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The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog
September 8, 2014
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Think you’re a cheese whiz? 90 Whole Foods Market cheesemongers proved they’re the best of the best by slicing their way through the rigorous third-annual American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional™ (CCP) Exam and passing.
September 8, 2014
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Simple. Sublime. A textural masterpiece. From college hotplates to 5-star kitchens, few foods offer such a combination of approachability, ease of preparation and sheer unadulterated yumminess. The GCS is a joy to make and devour. Here are some basic guidelines for perfect grilled cheese sandwiches every time.
September 3, 2014
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Adding heat to cheese — one of the most celebratory and delicious ways to enjoy the dairy world’s crown jewel. This season’s Cheese Nights, Tuesday, September 16 from 6:00 pm — 7:30 pm, will feature a unique selection of cheeses and the delectable things that happen when the heat is turned up a notch. Or two.
July 21, 2014
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Westminster Royal Addition One-Year-Old CheddarMany people remember what they were doing the day English heir-to-the-throne William married Kate (some friends of mine convinced me to wake up early and catch it live, complete with some of our favorit

June 16, 2014
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Summer, when milk is freshest and most flavorful, is the golden season for cheesemaking. Here are four of our favorite picks. Stop by and taste them for yourself at our next in-store Cheese Nights event.
May 24, 2014
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St. Benoît Creamery known for its French-style yogurt with just three ingredients: Jersey cow milk, a special French culture and local fruit or honey. Learn how our Local Producer Loan Program helped this small business grow.
March 17, 2014
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Follow these simple tasting tips as you explore the intriguing world of cheese.
February 26, 2014
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Whether it’s slicing, serving, storing or using in recipes, learn the many uses of the mighty, versatile Parmigiano Reggiano.
February 19, 2014
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Parmigiano ReggianoIs it nature or nurture that gives the mighty Parmigiano Reggiano the intensity, complexity and sheer size of flavor that has earned it the title King of Cheese? Turns out it’s both.

The Land

November 27, 2013
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Baked BrieA truly stylish and delicious way to take your entertaining to the next level is the cheese board. Whether you use a plate, a wooden cutting board or a piece of slate, serving cheese is the smart host’s best party secret. Why?

September 19, 2013
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Cathy Strange’s role as global cheese and specialty foods buyer for Whole Foods Market® puts her in the unique position of travelling the world to not only discover and encourage the world’s great cheesemakers, but also to help advance the artisanal food movement and investigate the world’s emergent food trends. If a new preparation technique is causing ripples in Berlin, or a centuries-old curing tradition is gaining a foothold in Seattle, Cathy knows about it.

September 13, 2013
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Don’t know asiago from affinage? Whole Foods Market® cheesemongers do, and 77 of them put their expertise on display at the second annual American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional™ exam.

August 23, 2013
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Cathy Strange’s role as global cheese and specialty foods buyer for Whole Foods Market® puts her in the unique position of travelling the world to not only discover and encourage the world’s great cheesemakers, but also to help advance the artisanal food movement and investigate the world’s emergent food trends. If a new preparation technique is causing ripples in Berlin, or a centuries-old curing tradition is gaining a foothold in Seattle, Cathy knows about it.

July 25, 2013
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Cathy Strange’s role as global cheese and specialty foods buyer for Whole Foods Market® puts her in the unique position of travelling the world to not only discover and encourage the world’s great cheesemakers, but also to help advance the artisanal food movement and investigate the world’s emergent food trends. If a new preparation technique is causing ripples in Berlin, or a centuries-old curing tradition is gaining a foothold in Seattle, Cathy knows about it.

June 1, 2013
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Explore the world of cheeses from alternative milks like goat, sheep and buffalo.
April 8, 2013
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Whether you choose feta from sheep, goat or cow’s milk, be sure to add it to salads, tacos, pizzas and more. Try our favorite feta tips.
March 6, 2013
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Join us in our stores on Saturday March 9, 2013 at 3pm EST as we simultaneously crack and sample over 400 wheels of authentic Parmigiano Reggiano across the US, Canada and the UK. Plus we'll have food pairings and more! Who doesn’t love free cheese samples?
February 14, 2013
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If you’re not acquainted with the center of the cheese universe, Parmigiano Reggiano, let's give you a taste of this astronomical fromage!
December 20, 2012
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Sharing good times, wonderful food and the experience of new and tasty treats with family and friends is one of

December 5, 2012
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One, two, brie - the holidays are here and we’re here to share our favorite ways to prepare and serve brie! Don’t forget those wine pairings!
October 3, 2012
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brieCrusty bread, prepare to meet your match! Just in time for your next party or impromptu gathering, Isigny Ste. Mère Brie is in stores now and you’ll only find it at Whole Foods Market.

September 28, 2012
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Certified Cheese Professional LogoOur cheesemongers don’t crumble under pressure, whether it’s at the cheese counter or during the first-ever American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Pro

September 24, 2012
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Rogue River BlueInnovation and respect for history reflect the ongoing legacy at Rogue Creamery. Did you know that Rogue Creamery was the first producer of blue cheeses west of the Mississippi?

September 10, 2012
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Head north out of San Francisco and keep driving through the beautiful country of northern California. Your mind begins to relax as you ease your way through the rolling hills. The countryside begins to change to breathtakingly tall Redwood trees. The climate drops noticeably as mist and moss become a part of every view. The bustling towns and cities are nowhere to be found and the occasional roadside stops for fresh mushrooms or cold beer mark the miles. The drive provides a change of scene as you weave along the Eel River and a change of feeling begins internally.

May 19, 2012
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For the Kirkham family, even with modernization, tradition and love of the cheese remains the cornerstone of producing one of the tastiest cheeses in the UK.
April 14, 2012
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Lindsay Robison is on the global public relations team and manages the @wholefoodsPR Twitter handle. A foodie at heart, in her free time she loves to cook, eat, read food magazines and write in her food blog, Apron Adventures.

March 2, 2012
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Go beyond grating and get to know why Parmigiano Reggiano reigns supreme! Get tips on creating a magnificent cheese plate or a recipe suitable for royalty.
February 24, 2012
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To honor this tradition and celebration of this beloved cheese – on Saturday March 10, 2012 at 3pm EST – wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano will be simultaneously cracked and sampled at Whole Foods Markets across the US, Canada and the UK.
February 12, 2012
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Eating healthfully doesn’t have to mean giving up foods that you love, like cheese.
February 6, 2012
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While brothers Meteo and Andy Kehler were milking their own Ayershire cows to make cheese for Jasper Hill, they realized they might be able to help local farmers do the same thing.
January 29, 2012
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Made by the longest operating Cheddar producers in the world, Barber’s 1833 Traditional Farmhouse Cheddar has quite a history. Learn how they use original starter culture.
January 17, 2012
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Made by the longest operating Cheddar producers in the world, Barber’s 1833 Traditional Farmhouse Cheddar has quite a history. Learn how they use original starter culture.
December 13, 2011
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Looking for holiday cheese plate inspiration? Look no further! Plus, we’ve paired each cheese with a wine at an easy-to-swallow price.
November 25, 2011
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Whether you’re stuffing a stocking, sending a gift across the country, handing a hostess some holiday cheer or simply putting something special in the hands of someone special, you’re sure to find a gift for everyone on your list at Whole Foods Market.
November 19, 2011
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Our exclusive Isigny Ste. Mère Holiday Brie is back! Stop by the cheese counter at your local Whole Foods Market for a taste.
October 23, 2011
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Explore a bit of Europe and meet a few of our local partners through the eyes of Jodi Bart, the winner of our Foodie Fantasy Food Blogger Video Contest.
October 4, 2011
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Help us celebrate the American Cheese Society top picks for 2011 by snapping a photo of your favorite pairing with one of the winning cheeses. You might just become a winner yourself — of a Whole Foods Market gift card and all 10 cheeses.
September 6, 2011
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During September, we’ll be featuring Cowgirl Creamery Organic Mt. Tam in our stores. Try this luscious triple-cream cheese in these recipes.
September 1, 2011
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Cowgirl Creamery Organic Mt. Tam cheese is buttery, earthy, creamy and dreamy. Stop by for a taste!
May 19, 2011
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One of the best things about social media is that it allows us to connect with people that enjoy eating food and sharing it with others as much as we do.
May 5, 2011
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The origin of Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog is truly an American Goat Tale. Here’s the story of Mary Keehn, a pioneer of artisan goat cheese in the U.S.
April 28, 2011
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Cypress Grove’s Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese is world renowned for its creamy, mild taste.  Its smoothness comes from the quality of the goat’s milk sourced from small pasture-based family fa

April 24, 2011
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In celebration of our love for Parmigiano-Reggiano, we asked our shoppers, Facebook fans and Twitter followers to share some of their favorite ways to enjoy the "King of Cheese".
April 17, 2011
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Ready for a Spring fling? Find out why The Wine Guys feel sure you’ll fall in love with the 2009 Bordeaux vintage.
April 7, 2011
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Stop by for our annual “crack-off” on April 16th. We’ll be simultaneously cracking into 372 85-pound wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano!
April 3, 2011
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In April, we are featuring Jasper Hill Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, a natural-rind traditional English-style cheddar that will simply amaze you. If you haven’t tried it, stop by for a sample!
March 27, 2011
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Looking for the perfect cheese and wine companions? Our global cheese buyer speaks French – cheese and wines, that is.
March 24, 2011
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What does Napoleon, a French cow called Montbeliarde and the Mountains of Jura have in common? Comté! Discover the celebrated ancient French cheese with our global cheese expert.
March 7, 2011
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Discover French cheeses to pair with our Bordeaux wines. Our global cheese expert tells why you should say oui to French cheese.
January 12, 2011
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Try a taste of cheddar with real culture! Our cheese expert shares the story behind an amazing cheese – 178 years in the making.
December 16, 2010
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Creamy, spicy, smooth – there’s a blue just right for everyone this holiday season. Our cheese guru reveals the mystery of what makes blue cheese blue.
December 4, 2010
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From easy to artisan, our cheese guru shares her combinations for a stellar cheese plate that will make you the star of the holiday party.
November 16, 2010
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From cheese to chutneys, crackers and beer, cranberries liven up just about everything for the holidays. Find out what unique cranberry specialties we’re tasting this season.
October 25, 2010
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Flying into Switzerland I am always amazed by the mountains. The world famous Alps, home to mountaineers, skiers and even stories about elephants crossing (not sure how this ever happened). In my visits to the country I have always been impressed by the pristine wonder of nature.
August 31, 2010
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If you guessed artisan cheeses, you'd be right! And you won't find them anywhere other than in our stores because award-winning artisan cheesemakers Sue Conley and Peggy Smith of Cowgirl Creamery and Mary Keehn of Cypress Grove developed these two exclusive cheeses to celebrate Whole Foods Market's Big 3-0. What a cool present!

June 29, 2010
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Ain’t no cure for the Summertime Blues! Or maybe there is a cure. What about the many blue cheeses available that will make your picnickers do a happy dance? Think sliced blue cheese on burgers — there are some great ones from Wisconsin that are sure to please.
May 22, 2010
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One of my long-time favorite comfort foods is a grilled cheese sandwich. As a child, I loved a New York Cheddar grilled sandwich served with tomato soup.
May 4, 2010
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The People Who Stare at Goat Cheese would be a great title for a movie. Of course, it would star George Clooney and the superstars of the Goat revolution!
February 2, 2010
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Updated 02/22/10- Our contest may be over, but there is always time to enjoy some Parmigiano Reggiano. Try the six winning recipes or pick from the thousand-plus contest entries in the comments below.
January 16, 2010
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Whole Foods Market's selects our cheese producers not only for the quality of the product they offer, but because of how they run their businesses. In this video, Mary Keehn, Founder of Cypress Grove Chevre shares information on the history and production secrets behind some of her award-winning goat cheeses.
January 2, 2010
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Rogue Creamery is known for it's award-winning artisan cheeses such as "Rogue River Blue" that won "Best In Show" at the American Cheese Society's annual competition in 2009. Learn about the unusual path that co-owners Cary Bryant and David Gremmels traveled to become master cheesemakers.
November 7, 2009
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Learn about the art of the Affineur from a world-renowned master, Hervé Mons who discusses the business practices of Mansion Mons as well as their Tommes de Bois Noir goat's milk cheese.
September 23, 2008
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Cheese from France, some of the first cheese(s) in my memory. Brie, Crottin, Roquefort, Comte, I remember my first taste of these fantastic products. Gabietou is one of my favorites and it is available now. How did this cheese get to Whole Foods Market? Where did you hear about it? When did you first taste it? I get these questions all the time.