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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

We Are Not a Type

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 9:17 AM


by Elizabeth Comeau, digital editor at Runner's World and Zelle

I was a gym rat. I was the woman who took every wacky class my gym offered; I swam laps in the morning with masters swimmers; I lifted weights with...

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Live, Laugh, Love

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 9:21 AM


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

On a gorgeous spring day 17 years ago, I met a new patient. Wearing a stylish wide-brimmed hat, which hid the early regrowth of her...

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My Christmas Playlist

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 10:34 AM

Christmas Playlist

My Christmas Playlist

As you know, we love music in our house. And Christmas is a time when all our quirky genres get festive together in a happy family mix of wonderfulness.

Happy, music-filled holidays!

1. Christmas Time Is Here/Vince Guaraldi...

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Holiday Craft: Decorating with Repurposed Jars

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 1:34 PM


by guest blogger Mark Kintzel, designer

As I was cleaning my fridge one wintry day, I discovered a mass of spoiled olives, jellies, and other suspicious matter in jars. After emptying and cleaning the jars up, and because...

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Where True Quality of Life Comes From

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 10:05 AM


The following is an abridged version of the speech Maria Rodale delivered at the United Nations on Monday, December 8, 2014, upon receiving Auburn University's International Quality of Life Laureate Award. The award recognizes outstanding global citizens who have made...

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Listening for Yellow

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 11:37 AM


by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

One of the most beautiful sights of this month and this season are the gorgeous greens, flowers, and plants that make up the displays gracing so many of our homes, churches, and public spaces.

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In Gratitude

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 11:30 AM


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

Every day, when I get dressed, I put on something green. It's a joke around the office that, if anyone sees me without green, I'll give him or her $100. Thus...

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The Top 5 Business Books I Read This Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 3:50 PM

top business books

I don't usually read a lot of business books. My primary reading time is right before bed, and reading books about business right before going to sleep not only doesn't feel right, but it also leads to weird...

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Taking on Arthritis

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 10:33 AM


by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc, integrative medicine pioneer

Joints work so well, we often take them for granted. These wonderfully engineered structures allow us to walk, reach, grasp, and perform dozens of other crucial activities. Yet we hardly even...

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Cheesy Potatoes, a Michigan Classic

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 11:31 AM


Over Thanksgiving, The New York Times ran a map of the most googled recipes from every state. It provided hours of fun on Facebook and Google (Frog Eye Salad, anyone?) and led my dear former blog coordinator, Dana Blinder, who...

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2014's Best Books for Women

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 9:35 AM

2014's Best Books for Women

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels

My goal this year was to read 100 books, including everything on my to-be-read (TBR) shelf and all those books I'd bought and forgotten about...

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20 Not-Stupid Questions to Ask Your Kids Over the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 12:46 PM


There is nothing like a holiday to bring people together. And once you're together, you have to converse. There is a whole list of typical questions we ask our kids at some times: What's your favorite subject in school? How are...

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Make Your Own Bone Broth

(3) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 4:30 PM

Bone Broth

Bone broth is everywhere right now. It officially seems like a "craze" to me. Some crazes are crazy (margarine, for example); others are great (like the running or yoga crazes).

What's funny to me about the bone broth craze...

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Our Lingering Selves

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 9:57 AM


by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

We're in the midst of "the travel season," the final six weeks of the year. Although my own holiday travel won't involve more than a drive out of state, I find myself thinking...

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How to Roast Chestnuts

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 10:33 AM


"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." We all know that song! If you go to Manhattan from Thanksgiving to Christmas, you will actually smell them roasting on those street carts -- not exactly an open fire, but it's a happy smell...

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Homemade Bread Cubes and Bread Crumbs (for Stuffing)

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 1:56 PM


These days, it seems everyone has some sort of adverse feeling or physical reaction to old-fashioned, store-bought white bread. So when it comes to making stuffing, it seems wrong to buy the little white dried bread crumbs or bread cubes (or...

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From This To That: Crafty Thanksgiving Favors

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 5:33 PM


By guest blogger Mark Kintzel, designer

Before popping those empty food tins into the recycling bin this Thanksgiving, why not use them to create beautiful holiday gifts for your guests?

Let me show you a superfun and easy DIY project...

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Lamb Meatballs, Ready in Minutes

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 7:38 PM


Personally, I love the taste of lamb. Actually, I love any foods with Middle Eastern flavors. Give me my Syrian Salad and a little rice pilaf, and I'm one happy camper.

Having a craving, I invented this lamb recipe...

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When Did 'Hello' Become Harassment?

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 12:46 AM


By guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

Let me go on record here: I don't understand the point of the Hollaback video.

In case you've been on Neptune for the past week or two, here's the story. An actress,...

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GMOs and the Right to Know: We've Already Got It!

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 5:52 PM


I completely support and admire the efforts of everyone around the country (and world) fighting the good fight and attempting to work through our government to give us the Right to Know about GMOs.

But for the average consumer who just...

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