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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

Your New Favorite Strawberry Shortcake

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 9:49 AM

strawberry shortcake recipe

Recipe from the Rodale Test Kitchen

No dessert showcases strawberries at the height of their season quite like this strawberry shortcake!

Grab some fresh berries today and try this recipe for a simple, sweet, and seasonal treat...

Strawberry Shortcake


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A Midsummer Night's Dream: 5 Tips for Better Summer Sleep

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 9:25 AM

Summer Sleep Tips

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

Are you sure/That we are awake? It seems to me/That yet we sleep, we dream...
-- William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Unlike the spellbound, dozing characters in...

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Trauma, Food Addiction, and "Painful" Pounds

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 9:15 AM

Painful Pounds

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

For years I've listened to women and men recount an agonizing spectrum of verbal, emotional, and physical abuse and trauma that occurred during...

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The 15-Minute Grilled Meal That's Perfect for Any Weeknight

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 11:42 AM

Grilled T-Bone Steak with Miso Butter and Spicy Charred Bok Choy

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

There's this game my wife and I play that's not always fun.

The game is called "What's for dinner?"


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Yoga for (Too!) Tight Butts

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 1:26 PM

Yoga for Tight Butts

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

"I have sciatica."

"I have piriformis syndrome."

"I have a pain in my butt--right here." (Points to area of the buttock near the buttock bone, also called...

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An Easy Summer Dinner for When It's Just Too Hot to Cook

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2016 | 9:38 AM

Zoodles with Grilled Chicken & Basil-Walnut Pesto

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

Most summers, I actually find the thought of cooking kind of nauseating--the kitchen of a brick house built in 1925 with no air conditioning is...

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Can the LGBT Community Do What Has Never Been Done Before?

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 9:20 AM

LGBT Community

If all the voices of the parents, family, and friends grieving 27 schoolchildren and teachers couldn't significantly affect the gun laws in America, what can? In the aftermath of the tragedy in Orlando, I think the voice of the LGBT community...

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6 Nontoxic Ways to Keep Wasps Away

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 9:50 AM

Keep Wasps Away

by guest blogger Rebecca Straus, online assistant editor at Rodale's Organic Life

Aside from different nesting preferences, the main difference between bees and wasps is that bees feed their larvae pollen, while wasps--a category that includes yellow jackets and hornets--nourish...

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Tons of Fun Ways to Use a Stainless Ice Cube Tray

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 8:43 AM

Fun Ways to Use an Ice Cube Tray

by Shelbi Stoneback, associate director of customer experience at Rodale

Many of us nowadays have a freezer that creates ice all on its own, so we don't give a second thought to why we could...

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7 Foods That Have More Potassium than a Banana

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 12:46 PM

Sources of Potassium

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

When you think of the best sources of potassium, you probably default to bananas. In fact, most people are hard-pressed to think of any other...

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Too Much Free Stuff

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 11:00 AM

1 Too Much Free Stuff

by guest blogger Amanda Harding, writer and blogger

My mother-in-law has a motto: "If it's free, it's for me!"

She's also really good with money, and I'm really not. So for a while I tried to live by...

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Prevention Magazine and the New (Print) Health Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 9:49 AM

The print magazine industry is having a health crisis. Amidst a culture of rampant free content, publishers have cut deals for advertisers and agencies to match the downward spiral of digital prices. Costs are going up everywhere as everyone wants to grow and earn more money, yet this culture of...

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7 'Disease Stoppers' You Need to Know About

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 9:27 AM

Pineapple - Disease Stoppers

by guest blogger Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS

There's a pill for just about every condition on the planet. But did you ever take a look at the long list of side effects associated with conventional treatments? Luckily, your...

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Can a Simple Question Cause a Communication Breakdown?

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 9:38 AM

Communication Breakdown

by guest blogger Pam Fullerton, psychotherapist and writer

Have you ever experienced the following in a relationship? Everything is going well, you feel connected, you're enjoying one another, and then...Boom! Suddenly, you're in a full-blown argument. And what's worse, you didn't...

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Marital Chat-iquette

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 10:02 AM

Marital Chat-iquette

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

It started as a fun informal poll that my husband and I would ask our friends.

Question: How much do you talk to your partner at social events?


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Join the March for a Clean Energy Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 10:15 AM

Join the March for a Clean Energy Revolution

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

More than 40 years ago, the urgent dangers of man-made climate change became apparent. We've spent much of the ensuing years overcoming the misinformation...

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12 Exercises for the Soul

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 1:11 PM

Exercises for the Soul

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about how we as a culture spend so much time focused on physical exercise--on our physical bodies and our physical world--and perhaps not as much time as we should on exercising our...

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Mango & Kiwi Chia Seed Pudding Parfait

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 10:03 AM

Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

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

Chia seeds, shiny glass jars, and tropical fruits in the summer and spring... These are a few of our favorite things!

Chia seeds are teeny-tiny nutritional powerhouses. They...

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Gardener's June To-Do List

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 10:02 AM

June Garden To-Do List

by the editors at Rodale's Organic Life

Here's your June gardening guide for North America's USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3-10. If you don't know what zone you live in, check the map here to find out. We've left...

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9 Ways to Use Hemp Oil In Body Care (And Why You'd Want To)

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 11:44 AM

Uses for Hemp Oil

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

There are a lot of superlative claims about hemp oil: most unsaturated oil, best essential fatty acids (EFA) ratio and combination, highest amino...

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