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Cooking with Kids: Corn Bread Pizza

June 13, 2008

Here's another fun and easy recipe to make with your kids from What's Cooking's Michelle Stern. This recipe for Corn Bread Pizza is from What's Cooking Weekly, a subscription service that offers five healthy meals ideas for your family every week, including easy recipes, shopping lists, nutrition information, and tips on how to get children involved in the kitchen. Every Friday morning, you will receive an e-mail with a summary of the menus for the week along with a link to the website. It's easy and all your meals are planned out for you for the entire week. Print out the grocery list to buy all the items you need for all your meals.

Cooking With Kids: BBQ Chicken BLT

May 24, 2008

BBQ Chicken BLT

Cooking with your children is a great way to spend quality family time, and, above all, it's fun! Here's a delicious BBQ idea, courtesy of Michelle Stern, owner of What's Cooking. What's Cooking is a Marin-based business that offers cooking workshops in home or school for kids aged 2-1/2 through 19.
   
Mmmmm...BLT's in the summer, when the tomatoes are at their best! The barbeque adds great flavor to the chicken and the bread, but beware: your neighbors might come over to see what you are making for dinner! Make extra chicken to add to a salad or for lunch the next day. Serve with baked chips and pickles.

8 slices of soft country bread  

Playdate Café Now Open in San Anselmo (has closed)

May 12, 2008

Playdate Cafe castleUnfortunately, Playdate Café has closed it’s doors due to the poor economy.

Calling all Kids: Broccoli and Three Cheese Casserole

April 23, 2008

Here's another fun and easy recipe to make with your kids from What's Cooking's Michelle Stern. She's recently launched What's Cooking Weekly, a subscription service that offers five healthy meals ideas for your family every week, including easy recipes, shopping lists, nutrition information, and tips on how to get children involved in the kitchen. Every Friday morning, you will receive an e-mail with a summary of the menus for the week along with a link to the website. It's easy and all your meals are planned out for you for the entire week. Print out the grocery list to buy all the items you need for all your meals.

We're also giving away one 6-month subscription to What's Cooking Weekly to a Marin Mommies reader, courtesy of Michelle Stern and What's Cooking. To enter the drawing, send an email to contests@marinmommies.com with "What's Cooking" in the subject line. One lucky winner will be selected on Thursday, May 1. Congratulations to Tracey W. winner of the What's Cooking giveaway.

Family-friendly Weekend Events for February 22, 23 & 24

February 21, 2008

Friday, February 22


Bring the kids (ages 2–5) to Fantastic Fridays: Birds, Birds Everywhere this Friday from 10 am to noon. In this program, you and your toddler will explore the beautiful bird habitat that is Crissy Field Marsh. Take a bird watching hike and learn ways that we can keep the marsh healthy for years to come. Drop-ins accepted on a space-available basis. To register call (415) 561-7752, or download the form at www.parksconservancy.org. The cost is $10 per child, accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Meals on the Go: Rotisserie Chicken

January 22, 2008

Rotisserie chickenWhen you're just too fried to cook dinner but don't want to deal with the whole restaurant experience, that old standby, the rotisserie roasted chicken, is often a great choice, especially since its something that everyone in our family will eat. While most of the supermarket versions are, to put it mildly, unappealing, there are at least two great places in Marin that specialize in tasty roasted birds.

Hearty and Healthy: Pasta e Fagioli

January 7, 2008

tasty healthy foodCooking with your children is a great way to spend quality family time, and, above all, it's fun! Here's a healthy and light, but warm and cozy, recipe for those cold winter evenings, courtesy of Michelle Stern, owner of What's Cooking. What's Cooking is a Marin-based business that offers cooking workshops in home or school for kids aged 2-1/2 through 19.

Pasta e Fagioli (Italian Pasta and Bean Soup)
 
2 Tbs (2 turns around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil  
2 (4 to 6-inch) sprigs rosemary, left intact  
1 (4 to 6-inch) sprig thyme with several sprigs on it, left intact  
1 large fresh bay leaf or 2 dried bay leaves  

Family Dining: El Encanto, Novato

December 26, 2007

We live in Marin's northernmost outpost, Novato, which is not exactly known for its fine dining opportunities, let alone decent restaurants where you can take children. So we were really happy  when we finally made it to El Encanto Restaurante y Cantina, located in downtown Novato on 7th Street between Grant and Novato Boulevard. El Encanto offers Mexican food, and is relatively new—it's been open for a little over a year—and occupies the space the once housed a Lyons, followed by a string of other unlucky, short-lived, and now-forgotten restaurants.

Getting the Kids Involved: Thanksgiving Side Dishes

November 19, 2007

Cooking with your children is a great way to spend quality family time, and, above all, it's fun! Here are some fun and delicious Thanksgiving side dish recipes to help you get started cooking with your children, courtesy of Michelle Stern, owner of What's Cooking. What's Cooking is a Marin-based business that offers exciting, fun, and educational cooking workshops in home or school for kids aged 2 1/2 through 19.

Good Stuff from the Baby Bistro Cookbook

November 5, 2007
Baby Bistro CookbookWhile dueling cookbooks Deceptively Delicious and The Sneaky Chef have been grabbing the headlines lately, we recently got our hands on a fantastic little book that relies not on sneaking vegetable purees into your unsuspecting kids' food, but rather making delicious and nutritious meals that children love. The Baby Bistro Cookbook by Joohee Muromcew, a Marin mom and a frequent contributor to Town & Country and San Francisco magazines. The book, which gets kudos from food world heavy hitters like Mario Batali and Alice Waters, has great recipes that are often simplified but no less delicious versions of grown-up favorites. We like the chicken and white bean chili and peanut sesame noodles, but there are many more good things from simple dishes like toasted cheese sandwiches to shepherd's pie. Highly recommended!