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December 31, 2012
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Looking for a little guidance through this month of oh-so-many expectations? Try these 9 easy tweaks and enjoy better-for-you-food without overhauling your life.

1. House Rule: Always eat a green salad when you eat pizza.

December 25, 2012
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PointsettiasHope you planned ahead and are not dashing through the snow trying to hang the stockings with care at the last minute on this Christmas Eve!

Our stores are full of Christmas spirit and can be a fun place to catch the holiday bug if it hasn't bitten you yet.

December 23, 2012
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Try eating these fortuitous foods to increase your good fortune in the New Year. Some may boost your health if not your wallet.
December 23, 2012
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Learn how to create sexy, smokey eyes—without putting suspicious ingredients on your sensitive lids.

I love New Year’s Eve because I love old-school glam. A velvet cape inherited from grandma? Perfect! A silver lamé frock from a thrift store? Uh-huh! Rhinestone earrings? Feather boa? Sequined evening bag? Yes, yes, yes! Everything is permitted on New Year’s, as long as it’s glittery and elegant and fun.

December 22, 2012
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Whole Planet Foundation 2013 CalendarIf you’re reading this, the good news is that we’re still here and the Mayans just ran out of space on their calendar. Moving on to more important things like Christmas and 2013...

December 20, 2012
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Sharing good times, wonderful food and the experience of new and tasty treats with family and friends is one o

December 19, 2012
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Gathering together and sharing food is a big part of the holidays, and it can be easy to overindulge on all the tasty treats that are available. Luckily, if you’re looking for alternatives to the standard fare, we’ve got options.

Our Health Starts Here® recipes celebrate naturally flavorful whole foods, and even in wintertime there are plenty of delicious options for the holiday table. Try adding a few of these dishes to your festive feast.

December 18, 2012
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'Tis the season for bubbly! For many of us, though, this is one of the most daunting areas of the wine section. To help make your choice easier, we've assembled some basic information and ideas.
December 17, 2012
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Sure, you’ve probably already cruised by the cookie jar more than a few times this week, but have you thought about what to serve as your dessert centerpiece for your Christmas celebration?

Whether your taste buds are longing for something decadent or something light (or you just want another excuse for pie), we’ve got the recipes for you. Set your dessert table with a few of these options:

December 16, 2012
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Christmas Eve means a lot of things to different people, but to those of us who celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes (festa dei sette pesci), it’s always meant fresh, delicious seafood (and maybe an early present or two). The Seven Fishes is an Italian tradition of serving seven courses (or more!) of fish and seafood on Christmas Eve.

December 14, 2012
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The holiday entertaining season is in full swing! I love getting together with friends to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s – not only because I get to see people I love, but because there’s always plenty of nibbles.

Parties featuring small bites instead of full meals make for a relaxed atmosphere and allow for a wide variety of foods. There’s always something to make every palate happy, and the small portions make it easy to visit with friends instead of being stuck at a table for a five-course dinner.

December 14, 2012
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See our top wine picks for the holidays and get suggested recipe and cheese pairings.
December 13, 2012
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Roasted Beef Tenderloin“Help!” It’s a popular phrase this time of year, especially when holiday meal plans are in their final stages. In the era of pop-up timers and guidelines aplenty beamed right to your palm, turkeys are easier to cook than ever these days.

December 12, 2012
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Joy to the world! Imagine the good we can all do by giving gifts that give back this season.
December 11, 2012
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This year is our first Christmas at home, and we’re excited to start our own family traditions with our three-year old... and he’s excited about cookies for Santa!

Sure, there are baking sheets full of cookie recipes for you to tackle. But if you enjoy eating cookies more than you enjoy baking them, this store-bought solution will still please Santa (and all his little helpers):  365 Everyday Value ® Holiday Cookies in festive once-a-year flavors.

December 11, 2012
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Spread cheer to family and friends with these simple, thoughtful, delicious gifts from the garden. And while many of these ideas can be beautifully gifted in Mason jars, don’t let that scare you—there’s little to no canning involved!

Herbs for the Holidays

December 10, 2012
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Latkes and Sufganiyot and kugel, oh my! While you’ve been dreaming about your favorite Hanukkah flavors, we've been working hard to meet your holiday needs.

December 10, 2012
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Got houseguests and not looking forward to hitting the kitchen before dawn to feed them? Try these super-simple, no-cook and almost no-cook breakfast ideas.
December 9, 2012
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Shopping for my family during the holidays is a cinch, but when it comes to my furry family members, gift-giving becomes one big guessing game.

December 8, 2012
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Most teachers have already amassed a sizeable collection of holiday coffee mugs.

December 5, 2012
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The two words “Christmas dinner” evoke memories of happy meals around a large table, with family members not seen all year long. Piles of warm rolls, tender green beans, potatoes dripping with gravy, and the centerpiece ham – my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

December 5, 2012
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One, two, brie - the holidays are here and we’re here to share our favorite ways to prepare and serve brie! Don’t forget those wine pairings!
December 3, 2012
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Our favorite survival tips and tricks will help you navigate the dreaded holiday havoc of parties, buffets, treats and drinks.
December 2, 2012
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Navigating holiday foods doesn’t have to be difficult for those with special dietary needs. With a little planning and preparation, you can create a spectacular meal suitable for many food preferences.

We’ve gathered some of our favorite holiday gluten-free and dairy-free recipes.

Gluten-Free Recipes

November 30, 2012
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From the traditional latke to tender brisket, the comforting flavors of Hanukkah are an important part of the season. Whether you’re setting your table for a large gathering or just a small meal, here are our suggestions for a delicious Hanukkah.

November 30, 2012
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We’ve got a battle of epic flavor featuring two of our favorite seasonal superstars – Satsuma v Clementine – and we need your help to pick the season’s champion.
November 29, 2012
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If you’re looking for a Hanukkah feast, Whole Foods Market® has your meat needs covered. 

Turkey

November 27, 2012
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Think outside of the box when it comes to gifts. Instead, fill jars to the brim with homemade delights or the ingredients for a favorite recipe.

Simply stock up on glass jars (make sure to thoroughly clean and sanitize them) and set aside an afternoon to assemble several gifts at once.

They’re so pretty you don’t even have to wrap them. Just seal the jars, add a scrap of festive fabric on top, if you want, then secure with string or ribbon and add a gift tag. Most of our “gifts from the kitchen” recipes include a printable gift tag.

November 25, 2012
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The Christmas Tree brings the spirit of “Peace on Earth, Goodwill Towards Men” into our homes for the holiday.
November 23, 2012
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Here is a roundup of gifts under $20 for chowhounds, foodies, food freaks, gourmands or simply, anyone who likes good food.
November 22, 2012
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Golden Roasted TurkeyHere's wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2012
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A generous sprinkle of salt and pepper and a brush of butter are delicious and may be all you desire on your turkey. Many of us like to take it a step further to ensure a memorable flavor. Brining is an easy way to do just that. .

Brine

November 19, 2012
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Simple strategies to help make the holidays a little bit healthier, a little less hectic and a lot more enjoyable.
November 18, 2012
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Heading over the river and through the woods for the holidays? Try our favorite healthy snack ideas to keep you fueled up on your road trip.
November 16, 2012
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When it comes to Thanksgiving, my family’s creed is “The more the merrier!” We’re not just talking about guests here – we mean the food! Turkey Day leftovers, from a classic turkey sandwich to mashed potato fritters, are a big part of our holiday enjoyment.

Do you love reliving the Thanksgiving meal just as much as we do? Or are you dreading the stacks of reusable containers filling your fridge on Thursday night? Either way, there are plenty of ways to enjoy those leftovers without making your plate look like another pass at the buffet table.

Turkey

November 15, 2012
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Beaujolais Nouveau is the Richie Cunningham of wine. It’s fun-loving, social, complementary – a true family and friends kind of wine. Yup, this is a wine you can proudly bring home to Mom.
November 15, 2012
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The turkey might get all the attention for Thanksgiving, but I’d much rather fill my plate with a variety of amazing sides. After all, isn’t part of the point of a Thanksgiving banquet to taste as many dishes as possible, from Grandma Ruth’s cherished sweet potatoes to your foodie cousin’s new twist on stuffing?

If you’re looking for some stunning sides to round out your holiday table, we’ve got lots of options. Here’s a few of my favorites:

November 14, 2012
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With a toddler, a newborn and a to-do list as long as Santa’s elf assembly line, shortcuts go a long way with me during the holidays. I’m especially looking to cut down my work in the kitchen without sacrificing quality or adding unnecessary costs
November 12, 2012
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airportPicture the perfect holiday, surrounded by your most cherished family members in cozy homes filled with joy, celebration and good tidings as adults laugh, children play and treasured memories are created.

November 9, 2012
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The holidays don’t have to send your eating habits haywire – check out our tips for staying health-focused this holiday season.
November 7, 2012
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Holiday prepThis holiday season, don’t get caught off guard with guests who have food allergies, sensitivities or any number of special dietary needs that are so prevalent these days.

November 6, 2012
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Gluten-Free Pie CrustOne of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is collecting recipes and dreaming up a menu. (And yes, I do this even when I’m not the hostess.)

November 2, 2012
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Just in time for Thanksgiving, all of our turkey producers have now been certified to Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Program.