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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

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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Apply Safely--A Sunscreen Safety Guide

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 8:56 AM

Sunscreen Safety

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

Sunshine is great, but the sun's rays? Not so much. Both UVA and UVB rays pose serious health risks, such as premature aging, eye damage, and skin cancers.

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Cooking from Scratch Just Got Super Easy!

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 8:54 AM


The other day Gary from Prepress walked by my office and told me he'd been prepping my cookbook, Scratch, for the printer and commented that all the recipes looked so good and so easy.

"But," he said,...

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How to Make a Garden Hose Doormat

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 10:31 AM

Garden Hose Doormat DIY

by guest blogger Mark Kintzel, designer

As we all prepare for a great season of gardening, I'm sure you're coming across some gardening tools that have worked all their gardening magic and seen their day in the dirt.

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Antiaging Yoga

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 3:41 PM

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

To quote Webster's:

"Aging (adj): (of a thing) reaching the end of useful life; growing old or older, especially visibly and obviously so; obsolescent

Obsolescent (adj): becoming obsolete


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The Importance of Word Choice

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 9:39 AM

Word Choice

by guest blogger Katharine Ashe, best-selling author of historical romance novels


(I do have a point here.)

Sometimes when I'm grading a student's paper and I find a misused word, I circle it and write "Word Choice."

There is, of...

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It's Time to Have the Conversations

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 12:00 PM


Lately, I've noticed that there are many people who would rather live quietly and comfortably miserable in their dissatisfaction than muster up the courage to get out of it. And getting out of it is probably as simple as having a conversation.

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Let's All Aim to Be "Wellderly"

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 10:37 AM


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

What thoughts and feelings do the word "elderly" conjure for you? Perhaps you immediately envision a frail man or woman in his or her...

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3-Minute Mason Jar Whipped Cream

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 10:35 AM

Mason Jar Whipped Cream

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

Normally, I'm skeptical of "supereasy" kitchen hacks. But as someone who doesn't own an electric mixer and really digs dessert, I had to try this out.

The promise:...

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Homemade Vanilla-Cinnamon Cashew Milk

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 12:06 PM

Homemade Cashew Milk

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

One of the perks of being a nutrition editor is getting to try the latest snacks and drinks. So a while back, Blueprint--the company that really spearheaded...

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The Easy Way You Can Help Save the Monarchs

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

Save the Monarchs with Milkweed

by guest blogger Claudia Allen, avid amateur gardener

Since 1990, more than 90 percent of monarch butterflies have disappeared.

The good news: you can help.

With their distinctive orange, black, and white markings, monarchs are the...

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Spring Greens after a Long Winter

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 9:10 AM

Spring Greens

The spring greens are coming in! This past weekend, I had fiddlehead ferns in Maine. And the weekend before that, I made my first salad from my garden here in Pennsylvania, pinching off a few tiny leaves and herbs from each...

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How Partnering Deepens Your Love

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 10:07 AM

How Partnering Deepens Your Love

by guest blogger Pam Fullerton, psychotherapist and writer

Do you ever feel lonely in your relationship? Do you crave a deepened connection with your partner? This is an important topic for all of us. In order to shed...

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A Guide for Safer Summer Grilling

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 10:18 AM

Grilling Safety Tips

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

Blooming flowers are pretty and soil on our hands is heavenly, but the most delicious marker of warm-weather fun is backyard grilling.

As you prepare for your own outdoor...

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11 Wishes for Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 10:15 AM


Since I have been a mother for 63 percent of my life, and have raised/am raising three lovely daughters, I would like to take this opportunity to make some Mother's Day wishes--as a mother, for mothers, and for everyone out there...

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The Mathematics of Work-Life-Travel Balance

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 9:48 AM

The Mathematics of Work-Life-Travel Balance

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

It seemed like a really smart idea. In fact, the math was so easy that it practically solved itself.

1 work trip to the Bahamas +...

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Are You a Real Runner?

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 10:24 AM

Are You A Real Runner

by guest blogger Mark Remy, Runner's World columnist and author

In my new book, Runners of North America--A Definitive Guide to the Species, I analyze 23 types of runners, from The Newbie (Lopus novus) to The Serial...

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8 Foods That Have More Iron than Beef

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 9:55 AM

Swiss Chard - Foods with More Iron than Beef

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

So you got the memo that excessive red meat consumption is a disaster for the environment and your...

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8 Great Ways to Celebrate the Earth this Summer

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 9:54 AM

Celebrate Earth Day

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

Last week we celebrated Earth Day! We expressed our gratitude for all that our wonderful planet has to offer us--and supported protecting the environment and making the earth a...

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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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