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Marla Meridith (creator of Family Fresh Cooking.com) is a trendsetter in the world of food, lifestyle, travel blogging and photography. A finalist as SAVEUR magazine’s “Best of Blogs 2013.” She has a loyal following and is discovered every day by passionate new readers. With many new posts per week she gains popularity continuously with fresh, exciting content. View comments on any post to see her vibrant community. She is recognized in the industry for stunning photography. Marla works with many clients on photo assignments. She is also a TV personality, she’s been featured on the NBC Weekend Today in NY & The Better Show.

Marla’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Bon Appétit, Gourmet Live, Chef Marcus Samuelsson, The Four Seasons and Visit Telluride blogs as well as Parenting, Perfect Wedding magazines and various cookbooks. She works with a colorful array of food, product, travel, outdoors and lifestyle brands including American Express, Swiss Tourism Board, Vail Resorts, Dole, Beretta, Wild Alaskan Seafood, Famous Idaho Potato, Driscoll’s Berries, Unilever and General Mills to name a few.

You can visit her Press and Travel pages for more information. She covers luxury active travel destinations around the world.
Marla is a trusted resource for home chefs, world travelers and active lifestyle enthusiasts everywhere. When people visit her blog they can be assured to find great recipes, selective ingredient recommendations, lifestyle tips and breathtaking photography. Marla is the perfect team player to spotlight your brand around the web.

Please contact Marla for media statistics to entice you even more!

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Mission

Family Fresh Cooking exists to inspire a lifestyle. Topics range from healthy recipes to active luxury travel, DIY crafts and whatever inspires me.

Marla Meridith FamilyFreshCooking.com
Recipes + Food

My mission is for my family to stay fit and strong both mentally and physically. Daily we have multiple opportunities to decide what food to eat. Certain foods make us feel great, while others destroy our moods and energy levels. Whole food ingredients and mindful eating behaviors allow us to live healthy, happy lives. The most important thing is to never feel deprived, as food is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

I also create many cocktails. We all need to unwind right?!

My recipes and lifestyle tips should:

  • Help you create ideas, heighten awareness and have fun with daily meal planning.
  • Encourage you to have healthy, fresh ingredients using as much organic and sustainable items you can find.
  • Focus on mindful eating and portion control to keep us looking and feeling our best. 10 Secrets to Skinny is a great post for this.
  • Encourage you to eat 6 small meals a day. This way you can keep energy levels high and avoid energy crashes and “pig-outs.”
  • Help to enlighten and demystify the home cooking experience. My mission is to keep it real, healthy and delicious. My Project Lunch Box has been a huge success and it follows this plan of action.
  • Share alternatives to refined sugars. Most of my recipes are sugar free.
  • Provide healthy tips and techniques that work for me and the family as often as possible. The recipes will be my own creations, if adaptations from others are used they will be cited.
  • Provide resources that can assist us to seek out a wealth of information and keep us on track. References will include magazines, other blogs, websites, cookbooks and other inspirational material.
  • Make you smile with pretty pictures of food that encourage you to cook at home.
  • Serve as an exchange of ideas, I will share ideas and then you guys can post your comments. Together we can craft tools, tricks and techniques to stay fit and well fed.

Healthy turkey sandwich, fresh fruit and frittata.

Travel

I love traveling to beautiful places around the globe with my camera glued to my face. I cover food, scenery, culture, activities & breathtaking hotels. I work with many chefs in their kitchens…a wonderfully intimate space to learn the in’s and outs of cooking & the restaurant world.

Gorrono Ranch, Telluride Ski Resort Colorado

DIY + Crafts + More

My textile and graphic design background has me peek out from behind the camera lens from time to time to bring you craft projects, ColorFresh palettes and lots more!

Free Printables for Valentine's Day gifts on Family Fresh Cooking blog

Please Note
Use your own judgement or the advice of your doctor to decide which ingredients and products are appropriate for you and you family. Family Fresh Cooking does not accept any responsibility for injury sustained as a result of following the advice or suggestions contained within the content of this blog.

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1 Charissa March 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm

What a beautiful site…and family! So glad I found your
site…I love meeting other food bloggers! And I have to say, I
admire the fact you get up at 4 a.m.! Haha, wow! I’m really
striving to get up earlier…but I’m afraid I’m a night owl.
:)

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2 Marla March 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Charissa: I am so glad you found my blog too! My hubs is the night owl around here. For me going to bed past 10pm is a big stretch. For him to go to bed earlier than 1am is unreasonable. Sounds like most folks are one or the other.

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3 Redha March 7, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Hi! I’m so glad that i ran into your site,its so
beautiful…You’ve encourage me in many ways,i have started baking
again yesterday,and though it didn’t turn out to be as good as
yours but than again i would not stop trying…. And i love the
fact that you said you would wake up at 4am just so you can have
many things done!!!

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4 Cait @ A Bicycle Built for Two March 12, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Just added your blog to my favorites! Absolutely love your
mission and hope to do the same when we have a family of our own.
Where is Long Island did you grow up? I’m living here now while my
husband finishes up PT school at Stonybrook U.

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5 Marla March 12, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Cait: I am so happy you stopped by. I grew up in Roslyn Heights. I have never visited Stonybrook – bet you guys are having fun out there!

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6 Brenda Sanson March 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I am so glad I found your site. I have recently been trying
to eat clean, whole foods. I can’t wait to try your recipes.
Incidentally, I’ve lost 19 pounds with just eating healthy. I feel
so much better and have so much more energy.

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7 Marla March 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Brenda: I am so happy you found my blog. Sounds like you have had great weight loss success. For me I find that what keeps me the most fit is moderate exercise and spot on eating. Most things can be enjoyed in moderation and I steer clear of foods I know I cannot control myself around. Thankfully those days are very few and far between. With so many healthy mini meals each day I am never in starvation mode. I do not deprive myself of the things I love-they just need to be made my way. I look forward to hearing more about your wonderful journey & healthy lifestyle success :)

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8 Jess @ littlegirlbigappetite.com March 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Marla! Glad I found your site! I love the goals that you have set for your blog, many of them are the same as mine, not necessarily my blog itself, but my lifestyle. I have a passion for food and fitness and health. This always calls for some creativity in the kitchen!

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9 Renee March 28, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Hi Marla, Loving your blog. I’m a fellow foodie too — love to cook healthy foods for my family (4 kids and a husband with a big appetite too)! I’m definitely going to start following your blog. I noticed you’re from Southern California — so are we. We live in San Diego. Thanks again for the great recipes!

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10 Marla March 29, 2011 at 6:52 am

Renee: Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by. Sounds like you have a lot of people to cook for :) How old are your kiddos?
I am so happy you will be following my posts. Feel free to reach out any time with any questions, comments or suggestions. I love to learn from my readers too. We do live in the OC. San Diego is beautiful, I do not get down there as often as I would like to.

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11 Marisa April 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I was searching for a recipe for goldfish crackers and stumbled onto your site. I am so excited to try out these great healthy recipes for my family. I always try to cook healthily for my family but was getting bored lately trying to come up with something tasty and different than my same old arsenal of go to recipes. I can’t wait to get started!

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12 Marla April 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Marisa: Hi! I am so glad you stopped by. I am always cooking & baking up fun new recipes. Hope to see you around a whole bunch!

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13 mi-an April 20, 2011 at 11:39 am

I stumbled upon your blog on averie’s blog. and i’m so glad i did! i love your approach, so real and true. and you have the cutest children!! God Bless…

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14 Dana @ My Cherry Pie April 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I just came across your blog. It’s such a beautiful place in the virtual world :) Adding it to my favs.

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15 Marla April 23, 2011 at 5:31 am

Dana, thank you so much! We all need a great escape and I am so happy to provide that. Looking forward to seeing you around the web.

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16 Tanya @ Vegan Faith May 9, 2011 at 9:49 am

I am not criticizing, but just had a thought as I read your disclaimer. I find it funny that we as food bloggers feel the need (and the pressure) to include a disclaimer that suggests folks consult their doctor before changing their diets. I read once that doctors receive only one nutritional class in all of their schooling. But yet, we must suggest that they are consulted when it comes to things pertaining to diet and health. Who is the real expert? You who have seen it first hand, witnessed how healthy living can impact your life as well as those you love, or a doctor who may not have any more education in the nutritional world than you or me.

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17 Debbie May 28, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I grew up on Long Island too …Lindenhurst, NY

And I love Santa Monica, CA. My hubby and I have spent much time there.

I love your blog and recipes.

Blessings,
Debbie

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18 Marla May 28, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Debbie, thanks so much! I am so happy you found me & my blog. I grew up in Roslyn Heights. Have not been back to NY in a few years. Need to soon :)

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19 Sophia Kleiber May 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Hi Marla
Your blog is beautiful! I believe I read about you in one of the SU alumnae publications then I heard about you somewhere else and was further interested as you include gluten free items, so I was intrigued to check you out. I graduated 1992, human development and diagnosed with celiac disease 2002.
Anyhow, I will continue to follow your blog via twitter!

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20 Marla May 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Sophia, we graduated from SU the same year. What was your major?
I hope you enjoy my gluten free recipes. Stay tuned, I will be posting more & more as time goes on.

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21 Sophia Kleiber May 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I studied nutrition-dietetics, knew I had some dietary issues!. Still trying to come up with a way to combine all interests though.
What school did you graduate from?

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22 Marla May 29, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I graduated with an advertising degree from Newhouse. I had the wonderful opportunity to head back to campus as part of the Alumni Speaker Series this March. It was awesome to be back on campus. Here is the post if you have not seen it:
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2011/04/03/syracuse-university-alumni-visit-bridge-street-news/

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23 Ameena June 2, 2011 at 9:07 am

You have the most beautiful blog…it’s so fresh and clean. I love it. And you are gorgeous too Marla!

I have yet to go to Colorado but I can’t wait to now!

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24 Nami @ Just One Cookbook June 3, 2011 at 12:12 am

Thanks for visiting my blog Marla! You have a beautiful website! So many good stuff on this website and I’m so happy to find you and your blog. Will be following you. You have a beautiful family!!!

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25 Marla June 3, 2011 at 5:17 am

Thanks so much Nami! I am glad you found me too :) Looking forward to staying in touch through our blogs.

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26 noobcook July 8, 2011 at 2:35 am

Just found your blog and I’m loving it! Pics are so beautiful and look like they are straight out of a gourmet magazine. Everything looks so delicious =)

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27 Marla July 8, 2011 at 3:57 am

Thanks so much :) I am so happy you found me too.

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28 The Healthy Apple July 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm

So happy I just found your blog; fabulous photography and lovely recipes….so happy to see more of your recipes! Love ‘em all…

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29 tartepink July 25, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Hi Marla,

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Your site is gorgeous. Good photography & cute kids!!

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30 Mafalda July 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Hi Marla!
Just stopped to say thank you for your kind comment and fell in love with your website. It´s charming! Such good taste! I’ll be visiting often!
See you soon…
Mafalda

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31 Mary Gabel August 7, 2011 at 4:04 am

Thank you Marla for stopping by my blog and commenting. You have a lovely blog here. I am so into simplicity myself and your blog has that clean feel too!

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32 Sarah Kay Hoffman October 1, 2011 at 10:34 am

You are my TWIN, Marla! I WISH I had RSS’d your blog before meeting you last week. Our sites and beliefs on food and health and overall life are so similar! Not to mention the country flare! I do a series on YouTube called, The Giddy Up Gluten Free! We should chat:) LOVE YOUR SITE!

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33 Marla October 2, 2011 at 7:31 am

Sarah, I hope we can connect again soon. It was great meeting you at TECHmunch, but way to brief. Wondering if you will be attending FoodBuzz in November?? Love your blog too. Us cowgirls need to stick together ;)

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34 Judy October 14, 2011 at 6:20 am

Just stumbled on your blog and making it a favorite! I also grew up in Roslyn(Country Estates), but older than you. Still a lovely area.

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35 Marla October 14, 2011 at 9:02 am

Judy, really….Country Estates?! How cool. I had a few friends from there growing up. Right next door :) Do you still live in the area? Thanks for stopping by & I hope you say *hi* often.

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36 Kelly Recktenwald November 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I love this blog! I have gotten so many ideas. Are you in OC? I will be down that way in a couple of weeks. Road trippin’ with the family for T-Day. :-)

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37 Miss Nancy Pants November 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Hi Marla, love love love your site and found you at just the right time as I am on a mission to better, healthier eating for myself and my family. I am so excited to have a good night in tonight with a yummy low fat hot cocoa, and reading your blog! :) take care..

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38 Anna @ hiddenponies November 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I found you through Tasty Kitchen and I’ve liked your blog for awhile, but love it even more now that I finally read your “about” :) So neat to get to “know” you and your beautiful family, and I love your mission – I also have a girl and a boy and am striving to make sure we live an active, healthy life where mindful eating is a key enjoyable part!

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39 Marla November 10, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Hi Anna, you are so sweet to leave that comment. Sounds like we have a lot in common. Please say *hi* more often :)

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40 Lisa November 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm

What an inspirational site! Absolutely love the recipes and photography! It takes some serious time and effort to keep up a blog like this, especially with kiddos! I’m looking forward to incorporating many of these recipes into my life to keep myself and my husband healthy! Thanks for all the hard work, keep it up! :)

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41 Marla November 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Hi Lisa! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, it is a great deal of work to maintain the pages of my blog but well worth each and every second. Especially when readers like you share such great enthusiasm and interest. My blog opens up great new doors and opportunities each and every day. I am forever grateful to have this healthy, creative outlet. My kids and hubs end up well fed because of it! Stop by and say *hi* again soon. Have fun trying out my recipes too!

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42 Robin January 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Hi,
Just found this web site /blog. Recipes look great,especially baking with stevia. Any thought of adding nutrition info. to the recipes?
Robin

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43 Marla January 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Hi Robin, I am so glad you found my blog. Not planning on adding nutrition info at this point. I recommend that if folks need precise info they should seek the guidance of a registered dietician or assess the nutrition info on their own with something like Calorie Count: http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php

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44 eila / full plate January 8, 2012 at 8:27 am

I absolutely love your blog! It captures so many good ideas, and makes them doable for any parent striving to nourish their family. I am thrilled to have found your site and look forward to your future posts! Warmly, Eila

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45 Marla January 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Thanks so much for stopping by Ella! TidyMom is a great friend & inspiration to me – so glad you found me through her :)

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46 Amy Richardson, CNT January 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Hi Marla,
Wow! I am thrilled to know about you and your blog. It’s confirming, inspiring, and educational to me. I am a Certified Nutrition Therapist, practicing in Broomfield, Colorado (a ways from Telluride, but it’s beautiful!) at my clinic Living Well. I share space with my husband who is a Chiropractor. I too, am passionate about food, cooking, eating, etc. I always teach my clients to eat natural, non-processed food, and a big challenge is finding “yummy” foods they want to eat without getting off their food plan. I stumbled on your blog because I’m hosting Bunco this week and my theme is healthy comfort food. Wanted to use almond flour for baked “fried” chicken. Thank God I found you. Thanks for the inspiration and if you need any professional nutrition expertise, I’m happy to endorse. I’m going to post your page on my business FB page as well as my personal one.
Thank you again- Bon appetit!

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47 Marla January 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Amy, your credentials are amazing! I just popped over to your site. Thrilled that you found me too. People often ask me specific nutrition questions that I do not feel comfortable to answer. I welcome the opportunity to pass folks with these sorts of concerns over to you.
Love this on your bio:
“Amy’s mission is to meet the individual wherever they may be on their health journey, no matter how depleted or frustrated, and then guide them nutritionally onto a path of balance. Amy facilitates a conscious awareness for her clients in their health journey. She evaluates her clients as unique individuals, realizing there is no “one size fits all” plan for everyone.
I love that almond crusted baked not fried chicken. Need to make that again soon come to think of it!
Best of luck hosting the Bunco party! :)

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48 Jean (lemons and anchovies) February 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I don’t know what took me so long to find your blog (just in the last few weeks) but I’ve been enjoying going through your archives. Frankly, anyone who loves Telluride as much as I do is automatically my friend. :) Your great blog content is just a bonus. Maybe we’ll cross paths one of these days in what I think is the most beautiful place in the world. Looking forward to following you from here on. Cheers! :)

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49 Marla February 29, 2012 at 5:26 am

Jean, what seasons do you usually visit Telluride? We must meet up sometime. I am so happy you found me too. Was just all over your blog & I love it there. Can’t wait to see more photos and hear more about your travels to Argentina. Sounds like we both have the travel bug and love for great food ~ Not to mention my favorite place on earth! ~xo~

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50 Cheryl Ann February 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Marla, I love your blog…you are inspiring me to make better food choices.
Thanks, Cheryl Ann

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51 Marla February 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Thanks so much Cheryl, makes me very happy to be such a positive inspiration :)

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52 Sumayya Jamil April 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Love your blog, such a pleasure to have found it!

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53 MariaVictoria April 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Marla,
I just have to say how happy I am to have stumbled across your blog. This has truly made my day! I just want to say that, your mission has reached me and has already inspired me in countless ways! I can’t wait to show your sight to my best friend… Cathy… who is a nutritionist! She will be so thrilled to see all your truly amazing and absolutely delicious recipes. I look forward to reading all your future, present, and past posts! I too am a fan of fine food, eye capturing photos, travel, and the much unknown beauty of worldly cultures! In fact the reason how I came across your site was because I have been researching bridal shower traditions and customs from around the world… for the shower I’m throwing for… Cathy! And yes the theme is around the world! And because I am trying to stick to an all raw menu… I have been trying to find simple, and healthy popsicle recipes! And yours sound just darling! So anyways… my short thank you for being such an amazing woman and for entertaining me for the past half hour, has now turned in to a semi life story… My apologies! Best of luck to you! And again, I look forward to reading more!
~MariaVictoria

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54 Marla April 14, 2012 at 5:23 am

MariaVictoria. THANK YOU!!! Such a lovely comment to wake up to this morning. People like you make me feel sooooo great about what I do here on Family Fresh Cooking. I look forward to staying in touch with you + I hope you find many recipes and tid bits here to re-create for yourself. Best of luck planning that raw food shower. My Lemon Cucumber Spa Popsicles might be a big hit for the bride to be & her guests :) By the way ~ love your enthusiasm and descriptive comment!

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55 Maria June 22, 2012 at 8:30 am

Hey Marla nice to know your blog lovely pics and great recipes…loved your family snaps… also your favorite color pink sparkles in your blog…. :)

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56 simple sustenance July 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

So glad I found your blog, Beautiful pictures and delicious food. I am new to the blogging world, and realize there is so much to learn, one day at a time. Your blog is an inspiration.

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57 Marla July 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Thank you so much!! Best of luck on your new venture and welcome to this wonderful community :)

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58 Nicole July 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Maria,

Just want to tell you I am so happy to have found your blog!! I’ve been trying to get my family to eat healthier and for me to be more creative in the kitchen. I just saw your berry pops recipe and I cannot wait to make those for my kids. Plus, I just downloaded your 30 day healthy lunch ideas! I think each one will be a huge hit! Thanks for all you do!! God Bless!

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59 Kirsten July 20, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Marla, Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. Looking at your picture I somehow feel that I have met you before. I am still wondering where and when. Maybe I saw you the other day in Telluride? Who knows.
What a lovely blog you have. If you ever feel like skiing Summit County, let me know.
Greetings
Kirsten

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60 Marla July 20, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Kirstin, your blog is wonderful. I had so much fun over there tonight. Your post about chocolate truffles in Ouray is great. I do need to get there some day as it is so close to Telluride. I hear it is stunning. Would be funny if we passed by each other in Telluride this week. If you are back here this summer let me know!

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61 eka July 29, 2012 at 1:58 am

WOW! I stumbled upon your site when searching for a peach cake recipe made with rice flour that didn’t have gums or cornflour or look like you could hammer nails into the wall with it. Having just been diagnosed with anaphylaxis to 12 foods your blog is a shining star in a world of (now) terrifying food recipes, plus i’m overjoyed there’s someone else wide awake at 4am :)

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62 Marla July 29, 2012 at 4:44 am

Hi there!! Lovely to wake so early to such a positive email, thank you :) So glad you found me + I look forward to you trying out some recipes :)

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63 Nikki August 18, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Hi Marla, Just came across your blog as I was looking for some gluten free foods to pack in my little kindergartener’s lunchbox for the upcoming school year. The recipes are great! I grew up in Southern California and spent two and half years in Telluride, Co where I met my husband! So very glad I found food blog with someone that has the same love of Telluride :)

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64 Courtney Tucker September 6, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Wow, I have to say how Beautiful the pictures are, they are perfect and you look naturally photogenic, so pretty in them!

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65 Leslie D September 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm

My daughter and I both said what a perfect family! Love the site!
Can’t wait to cook up something great! Your family is just beautiful and so are you!

Leslie D.

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66 Marla September 23, 2012 at 5:20 am

Hi Leslie! You just made my day. Really! Thanks for such a sweet and uplifting comment. I am thrilled you found my blog and I hope to see you around these parts often :)

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67 Sonia September 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Hi Marla,

After long time I jumped here. Hope you remember me :-)
Seeing around your blog and it’s pretty grown up! Very happy for you. Hope you’re well by all means. Wishing you all good luck and success for what you’re currently doing for. Hugs! xox..

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68 Pepper Culpepper October 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Beautiful site! Such an inspiration! I love getting up at 4 a.m. myself. Here’s to virtual coffee!

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69 Marla October 9, 2012 at 5:31 am

Yay!! Here’s to early mornings and bottomless cups of coffee! Thanks for stopping by for an early morning chat :)

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70 Julia | JuliasAlbum.com October 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm

You have a beautiful blog! I love Telluride, too and ski there every winter, and I recognize the photo of Gorrono Ranch by lift 4!

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71 Marla October 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Yay! Another Telluride lover. Awesome that you ski there every winter. What is your favorite ski run?

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72 Bill October 20, 2012 at 8:09 am

Just discovered you blog and it looks fantastic. Great recipes and photos. I’m a new food blogger and I’m really enjoying exploring other food blogs. Yours really got my attention and I’ll be following you.

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73 Marla October 20, 2012 at 8:54 am

Hi Bill! Thanks for stopping by. Congrats on your new food blog. It is a wonderful journey each and every day :)

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74 Krystle November 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Marla, my sister and I are both in our 20’s living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We learned about eating whole, sustainable foods just about 2.5 weeks ago. I LOVE to cook and am overwhelmed by my lack of knowledge of how to still eat yummy but whole. My best friend in Texas found your blog and immediately called me to share. She thinks you and I would be great friends! I told her for now I’m going to allow you to be my internet muse I glean yummy recipes from! Thanks so much for your blog, your fantastic personality, and the beautiful family you are raising! God bless!

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75 Marla November 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Krystle, hi!! So happy you found my blog too :) Best of luck on the awesome & rewarding journey of heathy eating. Have fun trying my recipes & be sure to stop back to say hello!

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76 Carol December 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Hi Marla, i stumbled upon your site by googleing “sugar free life style”. So glad i did! I have decided it’s time for a change. I find that my joints hurt and after doing some research i found that sugar could very well be the problem. So im excited to try some of your recipes, they look wonderful! With any luck, hopefully i will be able to lose some weight too.. God Bless…

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77 Marla December 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Hi Carol! I am happy you found me too. I hope you get the opportunity to enjoy my recipes & best of luck on your sugar free journey :)

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78 Barb January 6, 2013 at 4:47 am

So glad I found your recipes. Don’t live in the US but transplanted to England with my family so looking for more positive change for us as this past year has been nothing short of disastrous. Your butternut pad thai really looks fab and will try it. Keep taking beautiful shots (a fellow shutterbug) and keep showing women that to be mindful is to enjoy life.

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79 Amber January 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Marla,

I am so grateful you were inspired to create this blog, it is amazing. My husband and I have recently changed our perception of eating to help shed some weight. Needless to say I was feeling quite discouraged and unprepared as to what to feed my family, until I found your blog. Your recipes and gorgeous pictures have inspired me to continue my quest for a healthier lifestyle, feeding my family food that I am proud (and excited) to make! Thank you, I look forward to seeing more wonderful creations.
Amber

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80 Marla January 9, 2013 at 3:02 am

Hi Amber! I am happy you found my blog too. Congrats on making the move to a healthier lifestyle. You will find the rewards are boundless. I post a few recipes a week and you have plenty to choose from all ready on my recipes page. Best of luck to you guys :)

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81 urbanfoodlover January 9, 2013 at 6:41 pm

What a beautiful Site. I am reading , reading it right now. Really enjoying it as well :)

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82 Cathy January 10, 2013 at 11:41 am

Hi Marla! What a GORGEOUS site! You are truly an artist and a beauty inside and out! Very inspiring! Love your photography! Love your color and vision! WOW GIRL!
I’m truly inspired! Thanks for sharing a bit of your soul with all.

ox
cath

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83 Yogimom January 20, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I think you’re about to become one of my favorites! I am transitioning to a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, while feeding a traditional meat-eating family. Argh!!! From what I’ve seen of your recipes, we can all continue to get along while trying new things. Thank you!

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84 Marla January 21, 2013 at 2:58 am

Hi Amy, you will find my recipes are really diverse ~ to feed all types of diets and pick eaters. I am so happy you found me too!

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85 Helene January 29, 2013 at 1:40 pm

hey Maria, wow your page is sooo good, full of nice healthy recipes and so nice pictures! Big respect! This gives me some new fresh cooking ideas, because i love cooking too!
Greetings from C&C-Land
Helene

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86 Marla February 3, 2013 at 4:05 am

I came to your site through Elana’s Pantry and had to check it out as my name is Marla as well! There aren’t many of us out there :). Your website is beautiful! I look forward to creating some of your recipes soon

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87 Pam March 4, 2013 at 11:55 am

Hey Marla,
I’m a new subscriber to your blog. LOVE it! I’ve been a fan on your FB page for a little while but want your posts delivered straight to my email. I have to say that your photography is amazing. Any camera recommendations for the novice photographer?
Thanks so much and looking forward to seeing more from you!
Pam

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88 Marla March 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Hi Pam! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your compliments. I use a Canon 7D with quite a few lenses. The 24-70 being my most versatile…all depends upon your needs though :)

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89 Pam March 5, 2013 at 6:17 am

Awesome. Thank you!

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90 judy young March 16, 2013 at 8:59 am

marla.
in your vegan peppermint shake you mention almond milk and lite coconut milk. is that canned or refrigerated coconut milk?
Judy

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91 Marla March 16, 2013 at 11:02 am

Hi Judy, the almond milk is the refrigerated and the coconut milk is the unsweetened, light canned :)

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92 Michael April 3, 2013 at 10:48 am

I needed a recipe for cookies with stevia, this morning, found your site & baked the almond chickpea cookies. Martha Stewart needs a successor, are you a candidate?
Thank you for the recipes and ideas.
Crestone CO is my beautiful mountain home @ 8300feet. I baked at 360 for 15 minutes.

Michael

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93 Mommypage April 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm

You have a beautiful family! We love your recipes – you have such a talent! Thank you for everything you’ve shared with us.

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94 Marla April 6, 2013 at 7:15 am

Hi there! Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments. I love sharing recipes and good times with you guys!

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95 shirit June 8, 2013 at 10:55 am

Beautiful website Marla!!!! very inspiring! our next trip is to Colorado!

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96 Marla June 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Yay!!! Enjoy your trip to CO…..magical here!

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97 Niki August 11, 2013 at 10:26 am

Wow! Reading your “About” page was like reading a list of all of the things I love and strive to be when I grow up (I say that in the most endearing tone as I’m 27 but feel like growing up is a lifelong process) :) Great blog! I am very inspired and motivated, thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas and photos!

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98 Kumar's Kitchen August 23, 2013 at 8:59 am

After viewing your adorable blog we felt so happy!!! You have a lovely blog with umpteen terrific treats,the breakfast -back to school is really going to help us keep pace with change….thanks for sharing,HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!! :-)

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99 Marla August 23, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Thanks so much for the sweet compliments!! Glad you are enjoying my blog. Have a great weekend too!

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100 sevim August 30, 2013 at 10:21 am

Dilinizi çok iyi bilmiyorum. Ancak beni anlamanın yollarını bildiğinizi de biliyorum. Çok marifetli ve yetenekli bir bayansınız. Sizi severek ve takdir ederek izliyorum. Siteniz gerçekten çok güzel. Herzaman takip edeceğim. Başarılarınızın devamını dilerim. Başka ülkelerde de sevildiğinizi unutmayın.

Traslated: Do not know the language very well. But you know me, I know the ways of understanding. Very ingenious and talented lady. I’ve been watching the love and appreciation. Your site is really very nice. Anytime I will follow. I wish you continued success. Note that in other countries are loved.

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101 Marla September 1, 2013 at 5:17 am

Thank you very much. I am very glad that you found my blog & that it is well received in other lands :)

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102 Danielle September 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm

I just came across your blog while looking for baked potato recipes :P I’m only 19, but I love your no-nonsense but enriching approach to life.. you seem like a very principled person, which is something I greatly admire in anyone! As well as the photos, you have a beautiful family too! Very much looking forward to seeing more recipes on this blog. With love, allll the way from Singapore :)

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103 Marla September 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Hi Danielle! So glad that you discovered my blog. Thanks for the sweet compliments :)

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104 Asad Jafar September 25, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Hi Marla,

I am a big fan of Pinterest as well as your boards too. I really like your board ‘Animals & Creatures’ http://www.pinterest.com/marlameridith/animals-creatures/. This board is a really good board and it would be fabulous if it would be more updated.
As a big fan I would take that opportunity as a big compliment and I would love to contribute to this board.
I know it is not a groupboard but it will be fine because I wont invite any other people to this board moreover I would strictly follow your rules and regulations and absolutely no spam.
Just see through my profile and feel free to send me an Invitation. It would be so kind of yours.
My profile is: http://pinterest.com/asadali420/.
Looking forward for a favorable response.
Thank you.
Have a splendid day !!!!!!!

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105 Kasia October 10, 2013 at 4:47 am

New to you but already hooked! cooking roasted broccoli and cauliflower soup today:-) greetings from Como, Italy

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106 Marla October 10, 2013 at 5:55 am

Yay!! Great to “meet” you Kasia :)

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107 Karen Lynch October 29, 2013 at 11:47 am

Everyday Go To Fresh Meals.

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108 EL November 1, 2013 at 5:39 am

Hey just found your site, awesome about page with even better pictures. What camera do you use for your portfolio? I found you by searching for a pumpkin muffin recipe, one of my favorites. Will try it this weekend.

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109 Marla November 1, 2013 at 6:33 am

Hi! Currently I use the Canon 1X with many lenses. Also have a Canon 7D. Both are awesome :)

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110 Christine Below January 15, 2014 at 6:11 am

We share your passion for breakfast- specifically OATS! We started the Grainery several years ago and look forward to “converting” people to FRESH MILLED OATS! We’d love to share some with you. Contact us through the website – http://www.factoryfreeoats.com- if you are interested and we’ll mail you some- on us! I am going to try your recipes and sample them at our local farmer’s market here in MI as a way to showcase The Grainery Oats.

We lived in CO for 6 years in the 90’s and miss it terribly! Enjoy the view for us!

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111 Scott Below March 13, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Hello Marla! Chris just shared your blog with me, I’m the other 1/2 of the Fresh Milled Oats efforts. Wow you are amazingly creative, love the all the photos of your creations. Given your passion for food and activity, I’m wondering if you’ve ever considered the Hut to Hut mountain bike ride from Telluride to Moab? They stock the huts/cabins with food and you never know what little treasures each cabin will have in store. Might make a great series of blogs/pics, but will definitely challenge your creativity as a chef, I’m sure! We had a person in our group that loved to cook and he created some amazing meals out of the stuff–I actually gained weight on the trip.

We’ll get our mills out there someday, we need to be able to write-off our ski trips! ;) Although I don’t think there’s a Sprouts in Telluride just yet?! Maybe Durango?

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112 Marla March 14, 2014 at 3:59 am

Hi Scott! Wow ~ that does sound like a wonderful adventure. I will check into this, sounds like my kind of thing. Active travel with great folks & lots of FOOD! Thanks for stopping by :)

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113 Nancyjean February 3, 2014 at 8:38 am

I just found your website this morning! Yeah! I try to cook really homey/healthy meals, but our son with Down Syndrome was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Anything with wheat, bran, oats, rye he cannot eat. I make his own gluten free bread, but gluten free oatmeal is hard to find and very expensive. Any good ideas for breakfast? Love Colorado, my sister lives in Northern CO by the Snowys.

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114 Leslie Macchiarella February 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Love your photos! Especially your photographs of the Aspen snow and your outdoor adventures. Keep ‘em coming! We’re inspired! :) Leslie

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115 Shel May 14, 2014 at 5:27 am

Your blog is truly stunning. I found you via Monique.
I’m so pleased I did and am your newest follower!
Off to grab a cup of coffee and continue browsing here!
Shel

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116 Scott June 2, 2014 at 5:42 am

Awesome site. Your husband and I are afflicted with the same bug. I couldn’t go to bed before 1 am if I tried.
I run a country club here in Texas, though I truly love Colorado and the Rockies. Give me a little Steamboat Springs summer or an Estes Park fall and I am in heaven.
One of the most prominent parts of any club is our food. I will be contacting you about some pictures and recipes for our new menu ideas……We are focusing on the FAMILY aspect of our operation and this site as great information for me and my project!!!
Thanks!

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117 Marla June 2, 2014 at 7:31 am

Hi Scott! I would love to hear from you to discuss photos & recipes. Please email me any time. marla at familyfreshcooking dot com

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118 Cathy August 2, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Hi. So happy to have found you. New to whole foods, so this is an awesome place to learn more about different recipes!!!!!! I’m not the greatest cook, am a very busy RN, but I’m trying to move more to whole foods for health. I’ve always been active and have been disciplined about exercise but not so much with nutrition. Hate veggies and there is no BBQ Fritos or salted caramel ice cream safe around me. Started eating more salads and fruits and “gulp” more veggies over the last few weeks, cut out any processed, and can feel a difference already. But def need some new recipes. So again, glad to have found you.

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119 Marla August 3, 2014 at 9:27 am

Hi Cathy! I’m super glad you found me as well. When it comes to veggies I highly recommend roasting them to bring out all kinds of great flavor. You can enjoy them as a side or over a salad. Poke around my blog recipes & try a few out. We will turn you into a veggie lover!

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120 clara September 7, 2014 at 6:19 am

Lovely family, great website filled with wonderful ideas for young moms. Congratulations, you’re a very creative woman, I’m passing this link to my daugther.
Thanks!
clara

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121 Marla September 7, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Thank you so much Clara! I really appreciate your kind words & I hope your daughter enjoys my blog :)

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