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One of the best parts of blogging is the relationships you develop along the way.  I love hearing comments, questions and tips from readers and friends.  Feel free to leave a comment or question on any post or you can just email me at the address below.

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  1. says

    Hi Jackie,
    I just discovered your site and the recipes. It’s a joy to spend time and read. And on top of it all you smile like no other. :-)
    Best Regards
    Marcel

    • Jill Reeves says

      I found your blog today and I have already planned on making the Kale Salad and the Pumpking cake! I was looking for a good dark green side for Thanksgiving. My husband likes salads at Thanksgiving (huh?) so the kale is a nice way to combine the two of having a dark green dish and a salad.

      The pumpkin cake is dessert for that “Dinner the night before Thanksgiving” meal.
      Any suggestions for a fruit salad for breakfast for 8 people the day after Thanksgiving? Fruit on the east coast is a bit weenie this time of year. Costco has lots of choices so I could mix and match? Thanks! Love your website!

      • jackiegrandy says

        Hi Jill! Thanks for your super sweet comment :) I’m so excited to hear that you’re making the kale salad and pumpkin cake! I love both of those recipes and I can’t wait to hear what your salad loving hubby thinks of it! I’m actually going to be making up some pumpkin cake for the weekend after Thanksgiving for a post Thanksgiving meal with friends!

        I don’t have any great ideas on fruit salad for the East coast. I’m not sure what’s in season there? How about a mixture of bananas, oranges, pomegranates, grapefruit and apples? Are pears in season there? Maybe just toss those in as well. My kids love fruit salad and I usually just toss together whatever is organic and in season. You could even toss in some kiwi. A yummy honey-yougurt dipping sauce would be great to serve alongside or to top the fruit salad. Oh, you should make my sugar-crusted popovers for the day after Thanksgiving. These are the best!! http://www.marinmamacooks.com/2011/12/sugar-crusted-popovers/

        I would love to hear how everything turns out, so please check back in! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!
        xoxo, Jacquelyn

  2. Tamasine says

    Jackie,

    I have just found your site, and it’s really bright and full of positive energy! You so are organized (which I need help with- thank you) and the photos are super. I did chuckle over your before and after photos, and appreciate your honesty in learning.

    I love to cook and am always looking for healthy recipes. Your site has those in spades!

    I can’t wait to find time (in between looking after my 2 and 4 year olds!) to look at more recipes and the menu planners.

    Thank you again!

    Tamasine

    • jackiegrandy says

      Hi Tamasine! What a pretty name btw! I’m so excited that you stumbled on my site. I love hearing from new readers. Thanks for your sweet compliments as well. I tell you, the biggest key to cooking is organization. I picked up that tip from watching so many cooking shows. The chef’s make it look so easy and quick to throw a recipe together because they have all of their ingredients prepared and ready to go. A lot of times I wash and chop up my veggies and throw together my spices a few hours before I actually make the dinner. I usually do it while my kids are doing their homework.
      I can’t wait to hear back from you when you make up a recipe. My kid’s first and favorite recipe was the broccoli lemon pasta. It’s a great way to get kids to eat and like broccoli!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Tamasine!
      xoxo, Jackie

  3. Joanne Barela says

    Just discovered your blog looking for a tomato basil soup. Can’t wait to make it! I have a feeling I’ll be visiting your blog very often!

    • jackiegrandy says

      Hi Joanne. I’m so glad you discovered my blog. Let me know when you make the soup and how it turns out. I always love hearing from readers :)

  4. Anonymous says

    Hi Jacquelyn, I’m writing to you from Italy.
    I found your blog by chance because I was looking for a soup, and I came across your recipe of what we call “zuppa di cavolfiore” (cauliflower soup).
    I absolutely love your blog and felt very moved when I read about your blog-birthday (btw : complimenti!), your first steps in this world and about the “failures” (with cupcakes or with photos), you are so nice!
    As soon as I can I will try some of your nice recipes… I don’t think I will try them all because there is a large number of them in here, and as I am a food-blog-addicted I have tons of sheets with recipes everywhere, I have more recipes than time to cook!
    I’m 22 and I love to cook, a soft cake or some sweet cookies really make my day sometimes.
    I just wanted to say “Hi”…Have a nice day!!
    Gaia

  5. jackiegrandy says

    Hi Gaia! Thanks for your amazingly sweet comment and for stopping by and saying hi. I’m glad that you discovered my blog all the way from Italy, so cool! I get it about having too many recipes lined up to make. I have a binder full of recipes and so many recipe books with tagged pages. I try to at least get to one or two of them a week. No worries about rushing in to make any recipe on my site. I have many readers and friends that just visit the blog to see what’s happening or to just look at some tasty food photos. Have a wonderful day as well and thanks for saying hi! I really love hearing from readers :) xoxo, Jackie

  6. Angela Cobrin Landis says

    Good evening Jackie!
    I just have to say that I follow many various food blogs (some by former editors of large newspapers), and this is one of the best I have seen. Your blog is definitely one of the best organized, easy to follow, well photographed ones I have come across.
    Thanks so much — I am looking forward to regular blog updates.
    A new faithful fan in Middlebury, Vermont

    • jackiegrandy says

      Hi Angela! I’m so happy you discovered my blog! You absolutely made my night with your wonderful and sincere compliment. I am thrilled that you think my blog is one of the best you have seen, wow, what a huge compliment! Thanks so much for taking the time to say hi, as I really love hearing from readers. BTW, I love Vermont. I grew up in upstate NY and we use to go to Vermont all the time to ski and to hike. It’s such a beautiful state. Have a wonderful night and stay warm :) xoxo, Jackie

  7. Reiko Yamasaki Runquist says

    Hello Jackie,
    I came across your blog a few weeks ago. I was looking for some healthy “American” recipes I can cook up for my family. Being from Japan, I have made some terrible dinners for my family, attempting to make chicken dumpling soups and cassaroles,
    My kids love eating local and seasonal veggies, and found your recipes so easy to make and really nutrious. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes and look forward in reading your blogs.
    Reiko

    • jackiegrandy says

      Hi Reiko! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment. I’m so glad that you found some healthy recipes to serve up to your family,especially ones that they actually liked :) I’m not a traditional tuna noodle casserole or chicken and dumplings fan either. I think it’s because I ate so much of that growing up, so I’m kind of over it. I hope you peruse through the blog and find some more family approved recipes. Keep in touch and thanks for stopping by and saying hi! xoxo, Jackie

  8. says

    Hi Jackie, I just came across your blog looking for Kale recipes and fell in love with the site. I laughed out loud looking at your s’mores cupcake pan. I’m hooked and love your sense of humor! Love the blog and can’t wait to explore “s’more”. Thanks so much for creating this.
    XO-Sharon

    • jackiegrandy says

      Hi Sharon! I love how you threw “s’more” in there, so witty. I’m so glad that your search for kale brought you to my blog, because as you can see I’m obsessed with kale. Those s’more cupcakes were a total disaster and I think I still have marshmallow gunk stuck in there. NEVER AGAIN! Anyway, thanks so much for saying hi and please keep in touch and let me know what recipes you end up trying! xoxo, Jackie ;)

  9. says

    Hey Jackie, I made the Lacinato Kale salad. So good. My husband even liked it. I also caught an episode of Joanne Weir yesterday making a cooked kale with white balsamic vinegar, garlic and fried Sage pieces but can not find it anywhere online. I have to play around with that. Looking forward to trying out many more of your recipes and surfing the site. Have a great day!
    XO-S

    • says

      Awesome news Sharon. Isn’t it the best when our hubby’s approve of something so healthy? I think they like this salad because it has lots of parmesan and garlic in it. That kale recipe sounds great, so let me know if you figure it out. My hubby also loves the miso tofu and caesar salad, so you should give that one a try. Have a happy Sunday as well and thanks for letting me know about your kale salad success ;)

  10. says

    Hey Jackie, I made it again but ran out of cheese so I added nutritional yeast instead and garlic powder. Just as yummy. Since you are always on the hunt for family friendly recipes, check out Tosca Reno’s book The Eat Clean Diet for Family & Kids. If you don’t know about it, I think you may find it very interesting! Have a great day.

    • jackiegrandy says

      Hi Sharon! I love the idea of using nutritional yeast and I’m glad to hear that it tasted great in lieu of the parmesan. If you ever want to make a vegan parmesan cheese, you can substitute equal parts nutritional yeast & ground almond meal with a bit of seat salt. I picked up that trick in this vegan cooking class I tried. I have never heard of that cookbook, but I will definitely take a peek at it the next time I’m over at Barnes and Noble. Thanks for the tip.

  11. Ryan MacLeod says

    I am so excited to find your website! (Thanks to Pinterest). These recipes look absolutely incredible and perfect for my family. I can’t wait to try them out. And the photography is stunning.

    Ryan

    • jackiegrandy says

      Hi Ryan! I’m so glad that you stumbled upon my website via Pinterest. I seriously love that site. I can’t wait to hear what recipes you end up making for the family. Please make sure to stop by and let me know what you try. Thanks for the sweet compliment regarding the photography. It’s something that I’m really enjoying and it’s becoming a fun hobby! Have a wonderful day! xoxo, Jackie

  12. Bess says

    Jackie – love the blog… reminds of college when you would cook your fabulous meals. Look forward to trying some of the recipes!

    • jackiegrandy says

      Hi there Bessie! First off, so great to hear from you and I’m so happy that you discovered my blog. John saw your comment and he was like, “you cooked in college?” I told him that I occasionally cooked, mostly boxed cake mixes but I did make a mean chicken parm as well as chicken and biscuits, (I totally forgot how to make that recipe though :) Anyway, I hope you find some recipes here that your family likes. Keep in touch girl and thanks for saying hi! xoxo, Jackie

  13. Sandy says

    Hi Marin mama recently found your blog and have tried a few on your recipes so far have enjoyed all of them :) so thank you! Any suggestions for cooking tasty healthy tilapia??

    • jackiegrandy says

      Hi Sandy! I’m so happy to hear from you and elated to hear that you’ve had some recipe successes! You’re going to think I’m so lame, but I’m not a big fish eater or should I say fish cook. I love sushi and salmon, but I’ve just never been a fan of other types of fish, so that’s why there are not that many fish recipes on the blog. I usually get my salmon fix when I go out to a restaurant, but don’t cook it as often as I should at home. Anyway, I may work up to it someday! xoxo, Jackie

  14. says

    Hi – I just found your site and love your recipes. I am looking for a recipe for a protein shake that is low sugar and does not use artificial sweets. Do you have any suggestions?

    • jackiegrandy says

      Hi Kathy! Welcome to my blog, I’m so happy you discovered it. I’m not sure what you mean by protein shakes? Are you talking about ones that you buy and then mix with water or milk? If so I’ve used the Tera’s Whey protein powder before and I really like that. I sometimes add that to a smoothie. I have a bunch of green smoothies on my blog that you can add a protein powder to. I also have a spinach power spinach smoothie that you might like http://www.marinmamacooks.com/2012/03/spinach-power-smoothie/. All of my smoothies and juices use real fruits and vegetables, and nothing artificial. Check them out. They are all listed under the recipes under the smoothies and juices tab. Let me know if you have any other questions :) xoxo, Jackie

  15. Kathy says

    I am really enjoying this site. Getting a lot of great recipes to try out. Just made the brussel sprout salad tonight. Loved it! How do I determine serving size and calorie count. Thanks!

    • jackiegrandy says

      Hi Kathy! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog :) I love the Brussels salad as well. I cut the original recipe in half and that one served 8 as a side, so I would say that this one serves 4 as a side or 2 as a meal. I’m not sure on the calorie count. The only parts of the salad that have the fat and calories are the cheese and the walnuts, but walnuts are a good fat, so I wouldn’t worry too much about them. It’s all about moderation in my eyes and if you’re eating a bowl of Brussels, give yourself a pat on the back! ;) xoxo, Jackie

  16. Margie says

    We have a special occasion on September 30, and would like to know if there are any new ‘hot spots’ in Marin for lunch (2 adults)……..I usually keep on top of these things, but I am a little behind.

    Thanks for any info

    Margie

    • jackiegrandy says

      Hi Margie. Are you looking for a fancy lunch spot or just a really tasty lunch spot? I don’t really go out for fancy lunches, so I’m not going to be of much help there :)
      I love a good sandwich or salad for lunch so my favorite lunch spots are on the more casual side.
      My favorite casual but tasty lunch spots are Rustic Bakery at the Marin Mart, Table Cafe in Kentfield, Fish in Sausalito and Sol Food in San Rafael.
      Buckeye Roadhouse has a great lunch, and that place always feel like special occasion to me. I love their kale salad and their salmon sandwich. Le Garage in Sausalito is wonderful and has a great feel to it and it’s on the waterfront. I also love Sushi Ran in Sausalito as well. Those would be the “special occasion” lunch spots that I would choose to go to.
      I hope this list helps! Enjoy your special day. My hubby and I are celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary on the 30th, so it’s a special day for the both of us :) xoxo, Jackie

      • Margie says

        Thank you – sorry I sent you the same message this morning! I couldn’t find your reply! Will check out those places.

        Happy Anniversary – the 30th is my birthday!!

        • jackiegrandy says

          No worries Margie. I was just about to tell you that I responded to your comment on the contact page. Happy early Birthday :) I will update if I think of any other locations or restaurants. xoxo, Jackie

  17. Gloria says

    I LOVE this blog. I’ve been following it for quite a while and have made several of your recipes, which have all been great. Also enjoy the photos and find them very helpful, along with the detailed instructions on how to make the dish. You’re the best!

    Gloria

    • jackiegrandy says

      Hi Gloria! Thanks so much for the sweet comment and for taking the time to say hi! I’m so happy to hear that you’ve had some recipe successes :) Thanks for letting me know that the photos are helpful to you. I sometimes wonder if I show too many steps. Have a great night and I hope you try and love many more recipes :) xoxo, Jackie

  18. Laura Lamar says

    Those Rosemary Popovers looked so good. I went out and bought the Popover Pan and made them. I added some chives from my garden and of course the rosemary. They are so delicious! And so simple to make. I think next time ( which will be real soon) I might add some cheese, garlic, basil…we will see. My condo smells so good!

    • jackiegrandy says

      Awesome Laura! I’m so glad you made them up right away and that they turned out so well for you! Yippee! I’m also glad you got a popover pan. You will use it all the time now, I promise. Would it be ok if I moved this comment over to my popover post? It’s really helpful for other readers to see comments on a recipe, as it gives them confidence to try the reicpe as well as try some of the additions you mentioned. Let me know and thanks for trying this reicpe and letting me know how it turned out for you! xoxo, Jackie

  19. Melissa says

    I have never enjoyed cooking before and even the thought of what to make for dinner used to patronize me all day, until I discovered your blog! My kids’ health is always priority and I do feed them healthy foods (most of the time) but I am far from creative. You have absolutely inspired me! Thank you for the super simple recipes that are step by step and have great pictures to go with it. It makes the experience of cooking way less daunting and I literally can spread out my ingredients to match your picture. I can not tell you how excited I am (and my husband as well) to find your easy, delicious, low maintenance recipes!!! My grocery shopping experience will change dramatically too. I literally could have walked through Trader Joes blindfolded and grabbed the same items I have for years…. My kids are still pretty young (4 and 2 and baby on the way) so I feel like it is really important that I continue to offer healthy choices and alternatives now so they can continue to have these healthy habits as they grow. Now they might actually taste good too :) Bonus! Thanks for all your hard work!

    • jackiegrandy says

      Wow, Melissa! Your comment made my morning! I’m so happy that you found my blog as well, and that it has made cooking way more interesting for you and that you are enjoying it more, thus your family as well :) We can all get into cooking ruts and sometimes that’s ok when life is busy. We have our favorite meals to fall back on and meals that are easy, but it’s also fun to experiment with new dinner ideas, and when you find a new one that is healthy and your family loves you can’t help but get giddy! Thanks so much for your super sweet comment and I hope you continue to find new and tasty recipes from the blog! xoxo, Jackie

  20. Lavinia says

    I LOVE your blog!!! I absolutely adore quinoa and I am so glad to see so many recipes using it!! I am so excited I found you!!! Thanks for sharing your awesomeness!!! I am making the “Big Dutch baby” tomorrow!! My daughter will be so excited!!!
    Thanks!!!

    • jackiegrandy says

      Hi Lavinia! I’m so happy you found my blog as well girl! Yes, I’m a bit of a quinoa and kale addict, so I’m glad to hear you’re a quinoa addict as well ;) I hope you love the dutch baby! That’s one of our favorite easy breakfasts! Thanks for saying hi :) xoxo, Jackie

  21. Kyle says

    Hey, Just stumbled across this site and gotta say, it is awesome. Your recipes are great and have professional quality looking photographs. I usually don’t comment on stuff but the site blew me away. I’m an atheltic male in my mid 20s playing contact sports so probably not your target audience but everything looked not only healthy but extremely tasty as well. Keep up the awesome work!

    Cheers!

    • jackiegrandy says

      Hi Kyle! Awww…. thanks so much for your sweet comment! I wouldn’t say I have a “target” audience, this blog is really just for people who like easy, healthy and tasty food, so if you like all of the above, then this site is for you as well :) xoxo, Jackie

  22. Susan says

    Just discovered your blog this morning. All I can say is WOW! I already had my breakfast of steel cut oatmeal and berries but tonight I will leave them out and the try your recipe, with the peanut butter! Yum. Love your style! Susan in South Florida :)

    • jackiegrandy says

      Thanks so much Susan! I’m so happy you loved the steel cut oats. I just polished off a bowl of quinoa flakes with fresh strawberries and peanut butter. So good! I can’t wait to you try the oats with the peanut butter! Let me know what you think :) xoxo, Jackie

  23. sandy says

    I actually had to get up from dinner to say how much I love the kale salad – omg! Thank you xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

    • jackiegrandy says

      Awesome Sandy! Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know how much you loved the kale salad. Made my day girl! xoxo, Jackie

  24. Mandy says

    Hi! Quick question: When you make the rosemary skillet chicken with popovers, how do you time it all? Do you make the chicken first and let it rest for the 30 minutes the popovers are cooking since the oven temperatures don’t align? Thanks so much, love your blog recipes!

    • jackiegrandy says

      Hi Mandy! Ok, I feel totally lame not getting back to your comment sooner, as I just saw it yesterday, so I apologize for such a late response. I have two ovens so it’s pretty easy for me to time it all. I make the popover mixture first and then pre-heat the oven for those at the same time that I pre-heat the oven for the chicken. I usually start cooking the chicken about 5 minutes before I put the popovers in the oven. The chicken roughly takes about 35 minutes as well as the popovers, so they usually finish up within 5 minutes of each other. If the chicken is done beforhehad, then I just cover it with aluminun foil on a plate. The popovers can be done anywhere from 5 minutes to 1/2 hour before everything, and they will still taste great. I hope that helps. I find that timing is just something that you figure out each time you make a recipe. It took me a few times till I figured out how to time this recipe. xoxo, Jackie

  25. Loann says

    I recently stumbled on your site and really love your kale salad. I made some for family and it was a hit! Your recipes and your stories are wonderful, thank you for sharing.

    • jackiegrandy says

      You are so welcome Loann. Thanks so much for trying the recipes and for reading my blog! :) xoxo, Jackie

  26. Shelagh says

    Jackie,

    What a truly beautiful website! I have been pouring over the photos and I really appreciate the visual steps for each recipe.

    I LOVE kale so your various recipes will be put to use in our household. Looks like I will be planning an extra crop of kale in my backyard garden to keep up with your inspirations!

    Thank you for sharing,

    Shelagh (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)

  27. pm says

    we made your quinoa cakes as well today. they also were excellent! thanks for sharing your recipes. they are great.

      • pm says

        thank you for your replies. you are a very creative cook. everything was excellent. we had unexpected company over last night. we were able to heat up the cakes and the cookie as you described and they loved them. thank you again. some people do not like to share recipes. so glad that you do!! we will try more.
        take care.

  28. Melinda Aquino says

    Hey, Jackie! I discovered your blog about a year ago, and love it! I’m a busy professional in the bay area, and have two little kids… This blog is awesome for me!! I love that miso kale salad (and so many other recipes, but this is my favorite).. I have shared it with friends and now it’s EVERYONE’s favorite kale salad!

    I noticed that there have been some life changes for you lately, and I wanted to write to give you some support and encouragement over the internet stratosphere .. Hang in there, and know that we all appreciate your great recipes and wonderful blog! Congrats on the new catering job!

    • jackiegrandy says

      Hi Melinda! Wow, thanks for the amazingly sweet comment! I’m so happy to hear that the miso salad is a favorite in your house! You’re reminding me that I need to make that salad again soon! Yes, I’ve had some life changes and I think most of my readers, like you, have a sense of what’s going on. I haven’t felt inclined to post about it yet, but I think I may put out a post in the next few months or so, as I feel like it’s time, and I know my amazing readers such as you, will be super supportive. Thanks for just saying hi and showing your support! I really apprecaite it! It’s also nice to hear that your local to boot! :) xoxo, Jacquelyn

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