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December 30, 2013
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Cultures around the world have long held superstitious beliefs about certain foods considered to be good luck, usually because they represent abundance, prosperity and longevity. What’s so awesome about this tradition is that many of these foods are healthy, delicious and easily accessible.
December 26, 2013
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Ringing in 2014 doesn’t have to involve a crush of people and champagne poppers at midnight. Here’s a few fun food-focused ideas for an at-home celebration that everyone can enjoy.
December 24, 2013
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When it comes to the New Year’s Eve countdown, something bubbly is a must! With that in mind, here’s a champagne primer to help you get your bubbly supply sorted out in time to celebrate!
December 23, 2013
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No matter which way you serve it, shrimp is a great choice for holiday party fare as well as for everyday cooking. Here are more than 10 tasty ideas for succulent shrimp.
December 22, 2013
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Get the kids involved in the kitchen and whip up a batch of these delicious, unprocessed holiday cookies.
December 18, 2013
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No matter your cooking style – whether you like to keep things simple or go all out – you can enjoy a fabulous breakfast on Christmas morning.
December 16, 2013
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A Christmas dinner centerpiece that morphs into the most amazing leftovers. You really should go ham for the holidays.
December 15, 2013
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Here’s a taste of the party perfect foods that we’re making this season without financial fallout.
December 13, 2013
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Panna is the video cooking magazine for iPad, iPhone and the web, where top chefs demonstrate their favorite recipes so you can follow along and create them perfectly at home.

December 12, 2013
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Cocktail parties, cookie swaps, work gatherings, school celebrations – December calendars get full fast so having a well-stocked pantry makes juggling easier. Here are our top five picks for making that happen.
December 10, 2013
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Holiday parties are all about the mixing and mingling. Rather than serve a large meal or buffet, providing snacks that can be eaten one-handed means plenty of opportunity for socializing and minimal time in the kitchen.
December 9, 2013
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Whether you put spiced nuts out to share with company or you use them to complement salads, desserts or breakfast cereal, this simple, classic treat is a holiday must.
December 8, 2013
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La dolce vita for me is sharing good eats with friends. Over the years I’ve found that a dessert party is one of the most delightful, least stressful and utterly scrumptious ways to celebrate the season. Here’s my advice for a deliciously easy dessert buffet.
December 7, 2013
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Christian DeBenedetti and Devon Broglie share the best beer pairings for hoppy holidays.
December 5, 2013
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When you’re hosting the festivities, there’s no reason to invite overspending. Follow these tips from The Whole Deal value guide.
December 4, 2013
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Ham vs. turkey. Gingerbread cookies vs. sugar cookies. There are plenty of debates centered on yuletide traditions. At my house, though, there’s no question: there will be eggnog.

Nog for Everyone

With lots of houseguests this month, my holiday motto is “Make some, buy some” so it’s Whole Foods Market® to the rescue. Not only is there organic traditional dairy eggnog, but there are also great non-dairy options to suit vegan or lactose intolerant celebrants.

December 4, 2013
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The holiday season means that in addition to the regular busy schedule of school, extracurricular and volunteer activities, our family is adding on planning for parties, shopping for gifts, and looking for that perfect decoration to complete our Christmas tree.

After an exhausting day running around town, the last thing I want to think about is how long it’s going to take to get dinner ready.

December 3, 2013
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All of the Black Friday, Cyber Monday, BUY-BUY-BUY gift madness is making me crazy. The over-the-top advertising has a reverse effect on me: I don’t want to buy anything as a sign of protest!

December 3, 2013
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I tend to give homemade gifts from my kitchen, whether it’s ingredients or an already-baked treat. Even if those on your “Nice” list aren’t foodies, gifts from your kitchen are the perfect way to share the spirit of the holiday season.
December 3, 2013
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While you’re still basking in the turkey afterglow, let us help you plan your next feast!

Read on to find out how you can enter to win a $250 Whole Foods Market gift card to make your holiday celebration more joyful and less stressful. UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that entered. Congrats to our winners: Winnie, Jennifer, Shannon, JK and Rosie!

November 30, 2013
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I’ve eagerly awaited the arrival of our beautiful Christmas trees and greens for months. When the tree is up, that’s the day the party starts!

November 29, 2013
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My vote is to stock your baking pantry for practical needs (holiday brunches and cookie exchanges), but to do it with fun in mind. During the holiday baking sprint, call on favorite recipes then give them a seasonal spin. If a sugar cookie recipe never fails you, but you’re interested in a bit of a rev-up, these pantry staples can add a little excitement.

November 28, 2013
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I’m all for one-stop errands. In college, it was the coffee shop/laundromat. Today it’s just natural that I holiday shop where I grocery shop. No, I’m not gifting collards and cashews. Instead, I’m reaching for truffles, flowers and toys and clothing and picking up ingredients for homemade gifts. Here’s how:

Gifts Under $5, $10, $15 and $30

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?

November 26, 2013
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When it comes to Thanksgiving, there’s enough on your plate to worry about before even diving into the cooking.

November 24, 2013
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The holidays can be joyful and tasty, but they can also be the most stressful time of the year. Between entertaining at home and traveling to see friends and family – all while making sure your famed mashed potatoes survive the journey – there’s often very little room to enjoy the festivities.

This year, we’re helping you relax with six holiday recipes that can be prepped in your own kitchen and easily taken on the road. From rich gravy to sweet cranberry sauce to hearty cornbread, these dishes can be made in advance and warmed up when it’s time to feast.

November 23, 2013
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It’s time to get your holiday bake on and the treat train won’t stop until the end of the year. If you’re sensitive to gluten or managing celiac disease, there’s no need to forego holiday pies, cookies, breads and muffins.

Gluten-free baking can seem like a pretty tough order, but it’s easier (and more delicious!) than you think.

November 21, 2013
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While working as a food stylist a few years back, I prepared a Thanksgiving dinner for photos that we planned to take in the afternoon. I started cooking at a reasonable time in the morning, with no substantial prep the day before.

November 19, 2013
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Accent your Thanksgiving table with a centerpiece you make yourself. Autumn yields such fabulous colors and textures, it’s easy to create your own arrangement and have fun doing it!

Gourgeous Gourds

November 17, 2013
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LavenderThe holidays are a time of celebration, spirit…and stress. Even the merriest among us might need a reminder to take care of ourselves. So in the spirit of planning ahead and planning for wellness, how about a smarter perspective this year?

November 16, 2013
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The Big Meal is a great opportunity to break out of your wine-buying routine and take a look at tasty and affordable pairings. Luckily, traditional roast turkey welcomes a broad palette of wine styles and flavors, with one rule of thumb: avoid big, meaty tannic wines, like Cabernets or Chiantis. (They can overpower, so save them for a charcuterie plate or slow sipping by the fire). Instead, for Reds, seek out unabashed juiciness, pronounced fruit and a soft round finish. With Whites, you want well-balanced acidity and flavors ranging from crisp and dry to delicately sweet to floral.

November 15, 2013
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It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of turkey, stuffing, pie, rolls, and more pie. If you don’t have to worry about what you eat, planning the Thanksgiving meal is a breeze. But if you have food allergies, sensitivities or follow a special diet, or have guests who do, it can be a challenge finding foods that are suitable, yet still deliciously festive.

November 14, 2013
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What ingredients do you need to prepare a delicious Hanukkah? Seasonal favorites, like root vegetables, hearty whole grains and a selection of proteins, are always important to have on hand this time of year. Beyond that, here are my top suggestions for outfitting your pantry.

Like all of the products we carry in our stores, these essentials meet our strict quality standards, which require no artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners and hydrogenated fats.

November 13, 2013
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November 12, 2013
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This year I hosted my third Gobblefest, a pre-Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving potluck that’s become tradition over the years. It’s a way to “rehearse” before the real deal and a great excuse to spend some quality time with friends over a meal before the hectic holiday season starts to ramp up.

November 11, 2013
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When you think of your Thanksgiving spread, are green beans on the table? They are for a lot of us, too! Interestingly, green beans are a summer vegetable so who knows how they ended up as a holiday classic. Whether you opt for an updated version of the classic Thanksgiving-favorite Green Bean Casserole or choose to go a bit more outside the box with a Panko-Crusted Green Bean Casserole, chances are that green beans are on your menu.

November 8, 2013
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Gravy is the linchpin of any celebrated Thanksgiving feast – it manages to tie all the meal elements together and is one of those special holiday things many of us rarely make outside of Thanksgiving.  

Pour it over dressing, mashed potatoes and turkey, sop it up with a roll and be sure to save a little for your leftovers sandwich.

November 6, 2013
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One of the biggest and most hotly anticipated meals of the year comes, thankfully (ha!), as the fall harvest season wraps up. Count on winter squash, fresh cranberries, Brussels sprouts, root veggies and a few tropical fruits for a truly special Thanksgiving feast. Skipping added oils, sweeteners and sodium also means you can focus on the flavors of the foods you love.

Perk up your plate with these flavorful, healthy holiday options.

November 6, 2013
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It’s only the biggest meal of the season. The one people have waited all year for. A meal wrapped up in tradition and family and tied with a rosemary bow. No pressure, right?

November 5, 2013
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This year I will be hosting my first ever Thanksgiving. I have a little notebook going with my menu plan and my brother-in-law is on cocktail-planning standby.

Here's how I'm stocking my pantry for success and you can, too.

November 4, 2013
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I’m grateful for sound solutions for special diets. After hosting The Big Meal for more than five years with some vegan guests, here’s what I’ve learned.

There are a few approaches: the host offers a vegan main, a side and a dessert; vegan guests bring dishes and the host makes a couple too; or the entire meal can be vegan. Whichever strategy you choose, a vegan Thanksgiving is easier and tastier than you may think. I promise.

Recipes for Success

Here are a few tried-and-true vegan showstoppers and soon-to-be classics.

November 3, 2013
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Peeking at your calendar once October is over can be a little frightening. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and holiday parties seem to creep sooner and sooner each year. But don’t fret! With a little planning and prep work you can smoothly sail into the entertaining season.

November 2, 2013
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Turkey TipsThere’s no denying the importance of turkey this time of year. It’s not only the showpiece of the Thanksgiving table, it’s the centerpiece in most conversations too.

November 2, 2013
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Between travel, school plays and work functions, does a homemade holiday seem as unrealistic as flying reindeer?

November 1, 2013
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You’ve waited all year for this meal! That’s why we want to help you stress less and enjoy more of the best.

Read on to find out how you can enter to win a $250 Whole Foods Market gift card to make your Thanksgiving less stressful. UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that participated. Congratulations to our randomly chosen winners: Sue, Wendy T., Alice, Michael S., and Phyllis!

October 29, 2013
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Gift-buying time is here and your list keeps getting longer. Panic sets in as your shopping options fade in the rearview mirror. And you’ve been resisting gift cards because they’re, well, gift cards.

Resist no more.

December 18, 2012
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This healthful and festive salad featuring roasted chestnuts, a seasonal favorite, makes a great addition to your holiday dinner.
December 15, 2012
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Face all the hustle and bustle by treating your body to plenty of nourishing foods like dark leafy greens, winter squash and earthy root vegetables. Share your ideas for how to keep the holidays healthy.
December 8, 2012
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Healthy eating takes center stage this holiday season with our crowd-pleasing Celebration Lentil Loaf — nourishing, hearty and great as leftovers too!
November 21, 2012
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No holiday table is complete without green beans. This simple, delicious and healthy recipe features classic flavors of the season (and won't take up any valuable space in the oven).
November 13, 2012
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Traditional holiday cooking calls for many ingredients that don’t mesh with a PlantStrong™ diet. Read and share tips for enjoying the holidays with plant-based substitutions.
November 12, 2012
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Unbaked apple pies are easy to master and a great conversation piece. They’re a fresh take on a traditional pie and are a delicious way to end any feast.
November 9, 2012
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Lighten up! These healthier dishes make welcome additions to your feast and help to balance out some of the richer flavors of the season.
October 19, 2012
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Want to stay health-focused through the holiday craziness? Try these recipes designed to fit into weekly menu plans to help keep us balanced and energized throughout the holiday season.