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December 30, 2010
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In a pickle for new and tasty ideas for New Year’s celebrations? Check out one of our latest discoveries for zesty and tangy pickled produce!
December 29, 2010
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Got a few more hurrahs in store for 2010 before welcoming the New Year? These top tips from The Whole Deal value guide will have you entertaining the idea of using high-quality ingredients without high costs when you entertain.
December 28, 2010
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Confused about the difference between Champagne and sparkling wines? You’re not alone! Our wine guys provide a quick overview in our Champagne Primer.
December 27, 2010
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Looking for some fun and festive ways to celebrate the arrival of 2011? Check out our ideas for homemade merrymaking and then share your own.
December 27, 2010
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Cultural traditions encourage eating certain foods to bring good fortune in the New Year. Find out how many of these “good luck” foods provide a wealth of good nutrition — a lucky benefit for sure!
December 26, 2010
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From old favorites to new takes, our readers tried a wide variety of recipes this year. Here are the brightest stars in our top-rated recipes from 2010.
December 26, 2010
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Green up your clean up after the holidays with tips on reusing, recycling and donating from our Green Mission Team.
December 24, 2010
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christmas Hope you planned ahead and are not dashing through the snow trying to hang the stockings with care at the last minute on this Christmas Eve! Our stores are full of Christmas spirit and fun places to catch the holiday bug if it hasn't bitten you yet.
December 23, 2010
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Fresh parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme sing to all of our senses. Our produce expert explores the aromatic allure of fresh herbs.
December 22, 2010
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Choosing the right wine for the holidays has never been easier! Try these great ideas for perfect pairings with our Top Ten holiday wines.
December 22, 2010
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Before you head out over the hills and through the woods, check out our “Eating on the Holiday Go” series. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, we’ve got suggestions to help you eat well along the way and once you arrive.
December 21, 2010
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Before you head out over the hills and through the woods, check out our “Eating on the Holiday Go” series. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, we’ve got suggestions to help you eat well along the way and once you arrive.
December 20, 2010
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Before you head out over the hills and through the woods, check out our “Eating on the Holiday Go” series. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, we’ve got suggestions to help you eat well along the way and once you arrive.
December 19, 2010
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Celebrate Christmas Eve with spectacular seafood. Our seafood buyer shares his family’s traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes.
December 19, 2010
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While Thanksgiving leans toward turkey, Christmas dinner opens up the possibilities to many other types of entrées. Try some of these crowd-pleasing celebratory main dishes.
December 17, 2010
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Wondering what to serve with your holiday cheese board and celebrations? Find the perfect pairings for your holiday festivities with our Top Ten wines.
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 15, 2010
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Our Value Guru shares our favorite holiday shopping tips for getting the good stuff — and the basics — at the best prices possible.
December 15, 2010
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Rethinking the way you wrap gifts can really green-up your holidays. Check out our tips, and share your own for greener holiday giving.
December 14, 2010
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Whether you’re trimming the tree, baking dozens of holiday cookies, wrapping gifts, or relaxing and listening to holiday tunes, a mug of one of these hot holiday sippers will help set a festive mood.
December 13, 2010
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Make merry with a batch of healthy, nourishing muffins — perfect for breakfast, snacks or treats, especially with a house full of holiday guests. Pull out the muffin tins for our favorite recipes and baking tips.
December 12, 2010
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Green up while you party down! We’ve got tips on how to reduce waste at holiday parties. How do you green your holidays?
December 12, 2010
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Try more budget-friendly recipes for entertaining and you'll spend less, waste less and stress less, but have more holiday fun with friends and family!
December 11, 2010
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The best part of serving a ham for the holidays may be serving up delicious leftovers. Learn why we think our hams are your best choice and try our favorite recipes for leftover ham.
December 11, 2010
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Spread a little local love during the holiday season by supporting local farmers, producers and artisans. Learn about a few of our local growers of seasonal favorites.
December 10, 2010
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Learn to roast chestnuts without the open fire. If you love chestnuts, and have always wondered how to roast them at home – here’s how.
December 9, 2010
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Precycling aligns your shopping practices with your green principles. Learn what it means and get tips for ways to reduce waste this holiday season.
December 8, 2010
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Wrap up your holiday shopping without leaving the house! Try one of our 38 deliciously simple recipes for gifts made in your own kitchen.
December 7, 2010
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Ham is a great choice for the holidays — it’s simple, feeds a crowd and provides fantastic leftovers. Learn why our hams are your best choice and get tips on cooking a deliciously festive entrée.
December 6, 2010
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Healthy Tip: don't fret the festivities! Faced with sweet and rich party fare, how are you planning to survive those holiday gatherings without sabotaging your health? Read our tips and share yours.
December 5, 2010
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There’s something irresistible about the aroma of warm spices and freshly baked goodies. Here are 10 great holiday cookie recipes — perfect for cookie swaps, homemade gifts and leaving out for Santa!
December 5, 2010
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Shopping and gift-giving can be greatly simplified with a fabulous bottle of wine, a colorful ribbon and a cheerful holiday spirit! Our Top Ten are perfectly tuned to a variety of holiday occasions.
December 4, 2010
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By partnering with dedicated family-owned farms and producers, we make sure our hams are the best for your holiday table. Meet these producers and learn how our hams are from pigs raised to meet our high standards.
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.
December 3, 2010
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Keep your personal Scrooge under wraps with our top five favorite tips for giving gifts with good in mind for all, including your wallet.
December 3, 2010
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Baking basics such as sugar, butter and flour aren’t so basic when you have a special diet to consider. Take a look at some of these baking not-so-basics.
December 2, 2010
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Here are a few tips from the Whole Foods Market Green Mission Team to help us rethink holiday cards. Got tips? Share ‘em!
December 1, 2010
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Celebrate the holideals with The Whole Deal! Unwrap bright new coupons, fresh small bites recipes and 30 tips for shopping, entertaining and giving on a budget.
December 1, 2010
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For every jar of Justin’s Nut Butter sold in December, Justin’s will donate $1 to the Conscious Alliance — a non-profit dedicated to feeding those in need in the U.S., with a focus on impoverished American Indian communities.
November 30, 2010
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Here are a few tips from the Whole Foods Market Green Mission Team to help you rethink your approach to holiday lights. Got tips? Share ‘em!
November 29, 2010
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Here are a few tips from the Whole Foods Market Green Mission Team about shopping for a Christmas tree. Got tips of your own? Share ‘em!
November 29, 2010
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Reminiscent of both licorice and anise, and looking a bit like celery, one crunchy bite tells you this is no ordinary vegetable. Learn how to add fennel to your fall menu.
November 28, 2010
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Christmas ham is a delicious classic, and we make sure that the hams we provide for your holiday table are raised to our standards for no antibiotics or animal byproducts in their feed and no added nitrates in processing. Learn more and compare.
November 27, 2010
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Mother Nature is gearing up for a wardrobe change and so are some of our stores — with fresh Christmas trees from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Learn about family-owned and operated Bottomley Evergreens & Farms.
November 27, 2010
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Just in case you missed the announcement – we’ve got the perfect holiday gift (box) for your friends, family, secret crush, office mate, your college advisor, or your kids’ teachers!
November 26, 2010
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The Top Ten Holiday wines were flowing and the tweets were flying at our first-ever
November 25, 2010
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Here's wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
November 24, 2010
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Although the day before Thanksgiving is our busiest day of the entire year, we pause to share what we're thankful for.
November 23, 2010
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Our produce expert shares his favorite Thanksgiving sides, which showcase some of the extra special bounty of the fall.
November 22, 2010
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While people around the world celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve in different ways, we all share the common desire to enjoy a festive holiday season with family and friends and great music.
November 22, 2010
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Packed with antioxidants, cranberries add zing and color to your fall favorites. From sauces and breads to roasted veggies and pilaf, learn how we dish out the cranberries.
November 21, 2010
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So many delicious things to bake, so little time and oven space!  Here are some of our favorites for this Thursday’s feast: Pies (and Two Pie Crusts): You can finally settle the “pumpkin or apple” question with our Pumpkin Apple Pie that combines both ingredients in one pie!
November 20, 2010
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Don’t break the bank by eating out between holiday feasts. Our week long meal plan for one or two keeps the cooking simple and delicious.
November 20, 2010
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Carving the Thanksgiving turkey can be a daunting endeavor. Watch our easy step-by-step video, and you’ll soon be carving with confidence.
November 19, 2010
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Grammy nominee Jim Brickman (“America’s Romantic Piano Sensation”) shares his thoughts on setting the holiday mood, plus a chance to win a $100 Whole Foods Market gift card.
November 19, 2010
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Hanukkah is right on the heels of Thanksgiving so stock up early on these essentials. That way you can focus on your celebration rather than shopping.
November 18, 2010
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The first party guest has arrived! Light and fruity and always on time, this guest brings good cheer, gets along with everyone at the table as well as everything on the table.
November 18, 2010
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Whether you’re a seasoned turkey roaster or are cooking your first Thanksgiving bird, our collection of holiday recipes and Guide to Cooking a Perfect Turkey will help!
November 17, 2010
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These dedicated farmers and ranchers raise our turkeys — with no animal byproducts in their feed and no antibiotics ever. Your choice of fresh, frozen, value, organic, kosher or heritage.
November 17, 2010
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Think Thanksgiving is all about overdoing it? Think again. Here are some ways to keep it simple, and save while you’re at it. 5 Simple Tips for Holiday Season Success 1. Make a Turkey Plan for when to buy, where to store, how to cook…and also for using leftovers. We’ve got guides, how-to videos and recipes on our holiday pages to help you tackle the turkey.
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.
November 16, 2010
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Set your table with beautiful flowers while helping others. Learn how Whole Trade™ flowers translate into Gladys feeling respected with fair wages and opportunities for her family.
November 16, 2010
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Fresh, frozen, value, kosher, organic, heritage and more. Learn how to choose a turkey that matches your values and budget while also meeting our strict quality standards.
November 15, 2010
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Salads provide a fresh complement to some of the richer flavors typically on the Thanksgiving table. Try our favorite salads starring greens, grains, fruit, veggies, cheese and more.
November 15, 2010
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Add aromatic depth and fabulous flavor with whole spices like nutmeg, allspice, cumin, peppercorn and more. Learn how to use whole or grind fresh into our favorite “spicy” recipes.
November 14, 2010
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Meet the farmers and ranchers who raise our turkeys — with no animal byproducts in their feed and no antibiotics ever. Fresh, frozen, value, organic, kosher or heritage…we’ve got you covered.
November 14, 2010
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You and six of our Top Ten wines are invited to Whole Foods Market’s first-ever Twitter Tasting on Wednesday, November 17th. Join us from 7 to 8pm ET to taste and tweet!
November 13, 2010
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Want to feed your family Fall’s fantastic flavors without failing your finances? It’s easy. Simply follow our week long meal plan for four.
November 11, 2010
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Looking for a one-stop source for answers to questions about turkey buying, cooking, carving and more? We’ve got you covered so you can relax and enjoy this quintessential turkey holiday.
November 10, 2010
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Holiday cheer can turn into jeers when living with a severe food allergy. Try these coping tools to help you enjoy the sharing of holiday food.
November 9, 2010
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Every Thanksgiving we brace for the inevitable “my stuffing is better than yours” debate. Cornbread or sourdough? Pecans or chestnuts? Oysters or turkey? Whether you go for traditional or a new twist, let your voice be heard!
November 8, 2010
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This holiday season don’t be caught off guard by dinner guests with specific dietary restrictions. Try our tips and recipes to help make sure all of your guests are well-fed and satisfied.
November 7, 2010
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For many people, when it comes down to it, Thanksgiving is all about the side dishes. Here are some of our very favorite holiday side dishes. For a more complete listing, visit our holiday recipe pages.
November 6, 2010
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We know exactly where our turkeys come from and you can too! Meet some of our turkey farmers and ranchers and find out a little bit about the people behind your Thanksgiving dinner.
November 6, 2010
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With Thanksgiving still a few weeks away, there’s plenty of time to get a jump on holiday meal planning. If you’re like me, some years, you delight in perusing recipes, planning and then cooking up an elaborate meal…and then other years, well; you just want to make it as simple as possible.
November 5, 2010
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Every sip is a story this holiday season – even the price! All of our Top Ten Holiday Wines are under $15 a bottle. Stock up on these easy-going wines and enter to win a California Wine Country Getaway.
November 5, 2010
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Can you believe it’s already November? It seems like yesterday, I was frantically running around trying to pull together my son’s Halloween costume.
November 4, 2010
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You’ll never find added phosphates or sulfates in our shrimp— we don’t want anything to take away from the sweet, delicate flavor of shrimp raised right. Learn what sets our shrimp apart.
November 2, 2010
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We can trace our turkeys back to the farm they are raised on, ensuring that they meet our standards for no antibiotics or animal byproducts in their feed. Learn more and compare.
November 1, 2010
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Have you ever been in our stores during the fall, walked by our Holiday Table and wondered, “What the heck is that? What are those people doing?” Well, the short answer is: “Those people are making their holidays less stressful.” Who couldn’t use some of that? We put together this video to help show how the team members at our Holiday Table can help make things easier for you.
October 31, 2010
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With the biggest turkey cooking event of the year right around the corner, it's the perfect time to introduce you to some of the local farmers who raise the turkeys we provide for your Thanksgiving dinner.
October 28, 2010
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Ready for the crazy, busy, exciting holiday season? Find our best tips, recipes, entertaining help and video how-to’s on our holiday pages.
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 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.