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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

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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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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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

(0) 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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Change Makers: Elizabeth Bennett, Combatting America's Food Paradox by Loving the Ugly

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 12:23 AM


by guest blogger Lily Oswald, freelance environmental and garden writer

Elizabeth Bennett sees opportunities in the imperfect, the discarded, the undesirable. Put another way, she's a big fan of ugly.

This redheaded wonder out of Washington, DC, is protesting the way we...

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Why Modern Regenerative Organic Farming Is THE Way to Feed the World

(2) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 11:02 AM

Recently, a friend of mine who is trying to transition a farm to organic asked me with a bit of frustration why people keep insisting that "you can't feed the world with organic."

My response was that it's important for him to realize that "We Need to Feed the World"...

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Is This the Beginning of the End of Glyphosate?

(602) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 1:30 PM


With the recent news that the World Health Organization's (WHO's) International Agency for Research on Cancer has labeled glyphosate -- the active ingredient in the world's most widely used weedkiller, Roundup -- as "probably carcinogenic to humans," those of...

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Easter Craft: Eggshell Vases

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 1:16 PM


by guest blogger Mark Kintzel, designer

Easter floral creations don't need to be boring or expected, right? Let me show you how to transform a few simple eggs into an impressive table centerpiece...

You'll need:

  • Eggs

  • Spoon

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4 Adventurous Ways to Tap Into Nature to Help Lose Weight

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 3:48 PM


by guest blogger Greg Hoak, MS, CSCS

While recently strolling around REI, a popular outdoor gear store, I had an epiphany. Looking around--whether it was in the rock climbing section, the camping gear aisle, or the paddling area--every single person in the...

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Abruzzi Fish Stew

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 3:57 PM


When I first met my former father-in-law, whose parents were from Abruzzi, Italy, all he could talk about was the fish stew. So when we went to Abruzzi to visit my former husband's relatives while on our honeymoon, of course we had...

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Whoops! 'Safe' Weedkiller Now a 'Probable Human Carcinogen'

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 9:52 AM

Roundup Carcinogen
by guest blogger Leah Zerbe, online editor for

For years, chemical reps assured farmers that Roundup was safe and "biodegradable." Fast-forward and farmers now spray more than 185 million pounds of glyphosate--the active ingredient in Roundup--on...

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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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