• Kitchen Tips
  • Dried Herbs vs Fresh Herbs

    Kitchen Tips: Have you wondered what the difference is? Dried leaf herbs have more concentrated flavor than fresh herbs. If you are substituting dried leaf herbs for fresh, use 1/3 the amount called for in the recipe. For example, if the recipe calls for 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, use 1 teaspoon dried leaf thyme.  If […]

  • Around Town
  • Kids Growing Food, and Growing to Their Full Potential

    Chef Marshall Around Town: Chef Marshall volunteered at his daughters’ school to celebrate the success of their school garden. The garden is established now, with an abundance of produce planted by students last spring that is being harvested now. Students planted an assortment of vegetables: squash, herbs, lettuce, chard, kale, tomatoes, cucumbers and more.  The garden is a fantastic teaching tool […]

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  • Creating Sustainable Change at the North Y

    Chef Marshall Around Town: We are proud to see our on-going partnership with the North Community YMCA continue to grow. Literally. The Chef Marshall O’Brien Group has been involved for years in providing programs to help kids, families and their community connect with real food by learning how to prepare tasty and nourishing recipes that help […]

  • On Chef Marshall's Mind
  • Five Foods for Better Sleep

    If you have heard Chef Marshall speak, chances are you have heard him share that he was sleep-deprived for years and struggled to get through the day as a result. With an increasingly busy schedule after they started a family, he decided to make sleep a priority and practice what he preaches. This is essential […]

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  • Cooking for Senior Citizens

    Chef Marshall Around Town: We at the Chef Marshall O’Brien Group are always for ways to help people improve their quality of life using Smart Nutrition. This year, thanks to Health Partners, we are doing a cooking class series for senior citizens. Food and cooking not only nourish and teach self-sufficiency but also bring people […]

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  • Chef Marshall Supports His Hometown Firefighters

    Chef Marshall Around Town: We at the Chef Marshall O’Brien group have consistently focused on supporting the pillars of our communities – police, fire, schools and childcare. When they get the support and resources to take care of their employees, they can better support us. We recently taught a series of Smart Nutrition classes for […]

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  • Giving Back to Hometown Students

    Chef Marshall Around Town: Chef Marshall was recently a guest judge for an event at St. Louis Park High School hosted by Cooking Matters Minnesota and St. Louis Park SEEDS. The participating students worked in teams to prepare great-tasting, more nourishing (aka healthier) versions of popular recipes. These included spaghetti with meat sauce, breakfast burritos, […]

  • On Chef Marshall's Mind
  • Fox9 Buzz – Thanksgiving Side Dishes

    ICYMI: Great holiday side dishes that won’t make you pass out. Check them out below the video- Charred Cauliflower with Savory Chocolate (yes, chocolate!), Roasted Yams with Citrus Sauce, and Apple Grapefruit Greens Salad. Super tasty – enjoy!   Get Chefs Smart Nutrition Cookbook & Meal Planner to get some great tasting recipes, and some […]

  • On Chef Marshall's Mind
  • Fox9 Buzz – Winter Squash Recipes

    ICYMI: Easy and tasty winter squash recipes. Check them out below the video- Spicy Butternut Squash Soup Puree, Stuffed Acorn Squash with Italian Sausage and Kale, and Apple Delicata Squash Crisp. Super tasty – enjoy!   Get Chefs Smart Nutrition Cookbook & Meal Planner to get some great tasting recipes, and some sanity https://chefmarshallobrien.com/buy-books/ Spicy […]