about me


Jacquelyn Grandy - Marin mama cooksHi, and welcome to Marin Mama Cooks!  My name is Jacquelyn and I’m a single mom to 2 adorable kids, Zoe and Eli.

IMG_0570Do I think I’m an expert at cooking?  No way, I’m not a trained chef by any means, but just a mom who loves to cook healthy and delicious meals for her family. I love experimenting and trying new recipes and this is my venue to do just that. I try and find recipes that are fairly easy to make and replicate. Basically, if I can make something on this blog, then you can. 

Where do you get your recipes from and tell me a bit more about your blog?  Most of the recipes on my blog are from cookbooks, magazines, friends and other blogs.  There are some recipes that I have created on my own through trial and error, but most are adaptations from another source.  I only post recipes that my family and I love, as I want to pass on recipes that will hopefully become family favorites in your house. I want this to be your one stop blog, so I try and compile a bunch of family approved recipes ranging from salads, soups and sides to dinner and dessert. Basically if you have similar taste buds to my family and I, then you will like most of the recipes on this blog.  I would say that my cooking style is a cross between Ina Garten and Heidi Swanson.  I like a balance between comfort and healthy cooking.  Life is about balance, so I believe food should be as well.

Why the name Marin
Mama Cooks? Plain and simple, I live in Marin (which is 10 minutes north of San Francisco) and I am a mom that cooks. Perfect name, right?
I just hit my one year blog anniversary in October 2012.  You can check out my post here to see before and after shots, as well as learn a bit more about me.

roasted broccoliWhat’s up with all the photographs? I know for myself that I love seeing a photograph of a recipe before I attempt to make it (come on, you have to see the finished product, right?) and step-by-step instructions are a bonus. I decided then that I would include photographs and step-by-step instructions on my blog to make cooking easier for everyone. I want you to feel like I am right there cooking alongside you in your kitchen. All of my photographs are of real food that we’re actually going to eat.  When you make one of my recipes, your dish should look pretty similar to the one in my photograph.  

I like using real ingredients in my cooking. It may take a bit longer to prepare a meal, but if
you plan it out ahead of time then it’s a fairly easy task to accomplish. I
always prep my ingredients ahead of time so when the real cooking starts I have
everything on hand ready to go.What else am I interested in besides cooking and blogging?  I love to read, (historical fiction, classics, spiritual books as well as science fiction, yes I read and loved the Twilight series) hike, climb mountains, run in the woods, be in nature, mountain bike, spend the day with my feet in the sand on the beach, photograph, travel, clean (yes, sadly I love to clean) and just spend my time hanging out with family and friends.  I beleive we’re here to live life to the fullest and to connect and love one another, so I try and do things that connect me with people, nature and life.

This blog consists of family friendly meals, favorite desserts as well as “mommy” meals. There also might be a few random tips here and there. I hope you find some new favorite recipes from my blog that you can incorporate into your recipe box.  Feel free to email
me or leave a comment if you have a question or just want to say hi! 

Have fun and get cooking!

xoxo, Jackie


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