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Easy Gravenstein Apple Dumplings

September 9, 2016

Apple dumplings

With all the apple picking we do in the late summer and fall, I find myself looking for apple related recipes of all kinds. This is one of my family's favorites: old fashioned apple dumplings. They're basically peeled and cored whole apples stuffed with butter, sugar, and cinnamon, wrapped in pie dough, and drizzled with a syrup that turns into a gooey caramel in the oven. This is a perfect dessert for upcoming cool fall evenings, and it makes the house smell wonderful when it bakes.

You can make these using your own favorite pie dough recipe, but I usually opt to save some time and effort and use the frozen pie crusts from Trader Joe's. They're really very good and as far as I can tell are indistinguishable from homemade!

Make Your Own Easy and Delicious Applesauce!

August 25, 2016

ApplesauceAfter apple picking, and having a surplus of apples, I love to make this easy and delicous applesauce. My daughter loves to pack this in her lunch box. Homemade applesauce is very easy to make, and really beats that stuff you get in a jar at the supermarket.

Serve it to the kids as a snack, or as a side dish with potato pancakes, pork roast, and more. You can also use it as an ingredient to make other tasty treats like applesauce muffins.

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Recipe from Pernilla's Pantry: Deconstructed Cheeseburger Salad

July 31, 2016

deconstructed cheeseburger salad When things get busy, especially at the start of a new school year, I place an order to Pernilla's Pantry, a mom-run business here in Marin that offers creative healthy meals for busy families. When your order arrives, you'll receive recipe cards and all the ingredients that you need to make three or four fantastic family meals for the week.

Pernilla's Pantry was created by Pernilla Sumner, a Marin mom and Swedish native who loves to share her passion for food and good cooking with others. Pernilla shared one of her most popular recipes with us: Deconstructed Cheeseburger Salad.

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Fresh Seafood Delivered to Your Door

July 28, 2016

Real Fresh Fish Most of us know that you can get fresh veggies delivered to your home or a local pick-up site through a farm CSA program, but did you know you can get fresh seafood delivered to your door as well? We had the opportunity to try out DailyFreshFish.com, a new service that does just that. It's easy, and takes the guesswork out of buying fish. Furthermore, since the fish is coming straight from the distributor, you know you're getting seafood that's absolutely fresh.

DailyFreshFish.com was created by Pucci Foods, which has been distributing seafood in the Bay Area for nearly a century. (You've probably seen their refrigerator trucks out on the highway.) Since Pucci supplies mainly to the restaurant industry, the seafood you get from DailyFreshFish.com is of the same quality. They're also committed to green practices and sustainability—packaging is 100% recyclable and they support the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and the NOAA FishWatch programs, among others.

Keep Cool with Frozen Watermelon Pops

July 26, 2016

When the temperature rises in the summer, we like to make these frozen watermelon pops to help beat the heat. They're easy to make, delicious, healthy (they're all fruit, after all), and fun to eat on a hot summer day.

You don't need much to make these, just the watermelon, a little sugar (if needed), a blender or food processor, and ice pop molds. You can use other fruits to make these, too—fresh strawberries are particularly good—but the classic summer flavor of watermelon just seems to be perfect for a frozen treat like this.

The kids like to pitch in and help make these, too, although it can be hard for them to wait while the pops firm up in the freezer. Needless to say, grownups may want to take charge of the blending, for safety's sake.

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Dining with Kids in Marin: Grilly's Mill Valley

July 23, 2016

Grilly's Mill Valley

When we're in Mill Valley and are in need a quick and healthy lunch, we often stop at Grilly's on Miller Avenue for fresh and tasty Cal-Mex fare. Grilly's has been a fixture in Mill Valley for over 24 years, and specializes in traditional Mexican-style favorites prepared with fresh and healthy ingredients.

Slow Cooker Chicken Pho

June 26, 2016

Chicken phoI love my slow cooker, but I really don't use it much during the summer, because, after all, who wants to eat hearty soups and stews on a hot day? Lately, however, I've been trying to think about how to use the slow cooker to make more warm-weather kinds of dishes. One of my successful recipes is for a slow-cooker version of chicken pho, that delicious Vietnamese noodle soup. Simmer the broth all day in the slow cooker, then prep the garnishes and noodles and dinner is ready!

Pho is usually associated with beef, but this chicken version is a little healthier and easier to make. It's probably not 100% authentic, but it tastes pretty darn close to the real thing, without the need to pay a visit to your favorite Vietnamese restaurant (and there aren't too many of them in Marin). One of the great things about pho is that you can vary the taste to your own liking by adding traditional garnishes like fresh herbs, bean sprouts, and chiles. If you (or your kids) like it plain, that's fine, too!

Hawaiian Style BBQ Short Ribs

June 12, 2016

Hawaiian style short ribsThese marinated and grilled short ribs are the perfect thing for a summer backyard BBQ. They only take a few minutes to make and cook (outside of the marinating time), and the sweet-salty soy sauce-based Hawaiian marinade delivers a taste of the islands without having to get on a plane.

You can serve these short ribs in classic Hawaiian plate lunch style, accompanied by two scoops of rice and macaroni salad, but we opted to be a little healthier and make an island-style sesame-cabbage slaw that has added texture from crumbled dry instant ramen noodles.

You'll want to get Hawaiian-style—also called Maui- or flanken-style—short ribs, which are cut in thin strips across the bone. These don't need to be marinated all that long, and only need to be grilled a few minutes on each side. The marinade works great with chicken or pork, too.

Farmigo Brings the Farmer's Market to You

June 8, 2016

Farmigo

Love the idea of buying your food at the farmer’s market, but don’t have the time or opportunity to make it part of your shopping routine? Farmigo is here to help! This startup works with local farmers and producers to offer families weekly deliveries of fresh produce, prepared foods, bread, eggs, meat, seafood, and more. It’s kind of like a CSA—in fact, Farmigo created the software that many CSA programs use for membership and online ordering—but one where you can choose between many different offerings.

Kick Off Your Spring Break at PIER 39 with Hard Rock and the 7D Experience!

April 7, 2016

7D Experience PIER 39Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco at PIER 39.

Kick off your family's spring break at PIER 39 in San Francisco with two great special offers from Hard Rock Cafe and the 7D Experience. The Hard Rock is expanding its great Sunday Fundays kids eat free deal (normally on Sundays only) all weekend for this weekend only. Kids 10 and under dine for free off the Hard Rock's kids' menu all day and night from Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10, 2016. Mom and Dad get to rock out, drink, and eat while the kids enjoy a free meal with every adult entree purchased, 1:1.

In addition, kids also get free admission this weekend to the 7D Experience at PIER 39 with each full-price adult admission. The 7D Experience combines the thrill of a rollercoaster with the excitement of a state-of-the-art laser blasting game in a 20-seat theater with a massive movie screen. There's also the Lazer Challenge, where you compete to make it through a maze of criss-crossing laser beams.