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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

Shoppers on a Mission: How Consumer Demand for Transparency Is Changing Our Food

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 10:57 AM

Shoppers on a Mission

by guest blogger Courtney Pineau, associate director of the Non-GMO Project

As anyone with access to social media knows, our food system is having a public relations crisis. From pink slime to glyphosate, it seems the unfortunate...

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The Grand Tour: Paris

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

The Grand Tour continues...

Hello, Paris!


Best salad of the whole trip, enjoyed at Hotel Le Meurice, Paris.


The Eiffel Tower!

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On History, Sustainability, and Community

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 8:51 AM

Easter Island - On History, Sustainability, Community

Part I of a three-part sustainability series by guest blogger Larry Eighmy, managing principal of The Stone House Group

Even if you don't believe in climate change, you must believe in sustainability. As former treasury...

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The Grand Tour: England II

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 9:23 AM

The Grand Tour continues with more photos from our adventures in England...


The Cotswolds.


Organic strawberries at Daylesford, an organic farm.

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Yoga for Men, Part I: Forward Extensions

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 11:23 AM

Yoga For Men Part I Forward Bends

by guest blogger Holly Walck Kostura, certified Iyengar Yoga teacher

Dear Male Yogis,

I am a female yoga practitioner and teacher, and I confess that for a very long time, I didn't understand the challenges you...

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International Play: Stories From an Airport Playground

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 9:46 AM

International Play- Stories from an Airport Playground

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

There are times in life when you find yourself saying hello and good-bye at the same moment in time. Such are the encounters at...

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The Grand Tour: England

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 9:16 AM

Hello, London!

Photos from our Grand Tour adventures in England:


First stop: Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.





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The Grand Tour: Iceland II

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 5:21 PM

The Grand Tour continues with more photos from our adventures in Iceland...


Waterfalls are everywhere...


This one has a treasure buried behind it.


You can even...

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The Dos and Don'ts of Bug Spray

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 9:10 AM

The Dos and Don'ts of Bug Spray

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

Did you know that what we put on our skin can be absorbed directly into our bodies? Our skin is often a gateway to the bloodstream,...

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Why I Don't Have a Bucket List

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 9:17 AM

Why I Don't Have a Bucket List 2

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

Every so often, words or phrases seem to implant themselves in my mind and not let go. Over the past few weeks, the phrase that keeps appearing...

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The Flip Side of Love

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 9:23 AM

The Flip Side of Love

by guest blogger Pam Fullerton, psychotherapist and writer

Last week I was hurt because of something my husband said to me. I felt hurt, but at the same time, he felt frustrated and misunderstood. The evening ended...

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The Grand Tour: Iceland

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 9:34 AM

Photos from my Grand Tour adventures in Iceland...


The Blue Lagoon.

You can't really believe it until you see it. What you can't see: it's deliciously warm to swim in!

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The Grand Tour of 2015

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 10:33 AM

The Grand Tour of 2015

In the old days (1660 to 1840), affluent young men were known to go on a "grand tour" to complete their education. Today, the tradition continues when we send our kids off to somewhere foreign for a "semester...

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Summer Craft: Sunprint Fireworks Jars

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 10:32 AM


by guest blogger Mark Kintzel, designer

If you're looking for a unique craft project to tackle with your friends and family this summer, look no further! Making sunprints is super easy and so much fun.

For these jars, I...

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Sweet Success From Across the Pond

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 10:30 AM

Success from Across the Pond

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

Back in November, I received a call from the producer of Good Morning Britain, the UK equivalent of U.S. morning shows...

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Best of Maria's Farm Country Kitchen: Five Oldies but Goodies

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 12:59 PM

Oldies But Goodies

Can you believe that I've been blogging for seven years now? Since my first post in the summer of 2008, 1,600 blogs have been published on Maria's Farm Country Kitchen--many written by me, many others written by my interesting mix...

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Fourth of July Superfood Dip Recipe: Cauliflower Ranch

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 10:15 AM

Cauliflower Dip

by the editors at

Please don't tell us that you plan on serving chips with some gross dip made from a packet at your Fourth of July cookout. Upgrade your dipping mojo to the next level this season with...

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My Bette Midler Playlist -- Top 10 Classics

(5) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 9:58 AM

My Bette Midler Playlist

To accompany My Bette Midler Story, I thought it would be nice to put together a playlist of my favorite Bette Midler songs. Many of you, I'm sure, know her biggest hits like The Wind Beneath My Wings,...

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You Never Forget Your High School Love

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 8:08 AM

You Never Forget Your High School Love

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

"Love each other dearly always. There is scarcely anything else in the world but that: to love one another." -- Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Well, thanks Victor. That...

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Vegan 'Neatball' Sandwich

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 10:16 AM

Vegan Neatball Sub

by guest blogger Gillian Francella, writer, editor, and newly converted vegan

Red-checkered tablecloths, laminated-yet-stained paper menus, and breadbaskets brimming with steamy hot rolls--ah, the classic setting for an East Coast staple: red-sauce Italian.

When I was a kid, there...

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