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Maria Rodale
Hi, I’m Maria and welcome to my kitchen! Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen is a place for me to share yummy organic recipes, thought-provoking ideas and issues, organic gardening tips and techniques, recommendations for happy and healthy everyday living, and visits from my friends.

By day I’m chairman and CEO of the largest independent publisher left in America. By night I’m simply M.O.M. (which stands for Mean Old Mom) to three girls born in three different decades (the 80s, the 90s, and the last one—I mean it! 2006). By the way, they like me a lot despite being raised with tough love. I myself have reached the big 5-0 mile marker and am enjoying all the perks and insights that come with age. Between it all, I’m a writer, cook, organic enthusiast, romance novel lover, and major music fan who does yoga.

I don’t live on a farm, but I grew up on one—the first organic farm in America. I know farmers, love farmers, and find it enriching to buy directly from those who work directly with nature. I proudly live in the country, right where my food comes from and right in the midst of nature, which inspires me daily. Due to my day job, I spend lots of time in New York City, so I get my fix of culture and urban energy. But more than anything, I love to come home. And I love my kitchen and spend plenty of time there talking, eating, and enjoying the company of family and friends. Most of all, I love cooking simple good meals to help my family grow, paying homage to past traditions by recreating memories of food and remembering family members through their favorite dishes. All for moments like when my youngest exclaimed “Mommy, you make such yummy food!” She was eating corn fritters made with whole wheat flour!

Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen blends my strong devotion to family and simple good food fresh from the farm and garden, instilling a sense of responsibility about making the world a better place, respecting nature, and doing it all with a good strong dose of love.

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Entries by Maria Rodale

Quick and Yummy Basic Fruit Cobbler, This Time Peach!

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 9:23 AM


Every once in a while I find myself with too much ripe fruit--more than can be eaten before it goes bad. Like the other day... too many peaches! I know that almost seems impossible given my deep love for summer peaches....

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Dancing... With Benefits

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 10:14 AM


by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition

While preparing a PowerPoint presentation on how to push your own mind-body envelope to fully embrace life, I stumbled on a remarkable video...

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Some Favorite Music Revisited

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 10:12 AM

Last week we honored the sixth birthday of Maria's farm Country Kitchen with a couple of old favorites from the kitchen.

Today, I'd like to bring it back to music. But instead of reposting my favorite music blogs in their entirety, I've put together playlists of all the songs mentioned...

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Best of Maria's Kitchen: Crispy Roast Chicken and Gravy

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 3:16 PM


In honor of Maria's Farm Country Kitchen turning 6, I've decided to revisit a few fan-favorite recipes. On Monday, I reposted the number one most popular recipe on my blog: Mashed Potatoes from Scratch.

But you can't just eat mashed...

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Best of Maria's Kitchen: Mashed Potatoes from Scratch

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 10:48 AM


Guess what? Maria's Farm Country Kitchen turns 6 years old this month! And I just realized that in those six years I've shared almost 200 recipes!

One of the reasons I started this blog in 2008 was to have a...

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Yoga for Women

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 10:04 AM

Yoga for Women

By Holly Walck Kostura, devoted Iyengar yoga student and teacher

"[Yoga teaches us what resources] we have inside us so that we are able to expose ourselves to ourselves and find out what we really are."


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The Prince's Farm: How Prince Charles Is Championing the Organic Movement

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 9:51 AM

charlesorganicWe were lost for twenty beautiful minutes in Tetbury, trying to find HRH's driveway. A lovely one, though.

By guest blogger Peter Moore, VP/editor of Men's Health

Very early on in my stroll through the enchanting organic gardens at Highgrove -- the...

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Classic Deviled Eggs

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 12:39 AM

You know deviled eggs have made a comeback when they're on almost every hipster menu in America.

I love that something like a deviled egg can be a hipster favorite while also being the most coveted item brought to a...

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How to Be a STAR Teacher

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 9:51 AM

STAR Program students in the garden.

by Chelsey Simpson, communications manager for the National Farm to School Network

As students across the country return to school, many will encounter "classrooms" with rows of garden beds instead of rows of desks. An...

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A Yummy Gluten-Free Summer Vegetable Soup

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 2:54 PM


There's always that moment in late summer (BOOOOOOOO!!!!!!) when you look in the fridge and discover you have way more vegetables than it's possible to eat unless you do something make soup.

This vegetarian soup is so easy and delicious...

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As You Wish

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 11:15 AM


by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

Like many people, I have a list of what I call "always-watchable" movies. When I come across one, I'll stop on a favorite scene or two, or I'll sometimes watch it from start...

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Your Life, By Bike

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 1:37 PM


by Elly Blue, writer and bicycle activist

An excerpt from Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bike for Transportation (Whatever Your Lifestyle)

When I started riding a bike, I didn't make any wardrobe changes until I had to....

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10 Tips for Those Who Dare to Be Alone

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 11:32 AM


I'm sure many of you already saw or heard reports about the recent study that a majority of people would rather give themselves an electric shock than spend 15 minutes alone in a room. More men than women would shock...

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Proving Organic Is Good for You

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 9:39 AM

Proving_organic_Lisa Blog Photo Photo by Lisa Bunin, shot at Eastside Farmers' Market in Santa Cruz

by Lisa J. Bunin, Ph.D., organic policy director of Center for Food Safety

You know intuitively that organic food is good for you and that...

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Quick, Thick and Creamy New England Clam Chowder From Scratch

(3) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 10:29 AM


With some recipes, I struggle for years to get them right before I'll blog about them. This is one of those recipes.

I have a postcard from "Bahston" that I've saved for 30 years (I went to boarding school in Massachusetts)...

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Sign Off the Internet and Start Reading Outside

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 12:53 PM


by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels

Stop reading this blog.

It's summer and you should turn off the Internet, pick up a book, and take it outside to a hammock, a park bench, poolside, or...

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Food as Medicine: How One Hospital Is Using Organic Produce to Help Heal Patients

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 11:24 AM


by guest blogger "Coach" Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute executive director

In 431 BC, Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."

More than 2,500 years later, we are inundated with advertisements boasting the latest, greatest...

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Quick and Easy 'No-Cook' Summer Tomato-Mozzarella Pasta

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 9:33 AM

Well, you do have to cook the pasta!

I made this up last week when my family and I were all starving and it was hot and I happened to have some fresh organic Rigatoni pasta from the Emmaus Farmer's Market...

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65 Can't Come Soon Enough

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 11:11 AM


by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

A few years ago, I wrote a column addressing what I thought was the nadir of women's self-esteem in the early 21st century. The topic was "hand-plumping," and it's exactly what it sounds...

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Sometimes You Just Need to Dig a Hole

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 11:02 AM

Me and the cricket tree.

After a recent visit to my garden, I've come to the realization that I'm much more of a landscaper than a vegetable gardener.

Don't worry, I'm not giving up on vegetables, but I understand now that...

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