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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

Best of Maria's Farm Country Kitchen: Five Oldies but Goodies

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 12:59 PM

Oldies But Goodies

Can you believe that I've been blogging for seven years now? Since my first post in the summer of 2008, 1,600 blogs have been published on Maria's Farm Country Kitchen--many written by me, many others written by my interesting mix...

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Fourth of July Superfood Dip Recipe: Cauliflower Ranch

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 10:15 AM

Cauliflower Dip

by the editors at EatClean.com

Please don't tell us that you plan on serving chips with some gross dip made from a packet at your Fourth of July cookout. Upgrade your dipping mojo to the next level this season with...

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My Bette Midler Playlist -- Top 10 Classics

(2) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 9:58 AM

My Bette Midler Playlist

To accompany My Bette Midler Story, I thought it would be nice to put together a playlist of my favorite Bette Midler songs. Many of you, I'm sure, know her biggest hits like The Wind Beneath My Wings,...

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You Never Forget Your High School Love

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 8:08 AM

You Never Forget Your High School Love

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

"Love each other dearly always. There is scarcely anything else in the world but that: to love one another." -- Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Well, thanks Victor. That...

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Vegan 'Neatball' Sandwich

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 10:16 AM

Vegan Neatball Sub

by guest blogger Gillian Francella, writer, editor, and newly converted vegan

Red-checkered tablecloths, laminated-yet-stained paper menus, and breadbaskets brimming with steamy hot rolls--ah, the classic setting for an East Coast staple: red-sauce Italian.

When I was a kid, there...

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An Organic Guide to Grilling

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 8:58 AM

Organic Grilling Guide

With Fourth of July right around the corner, everyone in America will soon be thinking about grilling. Ironically, I'll be celebrating this year's Independence Day in London, where I'm sure there will be no barbeques or happy fireworks in its...

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My Bette Midler Story

(2) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 1:18 PM

My Bette Midler Story

Some of you who follow me on social media may have seen a picture or two of me with Bette Midler and wondered, How did that happen? How did she get to meet Bette? Well, it's a long story--a...

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Yoga for That (Nagging, Aching) Pain in Your Butt

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 11:26 AM

Yoga for That (Nagging, Aching) Pain in Your Butt

"The science of Yoga is the eradication of sorrows." -- Prashant Iyengar, yoga teacher, author, and son of Guru B.K.S. Iyengar

There are some things in life that we cannot change and others that...

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Friends With Benefits -- Getting to Know Your Gut Microbiome

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 8:59 AM

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

When we're hungry, we often hear familiar growling sounds emanating from deep inside our abdomen, reminding us it's time to feed our body. Experiencing these rumblings, you...

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Glazed Fresh Blueberry and Strawberry Pie With Whipped Cream

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 11:32 AM

Glazed Fresh Blueberry and Strawberry Pie with Whipped Cream

When the fruit is fresh and ripe and it's hot outside, this dessert is perfection. It's also super easy to make, delicious, and nutritious!

The recipe for this pie is based on the local-legend...

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Thou Shalt Not Be Judged: Thoughts on Online Body Shaming

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 10:24 AM

Thou Shalt Not Be Judged- Thoughts on Online Body Shaming

by guest blogger Rebecca Norris, Men's Health sales assistant, blogger, writer, and fitness buff

This is my personal story about body shaming. I'm not quite sure where to begin but here goes...

Recently,...

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My Mother's Moist Chocolate Cake With Vanilla Icing

(3) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 9:00 AM

Moist Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Icing

From my mother, I learned how to serve an army. She was constantly having to grab a cake out of the freezer when my father unexpectedly brought business guests home for dinner.

This recipe was a regular...

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The Slow Old Days

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 8:58 AM

The Slow Old Days

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

When Maria told me the theme for this week was "slow fashion," my first thought was, "What in the world is slow fashion?" Other than describing my usual default position of...

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Detoxing the Catwalk

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 11:22 AM

Detoxing The Catwalk

by guest blogger Julia Westbrook, assistant online editor at Rodale News

The clothing you wear has a larger price tag than what you see when it's hanging on the rack--it comes with costs to the environment, too. Unsustainable dyeing...

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My Top 13 Favorite Slow Fashion Brands

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 12:59 PM

Alternative Apparel Organic Cotton Shirts

I'm happy to report there are a burgeoning number of apparel brands that marry integrity and style, each with their own unique twist on caring for both people and the planet.

These companies are not "posers" doing something...

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Slowing Down Fashion

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 9:51 AM

Slowing Down Fashion

by guest blogger Marci Zaroff, ecofashion pioneer, founder of Under the Canopy, and president of Portico Brands

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Gandhi

Over the past two decades, I've been on an eye-opening...

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From Slow Food to Slow Fashion

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 9:50 AM

From Slow Food to Slow Fashion

Carlo Petrini began the "slow food" movement in 1986. When this international campaign was created, springing from the desire to protect local food cultures and emphasize the pleasure of food...

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Take the Pressure Off

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 2:53 PM

Take The Pressure Off

by Elizabeth Comeau, digital editor at Runner's World and Zelle

"How far are we going, and how fast?" my mother/runner friend asked me.

"I don't know," I said. "I've started just using my running watch to time myself...

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The Already-Colored-In Coloring Book

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 8:47 AM

I Am Because You Are

by guest blogger Jacob Lief, cofounder and CEO of Ubuntu Education Fund and author of I Am Because You Are: How the Spirit of Ubuntu Inspired an Unlikely Friendship and Transformed a Community (cowritten with Andrea...

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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 10:19 AM

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie

"Have another Nutter Butter peanut butter sandwich cooooookiiieeee!"

For us old-timers, that song sure can get stuck in our heads. But this peanut butter cookie is the cure. And it's gluten-free! (Too bad almost all of my...

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