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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

Clean Blueberry Detox Smoothie

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 1:38 PM

Blueberry Detox Smoothie Recipe

by guest blogger Candice Kumai, clean-eating chef and cookbook author

Still feeling full from Thanksgiving? Had too many calories and not enough nutrients over the past few days? This deep-blue smoothie is a detox powerhouse that can help you...

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8 Worthwhile Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 1:36 PM

8 Ways to Give Back During the Holidays

by Maria Luci, editor at Maria's Farm Country Kitchen and Rodale's

First, let me begin by saying thank you for reading this. As Maria Rodale once wrote, "Gratitude is the ultimate renewable energy--it's free...

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Finding Gratitude in Hard Times

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 9:34 AM

Finding Gratitue in Hard Times

Sometimes life seems overwhelming and hard. Terrorist attacks, economic woes, personal problems--you name it, we all have our list of trials and tribulations. It's in these difficult moments that it's hardest to feel grateful. But it's also in...

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Rustic Caramel-Apple Pie

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 8:42 AM

Rustic Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

by guest blogger Erin Di Ienno, designer at Rodale's

Caramel plus apples equals happiness. Put the sweetest finishing touch on your Thanksgiving meal with this delicious rustic pie that looks as good as it tastes.

Rustic Caramel-Apple Pie

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How to Practice Yoga, Part II

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 7:01 AM

How to Practice Yoga Lotus Pose

by guest blogger Holly Walck Kostura, certified Iyengar Yoga teacher

This is the bad news: The word yoga has been reinvented. Much of what is being sold to the public as yoga is hyper-focused on the practice...

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Easy Corn Casserole

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 10:02 AM

Corn Casserole Recipe

by Maria Luci, editor at Maria's Farm Country Kitchen and Rodale's

When I got married, my mother gave me a little booklet bound with a ribbon that was simply titled, "Recipes from Your Mother."

Inside the booklet, as you probably...

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Changing the Game

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 1:45 PM

When I was a kid, I remember being deeply moved by the "Ballad of the Green Berets." It was the Vietnam War, and I thought to myself, When I grow up I'm either going to be a conscientious objector... or a Green Beret.

This past weekend, I watched this...

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Waist Warriors Unite! 4 Tips and Tools for Minimizing Belly Fat

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 9:23 AM

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

Here is a wake-up call to everyone who thinks that risk for disease and early death is determined by weight and BMI alone. It's not. The latest news is that you need to...

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The Most Powerful Exercise You'll Ever Do for Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 3:49 PM

by guest blogger Lewis Howes, author of The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy

Creating your Perfect Day Itinerary (PDI) may be one of the most powerful exercises you ever do, so make it count. I've coached many wandering entrepreneurs...

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Connecting the Dots

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 10:21 AM

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

Many years ago, when I was a single, young working woman, I had great affection for two comic strips that appeared in the newspaper*: Cathy, written by Cathy Guisewite, and Calvin and Hobbes, written by Bill Watterson. I often clipped and saved--how...

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Just in Time

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 2:12 PM

Just In Time

by guest blogger Andeep Singh, documentarian and television and Web video producer

It's 7:35 a.m. on Monday morning. My 4-year-old is lying on the floor like a starfish. Her little belly sticking is out from under her shirt, and her...

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A Year Without a Garden

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 9:34 AM

The Year Without a Garden

Here's something I love about Rodale Inc. Last month, when we had an all-employee meeting where we asked employees to submit questions to me and other Rodale executives--anonymously, of course!--this was one of the questions I received:


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The Real Meaning of Balance

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 10:07 AM

The Real Meaning of Balance

I've written a lot of blogs on the subject of balance over the years. I even used to publish a magazine with the subtitle "The Art of Living in Balance." But it wasn't until recently, after seeing a...

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8 Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Travel

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 4:08 PM

Stress Free Holiday Travel

by Maria Luci, editor at Maria's Farm Country Kitchen and Rodale's

If holiday travel has you feeling frazzled before you even start packing, you're not alone. Whether it's hauling bags through mile-long airport security lines, waiting out extended flight...

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How Pennsylvanians Took a Stand for a Healthy Environment

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 3:30 PM

How Pennsylvanians Took a Stand for a Healthy Environment

by guest blogger Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper

Rights to pure water, clean air, and a healthy environment have been vindicated twice in Pennsylvania in this past week alone.

Pennsylvania's recent...

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Fluffy Scones From Scratch

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 12:32 PM

Scone from Scratch

There are two kinds of scones in this world: the dense kind that are more like Irish soda bread and the fluffy kind served in Britain and its colonies on proper tea trays.

In Australia, what's traditional is a version...

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17 Positive Habits That Will Change Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 2:10 PM

17 positive habits that will change your life

by guest blogger Lewis Howes, author of The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy

Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is...

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Crave-worthy Cranberry and Coconut Peanut Butter Cookies

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 10:11 AM

Cran and Coco Peanut Butter Cookiesby Maria Luci, editor at Maria's Farm Country Kitchen and Rodale's

This recipe was created because I was craving one of Maria Rodale's Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies. Unfortunately, I soon realized that I didn't have...

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8 Principles to Create Greatness in Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 12:03 PM

8 Principles to Create Greatness in Your Life

by guest blogger Lewis Howes, author of The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy

As a competitive athlete, I've spent my life focusing on...

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Quick and Easy Panisse From Scratch

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 1:29 PM

Easy Panisse Recipe

Even if you don't know what panisse is, I promise you will enjoy it. All you have to do is try it. It's basically chickpea flour fried in olive oil, which creates little pieces of yumminess.

Panisse is savory, gluten-free,...

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