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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

10 Ways to Never Be Bored Again

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 9:34 AM

10 Ways to Never Be Bored Again

I have a friend who gets bored easily. I was bored once for about five minutes in 2011. I remember it well. I was home alone, and for a minute I felt a feeling I couldn't...

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Playing on Planes: In-Flight Entertainment Tips for Flying With Kids

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 8:59 AM

Playing on Planes

by guest blogger Andeep Singh, documentarian and television and Web video producer

I flew my first plane at age 6. Well, kind of.

It was on a transatlantic flight to London, England. The captain invited some others kids and me...

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Heirloom Tomato Saucy Toasts

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 9:28 AM

Heirloom Tomato Saucy Toastsphoto by Amy Neunsinger

by the editors at Rodale Wellness; recipe by Alicia Silverstone, adapted from The Kind Mama

As an afternoon snack or a party appetizer, bite-size tomato toasts make ideal...

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Pope Francis and I. And You. And Love

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 9:58 AM

Pope Francis Photographed in Philadelphia by Jared Gruenwald

Photo courtesy of Jared Gruenwald

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

The run-up to the papal mass in Philadelphia felt like a countdown to a combination...

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Paleo-Friendly Apple 'Pie'? It's Possible!

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 8:09 AM

Mini Paleo Apple Pie Recipe

by guest blogger Stephanie Eckelkamp, senior associate editor at Prevention magazine

I've been craving pie lately because, well, it's fall, and eating pie is what you do. The only problem is that for the most part, I try...

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Death, Tomatoes, and Life Again

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 8:30 AM

Death, Tomatoes, and Life Again

Last week was a hard week. I had no problems navigating the Pope traffic in New York City (in fact, the roads were amazingly clear). But I did get emotional about all the brave things he was saying...

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Homemade Vanilla Cupcakes

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 10:35 AM

Vanilla Cupcakes from Scratch

When my daughter Lucia asked for vanilla cupcakes for her birthday, I had to figure out how to make them myself. Luckily, they turned out great. Actually, everyone was kind of shocked at just how good they turned out...

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Yoga for 'Falling Back'

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 3:39 PM

Yoga for Fall

by guest blogger Holly Walck Kostura, certified Iyengar Yoga teacher

This is the time of year I call "bummer"--it's not quite fall and not quite summer, either. My heart aches as my hands pass over the shorts and sandals in...

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How to Feed Your Friends (Even If You're Broke, Uninspired, or Never Cook)

(3) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 10:17 AM

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by guest blogger Dana Velden, a Zen priest and author of Finding Yourself in the Kitchen

Perhaps the most delightful use of a kitchen is to spend time in it with friends. To prove this, I'm going to insist that you invite...

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Shape-Shifting: Why Our Bodies Redistribute Fat as We Age, and How to Handle It

(6) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 8:43 AM

Shape Shifting As We Age

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

Recently, I was at the gym working my biceps on the cross-cable. Once done with the set, I relaxed my arms,...

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Smoked Trout Spread Recipe

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 8:39 AM

Smoked Trout Spread Recipe

I've wanted to make a smoked trout spread forever, and I finally did. Ultimately, it was simple and easy.

After preparing the spread, I asked my daughter Lucia to taste test it. She sniffed it, as she does any...

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The Healing Power of Regenerative Organic Agriculture

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 2:47 PM

Robert Rodale and The Healing Power of Regenerative Organic Agriculture

September 20, 2015 marked 25 years since my father, Robert Rodale, was killed in a car accident in Russia. If on that fateful day someone would have asked him what his legacy...

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The True Impact of an Apple

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 9:23 AM

The Impact of Organic Apples

You're standing in the supermarket. You're in the produce section looking at apples. Organic and conventional apples are there right next to each other. They look the same. Which one do you pick?

Based on all the questions...

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4 Environmental Questions You Should Ask Politicians Today

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 1:24 PM

4 Environmental Questions You Should Ask Politicians Today

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

Across the nation, communities are standing up for their rights to pure water, clean air, and a healthy environment.

People are banding together to...

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How to Make Pierogies From Scratch

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 2:38 PM

Pierogi Recipe from Scratch

Pennsylvania is the land of pierogies. It's probably from all our Polish immigrants, but I don't really care where they came from because they're totally yummy. They aren't that hard to make from scratch, either. You can boil them,...

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This Is the Single Best Tomato Soup You Will Ever Eat

(2) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 2:37 PM

Heirloom Tomato Soup with Fresh Crab

by guest blogger Paul Kita, food and nutrition editor at Men's Health

The words "tomato soup" usually conjure the image of gloppy condensed tomato goo slopping out from a can. Sure, serve the shelf-stable stuff with grilled...

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What I Learned About Another Person's Pain

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 9:21 AM

What I Learned about Another Persons Pain

by guest blogger Pam Fullerton, psychotherapist and writer

I learned something valuable this week that I would like to share it with you. But first, a little reflection on something I wrote last week, because it's...

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Dear Reader

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

Dear Reader,

Thank you for your patience over this past summer. My blogging has been less than consistent. As you might have seen, I did a lot of traveling! Iceland, England, France, Iowa, Memphis...some of which I haven't even had the chance to write about yet. And...

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Roma for the Preschooler

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 9:32 AM

Rome for Preschoolers

by guest blogger Andeep Singh, documentarian and television and Web video producer

Before heading to Rome this summer, I read all the books and blogs I could find about what to do in the city with kids. Most of the...

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Recurgitating Makes Me Hangry, and Other Thoughts on Neologisms

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 11:44 AM

Recurgitating Makes Me Hangry, and Other Thoughts on Neologisms

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

By now you may have recovered from your initial outrage over the new words the Oxford English Dictionary authorized in its latest edition. If you...

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