how to store basil and tomatoes

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how to store basil and tomatoes

This post came to me out of the blue as I was making up the tomato marinade for one of our favorite summer pastas, Ina Garten’s summer garden pasta.  As you can see from the below photo, this marinade uses both fresh basil and tomatoes.  So it got me to thinking, why not bang out a quick post showing you all how to best store these two summer staples.  Both of these methods have worked for me, my tomatoes taste juicer and sweeter, and my basil lasts longer and smells and looks great in the kitchen, as it sits on the counter!  Bonus!  This post is not fancy, but a simple how-to post, so here goes! Storing Basil: Lets start …

how to make homemade croutons

Marin Mama breads and grains, how to, salads, Soups 4 Comments

how to make homemade croutons

For me it’s the little things that stand out and make a recipe pop, like these homemade croutons. Every time I toss these bad boys into a salad or soup, I always get compliments on how amazing the croutons are. Yes, something so simple as homemade croutons can make a recipe go from great to outstanding! They truly beat out any store-bought variety, and are a great way to use up any leftover bread you have lying around. Homemade croutons take roughly 15 minutes to make from start to finish, and require 4 simple pantry ingredients that I know you all have in your house; bread, salt, pepper and olive oil, so there are no excuses for not making a …

toasted overnight steel cut oats

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toasted overnight steel cut oats

Everyone has a favorite meal of the day and mine is breakfast! Breakfast just rocks! Give me some coffee and some carbs and I’m a happy camper! I’m a ravenous girl in the morning, and when I wake up I need a hot cup of coffee (pronto) and some carbs!  I’ve been a breakfast carb and cereal addict since the age of 17.  Until the age of 30, a daily bowl of grape-nuts was my thing, but now I like to change it up a bit. I rotate between a cold cereal like Ezekiel mixed with some Kind or Cafe Fanny granola topped with some fresh or dried fruit and…. hot cereal like my overnight steel cut oats, 5-minute hot quinoa cereal, hot quinoa and oats, and sometimes on the …

video on how to make perfect popovers

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Hi peeps! Guess what? I’m finally posting another video for the blog!  Yippee!  Gosh, I can’t believe that it’s been 2 years since I posted my lacinato kale salad video tutorial. Oops, Marin mama has been slacking in the video making department, sorry! Hopefully it won’t take me 2 more years to get another one out! For those of you that follow my blog, you know that I’m pretty much obsessed with kale and popovers.  I have 20 kale recipes on my blog (wow, I guess I really am obsessed) and a mere 6 popover recipes, so maybe I’m a tad more obsessed with kale than popovers, but I still love popovers!  My friends actually tell me that when I open my …

how to roast chicken breasts

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how to roast chicken breasts

So here’s an simple question for you all.  How many of you buy a rotisserie chicken for a recipe that calls for shredded chicken, but end up just using the breast meat, and then tossing the legs and thighs? Hmmmm… I know that last sentence sounds a bit risky for a food blog, but you all get what I’m saying, right?  On one hand buying a rotisserie chicken is easy and pretty cost effective, but not when you’re tossing the legs and thighs because you’re not a fan of dark meat.  So, if you just buy rotisserie chicken for the white meat, then let me show you an easier, less expensive and less wasteful way to roast up chicken breasts for …

5-minute roasted Brussels sprouts

Marin Mama side dishes, Veggies 15 Comments


I’m starting a new section on my blog labeled 5-minute recipes.  These are recipes that roughly take 5-minutes or less to cook, and who doesn’t love that!  This recipe along with my 5-minute hot quinoa cereal and easy overnight steel-cut oats are the first in the series of great 5-minute recipes that don’t actually taste like a 5-minute recipe. Let’s admit it, we’re all busy and looking for shortcuts in the kitchen, but shortcuts that don’t require the use of a microwave and don’t compromise quality and taste. Well, I found a winner here. This is one of the quickest and easiest ways I’ve found to roast Brussels sprouts, and honestly the tastiest. Eli even begs for these and a year ago her …

roasted broccoli

Marin Mama family favorites, how to, side dishes, Veggies 20 Comments

roasted broccoli

I thought instead of showing you all some fancy staged photo of a bowl of roasted broccoli, that I would show you my kids actually eating and liking it!  I know that if I hear about someone’s kids digging a veggie then I’m more inclined to make it up for my kids.  So, hopefully by seeing my kids enjoying this super healthy veggie, some of you may be more inclined to make this up for your troops!  I’m also letting you all know that this is not going to be a fancy post with jaw dropping photos, but instead it’s going to be a quick and simple post showing you all a quick and simple family approved recipe.  That’s how Marin …

how to roast red peppers

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how to roast red peppers

Today I thought I would share with you all a quick and practical post on how to roast red peppers, because I know there are some of you out there that may not know how to. Roasting red peppers is super easy, and roasting them brings out their natural sweetness. The roasted red peppers that you buy at the market are good, but they really don’t hold a candle to red peppers that you roast at home in your oven. You can roast a few red peppers at a time for a particular recipe, or roast a bunch to use in various recipes throughout  the week.  I used roasted red peppers for soups, sandwiches, pizza sauces, in omelets or scrambled eggs …

lacinato kale salad video tutorial

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lacinato kale salad

Yes, you read the title right, I’m posting my first attempt at an instructional cooking video. Woo hoo! I actually wouldn’t call it an official cooking video because I make a few mistakes in the video, and my head totally gets cut off in places, but as I said, it’s my first attempt, and making videos is not really my forte. I almost didn’t post the video because it’s not a perfect and I’m kind of embarrassed by the way I look and sound on camera. I mean come on, everyone hates seeing themselves on video, right?  You see yourself and think, wow, that’s really how I look to people, but then you realize that your friends and loved ones …

easy overnight steel cut oats

Marin Mama breakfast, how to, most popular recipes, oats 198 Comments

easy overnight steel cut oats with blueberries and honey

So most of you know that I was a cereal addict since the age of 17.  I literally ate a bowl of cereal everyday, usually grape-nuts topped with some other kind of fiberish cereal and granola. I’m one of those people that wakes up hungry and can’t sit around and wait a 1/2 hour for breakfast to cook, so cereal was the breakfast of choice, or should I say breakfast of convenience. Steel cut oats were reserved for those fancy hotel vacations or breakfast out with the family, as I was under the assumption that steel cut oats were a labor intensive and timely breakfast to whip up. I changed that way of thinking though when I cooked up my …

how to keep strawberries fresh

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how to keep strawberries fresh

It’s strawberry season folks! Yippee! So today I thought I would share with you a quick tip that I learned from my friend Carolyn on how to keep those ripe strawberries fresh. Carolyn is the queen of the farmers market and always has great kitchen and produce tips for me.  She is sort of my go-to person for anything cooking related. Anyway, she showed me this simple, but helpful tip a few years back, and it’s really helped to keep my strawberries fresher longer. First off, try and buy local organic strawberries if they’re available. Buying local mean they’re fresher and will last longer, and local produce always tastes better than something that has been shipped in from another state. …

carrot, grapefruit and ginger juice – no juicer required

Marin Mama beverages, how to, smoothies & juices 14 Comments

carrot, grapefruit and ginger juice - no juicer required

I know, I’m a day late in posting and I’m not doing my usual weekly menu, Sorry! I know there are those of you that rely on the weekly menu for dinner ideas, so I promise I will be back with that next week. This week I’m taking a bit of a blogging vacation, as my kids are on spring break and I’m going to spend quality time with the family and re-energize and re-charge (I’m so in need of some re-charging). I didn’t want to leave you all hanging for a week without a recipe, so I’m going to show you this simple, 3 ingredient juice that you can make without a juicer or with a juicer if you …

How to de-stem and thinly slice kale

Marin Mama how to, kale 24 Comments

DSC_0006 kale

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 …

how to cook spaghetti squash

Marin Mama dinner, how to, meatless meals, Pastas, Veggies 16 Comments

spaghetti squash with tomato sauce

Today’s post is sort of a recipe, but really more of a “how to” post. I’m going to show you all how to cook spaghetti squash.  I figured if I didn’t have a clue the first time I cooked one up, then there are those of you that are in the same boat. Spaghetti squash is a delicious and nutritious alternative to pasta.  It’s loaded with fiber, nutrients, vitamins and is high in potassium, which helps lower blood pressure, plus its fun to eat. When cooked, the inside of the squash shreds into long, thin noodle-like strands resembling spaghetti pasta.  I didn’t believe it until I actually made it and saw the transformation. The squash is pretty mild in flavor …

how to keep kale and other greens fresh

Marin Mama how to, kale 74 Comments


Ok, I’ll be frank with you all, this isn’t the most exciting post I have ever put out there. As I was writing it, I kind of yawned a few times and thought to myself, am I really writing about how to keep lettuce and kale fresh, really?  I’m writing this post because I want you all to see how easy it is to whip up a nightly salad on the fly without having to buy the pre-washed bagged lettuce or kale.