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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

An Autumn Walk in the City Playlist

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 9:21 AM


This playlist might seem a bit New York City centered, but that's because it's where I walk. It's mellow, even a bit melancholy, since autumn and winter are moody times for me. But it's also filled with happy memories that remind...

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How Yoga Is Like Apples

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 2:25 PM


by Holly Walck Kostura, devoted Iyengar yoga student and teacher

photos by T. Maxová, shot on the lush grounds of a private retreat located on the French Riviera and owned by a family of Karma yogis

How is yoga...

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4 Apple Crafts for Autumn Entertaining

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 4:45 PM


By guest blogger Mark Kintzel, designer

It's apple season! Time for making apple pies, apple crisps, applesauce (yum), and all kinds of other delicious treats. And what does one do with a plethora of apple goodies? Host an autumn party!...

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Give Me Spots on My Apples

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 12:16 AM

A real Rodale Institute organic apple.

by guest blogger "Coach" Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute executive director

Images of flawless apples seem to be an iconic representation of the fall season. They illustrate the ushering in of colder weather, the new school year,...

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Apple-Walnut-Clove Mac and Cheese

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 4:25 PM


Many years ago--more than 30!--I had a boyfriend. Who was a vegetarian. We ended as friends. Years later, I asked him what he learned from me, and he said something like, "how to see the sacred in everyday life." What I...

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Whatever Happened to Carpe Diem?

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 6:14 PM


by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

From coast to coast, the following is happening in homes across the country: Parents are walking past open bedroom doors and pausing. These empty rooms have bedcovers that remain smoothly in place and...

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Can the War on Cancer Be Won? A Surprising Answer

(3) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 12:19 PM


By Diana Zuckerman, PhD, president of the Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund

The "War on Cancer" might finally be making good progress -- certainly more progress than most of the wars around the world today. We are making real strides...

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Toxic Chemicals Don't Belong in Feminine Products. Period.

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 9:34 AM


by guest blogger Erin Switalski, executive director of Women's Voices for the Earth

I'm impressed to see all of these fun and empowering ads for tampons and pads lately. From Hello Flo's viral First Moon Party to P&G's tear-jerking...

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21 Ways to Deal with Sadness

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 9:32 AM


Depression gets a lot of press and attention these days. But sadness is a different thing. Sadness is the feeling that comes from an unhappy event. Now, if you don't deal with it, sadness can become chronic and lead to depression....

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Defend Your Natural Rights

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 10:38 AM


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

Our rights to free speech and religious freedom are among the many fundamental rights guaranteed by our federal and state constitutions, which we fiercely fight to protect in the United...

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Light on Iyengar: My Little Yoga Story

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 9:06 AM


I first started taking yoga 17 years ago. How do I remember that number exactly? Well, I was pregnant with my now 17-year-old daughter and really wanted to find a yoga teacher who could help me through the pregnancy. And that...

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10 Easy Back-to-School Breakfasts

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 9:08 AM


With the return of school comes the age-old question, "What do you want for breakfast?"

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day -- or at least it's the first meal of the day, and the...

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A Yummy Supper for All

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 5:24 PM

By guest blogger Erin Scott, author of Yummy Supper and food blogger

When I was 6 years old, we hit the road for a weekend of camping in the Pacific Northwest near our home in Seattle. Along the way, we passed a fisherman's crab shack on the side of...

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For Some, the Key to Losing Weight Is Slowing Down

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 10:16 AM


by guest blogger Greg Hoak, MS, CSCCS

While some (especially athletes) thrive on fast-paced, high-intensity workouts, others find the key to weight loss and overall fitness is actually a more sustainable approach: slowing down.

I've been a fitness trainer for 12...

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Quick and Yummy Basic Fruit Cobbler, This Time Peach!

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 9:23 AM


Every once in a while I find myself with too much ripe fruit--more than can be eaten before it goes bad. Like the other day... too many peaches! I know that almost seems impossible given my deep love for summer peaches....

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Dancing... With Benefits

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 10:14 AM


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

While preparing a PowerPoint presentation on how to push your own mind-body envelope to fully embrace life, I stumbled on a remarkable video...

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Some Favorite Music Revisited

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 10:12 AM

Last week we honored the sixth birthday of Maria's farm Country Kitchen with a couple of old favorites from the kitchen.

Today, I'd like to bring it back to music. But instead of reposting my favorite music blogs in their entirety, I've put together playlists of all the songs mentioned...

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Best of Maria's Kitchen: Crispy Roast Chicken and Gravy

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 3:16 PM


In honor of Maria's Farm Country Kitchen turning 6, I've decided to revisit a few fan-favorite recipes. On Monday, I reposted the number one most popular recipe on my blog: Mashed Potatoes from Scratch.

But you can't just eat mashed...

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Best of Maria's Kitchen: Mashed Potatoes from Scratch

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 10:48 AM


Guess what? Maria's Farm Country Kitchen turns 6 years old this month! And I just realized that in those six years I've shared almost 200 recipes!

One of the reasons I started this blog in 2008 was to have a...

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Yoga for Women

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 10:04 AM

Yoga for Women

By Holly Walck Kostura, devoted Iyengar yoga student and teacher

"[Yoga teaches us what resources] we have inside us so that we are able to expose ourselves to ourselves and find out what we really are."


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