Get to Know: Holiday Mocktails

With the holiday season upon us, and your social calendar is filling up! From cookie swaps to midnight countdowns and everything in between, there’s plenty of opportunity to party down. We’re loving mocktails as an option for these festive occasions — here's why you should, too: 

Get to Know Babka

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!

Get to Know Root Veggie Chips

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 Elly Eats: 11 Tasty Must-Haves From Her Kitchen

Elly Truesdell, Whole Foods Market’s local forager for our Northeast region, tastes her way through five states to discover new products to stock on our shelves. Some days she’s in Manhattan dipping a spoon into a delicious new sauce from a New York City chef, on others she’s trudging through rows of pear trees on a farm in rural New Jersey. Either way, she always ends up in her happy place when the day ends—her kitchen in Brooklyn where she cooks for family and friends. Here are the 11 products you’ll always find in her fridge and pantry:

Get to Know Teff

Teff is one of the oldest cultivated grains in the world, originating in Ethiopia as plant domestication began thousands of years ago. It is a grass, not a variant of wheat, and is very similar to millet or quinoa, but this seed is even smaller. The small size makes it ideal to use in porridges and savory polenta-style meals. It’s also ground into flour and used traditionally for flatbreads like injera. Teff is high in protein, carbohydrates, and fiber, which has made it a staple for seminomadic farmers for centuries.

Get to Know Baked Egg Boats

Ready to hop on board the latest breakfast trend? Warm, filling and comforting, egg boats are our new favorite thing for a morning meal. Heck, why not make them for dinner too? Here's everything you need to know:

Get to Know Buckwheat

The latest food trend we've got our eye on? Buckwheat, which, interestingly, is not actually wheat. Get the scoop on this seed (and flour!), and find out how to use it in your kitchen. Hint: It will rock your gluten-free world. 

Get to Know Beetroot Powder

Beets have long been a favorite for root vegetable fans, but their earthy taste isn’t something everyone loves. But, now you can get some of the benefits of beets in powder form!

Get to Know Labneh

Greek yogurt hasn’t stopped its rise to the top of the yogurt crop, but we’re embracing other ways to get in our smooth, creamy dairy fix. One thing we’re loving right now? Labneh!

Get to Know Sorghum

If you were raised in the South, chances are you’re familiar with sorghum, especially as a flavorful syrup for pancakes or biscuits. This whole grain is actually one of the most important cereal crops in the world, and it can be used in so many ways!

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