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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

In Defense of Fairy Tales

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 10:53 AM


The other day I saw the first half of an Albert Einstein quote: "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent..." At this point the quote was cut off,...

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What If Your Life Were a Movie?

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 4:31 PM


I just read a little book on life after death called The Afterlife of Billy Fingers, by Annie Kagan. You'll have to read it yourself to understand the title and the whole story (which I do recommend). But in it,...

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The Reinvention Intervention

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 4:54 PM

intervention2 by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

Today's 21st-century question: When did women of a certain age all agree that we need to "reinvent" ourselves? I must have missed the text.

It isn't my imagination. Hop onto any website's homepage, and...

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Fat Is Not a Feeling

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 9:17 AM


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

Recently, Facebook came under fire for offering the emoticon "fat" as an option under "feeling ___" when posting on the site. Since I rarely...

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Permission to Recover... Granted!

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 8:33 AM


I don't know about you, but I grew up with the image of the hard-working career person as someone who only sleeps five hours a night, starts work at 5 in the morning, and continues late into the evening--someone who's always working,...

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10 Things to Do with 'Rotten' Bananas

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 10:23 AM


Unless you loathe bananas (like my oldest), you are bound to, at some point, have a few rotten ones on your counter (you should never store them in the fridge).

I was reminded about how versatile a product a rotten banana is...

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A Window Into My World

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 8:32 AM


Dear Reader,

This past Monday was, I believe, the first time ever I simply said, "Nope I don't have a blog in me." And so we ran someone else's blog. Now Wednesday is coming up, and I'm thinking of blogs, and it's...

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

(2) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 10:11 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 | 9:36 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 | 9:13 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 | 12:03 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 | 10:32 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 | 10:17 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 | 10:03 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 | 2:48 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

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 8:11 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 | 1:22 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 | 9:08 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 | 11:00 AM


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 | 9:19 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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