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Get to Know Babka

By Megan Myers, October 21, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

If your only experience with babka is a classic Seinfeld episode, you’re long overdue for a lesson in baked goods. This traditional Jewish bread is going beyond the standard deli loaf and benefiting from today’s trend of recipe experimentation — which means you benefit too!

Babka is a yeasted bread that is filled with chocolate, cinnamon, or other ingredients, then doubled and twisted before being baked in a loaf pan. When sliced, the rivulets of filling running all through the bread are exposed, and you know each bite is loaded with flavor.

The texture of babka is moist and buttery, making it perfect for both a breakfast treat or a dessert. If you love cinnamon swirl bread, you’ll adore babka.

These days babka is getting the creative treatment when it comes to fillings, toppings, and even

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Essential Oils: Big Benefits in Small Bottles

By Melanie Rud Chadwick, October 21, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Melanie Rud Chadwick

Updated October 21, 2016

They may come in tiny bottles, but essential oils pack a big punch. A few drops of these potent powerhouses can have benefits for both the mind and body. Here, the lowdown on these wonder workers and how to use them:

What are essential oils?

First, the basics. Essential oils are aromatic extracts that are extracted from plants and botanicals,” explains Amy Galper, Executive Director and Founder of the New York Institute of Aromatherapy. Many essential oils are obtained via steam distillation; the plant material is enclosed in a

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Watch and Learn: Dishes for Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-free Diets

By Whole Story Editors, October 20, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Whole Story Editors

Harvest Vegetable Sheperd's Pie Recipe

Sure, navigating a specific way of eating can be challenging — but it doesn’t have to be. "If you or a family member sticks to a vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free diet, we want to give you the tips and tricks you need to turn those limits into possibilities," says Molly Siegler, food editor at Whole Foods Market. The latest videos in our Special Diet Recipes series on the Whole Foods Market YouTube channel offer up fall recipe inspiration. Watch and learn!

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7 Delicious Things to Do with Pears

By Alana Sugar, October 20, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Alana Sugar

Updated October 20, 2016

Although there are thousands of varieties of pears worldwide, we cultivate just a handful in the U.S. Each is unique in texture, flavor and appearance. Check out our simple, helpful primer to find out more. Once you've settled on your favorite variety, here are our a few of our favorite fall ideas:

1.     Opt for a sweet juicy pear for a satisfying snack. Eat out of hand or as part of winter fruit salad along with apples, dried fruit, toasted nuts and coconut. Add a dollop of vanilla yogurt, if desired.

2.     Pair a pear with cheese. Ricotta with

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Get to Know Root Veggie Chips

By Megan Myers, October 14, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

Admit it: sometimes there’s nothing you want more than a bowl full of crispy potato chips. But these days, there’s so much more to chips than the humble potato. Grab your favorite root veggies and mandoline, and let’s get cooking!

What are Veggie Chips?

That might seem like a strange question, but some people don’t know that chips can be made out of so many things other than potato. Root vegetables like carrots and parsnips, and squash varieties like butternut and zucchini make for excellent chips with a twist.

Using alternative vegetables not only adds a variety of flavor to your standard snacking, but it also helps add more nutrients to an otherwise indulgent snack. And, since everyone is into DIY these days, they’re a perfect way to get your feet wet in the snack-making

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