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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

May Your Hearts Not Break

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 9:13 AM

May Your Heart Not Break

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

"May your hearts not break..."--A Wish for My Children, Evangeline Paterson

I don't remember anything about my last Mother's Day with my mom. Other than that...

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10 Small Steps to Making the World a Better Place

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 10:14 AM


by guest blogger Gene Baur, activist, president and cofounder of Farm Sanctuary, and author of Living the Farm Sanctuary Life

Close your eyes and imagine this: You step out of your daily life and into a favorite storybook. You're back with...

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Sandie's Hero's Journey

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 8:42 AM

Sandie's Hero's Journey

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

After years of research, the writer and mythologist Joseph Campbell wrote a book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined...

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3 Types of Products That Pollute Our Water

(9) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 12:13 AM

Water Pollution

by guest blogger Ava Anderson, natural-beauty expert and safe-cosmetics advocate

Earth Day may have come and gone, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be thinking about our planet every day of the year.

Here are three types of products you should...

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Putting Yourself in Parentheses

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 9:04 AM


by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

In Nick Hornby's charming and disarmingly thought-provoking new book, Funny Girl, we meet a group of people working on or near a 1960s U.K. television comedy called Barbara (and Jim). A dazzling and...

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Björk at the MoMA--Music as Art

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 8:52 AM


Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows I'm a music lover. But Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk holds a special place in my heart--admittedly a place I'd forgotten about for a while until recently viewing her "show" at the MoMA (showing through June...

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The True Story of the Man Who Invented the Dimmer

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 11:56 AM

Uncle Joel

One of the many things we take for granted these days--our ability to dim the lights to create a romantic mood or the perfect dinner party ambiance--was once a dream in the mind of my uncle.

I am blessed to come...

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A New Great Way to Cook a Whole Chicken

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 9:17 AM


By guest blogger Paul Kita, food & nutrition editor at Men's Health

You'll need a skillet, some mayonnaise, and a brick...

Fast food tries to fool us about chicken. Ask a poultry farmer to point out the nugget on a Cornish Cross...

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Happy Earth Day! And Happy #EarthGratitude Wave!

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 1:10 PM

earth gratitude wave

Since 1970, Earth has had one special day a year when we take a moment and really think about our planet -- through demonstrations, fundraisers, volunteering, river cleanups, and other means of generally bringing our environment front and center.


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3 Simple Ways to Help the Environment

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 10:10 AM


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

The first Earth Day was an inspiration. On that day in 1970, 20 million people turned out to demand the protection and restoration of the earth, air, water, forests, natural...

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50 Things I'm Grateful for About the Earth -- An #EarthGratitude List

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 10:39 AM

Earth Gratitude Flowers

1. Those little weeds that pop up in the cracks of the sidewalk that, even though annoying to pick, show us just how resilient and powerful nature is.
2. A crystal-clear turquoise sea with warm sun shining. Heaven!

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Portland in Perspective: 6 Real and 4 Bogus Clichés

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 10:30 AM


by Mark Remy, writer, runner, and creator of Remy's World

I've lived in Portland, Oregon, for about a year now. As a result, I consider myself the world's foremost authority on Portland, Oregon.

OK, maybe not. But since moving here from...

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My Thorfties

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 9:57 AM

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

I had a startling thought the other day.

I wondered if the time had come when I can no longer brood over my to-do list and shrug off thousands of undone tasks (and dreams) with my favorite catch-all phrase: "I'm pacing myself."...

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50 Crazy-Wonderful Things About the Earth (and Its Creatures) to Be Grateful for!

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 9:10 AM

Facts about Earth

I know, everyone is busy. But stop for a few minutes and consider just how amazing and magical our planet really is. This is an especially good time to consider the crazy-wonderfulness of Earth, with Earth Day and the

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3 Secrets to Health Maintenance Success

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 9:28 AM

Maintaining Weight Loss

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

Let's say you're at a point in your wellness journey where you are gradually and proudly hitting critical milestones: You can briskly walk...

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The Infinite Power of Gratitude

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 3:20 PM


Gratitude is the ultimate renewable energy--it's free to give, and by giving it, you often receive more in return. If only everything were that easy!

But the truth is, it is easy to feel grateful, and the benefits are wonderful. Expressing...

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Simple Is Better, or Spiderman Does Cry

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 10:07 AM

Spiderman Does Cry

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

A few months ago, I wrote about my newly adopted philosophy of life: "Nothing Is Easy." At this point, I'd like to add a corollary: "Simple Is Better." Given a choice...

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Yoga for Peace and Happiness

(2) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 9:44 AM

The Guru's Feet

"The Guru's Feet" a drawing of B.K.S. Iyengar's feet by Aretha Mckinney Blevins

by Holly Walck Kostura, certified Iyengar Yoga teacher

Let this, the dissolution of union with pain be known as...

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Refresh a Dress With DIY Potato Printing

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 9:37 AM


by guest blogger Julie Malone, assistant buyer at Rodale's and garden blogger, and Brett Riggle, web merchandiser at Rodale's

It's coming...slowly...surely... It's nearly here...warm weather!

Every year, as the ground thaws and we box up our winter clothes and unpack much-missed...

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Great Headlines About Organic From Around the World

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 2:07 PM

Organic Farm

Lately, there's been a spate of good news about organic agriculture. The movement is growing and gaining speed quickly. The power of the people is working!

But first, the bad news...or rather, one of the reasons the world is realizing...

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