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Holiday Tips from Kristin Bell and Whole Foods Market

November 19, 2017

Kristin Bell

Marin Mommies presents a guest article from Whole Foods Market.

Meet our holiday host: Kristen Bell! The holidays are for cozy gatherings with friends and family — after all, this is the time of year when gathering around a festive table with good food matters most to her. Cooking is taking care of her nest. She’s an actress, but also a wife, a mom and a home cook, and preparing a meal for her family makes her feel of service to the ones she loves. Check out Kristen’s tips and tricks below!

Chef Daddy Barbeques the Thanksgiving Turkey

November 19, 2017

Thanksgiving turkey on the barbeque

This year, as I've done for several years now, I'll cook our Thanksgiving turkey on the charcoal barbeque grill. This is, in my humble opinion, the best way to cook a turkey, hands down. And it frees up the oven for more important Thanksgiving fare, like pie!

Slow Cooker Chili for a Cool Evening

November 5, 2017

slow cooker chili

Winter is the perfect time to fire up the slow cooker and make some long-simmered comfort food. Chili is a perfect food for a cool winter, fall, or early spring evening. Everyone in our family likes it, and you can offer a variety of different condiments so everyone can customize their bowl to their own liking.

Here, I’ve adapted my go-to chili recipe for the slow cooker. Put all the ingredients in the cooker in the morning and let it go and it will be hot and ready in time for dinner. You can also chop up the vegetables for the recipe—onions, garlic, and green peppers—in the food processor, saving a little more work in the process.

Three Deliciously Spooky Halloween Treats

October 26, 2017

Mummy hot dogs In October, my kids and I love to make fun Halloween-themed treats for parties, snacks and school lunches. Not only are most of these healthy, but they’re fun to make and eat, too.

These recipes also make a great playgroup or play date activity or girl scout or cub scout project. Feel free to vary the recipes as you see fit.

Hot Dog Mummies

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Homemade Pumpkin Soup for a Fall Dinner

October 22, 2017

pumpkin soupMy daughter wanted to make something for dinner with pumpkin in it, it being that time of year and all, and I suggested pumpkin soup. She countered with the idea of serving the soup in little scooped out pumpkins instead of bowls, and we both decided it was a great idea!

The soup turned out better than I imagined, and using the pumpkins as bowls is fun and easy, if a bit labor intensive. This soup is really simple, so make sure you use high-quality ingredients so that all the flavors come through. We found wonderful little locally grown organic sugar pie pumpkins on sale at our local market, and we used Yukon Gold potatoes that we dug up ourselves at the Great Peter Pumpkin Patch a couple weeks ago.

Fall Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

October 17, 2017

I'm a big fan of cooking with pumpkin, which is one of the reasons I love the fall. Pumpkin soup, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bars, pumpkin ravioli—they're all delicious. My kids' favorite are these pumpkin oatmeal cookies, which are chewy and, I like to think, actually good for you. These cookies are a great treat for the lunchbox too.

I mix in in dark chocolate chunks (chocolate chips work equally well), walnuts, and dried cranberries to make them more interesting. They're also fantastic with toasted pumpkin seeds instead of the walnuts. In fact, feel free to use whatever you like to mix in: white chocolate chips, raisins, dried cherries, and pecans are all good.Ingredients

Easy and Healthy After School Snacks

September 15, 2017

Whole Foods after school snacks

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Whole Foods Market.

Kids running for the fridge as soon as their backpacks are off? These tasty after-school snacks are not only easy to prepare, they’re delicious and kid-approved!

Busy school days mean busy brains need a refresh. What better way than with a wholesome after-school snack? These snack recipes use familiar flavors (PB&J anyone?) prepared in new ways. From poppable bites to savory spreads, these snacks will satisfy any kid — or kid at heart.

Apple Walnut Bread is Delicious and Easy to Make

September 10, 2017

In the late summer we love to go apple picking at farms in Marin and Sonoma County. It's so much fun to choose and pick your own fruit, but sometimes you end up with more apples than you know what to do with. I've been trying to figure out different creative ways to use apples, since I hate to see any go to waste.

Fresh-baked apple walnut bread is delicious, easy to make and a great way to use up extra apples. It also makes the house smell amazing while it's baking. It's good as part of breakfast, as a snack, or even dessert. My kids love to get a slice in their lunchboxes, too.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups peeled, cored, and chopped apples
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Our Favorite Homemade Apple Pie

September 7, 2017

apple pie After all our apple picking excursions to Chileno Valley Ranch, we decided to make our favorite apple pie. This is my go-to recipe for this treat. It's an adaptation of the recipe that used to be on the back of the box of Trader Joe's frozen pie crusts. I don't know what it is about it, but it makes what my family thinks it the best apple pie ever. I still usually use the Trader Joe's pie crusts for this, since they're really good quality and make for a lot less work. Feel free to make your own pie crusts or to use a different brand, though.

I made this pie with Mutsu apples from Chileno Valley Ranch, but any good baking apple, like Gravenstein or Granny Smith, will work equally well.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds apples (about 6 medium), peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 package Trader Joe's pie crusts, thawed
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