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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

Skiing the Conditions of Parenthood

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 12:41 AM


by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

About 15 years ago, I wrote a column about my boys and the day one of our gerbils died. Like most stories I wrote about my sons, it taught me a great deal about...

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If It Can Rot, Eat It

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 12:39 AM


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

Fresh food -- the stuff of life that nourishes, builds, and heals and that, with its rich abundance of nutrients, should make up the bulk of...

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10 New Things to Try This Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 8:30 AM


Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know you've already slacked off on your New Year's resolutions, right? If not, congratulations! If so, guess what: Every day is New Year's Day. Every day is a new day to try something different, something new. In...

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5 Common Exercise Excuses You Need to Stop Making

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 10:39 AM


by guest blogger Greg Hoak, MS, CSCS

Even though everyone's exercise needs are unique, the roadblocks that stand in their way are common. As a professional trainer, I hear pretty much the same excuses across a broad spectrum of clients. Whether...

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Sometimes a Girl Just Needs to Buy Herself Some Flowers...

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 9:27 AM


About a year ago (most likely on a cold and dreary winter weekend), I bought myself some yellow roses and posted a pic of them on Facebook. I remember being rather depressed that weekend, and those flowers were an attempt to...

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10 Ways to Survive Winter

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 11:02 AM

survive winter

As I write this, there's an ice storm out, and we aren't going anywhere, thanks to my home's location at the top of a big hill. It's cold. It's dark. It's winter. So my kids and I are making a...

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Thaw Your Body, Mind and Soul With a Winterized Yoga Practice

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 4:00 PM


by Holly Walck Kostura, certified Iyengar yoga teacher

"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me,...

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My Dream for All Farmers

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 3:59 PM


I know farmers in Brooklyn who raise bees on rooftops and kale in former junkyards. I've spoken at hippie organic-farming conferences in California at which I've met organic farmers, used to being considered outsiders, who are passionate about what they do. I've...

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4 Tips for Starting Your Own Urban Garden

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 11:24 AM


by guest blogger Julie Malone, assistant buyer at Rodale's and urban garden & food blogger

One day, I'll have my dream garden. It will be lush with edible flowers, a tea garden, perfectly staked tomatoes flanked by hearty-stemmed peppers, endless grids of...

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Authentic Paella, Simplified

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 12:49 PM


I don't know about you, but come Christmas, my Facebook feed is filled with pictures of people making paella. And yet, the best paella I ever had was on a sunny day at an outdoor café in Barcelona, Spain. In other...

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Would You Trade Your Tomorrows?

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 9:52 AM


by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who think there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don't. That theory appeared years ago in one of...

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Chickpea Soup: The Best Italian Comfort Soup EVER

(6) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 5:27 PM


Well dear readers, I'm thinking about doing a cookbook. But when I looked over my recipes, I realized I was missing a chickpea soup recipe, the kind you find in Italy.

Then the other day, lo and behold, Holly, my yoga...

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Congress Is Up to Something

(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 10:43 AM


by guest blogger Diana Zuckerman, PhD, National Center for Health Research

If you think health insurance should be affordable and you didn't get a 65 percent raise over the last two years, keep reading!

Congress is up to something,...

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Why All States Should All Have a New York State of Mind

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 5:33 PM

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

Where were you when New York banned fracking? December 17, 2014, has now joined the list of "where were you when" moments for everyone involved in the fight to end fracking in the U.S.

Based on an extensive review...

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5 Steps for Sticking With Your New Year's Resolution

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 10:47 AM


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

It's the beginning of a new year, and you know the drill: Across the nation, so many of you have done the annual end-of-year...

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We Are the Dream They Dreamed

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 10:15 AM

dream_v4Engraving of women's rights activist, Margaret Fuller.

It's not unusual for my daughters and me to talk about women's history at home. We all read a lot, and we all find history fascinating, especially when it comes to the lives of women. What...

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A New Year's Day Tradition: Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes and Sauerkraut

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 3:24 PM


Growing up, our New Year's Day meal was always a pork roast, mashed potatoes, and sauerkraut, whether we liked it or not. It's a Pennsylvania Dutch New Year's tradition.

Why? Well, legend has it that it's because a pig roots forward,...

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'Amazing' Is in the Eye of the Beholder

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 10:04 AM


by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

Many things sound so much better in theory than they turn out to be in reality. Unfortunately, you usually can't tell if that's the case until you're in the midst of the experience....

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5 Tips for a Fabulous New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 10:01 AM


I love the start of a new year. It's like pressing the reset button--a clean slate and all that.

Each new year, I feel like I've learned more, rid myself of more bad habits, and gained better insights into what makes...

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Yoga for Insomnia

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 8:51 AM


by Holly Walck Kostura, certified Iyengar yoga teacher

On the day after Thanksgiving, I left for India to study with Geeta Iyengar at her 70th birthday intensive. At the gathering, 1,500 practitioners represented 57 countries from around the globe with one intention:...

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