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January 7, 2010
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We want to extend our appreciations to the hundreds of folks who responded to two of our holiday giveaways: Jim Brickman's Bag of Goodies and Beautiful World.
December 31, 2009
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We hope that you are all having a delightful last day of 2009!

December 29, 2009
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jp-chenetAre you ready to ring in the New Year? We are! While our wine departments are stocked with many great Champagnes and sparkling wines perfect for toasting, we have to admit that we do have a favorite: J.P. Chenet Blanc De Blancs Brut.
December 26, 2009
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GreenMission_200Thanks for all of the great feedback on our Zero Waste holiday series of blog posts. If everyone was taking the steps our readers are, we'd make a huge dent in that stat about North Americans producing 25% more waste during this time of year!
December 25, 2009
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Hope you and your loved ones are enjoying a joyous and healthy Christmas Day!

December 20, 2009
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airplane2 With Christmas and New Year's just around the corner, many of us will be packing our bags and heading off to celebrate. Unfortunately, most airports, train stations and roadside stops offer the standard American junk-food fare. The good news is you can bring your own food!
December 19, 2009
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...on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose. I've sung that song for (many) years but grew up with little understanding of chestnuts. Living in Texas and California, I spent more time decorating cactus at Christmas time than ice skating, playing in the snow or eating roasted nuts.

December 18, 2009
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Holiday time is the perfect time to enjoy a delicious port wine! Port wine is a "sipper" kind of wine - it slowly warms your spirit and soul while you mingle and enjoy time with family and friends.
December 15, 2009
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Change up traditional holiday fare and celebrate with cioppino, an Italian-inspired seafood stew. The rich and flavorful tomato broth can be made ahead of time, making this a smart choice for entertaining.
December 14, 2009
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giftcard3One of our core values at Whole Foods Market is to care about our environment.
December 14, 2009
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Natural sweeteners have their own unique flavor and nutrients; and when enjoyed in moderation, can go a long way towards satisfying a hearty sweet tooth.
December 13, 2009
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Sip into the holidays with Allegro's Celebration Caffé and wow your guests with Espresso Pots de Creme, our creamy coffee-inspired dessert made with Allegro's holiday blend, eggs, cream and vanilla.
December 11, 2009
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sugar_cookies When I was a kid, I always looked forward to Hanukkah with its eight nights of lighting candles, singing songs and best of all, exchanging gifts. Like all Jewish celebrations, food also played a major role.
December 9, 2009
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Rocky Dawuni is the newest musician in our "Artists Discovery Series," which celebrates exceptional emerging artists who share a passion for the causes and social initiatives that Whole Foods Market supports as well. You can find Rocky's latest album, Hymns for the Rebel Soul, exclusively available in our stores for the holidays. It's a great honor to celebrate the release of my new album "Hymns For the Rebel Soul" within Whole Foods Market and also to share my music and love with everybody within the extended family that has supported Whole Foods' efforts over the years.
December 7, 2009
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Whole Foods Market recently introduced an exclusive all natural line of children's art supplies including crayons, markers, paint, play dough, and glue.* Clementine Art is a Boulder, CO based company dedicated to providing high quality, eco-friendly, 100% non-toxic products - perfect for your little one's burgeoning art career. The folks at Clementine put together this fun Festive Star Garland holiday art project. Watch the video and download a pdf instruction sheet.

December 6, 2009
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jimbrickman4Jim Brickman ("America's romantic piano sensation" who was just nominated for a Grammy for Faith as Best New Age Album) is a dedicated Whole Foods Market customer and shares his thoughts here about which healthy snacks he packs on the road.

December 6, 2009
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shrimp_cocktail 'Tis the season for holiday gatherings, and it's never too late to make a plan to invite friends and neighbors over for an evening of good food and company. Hosting a holiday party is easier than you might think.
December 5, 2009
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Celebrate the true spirit of the season with our recipes for gifts from the kitchen and our favorite gifts that give back, available in our stores.
December 4, 2009
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Chances are your holiday guest list may include someone with a special diet need. From vegetarian to dairy-free to low sugar, people have a variety of special dietary needs — some personal choices and others medically required. Whatever the reason, as the host you want to make sure all of your guests are well fed and happy.
December 3, 2009
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For some reason people consider the words "holiday party" to be among the scariest in the English lexicon. Well, we don't. Yes, you'll certainly need to create the guest list, send invitations, plan the menu, pair the wines and decorate the house... maybe that is a lot of work.

December 2, 2009
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Check out three festive holiday appetizers that taste delicious, are super simple to prepare and cost as little as 29 cents per serving:
November 29, 2009
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We introduced our Better Bag last holiday season to rounds of applause and sighs of relief. In case you missed it the first time around, here it is-perfect yet again. Join the fun!

November 28, 2009
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BetterBag3If you’ve done any holiday meal planning lately, you know that there’s no way you are going to feed 100 kids for $10 in the U.S., but the World Food Program can.
November 27, 2009
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mashed_potatoes1Thank goodness for leftovers! One of the joys of being the holiday host is having delicious leftovers available for subsequent meals. Here are some of our favorite tips for making new, exciting dishes from your leftovers. Mashed Potatoes
November 26, 2009
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Here's wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2009
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thanksgiving-blog-pics-001The day before Thanksgiving is our busiest day here at Whole Foods Market, and one of my favorite days of the whole year. It is the day my team and I have been working toward for months, with the excitement building more each day.
November 24, 2009
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There's nothing like rich, silky gravy poured over turkey and mashed potatoes to complete a holiday feast. Learn to make our foolproof four-step gravy sure to rival your family recipe.
November 24, 2009
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tablewithsidesEvery year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, our produce and floral buying office hosts a holiday meal. The tradition started four years ago as an appreciation for the remarkable work we do during the holidays.
November 23, 2009
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GreenMissionThe holidays are a time of joy and celebration, of getting together with family and friends and sharing the gifts of the season. This is also the most wasteful time of the year.
November 22, 2009
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Holiday2 Are you starting to go a bit crazy? Is the weight of the week crushing you just a bit? Instead of reaching for the Rolling Stones' version of Mother's Little Helpers, reach for your phone or your car keys instead. Your Whole Foods Market team members are here for you! We love this week. Really!
November 22, 2009
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Carving the Thanksgiving turkey can be a daunting endeavor. Watch our easy step-by-step guide, and you'll master the carving with confidence. And check out our Turkey Toolkit with tips on how big a bird to buy, to stuff or not to stuff, why we brine and everything else you wanted to know about roasting and serving a turkey but were afraid to ask.
November 19, 2009
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Discover how easy it is to make your own cranberry sauce and learn three easy twists to spice up our classic recipe. We've thrown in a few tips for enjoying pomegranates, too.
November 17, 2009
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dinner_rollsThanksgiving is less than two weeks away. Do you know what you'll be making on the big feast day? There's still time to try some new recipes and tweak your menu to make it perfect.
November 17, 2009
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beaujolais Mark your calendars, set your alarms or just watch the clock. On November 19th, the third Thursday of November, this year's Beaujolais Nouveau is released to the world.
November 16, 2009
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Join us as we find inspiration for decoration throughout the store and create easy centerpieces and festive touches, using natural (and sometimes edible) holiday décor.
Explore more great tips, recipes and creative ideas for taking this holiday season to a new level of taste on our All Things Good holiday pages.
November 15, 2009
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Let's talk turkey! Whether you're a seasoned turkey roaster or are cooking your first Thanksgiving bird, you'll love our simple recipe that yields a perfectly moist, tender and naturally delicious turkey, every time.
November 13, 2009
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KaiMuch of the delicious cooking of the season depends on the wonderful aroma and zing added by familiar spices. It wouldn't quite be the holidays without cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, etc. And now you can do good for others while you are cooking great things for your family.
November 12, 2009
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turkey_on_table Choosing a turkey used to be pretty simple. Figure out how many people were coming to dinner and get the biggest bird possible to feed the crowd. Now it can be pretty daunting. Here's some advice to help you decide what's the right turkey choice for you.
November 10, 2009
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potato1 Some of the basic staples of my family's fall and winter diet are potatoes and yams. Fall brings a virtual cornucopia of new crop, freshly dug varieties and with that new crop we reintroduce some favorite ways of preparing them at home.
November 9, 2009
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They say timing is everything, and that's especially true when planning a holiday feast. Find out our top tips for making celebrations a breeze.
November 9, 2009
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mexcocoa Today's quiz: Which common culinary spice brings feelings of cozy warmth and fills the kitchen with its sweet aroma while baking? Here's a hint: No apple pie would dare be caught without it. If you guessed cinnamon, you'd get an A!
November 8, 2009
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Roast-TurkeyThe holiday season is the last time you need added stress and complications so in every one of our stores, you will find a "Holiday Table" with real people who can help. This table is basically "holiday central" for Whole Foods Market.
November 4, 2009
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Busy, busy, busy - that's what it's been like around here as we tested recipes, searched out unique gifts and pulled together our very best tips to help you get ready for a memorable holiday season. Here's a sampling of what we'll be sharing with you on our blog over the coming weeks. Check out our introductory holiday video featuring Top Chef Season 5 winner Hosea Rosenberg and explore our great tips, recipes and creative ideas for taking this holiday season to a new level of taste.

November 4, 2009
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spice_aniseI was flipping through the October-November issue of The Whole Deal and this money-saving tip caught my eye (I wrote the piece months ago, so I'd almost forgotten it):
November 2, 2009
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Let's face it: The holiday season can be pretty stressful. There's shopping, working, gift buying, crowds, family stress and all of that "special" food! At best, it can feel overwhelming. At worst, completely out of control. What to do?

November 19, 2007
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Wow your guests with these decadent chutneys and sauces, they will think you spent hours, but they only take minutes to prepare! And here’s the big secret for the rest of your Thanksgiving feast; you don’t have to do everything yourself! Our Prepared Foods Department can organize everything from the sides to the turkey, and our bakery department has your dessert needs covered!
November 13, 2007
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Learn about the true roots of this day of feasting, hear about Beaujolais Nouveau and why it’s great with turkey, and pick up some tips on getting the whole family involved in the preparation of the feast.
November 13, 2007
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Join host Scott Simons as he travels to Boston, Massachusetts to Tiny Trapeze, an artisan candy maker who supplies Whole Foods Market with with yummy, all-natural marshmallows. Scott shows us how to take this secret ingredient and make it into a holiday classic with a twist.