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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

Yoga for Running Recovery

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 11:47 AM


by Holly Walck Kostura, devoted Iyengar yoga student and teacher

I remember so well how liberating it felt to run: my feet pounding the earth, the fire building in my quadriceps, and the air blowing across my skin. My mind always...

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Stop! Take a Moment...

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 1:45 PM


It's that time when the end of the year comes crashing through like a raging river of candy (Halloween), food (Thanksgiving), and shopping (Christmas). It's so easy to get swept up in its waters. Whether you love it or hate it,...

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Can Organic Agriculture Really Reverse Climate Change?

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 9:08 AM


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

Over the past 14 days, I have been on a walk--a walk that, I hope, will change the way that we look at climate change.

Each day I walk 10...

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Feeding the World with Love

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 1:27 PM

Food made with love tastes better. Perhaps we can all remember a special meal from our childhood, one where a simple dinner steeped with family love stayed with us long after we left the table. Food grown with love tastes different,...

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Like Grandmother, Like Granddaughter?

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 8:59 AM


by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

Newlyweds Brad and Angelina, George and Amal aside, I have some questions: What do we think about marriage? Has its day come and gone? Is society enhanced by a married populace, or is...

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Calling All Farmers: You Can Help Save the World!

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 4:31 PM

Calling All Farmers: You Can Help Save the World!

In my recent travels across America, one thing has become abundantly clear: Demand for organic food is soaring. The current organic market has grown to more than $35 billion...
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5 Steps to Sustainable Weight Loss Success

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 8:50 AM

5 Steps to Sustainable Weight-Loss Success

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

Don't believe the naysayers who tell you that it's all but impossible to drop that excess weight...

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The Only Thing You Can Really Change Is Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 11:23 AM


"You can't change other people; you can only change yourself" is one of those lessons I've had to learn over and over again. And then sometimes I forget it and have to learn it again.

You don't get very far...

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5 Easy Steps to Becoming a Woman of Action

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 9:10 AM


My ex-husband once called me a "woman of action." It was not a compliment. Some people like to change their minds a lot. Some people like to get things done. I like to get things done, even if that means ruffling...

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4 Ways to Support Farm-to-School Policies

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM


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

Tomorrow marks the beginning of National Farm to School Month. For the next 31 days, schools across the country will celebrate the local products in their lunch...

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If Women Designed Cars

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 4:08 PM

I just bought a new car. I was going to go buy another Prius, which I've been quite happy with over the past eight years, but they...moved the armrest! In its place now is a metal cup holder. I had visions of hitting my elbow (the not-so-funny bone) over...

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Nothing Is Easy

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 11:55 AM


by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

Isaac Newton's law of universal gravitation was right. At least, it feels like it was right. Because 17 years ago we took it into our heads to wallpaper our foyer, living room, and...

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The F-Words

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 10:32 AM


by guest blogger Selene Yeager, health, fitness and cycling expert and the author of Get Fast: A Complete Guide to Gaining Speed Wherever You Ride

It's a Sunday in early August 1997. I'm 28 years old and I've...

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An Autumn Walk in the City Playlist

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 9:21 AM


This playlist might seem a bit New York City centered, but that's because it's where I walk. It's mellow, even a bit melancholy, since autumn and winter are moody times for me. But it's also filled with happy memories that remind...

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How Yoga Is Like Apples

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 2:25 PM


by Holly Walck Kostura, devoted Iyengar yoga student and teacher

photos by T. Maxová, shot on the lush grounds of a private retreat located on the French Riviera and owned by a family of Karma yogis

How is yoga...

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4 Apple Crafts for Autumn Entertaining

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 4:45 PM


By guest blogger Mark Kintzel, designer

It's apple season! Time for making apple pies, apple crisps, applesauce (yum), and all kinds of other delicious treats. And what does one do with a plethora of apple goodies? Host an autumn party!...

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Give Me Spots on My Apples

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 12:16 AM

A real Rodale Institute organic apple.

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

Images of flawless apples seem to be an iconic representation of the fall season. They illustrate the ushering in of colder weather, the new school year,...

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Apple-Walnut-Clove Mac and Cheese

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 4:25 PM


Many years ago--more than 30!--I had a boyfriend. Who was a vegetarian. We ended as friends. Years later, I asked him what he learned from me, and he said something like, "how to see the sacred in everyday life." What I...

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Whatever Happened to Carpe Diem?

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 6:14 PM


by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

From coast to coast, the following is happening in homes across the country: Parents are walking past open bedroom doors and pausing. These empty rooms have bedcovers that remain smoothly in place and...

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Can the War on Cancer Be Won? A Surprising Answer

(3) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 12:19 PM


By Diana Zuckerman, PhD, president of the Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund

The "War on Cancer" might finally be making good progress -- certainly more progress than most of the wars around the world today. We are making real strides...

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