I started this cooking blog in 2011 as a bit of a hobby, and an easy way to share my favorite reicpe with friends and family. This little hobby of mine has turned into a passion. It’s such a passion that I’m went back to school at age 45 to become a natural chef.
I recently graduated from the Natural Chef Program at Bauman College in March of 2016, so I’m officially a natural chef! Yippee!For the most part, I’m just a mom who loves to cook healthy and delicious meals for her family. I get that we’re all busy, so I try and post fairly simple and uncomplicated recipes that you can make over and over again. Basically, if I can make something on this blog, then you can.
Where do you get your recipes from and tell me a bit more about your blog?
Since becoming a natural chef, I’ve created quite a few recipes of my own, but most of the recipes on my blog are from cookbooks, magazines, friends and other blogs. I only post recipes that my family and I love, as I want to pass on recipes that will hopefully become family favorites in your house. I want this to be your one stop blog, so I try to compile a bunch of family approved recipes ranging from salads, soups and sides to dinner and dessert. Basically if you have similar taste buds to my family and I, then you will like most of the recipes on this blog. All of my recipes are tested a number of times before I put them on the blog, so you can feel good about making them.
I like using real ingredients in my cooking. It may take a bit longer to prepare a meal, but if
you plan it out ahead of time then it’s a fairly easy task to accomplish. I
always prep my ingredients ahead of time so when the real cooking starts I have
everything on hand ready to go.
Why the name Marin Mama Cooks?
Plain and simple, I live in Marin (which is 10 minutes north of San Francisco) and I am a mom that cooks. Perfect name, right?
I think it’s fun to see the evolution of blogs, so I thought I would share with you the post I did when I hit my 1 year anniversary in 2012. It’s actually pretty hilarious. I knew nothing about SEO and my photography was, well, let’s just say it’s improved over the years! 🙂
I know for myself that I love seeing a photograph of a recipe before I attempt to make it (come on, you have to see the finished product, right?) and step-by-step instructions are a bonus. I decided then that I would include photographs and step-by-step instructions on my blog to make cooking easier for everyone. I want you to feel like I am right there cooking alongside you in your kitchen. All of my photographs are of real food that we’re actually going to eat. When you make one of my recipes, your dish should look pretty similar to the one in my photograph.
What else am I interested in besides cooking and blogging?
I love to read, climb mountains, hit the trails and run in the woods, be in nature, mountain bike, ski the slopes of Tahoe, spend the day with my feet in the sand on the beach, photograph, travel, clean (yes, sadly I love to clean) and just spend my time hanging out with family and friends.
I believe in eating healthy, but I’m also a big believer in exercise, as food is only part of the equation. Getting out into the great outdoors is my FAVORITE way to get exercise. I just recently got into surfing and road biking, and I’m loving them both! It’s never too late to try a new sport or to challenge yourself physically! So change it up, try a new sport, go play outside. We always have to remember to play more. Playing is what keeps me feeling like I’m 29 at age 45! #beginnersurfer #IlovesurfingI believe we’re here to live life to the fullest and to connect and love one another, so I try to do things that connect me with people, nature and life.
This blog consists of family friendly meals, favorite desserts, as well as “mommy” meals. There also might be a few random tips here and there. I hope you find some new favorite recipes from my blog that you can incorporate into your recipe box.
Feel free to email me or leave a comment if you have a question or just want to say hi!
Have fun and get cooking!
xoxo, Jacquelyn 🙂