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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

Wasabi Edamame

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 12:51 PM

Wasabi Edamame

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

Some foods have mind control powers. They commandeer your gray matter, and your willpower falls subservient to their demands. Edamame, those habit-forming poppable pods from whole soybeans, are one...

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The Art of Becoming Vegetarian: Meatless Stuffed Peppers

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 9:57 AM

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers Recipe

by guest blogger Holly Walck Kostura, BSN and certified Iyengar Yoga teacher

It's been more than five years since I (mostly) stopped eating anything with eyes. My husband and I took the vegetarian vow together in 2010. He hit...

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Naturally Sweet Paleo Protein Brownies With Coconut-Almond 'Frosting'

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 10:19 AM

Paleo Brownies

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

Ah, sugar... If you're like me, you're in a bit of a love-hate relationship with this addictively sweet ingredient. It's not your fault though--sugar seems to have somehow weaseled its...

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The Powerball of Publishing

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 8:41 AM

Yes, I bought Powerball tickets. It was my first time ever playing the lottery. It was fun to imagine what would happen if I won a billion dollars. Right? I'm sure a lot of you all bought tickets, too. No matter who we are or what our life situation, we...

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Ravioli Cupcakes

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 7:45 AM

Ravioli CupcakesPhotograph by Quentin Bacon

Adapted from Laurie David's The Family Cooks

If you think about it, a ravioli is already a mini layered lasagna. All it needs is some vegetables, sauce, and cheese, and another layer...

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Crafting Spring in January

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 9:09 AM

January Flower Arragement - Craft

by guest blogger Mark Kintzel, designer

About this time every year, I long for those fresh-cut garden flowers -- the tulips, peonies, and roses come to mind. Those are just a few of my favorites. But...

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The Importance of Networking (and How to Do It Well)

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 9:23 AM

The Importance of Networking

by guest blogger Madeline Bell, president and CEO of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

A brief introduction of Madeline Bell: In addition to being president and CEO of CHOP, Madeline served as the hospital's Chief Operating Officer...

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Salted Caramel Sauce From Scratch

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 9:44 AM

Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe

Once again, the idea of making something from scratch is so much more overwhelming than actually doing it. After making this caramel sauce once, I will NEVER BUY STORE-BOUGHT CARAMEL AGAIN. Caramel is my weakness. Caramel is my chocolate,...

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The Four Pillars of Longevity and Well-Being

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 9:26 AM

The Four Pillars of Longevity and Wellbeing

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

When I began my undergraduate years at the University of California-Berkeley, I chose cellular biology as my premed major....

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4 Lessons Learned From Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar With Every Meal

(163) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 3:19 PM

Apple Cider Vinegar

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

When it comes to edible remedies, apple cider vinegar (ACV) has a cultlike following. Message boards and questionable "expert" articles abound with claims that this kitchen staple made...

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Purifying Your Body and Mind: An Organic Yoga Detox

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 9:12 AM

Organic Yoga Detox

by guest blogger Holly Walck Kostura, certified Iyengar Yoga teacher

First, if you are reading this blog, you have taken the form of a human being; karmically speaking, this precious human life we've been given is very hard to come...

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Making Madeleines (and Memories) From Scratch

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 9:28 AM

Madeleines from Scratch Recipe

This summer, I had the great pleasure of watching my 9-year-old daughter eat her first madeleine in Paris. It was tiny and fresh, and the look on her face as she tasted it led me to believe it might...

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How to Heal After a Painful Breakup

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 9:21 AM

How to Heal after a Painful Breakup

by guest blogger Pam Fullerton, psychotherapist and writer

I will preface this post by saying you'll want to read this even if you are currently in a loving relationship, you're entering a new relationship, or you're...

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Vacation Packing Tips: The Kid's Suitcase

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 10:13 AM

Kids Packing Outfits

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

A new year means new family travels. Yay! It also means lots of packing and unpacking. (Ugh!)

When I was a single traveling lady, I would throw random...

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What 4 Nutritionists Eat at Parties

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 9:17 AM

By guest blogger Stephanie Eckelkamp for

Dilemma: Even though I'm pretty health savvy, big parties can make me go a little nutty. Like, eat-five-pounds-of-cheese-and-wash-it-down-with-spiked-punch nutty.

Apparently, I should have a game plan for avoiding this kind of binge, but I don't. Luckily, four supersmart nutritionists decided to help...

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Where Will Your Journey Take You Next?

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 12:31 PM

Where Will Your Journey Take You

Recently, I have been reading Gloria Steinem's new book, My Life on the Road. I've always proudly called myself feminist, but the truth is, I've never read anything by Gloria before. Let's be clear right up...

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Why Every New Year's Eve Party Deserves a Cheese Ball

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 3:45 PM

Cheese Ball Recipe

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

You can pretend that you're going to eat solely from the vegetable tray at this year's New Year's Eve party. You can vow that you'll snack on nuts...

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Chocolate-Dipped Pears

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 3:43 PM

Chocolate Dipped Pears Recipe

photo by Mitch Mandel

by guest blogger Dave Asprey, entrepreneur, author, professional biohacker, and the creator of Bulletproof Coffee

Pears are a high-fructose fruit, so they're best enjoyed (and are then better for...

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Examining the Fracking Power of FERC

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 1:42 PM

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

A fast-growing web of interstate pipelines to service the fracked-shale-gas industry is creeping across the nation, capturing communities in its destructive grip. At the center of the web is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an agency that is...

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What Is a 'Leadership Platform,' and Why Is It Important?

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 7:22 AM

Leadership Platform

by guest blogger Madeline Bell, President and CEO of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Every leader, whether leading four or four thousand, needs a platform--a set of values for which he or she is (or will become) known. As...

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