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7 Ways to Rule Your Thanksgiving Kitchen

Spend a little time getting your kitchen ready for the task of hosting your family and friends this holiday season and you’ll be rewarded with easy entertaining.
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Win Your Way to Less Stress This Thanksgiving

TurkeyTHIS 2012 CONTEST IS CLOSED: Thank you to everyone that entered! Congratulations to our winners, Christine R., Jessica M., Mary Kay K., Melissa B., and Linda S.

Kitchen Basics: Roasted Garlic

Susan writes the blog Cardamom Kitchen to share her culinary experiences as an Indian-American rooted in the Midwest. Luckily she's also sharing her experiences with Whole Story readers by demystifing essential cooking skills with step-by-step instructions and her own handsome photos.

Crazy Sexy Kitchen

Crazy Sexy KitchenChad Sarno is R&D Chef and Culinary Educator for Whole Foods Market®’s Health Starts Here program.

Cucina Antica Tuscany Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Want to win a case of Cucina Antica Tuscany Pumpkin Pasta Sauce? Tell us about your favorite non-traditional pasta sauce in the comments on this blog post and we’ll pick one lucky random winner!
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Get Your Glow On with Natural-Look Makeup

Update: Thank you to everyone who entered! Congratulations to our winner, June, from California!

Halloween is almost here, but that doesn’t mean your everyday makeup has to look like a mask. Natural-look makeup is all about revealing (rather than hiding) your face’s true potential, so your unique inner beauty can shine through.

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Healthy Joints for Your Pets

AnnieBy the time I adopted Annie, a beautiful chocolate Lab mix, she was 9 years old and in pretty bad shape. Her left hip was severely arthritic – the result of being hit by a car when she was a puppy – and her previous owner had become too ill to care for her properly.

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Technology Worth Waiting For

I’ll have a side of fries with that alternative energy system!

Method

Method made waves by packaging their unique cleaning products with 100% post-consumer-recycled materials. Learn how they’re taking this sea change to the next level by adding ocean plastic collected from the beaches of Hawaii to the mix.
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"Eating Great for Less" Blogger Challenge

One of our missions here at Whole Foods Market® is to not only provide our shoppers with tasty, good-for-you grub (though that’s certainly a big part of it!) — but we also aim to make eating the high quality, healthy foods affordable.

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Beyond the Kale

Looking to incorporate more greens into your family’s dishes? Learn about all the varieties of dark leafy greens that add nutrients and beauty to your plate.

Putting Single-Varietal Olive Oils to the Test

Olive oilI find myself cooking with olive oil practically on a daily basis. There are many recipes that call for it and just as many where olive oil can be used as a substitute for highly refined vegetable oils.

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Winter Squash, the King of the Harvest

Winter SquashThose sweaters have come out, the heaters have started coming on in the mornings, the hot soups are back onto weekly menus, and all the heirloom hard squash and pumpkins are spilling out of every Whole Foods Market® outdoor display. Autumn is here and the holidays are right around the corner!

How Chocolate Supports Classrooms

In Tanzania, our Whole Trade® Guarantee means a “social premium” is paid when Whole Foods Market® purchases chocolate that supports the Tanzania Schoolhouse Project.
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Versatile Pumpkin Seeds

Whether you roast your own or purchase a bag full, try these recipes and tips for getting creative with pumpkin seeds.

Kitchen Basics: Roasting Root Vegetables

Susan writes the blog Cardamom Kitchen to share her culinary experiences as an Indian-American rooted in the Midwest. Luckily she's also sharing her experiences with Whole Story readers by demystifing essential cooking skills with step-by-step instructions and her own handsome photos.

Have You Tried Tempeh?

Tempeh, made from fermented soybeans, has a hearty flavor and is the perfect substitute for meat in your traditional favorites. Try these tempeh dishes.
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Kitchen Basics: Roasting Fall Fruits

Roasted apples
Roasted apples being mashed into applesauce (photo by James Ransom)

Falling for Pears

Assorted PearsFrom the tip of their distinctive shape right down to their unique texture, pears are a beautifully satisfying fruit. And autumn and winter are the perfect time for pears and when you’ll see the most varieties.

10 Recipes for Soup Weather

When rain is falling, wind is howling or I’m just worn out from a hard day, nothing soothes me quite like a steamy bowl of soup. Maybe it’s because soup is the go-to food when you’re sick (chicken noodle, anyone?), or maybe it’s because soup’s aroma fills the entire house while it simmers away.

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Get the Most from Your Roast

Learn to Cook Beef Pot RoastDid you ever hear the joke about the roast? One day a girl was watching her mom make a beef roast. Mom cut off the ends, wrapped it in string, seasoned it and set it in the roasting pan.

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Meatballs with Sneaky Vegetables

Learn how team member and mom Christine adds vegetables to her meatballs to enhance the flavor and add a nutritional boost to the meal.
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Health Starts Here...with Recipes!

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.

Let’s Cook: Tempeh Curry

Learn how to make this flavorful (but not spicy) curry with sweet potatoes and green beans and a surprise ingredient, chunks of tempeh.

Recipes for Gluten-Free Fall Baking

Fall weather is a great invitation to start baking, but many of the treats that define the flavors of the season are pies and other baked goods. If you or your loved ones follow a gluten-free diet, you’ll need to get a little more creative.

Host a Big Feast, We'll Help

If you love to cook, and you love to share your cooking with others and you love to write about it, then you should host a Big Feast!

Big Feast - Photo by James Ransom

Kitchen Basics: Creaming Butter and Sugar

Susan writes the blog Cardamom Kitchen to share her culinary experiences as an Indian-American rooted in the Midwest. Luckily she's also sharing her experiences with Whole Story readers by demystifing essential cooking skills with step-by-step instructions and her own handsome photos.

10 Quick Dinners for Halloween Night

With a five-year-old in the house, Halloween is a big deal for our family. Sure, we negotiate most of the candy away from our son, but the thrill of the holiday is getting to dress up and go out in the dark! For the adults, we appreciate the family time of a long stroll and my son’s excitement over every house visit.

We keep dinner easy on busy nights, and Halloween is no exception. These recipes are quickly ready for the table and provide a nourishing meal in your belly before a night of tempting treats.

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Frightfully Good Halloween Candy

SnydersTrick or Treat!

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How Flowers Support Education

Whole TradeThe early autumn weather here in Austin has been gorgeous and I’ve loved being able to hang out outside and prep my fall garden. In addition to my usual vegetable beds, I’ve decided to experiment with some lily bulbs.

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Baking with Molasses

Dark, rich molasses is perfect for cool weather dishes like cookies, gingerbread and baked beans. Try our favorite recipes.
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Engine 2’s Macaroni & Not Cheese

This Engine 2 Mac & Not Cheese recipe can fill the void for old comfort food cravings. The cashews and lemon juice combine to provide a creaminess that you might not expect from a plant-strong, dairy-free dish.

Frozen Just Got a Lot Cooler

AppetizersConfession time. There may have been times in my life when I’ve relied on frozen food to feed everyone from me to my family to a whole party of people. I may also have sprinkled it with parsley and called it homemade.

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Anti-Aging Skin Care: Handy How-Tos and a Great Giveaway

The giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered! Congratulations to our winner, Brittany C. from Texas!

It’s finally beginning to feel like fall in my hometown of Austin, Texas. But while I’m looking forward to sweater weather, my skin is wearing the lingering effects of summer.

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Vanilla Wafer Cookie Bake-Off

We’ve compared our 365 Everyday Value® Organic Vanilla Wafer Cookies with the Major National Brand and found ours to have a better ingredient list, while still being absolutely delicious and affordable!
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Hot Cereal on Busy Mornings

A hot whole grain porridge warms you up on cool mornings and is an easy way to give breakfast a nutritional boost. Learn our tricks to hot cereal on busy mornings.

Trick Out Your Halloween Party

If Labor Day marks the end of summer, Halloween kicks off the holiday party season. In our house, with a spunky five-year old, we love dressing up in costumes all year long. So when Halloween comes around, the only problem is deciding what to wear – every day my son comes up with a new idea for his trick-or-treat outfit!

Poverty is Unnecessary

On October 25, Whole Planet Foundation® and nine Whole Foods Market® suppliers are celebrating Poverty is Unnecessary Day. How are they celebrating? Kettle Brand, PROBAR, Café Spice Global Cuisine, Genji Sushi, Mrs.

Healthy Halloween?

At healthy eating guru Mary’s house, a joyous Halloween feast fills her kids’ bellies with wholesome nutrition prior to trick or treating. Try some of these hearty comfort dishes full of the season’s bounty.

Apple Days Are Here Again

There is something so satisfying about crunching into a sweet apple with just a twist of tartness, and they have a regular spot in our fridge at home and in our lunchboxes (the toddler’s and the grownups’). Apples are available year-round, but they’re at their best during the fall. Don’t miss this year’s crop – they’re especially delicious!

While Galas and Fujis are my go-to apples, each year I see a new variety that I’ve never tried before and have to taste. No matter which variety you choose, look for firm, fragrant, bruise-free fruit. 

Kitchen Basics: Measuring Dry Ingredients

Susan writes the blog Cardamom Kitchen to share her culinary experiences as an Indian-American rooted in the Midwest. Luckily she's also sharing her experiences with Whole Story readers by demystifing essential cooking skills with step-by-step instructions and her own handsome photos.

Rock Star Siblings: The Trash Pop Icons

Raw and UnprocessedThe Beach Boys, Heart, the Carpenters — some great music has come from bands with family ties.

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Hiball Energy Drinks

Hiball makes sparkling energy drinks without the syrupy-sweet taste, sugar and calories of other energy drinks. Learn more about their beverage innovation (and innovative packaging too!).
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Have a Healthy Halloween

PumpkinsNot to scare you…but Halloween is just around the corner and it’s just the tip of the iceberg of the holiday season. It seems to just ramp up from October all the way through to spring.

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8 Recipes for Classic Fall Baking

Ahhh, fall! There is no other season that has me wanting to jump into the kitchen and bake up something scrumptious. After all, what’s more comforting than the aroma of a freshly baked pie or loaf of bread wafting through the house?

Fall baking means classic fall flavors – pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, sage, gingerbread and more. And between quick bread, pie, cookies, pie, biscuits, pie and cake (and did I mention pie?) there are plenty of recipes to warm your house and tummy. Think of it as a test run for all the holiday baking to come!

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Raising the Bar: Organic Castile Soaps

Two years ago my team found a rich lathering, freshly scented USDA-certified organic castile soap that exemplifies so many of our core values that we not only brought the product to our stores, we also included those values on the label!
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The Cool Crowd: Fall and Winter Gardening

Cool weather doesn’t have to mean the end of gardening. In fact, in warmer climates fall and winter gardens can be more rewarding than their summer counterparts! Last year, my backyard garden in Austin, Texas, fed us leafy greens, broccoli and other brassicas from November until late March, when I finally had to pull them to make room for a summer crop. The cool weather kept the pests at bay and a wide variety of leafy greens helped keep things interesting — and that’s when I realized that fall and winter were my favorite gardening seasons.

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What's New in October

Earthy flavors. Knobby sweaters. Rustic textures. Comfy socks. Steamy soups. This is what I love about October. If you’re ready to get all warm and cozy, too – from a hearty, nutty breakfast, to fall bread baking, to a dollop of something sweet on still-warm pie – then we have some delicious new items that you must try.

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How Bananas Can Improve Lives

 

 

Little did you know that slicing a banana into your morning cereal or smoothie could help make the world a better place. Anytime you see the Whole Trade® Guarantee on an item, it means that the product meets specific key criteria:

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Passion for Pine Nuts

Not just for pesto! Use mild, buttery pine nuts in combination with our in place of other nuts and seeds. Try these favorite ideas for pine nuts.
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Schools Connect with Local Farms this October!

Anupama Joshi is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the National Farm to School Network, who loves to cook, especially with her 9-year old son. She’s also a friend of Whole Kids Foundation and we’re happy to support her efforts.

Spice Up Fall Cooking

SpicesI used to be one of those people who thought that cooking healthy food was all about bland, boiled dishes. But that’s not so! By using spices and herbs instead of added sodium, extracted oils and refined sweeteners, healthy recipes can indeed be delicious.

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Not Nuts for Nuts

Bake sales, fall festivals, birthday parties – there are lots of treats all around us and lot of them contain nuts. But what if you're not nuts for nuts? Then you're in the right spot. We've pulled together some of our favorite recipes for baked goods that don't call for nuts. 

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Gluten-Free Shopping 101

If you pay attention to food trends, it’s hard not to notice that a lot of people are going “gluten free” these days. So, what does that mean exactly? Gluten refers to proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and sometimes oats. Although oats do not actually have gluten proteins themselves, they can often be cross-contaminated with gluten-containing grains during harvest, storage or processing.

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Alter Eco Organic Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bar

Want to win a case of Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Quinoa bars? Tell us what you’ll be handing out to trick-or-treaters this year in the comments on this blog post and we’ll pick one lucky random winner!
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4 Tips for Flawless Fall Entertaining

As the weather gets cooler in the Fall, we start to enjoy entertaining and cooking in the kitchen again. Here are some of our favorite recipes and tips for making sure they turn out swell!
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Branch Out from Chicken and Turkey

There’s a (ever so slight) chill in the air and the pumpkins are out in front of our stores, which means one thing: fall has arrived! With the change in seasons, have you considered trying something different when you shop in our meat department? Why not break out of the tradition of buying chicken or turkey this season and consider cooking goose, pheasant or quail.

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Three Cheers for Raspberries!

When I was a kid in Wisconsin, we had raspberry and black raspberry bushes growing in our backyard. Once those berries started to ripen, the family would head out every day and pick as many as we wanted for an afternoon snack. Even our Springer Spaniel was in on the act, snagging the low fruit while we went for the higher ones that tempted the neighborhood birds.

Bonhomme French Brie

brieCrusty bread, prepare to meet your match! Just in time for your next party or impromptu gathering, Isigny Ste. Mère Brie is in stores now and you’ll only find it at Whole Foods Market.

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10 Vegetarian Harvest Recipes

Though the days are getting colder, there’s still a wealth of yummy vegetables out there, just waiting to make it to your table. Hearty beans are a great ingredient to explore this season too. Whether you’re a vegetarian, love veggies or you simply enjoy delicious, seasonal foods the abundant produce available in fall is hard to resist!

From warming, hearty dishes to cold-weather salads, these recipes will keep you cozy through fall:

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What is the Whole Trade Guarantee?

You may have seen the Whole Trade® Guarantee seal on various items in our stores, but you may not be sure what exactly the Whole Trade® Guarantee is. Simply put, this little label is an extension of our core values. Anytime you see the Whole Trade® Guarantee on an item, it means that the product meets key criteria:

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The Love of Beer: Do Something Reel™ Film Festival

The Do Something Reel™ Film Festival continues this month with The Love of Beer, a film that raises a glass to women who are dedicating their lives to craft beer – and in turn fighting stereotypes and changing the way the world views women's roles.

Kids in the Garden Facebook Photo Contest

OwenLast fall, as we launched our School Garden Grant program, we had a little idea: Let’s celebrate the way kids connect to the roots of their food by inviting everyone to post pictures of their kids in the garden

Quick Pasta Dinners

When it comes to busy weeknight meals, you can’t beat a simple pasta dinner. Try an assortment of whole grain and gluten-free pastas in these easy recipes.
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