Thanksgiving Recipes: Easy Roasted Butternut Squash

November 24, 2013

Butternut squashThis guest Thanksgiving recipe is from my friend and fellow Marin mom Nancy Grossi, author of the award-winning blog The Wife of a Dairyman. Nancy started her blog at the beginning of 2010, and offers a look into life on one of Marin's many dairy farms.

Tis the season for butternut squash, pumpkins, the scent of cinnamon wafting through the house, all good things in my book. On this night I tried a new butternut squash recipe where it's first peeled, cut into chunks and then roasted in a heavenly buttery, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, o.j. mixture. Oh yeah.



November 20, 2013

Gracie's NightMarin Mommies presents a guest article by Marin children's librarian Lisa Katz, who highlights some fantastic Hanukkah books for kids.

On November 28, for the first time ever (although there is some dispute over this and some say it won’t happen again until 2070), Jews around the world will celebrate the first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving together. Thus, Thanksgivukkah!! Have you heard of potato latkes with cranberry sauce and turkey? Or how about sweet potato latkes or cranberry applesauce?

Ok, let’s put food aside and talk some great books. There are some wonderful children books to help us celebrate the festival lights. Below is my list with some of my favorites as well as new books for this year. Those books with an asterisk are for families who celebrate both holidays.

Hanukkah Books in alphabetical order by author:

Our Candle by Eve Bunting
Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap by Deborah Cohen
Hanukkah Moon by Deborah da Costa
Papa’s Latkes by Michelle Edwards

Thanksgiving Recipes: Light and Fluffy Carrot Soufflés

November 19, 2013

Carrot SouffleHere's a delicious Thanksgiving side dish recipe from our friends at Agricultural Community Events Farmers Markets, the non-profit group that puts on the Marinwood, Downtown Novato, Fairfax, Petaluma East, and Santa Rosa Community Farmers' Markets, among others. What's great about this recipe is it tells you which farmers' market vendors you can buy the ingredients from!


  • 8 medium carrots, chopped (Calvillo Brothers at Marinwood Farmers' Market, Ortiz Brothers at Marinwood, Petaluma East Side Farmers and Santa Rosa Farmers' Market, Tolay Valley Farm at Marinwood Farmers Market)
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter (Springhill Cheese at Petaluma East Side and Santa Rosa Farmers' Market) plus more for ramekins
  • 1 small onion finely chopped (Calvillo Brothers at Marinwood Community Farmers Market, Ortiz Brothers at Marinwood, Petaluma East Side and Santa Rosa)

Thanksgiving Recipes: Walnut Pumpkin Pie

November 18, 2013

Walnut Pumpkin PieI used to be a pumpkin pie traditionalist, until I had a taste of this deliciously different pie that my mother-in-law makes every Thanksgiving. With a graham-cracker crust and a crunchy topping of walnuts and brown sugar, it's a tasty variation on the standard pumpkin pie, and it's fast and easy to make.

Of course I still love the more traditional varierty—I like to splurge and have one slice of each kind on Thanksgiving!

You can buy a ready-made graham cracker crust, or you can make your own if you're so inclined.


  • 1 6-ounce prepared graham cracker pie crust (or make your own)
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)

A Family That Eats Together: The Best Cornbread Stuffing for Thanksgiving

November 18, 2013

The best cornbread stuffingMarin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike. Here's her meal plan for this week.

For as long as I can remember, my mom made cornbread stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner. Her stuffing is sweet from the cornbread and savory from the herbs. This recipe can’t be beat. It is always so popular at our Thanksgiving dinner that I have to double the recipe to feed everyone!

Servings: 12+
Prep time: 40 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour


  • 1 loaf of day old bread, cubed – the more dry the better, ideally a white bread but can be a plain wheat bread
  • Cornbread, cubed – recipe follows*
  • 6–7 cups warm turkey or chicken stock

Home for the Holidays: Elegant Entertaining

November 6, 2012

Marin Mommies presents a guest article by Marin interior designer Hilary Sessions of Quarry Hill Design.

The big challenge this Holiday Season is how to entertain with grace and style without losing your cool. The key to stress-free entertaining is prepping your home in advance, so you can relax and enjoy your family and friends. Here are some tips on how to pull off elegant entertaining.

Step one: make sure everything is clean and tidy. Banish those dust bunnies and pick up the clutter. Stash a few large baskets and bins in each room where you can dump all the clutter.

Dress up your entryway in the spirit of the season. Add a wreath, large bouquet of branches, a basket of pumpkins or fruit and scented candles. Something as simple as a few votive candles on the hall table makes the space feel special. Designate a place for guests to stash their coats and jackets, or make it a fun job for the kids.

Make Colorful Turkey Handprint Placemats for Thanksgiving

November 22, 2011

Since we'll have quite a few children over for Thanksgiving this year, we've been busy coming up with easy and fun craft ideas to keep everyone busy before the feast. One of the projects that we came up with, based on something by daughter did in kindergarten, is creating colorful festive Thanksgiving turkey handprint placemats. Since you'll need one for everyone at the dinner table, this project should keep the kids busy for a while.

Here's what you'll need:

Being Thankful for Thanksgiving

November 26, 2009

We all have to be thankful for something on Thanksgiving, since that's really what it's supposed to be all about. I'm thankful for the Thanksgiving itself, since it's the only holiday where it's mandatory to eat until near bursting. There's no "save room for dessert" on Thanksgiving; instead, you forcibly make room for pumpkin pie and other goodies by stretching your stomach out even more. Hey, it's one day a year (not counting the upcoming Christmas dinner), so it's OK.

I was actually in training for the Thanksgiving meal for most of the day. Went for a bike ride in the morning to get some nominal exercise, and didn't eat much other than some fruit until we hit the in-laws' house and then it was time to chow down. Everything was good and tasty, as a Thanksgiving meal should be. Now, people often make the mistake of assuming that the all-American roasted turkey is the main dish of Thanksgiving. This, I hate to reveal, is in fact incorrect. The carbs are the stars. The turkey exists to provide a counterpoint to things like mashed potatoes and stuffing, and, more importantly, provide the basis for making gravy to anoint said foods. That's the truth.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2007


The Marin Mommies team wishes you all the happiest of Thanksgivings! Don't eat too much... save room for the pumpkin pie.



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