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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Pfeffernüsse

December 11, 2017

I've always loved these little German spice cookies, and, after years of buying the ones from Trader Joes, I decided to try making them. They're really quite easy to make and even more delicious than the ones from the store.

The addition of black pepper may seem a little weird, but that's where the cookie gets its name (Pfeffer is the German word for pepper). It makes the cookies slightly spicy and helps accentuate the other spice flavors.

Using fresh ground spices makes a big difference—I have a small coffee grinder that's dedicated to grinding spices for recipes like this.

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Double-Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

November 30, 2017

Double-chocolate candy cane cookies

These moist and chewy cookies contain plenty of two iconic holiday ingredients: chocolate and candy canes! They're the perfect addition to a holiday cookie platter, and I bet Santa wouldn't turn his nose up to a couple of them on Christmas Eve. If you really want to supercharge the peppermint flavor, replace the vanilla with peppermint extract. My kids think the crushed candy canes on top of these cookies give them plenty of peppermint flavor, so I usually just leave it at that. These are also great made with whole-wheat pastry flour, but plain old all-purpose flour is fine, too.

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Peanut Butter Blossoms

November 27, 2017

Peanut butter blossom cookies

These delicious cookies were one of my favorite holiday treats when I was a child, so I've made sure to include them in my own Christmas baking repertoire. They're easy to make and the kids love to help mix ingredients and roll the dough into balls.

Two Delicious Side Dishes for Your Thanksgiving Table

November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Sides from Whole Foods Market

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Whole Foods Market.

Still looking for some delicious sides for your Thanksgiving spread? Here are two delicious recipes from Whole Foods Market that will be welcome by everyone! They're both healthy and easy to make, too.

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.

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