The MOM 100 Blog

How Long Do I Marinate That?

Why Marinades are So Great Marinades are brilliant because essentially you can take any kind of meat or fish or seafood you like, give it a dunk in the mixture and you’ve turned a plain something into a great dinner. The more delicate the protein, the less you want to marinate it, especially if it contains citrus juices which can start to “cook” the food and change its texture (eg, make it mushy). Some Guidelines for Marinating Success The thinner the food, and the less dense the food, the less time it needs in the marinade. The more acid (citrus …

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9 Nut-Free Bake Sale/Birthday Party Recipes

(With Ingredients You Probably Already Have in Your Pantry!) Are there any schools left that haven’t gone nut-free?  If there are a few left, I am surprised, and feeling a little badly for the kids who are sitting at the nut-free lunch table (though perhaps at this point there is a special room for kids who just can’t move on from their PBJs?). I take all of this very seriously – I have horrible nut allergies myself, and have all my life, but when I was a kid I was definitely unusual, and very self-conscious about how I deal with …

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Eat Smartly and Carry a Small Stick … of 100% Grass-fed Beef

What does a teenage football-playing boy and an American Pygmy Shrew have in common?  They both eat 3 times their body weight every day in food. Okay, that is NOT true (well, it’s true about the American Pygmy Shrew), but if you are the person who is feeding one or more teenage boys then you might feel like that statement is believable.  All I know is that starting in late August and heading into November my guys are in full-on football mode, working hard and eating like there isn’t a bottom in sight. And I’m cooking as fast (and as …

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Why I’m Excited for Friendsgiving

You may have heard of Friendsgiving, that wacky new Thanksgiving trend that’s sweeping the country; basically it’s Thanksgiving with friends instead of family, either instead of the family thing, or in addition to.  And frankly when this started becoming a “thing” I reacted with an eye roll, given that America does love itself a brand new holiday that people can throw themselves into (read: create commerce out of). It’s not that I don’t like the spirit of the new holiday — we’ve always had friends at our Thanksgivings for as long as I can remember, which have made them much …

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10 School-Night Dinners That Will Make Your Life Easier

Some of you reading this have already run through that perennial gauntlet known as the back-to-school period. Some of you may still be reading school supply lists and wondering when you will find the time to get those medical forms signed by your pediatrician. Some of you (read: me) may find yourselves with your fingers stuck in your ears and your eyes squinched tight, saying “la-la-la-la-la” over and over again. But no amount of toddler-esque behavior will stave off the inevitable (just ask my kids). And mere days from now, weeknight dinners will magically turn into school-night dinners, which usually …

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Six Great Grain Salads

You go through food phases, right? Periods of time when you want to eat only one thing, or one type of thing, almost all the time? Sometimes to the chagrin of those around you? The phase I have been in as of late is The Great Grain Salad Phase. I’m mixing and matching different cooked grains with all kinds of different vegetables and greens, sometimes with chicken or shrimp or the like thrown in, and then tossing it all together with simple dressings. I’ve been playing around with freekeh, farro, spelt, millet, rice, quinoa, wheat berries, couscous (not actually a grain, …

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