it when I have a well stocked fridge …

How to de-stem and thinly slice kale

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Ok, so I have a lot of kale salads on the blog, (20 if you’re counting) so I thought it might be nice to share a post on how to de-stem and thinly slice kale, instead of always linking you all to my lactinato kale salad recipe where you have to scroll down the post just to get the info. I’ve also created a video where I show you how to make my lacinato kale salad, as well as show you in person how to wash, de-stem and thinly slice kale. Check it out below… I already did a post on how to keep kale and other greens fresh, and since then I have received a lot of positive comments from readers …

simple egg salad

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simple egg salad

Spring is around the corner and it’s the perfect time for cold sandwiches like egg or chicken salad. Egg salad is such a simple and quick sandwich to throw together, especially if you have hardboiled eggs already made up, and it’s the perfect Meatless Monday sandwich. To be honest, I have never made egg salad at home until this past year. I usually just ate it when I went out for lunch. John decided to boil up some eggs on day and suggested we make some egg salad for lunch. We didn’t have a recipe on hand and we both knew we didn’t want a mayonnaise laden sandwich, so I went to Heidi’s blog (my other favorite go-to person for recipes, …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for March 17th

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Mary, if you’re reading this post then you will see that I visited your favorite bakery this weekend. We stopped in after lunch to pick up some cupcakes for dinner. I also decided to purchase their cookbook along with this cute little cake pan (see bowl below) that they use to bake their tiny cakes in. Isn’t that the weirdest pan you have ever seen? It looks like a metal camping bowl. I can’t wait to make a cake in it as it’s just too cute and I’m also really curious to see how a cake turns out in it. You know what I discovered about the owner, Meg Ray, while perusing this book?  I found out that she’s a self-taught baker. …

salted caramel brownies

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salted caramel brownies

What do you get when you take your absolute favorite brownie recipe and add caramel and sea salt to it? You get a masterpiece, I’m saying a brownie lovers dream. These brownies are not your typical cake-like brownies, they’re more fudge-like in consistency, but fudge-like in a good way, like mouthwatering lick your fingers and plate sort of way.  I absolutely love these brownies, hence the name, Robert’s absolute best brownies.  Zoe and I have been talking about making caramel and sea salt brownies for sometime, so I decided to surprise her one day after school. I didn’t research another brownie recipe because these are our family’s favorite recipe, so why re-invent the wheel, right? I’m so glad that I …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for March 10th

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Guess what? We officially have a teen in the house, yep a teenager. My baby girl turned 13  this past Friday. I’m elated because I’m so proud of the young woman she’s turning into, but at the same time, I’m a bit sad because I miss my little girl. I can’t believe how fast the years are flying by. I mean she’s grown from this tiny little baby into…

kale and ricotta salata salad

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kale and ricotta salata salad

Anyone who knows me knows that I love lacinato kale. I mean it just tastes so good, yes, you heard me right, it really tastes good. It’s not just me who feels that way, my kids prefer a kale salad over an arugula or spinach one any-day, and John, well he likes all types of salads, he’s not a picky guy. Kale is uber healthy, and if stored properly the leaves can last for about 2 weeks in the fridge. Kale is also a great make-ahead salad.  It’s one of those salads that you can make ahead, like the morning of an event, and have it taste great at dinner. Kale salads make great leftovers. I love that I can make up …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for March 3rd

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Caramel, sea salt and my favorite brownies can only mean one thing!  The best dessert ever, and so worth the 5 pounds that you will gain from one bite, just kidding!  If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram, then you saw the whole show when I made these up the other night (hint, hint).  I was craving something salty and chocolatey and hence these brownies were created. The brownies barely made it to day 2.  I’m serious, we just couldn’t stop ourselves at one.  John and the kids were very happy campers, and all came to an agreement that its pretty cool having a mom who has a cooking blog.  I pinky swear this recipe will be on the blog …