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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

WTF Is Nooch?! And Other Vegan Lingo Explained

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 9:25 AM

WTF Is Nooch?! And Other Vegan Lingo Explained

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

What is a world without the gooey goodness that is a basketful of melty mozzarella sticks or a crockpot stuffed to the top with...

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What If You Had $1 Billion Dollars and a Permanent Vacation?

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 9:24 AM

What If You Had $1 Billion Dollars and a Permanent Vacation

The other day, I had lunch with a friend who's obsessed with bats. Literally. He travels around the world with this guy named Merlin and studies bats.

My bat-obsessed friend sent me...

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What Eating Organic Food Does for the World

(2) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 9:24 AM

Eating Organic Fuels Eco-Social Change

by guest blogger Lisa Bunin, PhD, organic policy director, Center for Food Safety

Sure, I eat organic food because I think it's healthier for me than food grown with synthetic, toxic agrochemicals or food that's...

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A Nostalgic Recipe for Senfgurken (German Mustard Pickles)

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 9:55 AM

German Mustard Pickle Recipe

by Maria Luci, editor at Maria's Farm Country Kitchen and Rodale's

As a little girl, I spent two weeks of every summer at my grandparents' house in New England. The little navy-colored home sat by the edge of a...

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Crayons, Clubhouses, and Crushes: Women Are Going Girlie

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 8:12 AM

Crayons, Clubhouses, and Crushes - Women Go Girlie

Sometimes the universe is trying to tell you something. Just listen, and there it is: the wisdom you've been seeking. The inspiration you'd hoped would come. The guidance you needed to change course. In my...

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The Lessons of Bees

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 8:42 AM

On National Honey Bee Day, let's give props to our pollinators and, maybe, learn how to be better humans.

Joseph Csatari Illustration

by guest blogger Jeff Csatari, executive editor of Men's Health and Women's Health books

Once upon a time...I was a...

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While You Get Your Zs, Your Brain's Cleaning House

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 9:02 AM

While You Get Your Zzz's, Your Brain's Cleaning House

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

Are you one of the legions of z-less folks stumbling through the day, sleep deprived and constantly...

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To the Wilderness... And Back Again

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 10:34 AM

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by Rebecca Craven, business ops & strategy intern

I recently decided, with the help of a friend, to hike the Appalachian Trail. Since I'm an avid hiker and am no stranger to the great outdoors, I thought...

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Are You Living Your Dream?

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 10:14 AM

Are You Living Your Dream?

by guest blogger Justine Sha, Rodale Books publicity intern

The other day at yoga class, our teacher, Eddie, asked us to begin our practice by sitting at the top of our mats and closing our eyes. "How...

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Fitness Foursquare: My Way to Check In During Travel

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 11:25 AM


by guest blogger Gina Kim, Women's Health editorial intern

Wrangling my foot around my body and arching my back into position, I find it almost impossible to catch a breath.

"Can you hurry, please?" I ask, as I manage to half-laugh through...

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The Slow Burn

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 11:22 AM

The Slow Burn

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger lists 18 definitions for fire as a noun. It lists another 15 for it as a transitive verb (with an object) and another seven as an intransitive verb (without an object)....

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How Was Your Fire, Honey?

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 9:07 AM

How Was Your Fire Call

by guest blogger George DeVault, author of FIRE CALL! a volunteer firefighter's memoir

"How often do you get a fire call?" people ask all the time.

There's no easy answer. A week or more may go by without...

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Frozen Pea Summer Soup

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 9:09 AM

Frozen Pea Summer Soup

by Candice Kumai, for

Why are you still sweating over roasted veggies?! Tell your oven it has the rest of the summer off--it's time to get your cold soup on. This easy recipe utilizes supercheap (and...

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Fire Safety: 'Dumb Stuff' That Typically Smart People Actually Do

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 8:32 AM

Fire Safety Week-

by guest blogger George DeVault, author of FIRE CALL!, a volunteer firefighter's memoir

The blue minivan was a huge ball of fire when our pumper truck pulled into the parking lot. Orange flames...

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What Your Fire-Building Technique Says About You

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 1:07 PM

What Your Fire-Building Technique Says About You

You can tell a lot about a person by the way she builds a campfire. The fastidious stack the wood perfectly crisscross. People who won't let anyone help are probably crabby in general. Once I met...

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How Schools Can Reduce Energy Costs and Promote a Sustainable Future

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 8:28 AM

Sustainability in Schools

Part III of a three-part sustainability series by guest blogger Larry Eighmy, Managing Principal of The Stone House Group

When you think back on your education, what experiences had the most impact on you? Many would cite team projects,...

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Three Things You Need to Know About Carbon

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 9:21 AM

Three Things to Know about Carbon

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

You may recall learning about the carbon cycle in your school days, but did...

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The Grand Tour: The Loire Valley

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 8:53 AM

The final stop of The Grand Tour of 2015: The Loire Valley in central France.


The house where Leonardo da Vinci died.


Gelato like a rose! Some of their...

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

(3) 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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