Organic Food

Organic Whole Wheat Pasta Taste Test Results!

One of the most important things I try to do here at Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen is to make things like cooking—and organic living—simple and easy, and make them things your whole family will enjoy. And I think nothing can be worse than deciding you are going to make a positive change in your life—let’s […]

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New and Improved Tomato Sauce Recipe (from Scratch)

Last year I wrote about making my tomato sauce from scratch—as any good gardener married to an Italian needs to do. But the truth is I have improved it this year with a new secret, thanks to another Italian. Over the years I’ve tried it all, and I think this year I’ve finally gotten it […]

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Summer Gazpacho That Kids Will Love

How do I know kids will love this cold soup? Well, the other day I made it as an experiment and served it for lunch. Eve had a friend over. The next week I saw her friend’s mom and she asked me for the recipe. Her daughter told her she loved it!!!! That, to me, […]

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Tomato Week: Easy Tomato Recipes & Tomato Plant Harvesting Tips

It’s tomato time. Tomato plants in gardens around the country are lightening their loads, as their tasty treats ripen and eager gardeners pluck the fruit. Farmer’s markets are a sea of red, orange, yellow, and green globes of flavor, from the giant beefsteaks to tiny midget heirlooms. It’s a great time to be a tomato […]

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Sweet-and-Sour Tomato-Pepper Salad Recipe

This clean, quick, and easy recipe tastes just like my childhood summers to me. My mother used to make it, and I always loved it—even after I learned how she made it, which seemed just plain weird. I think it’s a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe. It’s so easy it will take you only five minutes to […]

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Orange Cream Float: The Taste of August

Remember when you were a kid and you got all hot and sweaty from running around outside, and you smelled like crushed grass, dirt, and salt, and you were so hungry, hot, and thirsty, and then you got an orange cream popsicle and you knew in your soul that summer was good? Remember that? I […]

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Maria’s Fried Country Chicken! Part 2

You’ve heard me say it before: I love fried chicken (in moderation, of course). But the chicken recipe’s got to be worth it. To me, the perfect fried chicken is nice and batter-y, is organic, has its skin on, and is good and crispy. If I have to eat fried chicken out, KFC original recipe […]

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School Lunch: One Meal, One Dollar, Part 2

By guest blogger Ed Bruske from The Slow Cook. For Part 1, read here. Earlier this summer, I spent a week outside Denver, Colorado, sitting in on a “culinary boot camp” designed to take kitchen workers who normally deal in frozen chicken nuggets and Tater Tots and turn them into chefs able to cook meals […]

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