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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

Quick and Easy 'No-Cook' Summer Tomato-Mozzarella Pasta

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 9:33 AM

Well, you do have to cook the pasta!

I made this up last week when my family and I were all starving and it was hot and I happened to have some fresh organic Rigatoni pasta from the Emmaus Farmer's Market...

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65 Can't Come Soon Enough

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


by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

A few years ago, I wrote a column addressing what I thought was the nadir of women's self-esteem in the early 21st century. The topic was "hand-plumping," and it's exactly what it sounds...

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Sometimes You Just Need to Dig a Hole

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 11:02 AM

Me and the cricket tree.

After a recent visit to my garden, I've come to the realization that I'm much more of a landscaper than a vegetable gardener.

Don't worry, I'm not giving up on vegetables, but I understand now that...

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4 Tips for Beating the Greenwashing Game

(17) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 9:18 AM


by guest blogger Ava Anderson, natural-beauty expert and safe-cosmetics advocate

We live in a world where companies use terms like "natural," "botanical," "pure," and "free" when their products are actually full of harmful chemicals. These companies spend millions on slick advertising...

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10 Reasons I Love Fútbol (That's Soccer, for Ya'll Americans)

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 12:42 AM


I didn't grow up in a sporty family.

Our primary sport was reading, punctuated by a few bicycle races in Europe (see #5). In fact, I can't even remember a single sporting event on the TV in our house growing up,...

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Crossing Life's Finish Lines

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 10:26 AM


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

This is a story about how love can help you to do extraordinary things--like making it through the finish lines life presents. I share...

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Chocolate Chip-Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies from Scratch

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 10:10 AM


Continuing with my latest obsession with coconut, I had a hankering for chocolate chip cookies with coconut. And then I thought, "Why not add oatmeal?"

These cookies are absolutely delicious. And even better yet, they're as healthy as a cookie can...

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Staying Cool, Calm and Collected: Balancing the Pitta Dosha

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 11:48 AM


by guest bloggers Jeff Perlman and Holly Walck Kostura

Ayurveda reveals to us that there are seasons each year defined by the three doshas: vata (fall and early winter), kapha (winter and early spring), and pitta (late spring and...

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Health Care Advice That Can Save Your Life

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 1:42 PM

by Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Health Research

My friend Barry just got out of the hospital, four months after having an almost deadly reaction to a prescription medication. Talking to him about his experience has...

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Why I Won't Wear Makeup Again... Ever

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 9:56 AM

I was like most girls when I was little (well, almost).

I loved getting into my mom's and sisters' makeup drawers. I loved playing with Barbie. I even wanted to be a fashion designer. Of course, there was the other side of me--the part that came out typically around my...

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Is the Grocery Manufacturers Association a Relic?

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 12:36 AM


by guest blogger Robyn O'Brien, author and former financial and food-industry analyst

The Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage, and consumer-product companies, but is it a relic of the 20th century?

Questions that are...

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Ode to Tom Robbins

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 9:56 AM


I vividly remember my first Tom Robbins book. It was Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, and I first spotted it in my father's reading pile. "What on earth," I thought to myself, "was my dad doing with a book that looked...

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Sisterhood for Sale

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 9:36 AM


by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

I don't know much, but I'm pretty sure the only thing more annoying than The New York Times' Sunday Styles feature titled "Ladies of the Lanyards" will be the letters and emails...

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The Truth About Treating Lyme Disease

(7) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 4:50 PM


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

There's a silent epidemic creeping around us, and mainstream medicine has only just begun to take a serious look. So what is this disease that experts are calling the fastest-spreading...

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Quick and Delicious Rice Paper Summer Rolls!

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 4:10 PM


Whoever said we have nothing to fear but fear itself could have been talking about rice paper rolls.*

I've wanted to make them (Vietnamese-style) for years, but dreaded the complexity, feared the differentness, and practically hyperventilated over finding the right moment...

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Death, Life and Rebirth

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 12:11 PM

I have a friend on Facebook who is slowly dying.

He announced his terminal cancer diagnosis a few months ago, and since then his friends have been rallying around him. On Facebook, he's been posting pictures of trips to the beach, his favorite drinks at the bar, heartbreaking photos of...

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A Non-Runner's Guide to Runners

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 9:42 AM

A Non-Runner's Guide to Runners - Remy's World - Mark Remy

Not sure how to interact with these strange aerobic creatures? Our FAQ will help.

by Mark Remy, writer, runner and creator of Remy's World

Summer is in full swing, which...

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Summer Craft: Mint Tin Treasure Boxes

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 9:11 AM


by guest blogger Mark Kintzel, designer

Here's a super-easy and super-fun project for the whole family! Transform empty mint tins into stylish little keepsake boxes, perfect for storing your favorite beach treasures and special trinkets. Or you can tuck tiny...

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Fourth of July Playlist

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 9:53 AM

This list is dedicated to Tim Howard, who showed the world what being a goalie is all about. What does that have to do with the 4th of July? Nothing except timing. What does Tim Howard have to do with music? Nothing. Although I do sort of feel...

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Arborio Risotto with Garlic Stock

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 11:46 AM


by guest blogger Martha Rose Shulman, New York Times Recipes for Health columnist and cookbook author

The following recipe is featured in The Simple Art of Vegetarian Cooking: Templates and Lessons for Making Delicious Meatless Meals Every Day.


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