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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

Homemade Bread Cubes and Bread Crumbs (for Stuffing)

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 1:56 PM


These days, it seems everyone has some sort of adverse feeling or physical reaction to old-fashioned, store-bought white bread. So when it comes to making stuffing, it seems wrong to buy the little white dried bread crumbs or bread cubes (or...

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From This To That: Crafty Thanksgiving Favors

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 5:33 PM


By guest blogger Mark Kintzel, designer

Before popping those empty food tins into the recycling bin this Thanksgiving, why not use them to create beautiful holiday gifts for your guests?

Let me show you a superfun and easy DIY project...

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Lamb Meatballs, Ready in Minutes

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 7:38 PM


Personally, I love the taste of lamb. Actually, I love any foods with Middle Eastern flavors. Give me my Syrian Salad and a little rice pilaf, and I'm one happy camper.

Having a craving, I invented this lamb recipe...

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When Did 'Hello' Become Harassment?

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 12:46 AM


By guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

Let me go on record here: I don't understand the point of the Hollaback video.

In case you've been on Neptune for the past week or two, here's the story. An actress,...

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GMOs and the Right to Know: We've Already Got It!

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 5:52 PM


I completely support and admire the efforts of everyone around the country (and world) fighting the good fight and attempting to work through our government to give us the Right to Know about GMOs.

But for the average consumer who just...

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Dig In and Grow Your Own

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 9:06 AM

Jane Garden 1
Photo provided by Jane Seymour of her own organic garden.

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

As senior science advisor to Elements Behavioral Health, the largest national...

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Tomato Soup From Scratch

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 9:10 AM


I grew up in the Andy Warhol generation of tomato soup. Not only did it come from a can, but the can itself was worshiped.

But recently I was traveling and had one of those weird "it's too early for dinner...

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5 New Ways to Use Pumpkin

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 10:23 AM

New Ways to Use Pumpkin

by guest blogger Peggy Kotsopoulos, registered holistic nutritionist, culinary consultant, and author of Kitchen Cures: Revolutionize Your Health with Foods that Heal

While pumpkin is the quintessential representation of fall, this orange gourd has...

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What?! Fish Can't Be Organic?

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 3:27 PM


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

That's right. Neither wild fish nor farmed fish can be certified organic because no organic standards exist in the U.S. to regulate them. But that may be about to...

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In Defense of the Selfie

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 10:28 AM


It's popular for people my age to complain about selfies or call people who take them narcissistic. And I'm sure, as with every single thing on this planet, people can take them to an extreme, including the famed "duck face" of...

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Celebrating the Harvest of Middle Age, or Becoming a Peach

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 10:27 AM


by guest blogger Elizabeth Murray, author Living Life in Full Bloom: 120 Daily Practices to Deepen Your Passion, Creativity & Relationships

This is the season of harvest when all of the hard work, intention, and magic of the spring and...

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Coming Home

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 9:44 AM


In the past few weeks I've traveled to Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Philadelphia, New York City (many times), and Maine (for college visits). While all my travels were amazing and inspiring, and I have no horror stories from the road...

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Exposing the GMO Rabbit Hole: Why Labeling Genetically-Engineered Food Is a Must

(31) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 11:11 AM

GMO Rabbit Hole

by guest blogger Lisa Bronner, writer of the blog Going Green with a Bronner Mom

A battle is raging in the fresh section of your grocery store. Look around. Heavy artillery is hiding behind the apples. Troops are...

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Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Pie

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 10:39 AM

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

by guest blogger Maria Luci, social media and content editor at Rodale

Forget the candy; for me, the best treats always come in a crust. That's right, I'm talking about pie. So when it came time to sign...

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How Effective Is Your Cold Remedy?

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 11:28 AM

Cold Remedy

by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc, integrative medicine pioneer

Let's face it: Beyond making us feel miserable, even a minor cold can be a major disruption, especially since we rarely take the time to allow ourselves valuable rest....

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Leave the Baby, Take the Popcorn

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 3:22 PM


by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

Let me start by saying I had no idea. But when I googled "mommy taking baby to movies," the search returned 240,000,000 results. (Fun Fact: When I googled "mommy reading to baby," I...

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Roasted Chickpea and Broccoli Burritos to Swear By

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 7:29 PM


Ever heard of Thug Kitchen? It's a super-popular vegan cooking blog that uses dirty words to promote clean eating. The following recipe is from the site's authors' debut book, Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook, and is a delicious vegan...

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How Real Change in the Food System Starts at Retail

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 11:35 AM


By guest blogger Joyce de Brevannes, market outreach manager for the Non-GMO Project

It's been 20 years since the "Flavr Savr" tomato, the first commercially produced genetically modified organism (GMO), appeared on grocery store shelves. The tomato, whose genes had...

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The Lost Art of Making Popcorn From Scratch

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 2:21 PM

Popcorn From Scratch

I never quite took to the whole microwave popcorn thing. Sure, it's easy, but making popcorn from scratch is easy, too--and it tastes so freaking delicious! Even better with real butter! Hmmm, it's better with butter...isn't that some sort...

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Yoga for Running Recovery

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 12:47 PM


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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