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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

10 Reasons I'm Not That Sad about Going Back to Work

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 9:09 AM

10 Reasons I'm Not That Sad about Going Back to Work

by guest blogger Amanda Harding, writer and blogger

Before long, I'll be back at work instead of home with my baby and toddler. However, unlike last time, I'm not cursing the calendar...

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Eating in Season: Spring Fruits and Vegetables

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 9:25 AM

Eating in Season

by guest blogger Toni Becker, member of the Rodale's editorial team

Looking for a cleaner, more sustainable diet? Start by eating seasonally.

In today's world of mass production and far-flung distribution, the seasons blend together. Fruits and veggies that used...

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Koulouria--A Traditional Greek Dessert

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 9:09 AM


by guest blogger Katina Simonetta Jenkins, merchandising coordinator at Rodale's

What comes to mind when you think of Greek cookies or pastries? Let me guess...baklava? Baklava is delicious, but there are so many other delectable Greek desserts to choose from!

Koulouria are...

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#EarthGratitude Wave 2016: 10 Ways to Show Your Love for the Earth

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 9:10 AM

Earth Gratitude Wave 2016

What I love about Earth Day is that not only is it a herald of true spring and summer, but it's also a reminder of how we should be treating the earth every day. It's like Mother's day: Moms...

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4 Science-Backed Reasons to 'Eat Dirt'

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 9:17 AM

Why You Should Eat Dirt

by guest blogger Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS

People have been eating dirt for thousands of years--until now.

An obsession with germ-free homes and a sterile food system is leaving us craving dirt--more specifically, all of those beneficial...

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Corned Beef Hash from Scratch, of Course!

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 9:20 AM

Corned Beef Hash Recipe

When I was small, corned beef hash came in a can and was made with perfect little squares of potatoes and corned beef. It's a happy memory: that hash fried up in a pan and served with eggs for...

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Herb Shortbread Recipe

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 9:05 AM

Herb Shortbread Recipe

by guest blogger Amanda Harding, copywriter at Rodale's

A little bit sweet, a little bit savory--this twist on the classic shortbread recipe is just different enough to keep things interesting. Bake the cookies in an embossed shortbread pan, and...

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Homemade Nondairy Yogurt

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 2:46 PM

Nondairy Coconut Milk Yogurt

by guest blogger Stephanie Eckelkamp, senior associate editor at Prevention magazine

I'm in a minor predicament: Regular milk-based yogurt makes me feel like garbage, but most nondairy yogurts taste like junk and contain sketchy additives (e.g.

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Anti-Aging Yoga: Healthy Knees, With a Twist!

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 11:50 AM

Anti Aging Yoga

by guest blogger Holly Walck Kostura, BSN and certified Iyengar Yoga teacher

"Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun."--Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga...

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This Easy Homemade Pesto Tastes Way Better Than Anything Out of a Jar

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 11:23 AM

Fettuccine Campagnole - Spinach Pesto Pasta Recipe

by guest blogger Paul Kita, food and nutrition editor at Men's Health

There's nothing like a good pesto to slap your tastebuds awake after a winter of root vegetables and chili. The problem, however, is that...

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10 Not So Obvious Things You Need to Be a Real (Good) Leader

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 9:21 AM

Seven years into being CEO, I've learned a lot and grown a lot. I've watched myself and others to see and learn what makes a good leader. And I've observed many headed down the path to various leadership roles who are seeking to learn and grow. There are many versions...

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15 Self-Care Habits to Help You Achieve Your Wellness Goals

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 9:09 AM

15 Wellness Habits

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

With so much complexity in our daily lives, it's sometimes hard to remember what you need to do to stay on track...

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Defending Our Earth...and Our Rights

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 9:27 AM

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

Forty-five years ago, communities around the nation marched to defend the earth. They brought banners, signs, chants, and a realization that environmental degradation damages every aspect of our lives. When we pollute the water, the air, and the land,...

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How to Grow Broccoli

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 9:25 AM

How To Grow Broccoli

by the editors at Rodale's Organic Life

Broccoli is a great choice for a home garden. Freshly cut broccoli heads are rich in vitamins and minerals. They're delicious raw in...

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Sibling Travelry and the Connections of Motel 6

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 10:27 AM

Sibling Travelry

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

As the parent of an only traveling child, I often wonder what my daughter's experiences would be like if she had a sibling to share her adventures. Would she...

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Care and Feeding

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 9:47 AM

Care and Feeding

You haven't really lived until you've heard the claim "It's not you--it's me." Usually it's in the context of a breakup, and it hurts as much as if someone had said, "You're a jerk, and I hate you."

Still, sometimes...

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What Do We Mean By Honesty in a Relationship?

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 11:46 AM

Honesty in Relationships

by guest blogger Pam Fullerton, psychotherapist and writer

When it comes to romantic relationships, what is the most important thing you look for in a person?

Although many will have a different answer, the one thing that tops the list...

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The Perfect (Healthy-ish) Spring Donut

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 9:17 AM

Lemon Blueberry Donut Recipe

by guest blogger Stephanie Eckelkamp, senior associate editor at Prevention magazine

This spring, my goal is to eat more donuts. Not exactly the most common thing for a chick to say a mere two months from bathing suit season,...

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No Joke: 6 Fruits and Veggies You Should Never Peel

(3) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 2:17 PM

6 Fruits And Veggies You Should Never Peel

by guest blogger Caroline Praderio, food and nutrition writer for Prevention magazine and

Most of the time, we're telling you that eating healthier means you'll need to do a bit more work, e.g....

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How to Make a Spring Garden Wreath

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 1:51 PM

Spring Garden Wreath DIY

by guest blogger Mark Kintzel, designer

Spring is here and what better way to celebrate than to make this unique and elegant garden wreath. To begin, simply gather nature's gifts of the season and start creating!

With the...

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