If you love the sweet taste of fennel you will love this recipe. Fennel scented three times over, this grilled chicken recipe is alluring and reminiscent of a typical Tuscan dinner. Not only is this a quick, easy and healthy recipe but also it is perfect for the grill on a warm summer night.
Need help with meal planning? (Who doesn't?) Since we all can't afford our own personal chefs, there's Relish, a handy meal-planning service for busy parents.
Relish is an easy to use, mom-run website that helps you prepare healthy, creative meals every week. You pick from a wide variety of delicious, thoroughly tested recipes, a cleverly organized grocery list is automatically created, then you is hit the store to collect the ingredients for five days worth of home-cooked meals—all of which take no more than 30 minutes to prepare.
Relish offers much to choose from including vegetarian menus, healthy lunches, seasonal treats, and kids favorites that don't include the word "nugget."
An oven-puffed pancake, or Dutch baby, is a favorite breakfast in our house. While we love the plain version, this chocolate version is a delicious change of pace and makes a great treat for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert.
Like our other puffed pancake recipe, it's easy to make, delicious, and looks spectacular coming out of the oven. Dust liberally with powdered sugar and top with the fruit of your choice—we like strawberries, but blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are equally good.
Needless to say, there's a hot pan involved, so this isn't a recipe for the little ones to help with. They love to help eat it, though!
This spring and summer, the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden on the grounds of College of Marin's Indian Valley Campus is a great place to get organic fruits and veggies. A project of College of Marin, Conservation Corps North Bay, and the UC Cooperative Extension, this 5.8-acre certified organic education farm and garden is open to the public for produce shopping on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm.
Bring your own bags and browse the farm stand for a wide variety of seasonal produce grown right there on-site. Right now, you can get artichokes, beets, radishes, chard, kale, leeks, and more. They also sell plants like poppies and other flowers, fruit trees, and several kinds of strawberry plants.
The Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden is located on the Indian Valley Campus at 1800 Ignacio Boulevard. To get there, take Highway 101 to the Ignacio/Bel Marin Keys Boulevard exit and head west on Ignacio Boulevard. Follow Ignacio Boulevard all the way to the end of the road near the campus police station. There's a $3 parking fee during the week. The farm is a short walk from the parking area near the baseball fields.
We love to have dinners where we eat everything with our fingers. Chicken in a bucket is a great start to what can be a fun and silly dinner the whole family will love. This oven-fried chicken is so great you won't miss any of the fat from traditional fried chicken. The ground almonds closely attach to the chicken to make a sweet crust around it while the panko give the chicken that extra crispy crunch. For sides, use your imagination. We love sliced vegetables and sweet potato french fries with our favorite condiments. I have even included my homemade ranch dressing recipe following my oven-fried chicken recipe. It is a family favorite and is easy to make not to mention so much healthier than anything you can buy in the store.
Being the bacon fanatic that I am, I have to admit one of my most favorite pasta dishes is carbonara. But I have been so inspired by this warm spring and all the bounty from my garden and the farmer’s markets that I wanted to twist around the traditional carbonara to make it healthier and lighter using asparagus and making it vegetarian. The sauce is raw so I do use raw eggs, but the key to using raw eggs in any recipe is to use the most farm fresh cage free eggs available. Don’t be afraid to use fresh raw eggs. As with any carbonara, the heat of the pasta cooks the eggs as you toss all the ingredients together leaving a silky, smooth sauce that gently coats to the pasta. In no time you will have spectacular meal that screams “Spring is here!”
U-pick time is almost here! Starting April 14, Bloomfield Farms will be open on Sundays for you and your kids to not only see where your food comes from, but to pick your own seasonal organic produce, too! This certified organic family farm is located in the rolling hills west of Petaluma, and it's a short scenic drive from anywhere in Marin. It's a lot of fun, and at $30 for a large box of vegetables, it's a great deal, too.
This year, the farm has plenty of new activities and events in store, including a farm stand featuring farm-made products and plant starts for your own garden, and visits from local chefs, musicians, and artists. There will even be a strawberry patch later on this spring and pumpkins and other heirloom squash this fall.
The Collins Family, general manager Nick Papadopoulos, and the staff at the farm are warm and welcoming and happy to help and explain about the different crops growing at the farm.
My family loves all things lemon, so when a friend gave us a bunch of lemons from her tree, we were all happy. But what to do with all those lemons? We decided to make a lemon-buttermilk Bundt cake, since I just found my old hand-me-down family Bundt pan in a box in the garage and wanted to try it out.
I have to say, the results were fantastic! The fresh lemon flavor really comes through, and the moist cake with a crisp crust and lemony glaze is a real springtime treat. A slice is perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. We'll definitely be making this again.
for the cake
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature (plus more for greasing pan)
3 cups all purpose flour (plus more for flouring the pan)
It may be spring, but the nights are still chilly and sometimes you just want a nice plate of comfort food. One of my family's favorites is beef bourguignon.
This classic dish of beef braised with red wine and vegetables is easy to make and I haven't yet found anyone who doesn't like it. It's one of my dinner party staples, since you can throw it all together in the early afternoon and just let it go on the stove so you can socialize instead of slave away in the kitchen.
One of the other great things about beef bourguignon is that you can make it from an inexpensive cut of meat like chuck, which the long braising time renders tender and delicious. I like to buy locally raised grass-fed beef (like Marin Sun Farms) when I can, and this is a great way to prepare it without breaking the bank.
Spring is here, but so is the cool and wet weather. A hot and hearty bowl of minestrone with lots of veggies, white beans, and pasta is always a welcome meal on a rainy evening. This slow cooker recipe is easy to make: start it in the morning or early afternoon and it will be ready and waiting for you at dinner time!
I put this together after taking the kids to school and it was ready by the time everybody was hungry for dinner. My kids really liked this, too, even with all the vegetables.
Prep time: 15–20 minutes
Cooking time: 6–8 hours on low, 3–4 hours on high