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The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog
November 26, 2008
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I think one of the best things about hosting the Thanksgiving feast is having days of leftovers! Of course, I like leftovers; some people don’t. The trick can be taking the leftover ingredients and turning them into a new dish. In this podcast, we talk with nutritionist and natural foods chef Alana Sugar about using up all of that valuable food in new and interesting ways.
October 29, 2008
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Pictured above: Italian Wedding Soup with Vegan Meatballs With the change of the season, we start craving warm and nourishing soups and chili. Lucky for us, there are many ways to have a great meal like this without putting a strain on our wallets. They are great for feeding a crowd as well as freezing for a quick meal later. Listen in as nutritionist and natural foods chef Alana Sugar shares her tips for delicious soups and chili.

October 15, 2008
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One of the simplest meals to prepare is pasta. For novices as well as experienced cooks, pasta opens the door to many value-focused meals. Listen in as nutritionist and natural foods chef Alana Sugar shares her tips for enjoying pasta on a budget. Here are a few of our favorite pasta recipes. What are yours?

September 17, 2008
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When we asked our customers to share their favorite tips for stretching their food budget, quite a few mentioned roasting a whole chicken and turning it into several meals. So in this podcast, we asked natural foods chef and nutritionist Alana Sugar to walk us through the steps of roasting a chicken. She also suggests delicious dishes to prepare with any leftover chicken. What are your favorite dishes using leftover chicken? Here’s a nice roast chicken recipe and some options for leftovers:
August 14, 2008
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What's for dinner? When you hear that familiar strain, don’t forget that sandwiches are a tasty option. You know those sandwiches that sound like too much work for lunch? Well they are perfect for dinner. Listen in as recipe developer Cindy Cuomo shares her favorite sandwich combinations.
Check out some of our faves here and let us know what you like for a dinner sandwich.
July 25, 2008
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The New York Times ran an article Wednesday called "Slow Food USA Preps for Its Big Moment" about the Labor Day weekend Slow Food Nation event in San Francisco. An interesting read.
July 16, 2008
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Ever wonder why we tend to be drawn to spicy peppers in the summer when it’s already hot? Tune in to our podcast to hear chef Juan Pablo Chavez answer that question and chat about the different types of chile peppers and how to pickle your own peppers. I haven’t tried it yet myself, but it sounds super easy.
July 9, 2008
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Fresh corn – especially corn eaten right off the cob – just screams “summer” for me. On this podcast, I talked with produce expert James Parker to find out about the different varieties of corn, how to pick the best and how to cook those yummy ears. Of course, how you eat your corn on the cob is a personal choice – do you eat horizontally across the cob or bite around the cob in a circular pattern? Listen in and share your corn thoughts.
July 2, 2008
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popsicklesSummer is officially here and, to me, 4th of July celebrations seem like the perfect place to indulge in a bit of frozen fun.

June 25, 2008
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In spite of their tough-sounding name, stone fruits are some of the softest — and most delicious — summer fruits you can sink your teeth into. Listen in as our produce expert, James Parker, explains what to look for and what to do with the stone fruits now in season.
June 18, 2008
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Cheese made from goats' milk is lower in fat than comparable cheese made from cows' milk and has a deliciously distinct flavor. Tune in for tips on selection and serving from our cheese expert, Cathy Strange.
June 11, 2008
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Because summer is such a busy, on-the-go season, snacks are a staple for kids and adults alike. Tune in to find out all about healthy, convenient snacks from Cindy Cuomo, our authority on snacks.
June 3, 2008
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Successful salads are healthy salads. Tune in to hear our salad wizard, Alana Sugar, give us the scoop on how to create salads that sing with health and flavor.
May 21, 2008
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As we transition from spring to summer, berries make their delicious debut. Listen in on a chat with our produce expert, James Parker, as he tells us how to get the most out of berry season.
May 20, 2008
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We’re already in the middle of National Grilling Month, but it’s never too late to think about BBQ. Tune in for some advice on a safe and successful grilling season from our griller extraordinaire, Theo Weening.
May 7, 2008
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It’s peak season for artichokes! This unique vegetable is actually the unflowered bud from a large thistle-like plant. Listen in as chef Alana Sugar explains the whys and hows on artichokes.
April 29, 2008
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One of the first signs of spring in our produce departments is the arrival of fresh peas. Whether you crave snow peas, snap peas or just plain garden peas, now is the time. Listen in as produce expert Jason Duran explains how to select and prepare peas in our podcast.
March 27, 2008
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Ever eaten spaghetti and meatballs on a stick? How about cheesecake on a stick? Tune in to hear more about Something on a Stick Day, a celebration of this unusual cuisine.
March 17, 2008
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The Easter Bunny is on her way and we have all the eggformation you need to make her visit a safe, nutritious and joyful one. Tune in for info on egg preparation, natural egg dyes and different ways to eat all those extra eggs!
March 10, 2008
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The long and short of it is that there are few people who can say no to noodles. Tune in to hear chef and notable noodler Michelle Di Pietro tell us all about this popular form of pasta.
February 19, 2008
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Ever wondered about the purpose of those seeds topping a whole grain roll? Are they adding more than flavor and texture? Tune in to learn all about the nutritional benefits of seeds.
February 7, 2008
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To celebrate National Hot Breakfast month, why not warm up with a nice hot breakfast? Tune in for tips on making a tasty, toasty breakfast and learn why it’s a great way to start the day.
January 29, 2008
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In this episode, we offer suggestions for stretching your food budget while still eating well.
January 21, 2008
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Looking to adopt some healthy habits this year? Listen up for some tips on simple changes to make your lifestyle a healthier one.
January 10, 2008
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Tune in for some tips on how to spend more time with your family this year.
January 2, 2008
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Making the world a better place is a top resolution for many folks in 2008. In this episode, we offer hints for keeping this resolution.
December 11, 2007
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The holiday season is in full swing and we are closing in on New Year's. Tune in to our latest podcast for tips on throwing parties, choosing champagne and preparing festive breakfasts.
November 26, 2007
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In this episode we’ll explore various holiday traditions, talk about fresh nuts and provide some tips on Hanukkah recipes.
November 13, 2007
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To help celebrate the holidays, our experts search out wines and cheeses that are perfectly suited to adding just the right touch to any holiday gathering. We’ve brought in a couple of these experts to tell us about some of the delightful offerings you’ll find in our stores.
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.
October 31, 2007
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Now sure how to go about planning your Thanksgiving feast? Tune in for some tips on making this annual feasting day come together beautifully for you and your family.
October 17, 2007
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Learn about the quality standards for our farm-raised salmon, get some advice on choosing the perfect potato and try a recipe for hearty Salmon Chowder.
October 1, 2007
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When it comes to mushroom cookery, there’s a lot more choice than just the usual white buttons in a box. In this episode, learn about the selection and use of a variety of mushrooms. We’ll explore their health benefits and talk about different ways to cook with them as well.
September 11, 2007
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In this episode, head Down Under with us to explore the joys of Australian food and wine.
August 27, 2007
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Tune in to our latest podcast to hear from whole Foods Market’s buyers and how they work to source organic products for you. We’ve also got a great recipe for a Quick Tortilla Casserole featuring 365 Everyday Value Organic pantry staples.
August 1, 2007
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Tune in as we learn what the glycemic index is and how paying attention to the glycemic load of particular foods may affect your body.
July 31, 2007
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Not to forget the college students who are headed back for a new fall semester, we interviewed a couple of college students and a recent graduate about how to eat more healthfully on campus.
July 31, 2007
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It's back to school time and we're offering up a fresh focus on healthy food. Tune in for some great tips and recipe ideas to help keep your kids healthy and productive in the school year ahead.
July 18, 2007
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Hear from our local foragers on how to find locally grown and produced foods. We'll also share some recipe ideas for those delicious local peaches available this time of year.

June 28, 2007
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Right in time for the 4th of July, we offer up some great summer outdoor party tips and ideas. Also, tune in for a feature on olives to learn more about this tasty little fruit.
June 22, 2007
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Now that it's officially summer, we offer up some great wines perfect for warm weather, along with cheese pairings and tasty appetizers.
June 13, 2007
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One of the things we love most about summer is the abundance of produce and other colorful, antioxidant-rich foods. From organic berries to salmon, antioxidant-rich foods have healthful benefits. Learn about these benefits, what seasonal antioxidant-rich produce to look for now and get some good, tasty recipe ideas to boot.
May 29, 2007
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Enjoy this in-depth interview with Carlo Petrini, founder and driving force behind the Slow Food organization. The interview is centered around his new book, “Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should be Good, Clean, and Fair.”
May 21, 2007
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Join us as we talk to a handful of seasoned grilling experts and find out their favorite grilling techniques for meats, seafood, vegetables and even fruit.
May 9, 2007
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Spain is a country full of culinary traditions. Join us as we highlight some delicious Spanish wines, suggest cheese pairings and talk tapas.
May 1, 2007
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Tune in as we share some unique ideas for celebrating this special day.
April 18, 2007
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Learn a little bit about one of Allegro Coffee's featured sustainable coffees along with the history and tradition of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese making.
March 21, 2007
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This episode is all about specialty salts. We'll check-in with our experts on what's available, how salt affects our health and how to jump in and explore new ways of salting your foods. Got a comment after listening to this podcast? Use the comment section to let us know!
March 7, 2007
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Dive into naturally raised catfish, along with the benefits and how-tos of cast iron cookware. We even tie the two together and offer up a delicious recipe for cooking catfish in a cast iron skillet.
February 21, 2007
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Hear insights from a beekeeper with over 25 years of experience gathering honey. Understand the nutritional aspects of this natural sweetener and learn baking tips and simple recipes using honey.
February 7, 2007
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Do we really need to say anything more? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, learn how cacoa is harvested and turned into chocolate, why we love chocolate so much, and how to make simple, sophisticated chocolate truffles.
January 17, 2007
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Brian Keating, Tea Buyer and Blend Master for Allegro Coffee Company, reviews types of tea and brewing tips. Jody Villecco, one of our resident nutritionists, informs us of the nutritional aspects of tea while chef Alana Sugar shares some simple recipes using brewed tea as an ingredient.
December 27, 2006
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Before celebrating New Year's, help make the holidays a little greener by following some simple tips from Lauren Thomas, our favorite green living enthusiast. Next, Devon Broglie, voted Texas' Best Sommelier for 2006, shares some wisdom for choosing the perfect Champagne or sparkling wine for your celebration. Michele DiPietro, New York City recipe developer, concludes the episode by cooking up a simple plan for feeding a crowd.
December 12, 2006
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We check-in with our favorite cheese expert, Cathy Strange, to hear what she has to say about the exclusive Isigny Ste. Mère Brie made in the lush Normandy region of France. Get holiday serving tips, along with some delightful wine pairing ideas for this rich, luscious cow’s milk cheese.
December 10, 2006
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Jody Villecco, one of our resident nutritionists, reviews some simple tips for easing the stress of the holiday season. Also, our favorite specialty foods expert, Cathy Strange, has visions of Dalmatian Plum Spread, while Alana Sugar, a professional chef and nutritionist, has some tasty, homemade ideas for holiday gift giving.
November 20, 2006
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Gain insight into our Top Ten Wines list and discover some amazing cheeses to pair with these special holiday wines.
November 16, 2006
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Learn more the about Beaujolais Nouveau, the classic holiday wine, and an exclusive blue cows milk cheese that we’ve sourced from a small, artisanal producer located in the Rhone Alps in France.
November 11, 2006
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Right in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, tune in and learn how to select a turkey and roast it to perfection.
November 6, 2006
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Learn more about our Animal Compassion Foundation and its important mission. Also, with the holidays right around the corner, discover some unique new pickled vegetables being offered in our olive bars and how to enjoy the ever-festive persimmon.
October 17, 2006
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Celebrate October with pumpkins and winter squash and learn about our Whole Planet Foundation.
September 20, 2006
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Learn about Chilean Sea Bass, how to cook it and why we're bringing it back into our stores after pulling it in 1999.
August 31, 2006
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Learn about the current issues in the organic world, find out what organic produce is in stores in September and get some quick and simple recipe ideas for organic arugula and organic apples.
August 7, 2006
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Learn about the benefits of locally grown foods, find out what’s fresh in our stores and get some quick and simple recipe ideas.

July 16, 2006
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Learn about the benefits of locally grown foods, find out what’s fresh in our stores and get some quick and simple recipe ideas.