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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

Save the Date: Earth Gratitude Wave, April 22, 2015

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 11:11 AM

Earth Gratitude Hour

I was sitting outside this past Thanksgiving, surrounded by beautiful trees and rolling hills and feeling grateful for the crisp, clean air, when it occurred to me that we should have a similar holiday of thanksgiving for the earth.


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Quick and Yummy Quinoa Salad

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 10:36 AM


I first discovered this recipe in Laurie David's book The Family Cooks, which is a great cookbook! (And published by Rodale, by the way.) As Laurie predicts in her book, my whole family loved it.

This recipe is to me the...

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Don't Make Me Hide You

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 10:13 AM


by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

Neologism of the day: Domamehy, pronounced "doh'-may-me-hi." No, this isn't a new menu item at Nobu, nor is it the new hot class at Equinox. It's a shortcut to the prevailing thought I seem...

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Stop the Body Shaming

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 1:03 PM


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

There's been a lot of hoopla recently about the latest annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Mostly because the magazine's public relations team proclaimed that for...

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How to Make an Aussie Meat Pie From Scratch, Part III: Organic Puff Pastry

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 11:32 AM

Part III of my three-part Aussie Meat recipe series

For years I've wanted to make puff pastry from scratch. Why? Because that's the only only way I would know for sure it was organic.

Here's what you need puff pastry...

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Homemade Posole

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 11:17 AM


by guest blogger Andrew Norelli, product manager and food photographer

I don't usually equate Mexican with comfort food, but when I tried posole for the first time at a local Mexican restaurant, I instantly fell in love with its warm, comforting...

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How to Make an Aussie Meat Pie From Scratch, Part II: Savory Short Crust

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 11:03 AM


Part II of my three-part Aussie Meat recipe series

Why, oh, why is it called a "short" crust? I have no idea. One website says it's short for "shortening" but really, what crust doesn't have shortening in it? The...

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Valentine's Day Yoga

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 3:48 PM

Lotus_Valentines Day Yoga

by Holly Walck Kostura, certified Iyengar yoga teacher

It's almost Valentine's Day, so I've prepared a gift for you that's even more delicious than a box of chocolates: a yoga sequence of backward extensions.

I know--you want to know...

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4 Strange Sources of Roundup

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 9:11 AM

roundupby guest blogger Leah Zerbe, online editor for

There are a lot of studies asserting that organic is better for you, but if you read nothing else about it, know this: Many nonorganic foods contain dangerous levels of GMOs and...

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Valentine Craft: Love Is in the Air

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 2:22 PM


by guest blogger Mark Kintzel, designer

Looking for a really cool Valentine's Day craft for your friends and family? Or are you still searching for a gift to give to your sweetie pie? Well, look no further.

Air plants, also...

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Sex Not Food

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 10:08 AM


Sex, not food? What, I'm sure you're wondering, is Maria going to be talking about now?

Allow me to explain. I love food. I am a food blogger, among other things. But with Valentine's Day coming up, I got to thinking...

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Loving Life in Full Bloom

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 12:00 PM


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

On St. Valentine's Day, we express our love to the special people in our lives. In my book...

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How to Make an Aussie Meat Pie From Scratch, Part I

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 10:19 AM

It's not as easy as you might think to find the ultimate Aussie meat pie recipe, and to then merge it with other flavors to match the taste of the Royal Sydney Easter Agricultural Show top prizewinning meat pie from...

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79 Sticks of Deodorant on the Wall

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 10:19 AM


by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

Here's today's quiz: What's the difference between 108,000 square feet and 3,600 square feet? Answer: 50 years.

No, this isn't a Common Core math problem. Let me explain...

Prior to the last blizzard that...

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The Future of Magazine Media -- 10 Ideas That Could Rock Our World

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 2:12 PM


Yesterday afternoon, I represented my company at the annual American Magazine Media Conference. Some of you may know me as a blogger, M.O.M (mean old mom), or recipe writer, but I'm also the CEO of Rodale Inc., the publisher of...

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Go-To Seed Bars

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 9:52 AM

by guest blogger Patricia Helding, owner of Fat Witch Bakery and author of Fat Witch Bake Sale

Even a couple of days after watching the Super Bowl, you're probably still saying to yourself, "What was I doing,...

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Discovering Five Great Organic Wines

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 9:15 AM


by guest blogger Adam Teeter, cofounder of VinePair, a site offering a new, unpretentious way to talk about wine

Everywhere you turn today, everything seems to be organic. What once was a movement championed by health food stores and...

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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

(1) 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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