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Packable Dishes for Spring Picnics

By Paula Forbes, March 31, 2018  |  More Posts by Paula Forbes

 

Recipe: Spring Chicken Salad

The first burst of green grass in the spring just begs for a picnic blanket. And thankfully, the season also brings bright, fresh flavors that inspire all kinds of picnic-worthy recipes. Of course, picnic food requires a slightly different strategy than other types of cooking — portability is key! Here are a few of our favorite spring picnic dishes. 
 
Spring Chicken Salad
This fresh, bright chicken salad is great tucked in bread for a sandwich or rolled up in lettuce leaves for a gluten-free wrap. It lends itself to adding other vegetables, including spring favorites like shaved carrot, sliced radishes or chopped asparagus. Just make sure you transport it in a cooler with ice to keep the meat at a safe temperature. Bonus? Animal Welfare Rated air-chilled whole chicken is on sale for $1.79/lb from 4/4 – 4/10. *
 
 
 
Strawberry Salsa
Strawberries are just sweet enough to balance the spice of jalapenos in this refreshing twist on salsa. This can be made a few hours before your picnic and works great with chips as a side, or as a condiment for grilled chicken, fish, burgers, sausages — you name it! Plus, 1-lb pkg of organic strawberries is on sale — get 2 for $7 from 4/4 - 4/10/18*.
 
Gouda Cheese Plate
A great cheese for spring is Klare Melk Truffle Gouda from Dutch Cheese Makers  especially when you pair it with honey and crackers. You can save $1 on this raw milk Gouda generously laced with aromatic, earthy truffles from 4/4 - 4/10/18*. 
 
 
 
Radicchio, Fennel and Pear Salad
This is a great end-of-winter, early-spring treat. To make it portable, combine all of the ingredients — except for the spring greens. Transport those separately, and combine everything when you get to your picnicking spot. That way the greens won’t wilt in the dressing before you’re ready to eat them. Save on organic Abate Fetel Pears —  $1.79/lb from 4/4 - 4/10/18*. 
 
 
 
 
Mango Upside-Down Cake
Upside down cakes are a great option for picnics. They’re sturdy enough to travel, and they’ve got their own topping baked in! This upside-down cake uses in-season mangoes and pairs them with coconut oil and milk for a slightly tropical flavor. Get Champagne Mangoes 5 for $5 from 4/4 - 4/10/18*.
 
Springtime Rosés
After all, you’re going to need to drink something, and what goes better with spring sunshine than a fun, fruity Rosé? Summer Water Rosé goes down just as easy in spring, and it has a screw top so there’s no need to bring a corkscrew. Or, if you’re in the mood for bubbles, try Camino Calixo Cava Brut Rosé. Find both of these and more rosé wines handpicked by our very own Master Sommelier on sale from 4/4 - 5/29/18**. Cheers!
 
*Valid 4/4 - 4/10/18. While supplies last. Not valid at Whole Foods Market 365™ stores. U.S. only. No rain checks. Excludes organic and cooked chicken and organic mangoes.
 
**Valid 4/4 - 5/29/18. While supplies last. U.S. only. No rain checks. Sale prices not legally available in all stores. Cannot be combined with a case discount where prohibited by law. Must be 21. Please drink responsibly.
 
Categories: Food & Recipes

Recommendations from a Rosé Nerd—Our Master Sommelier Picks 12 for Spring

By Devon Broglie, March 31, 2018  |  More Posts by Devon Broglie

 

 
Devon Broglie is a Master Sommelier (he knows a thing or two about wine), and a global beverage buyer at Whole Foods Market. Along with co-conspirator Doug Bell, he heads up the team that discovers and buys all the delicious wines you’ll find in Whole Foods Market wine departments across the country. His passion for wine is as infectious as his love for barbecue in his hometown of Austin, Texas.
 
A good Rosé is a beautiful thing. Especially in a chilled glass. You could focus on their fruity complexity, or you could get a head start on chilling your glass and discover how well Rosé pairs with anything and everything. Think last-minute picnics, golden-hour porch hangs or popping open a chilled can at an outdoor concert. If you're ready to start exploring the world of Rosé, it’s good to keep in mind that lighter colored Rosé often indicates a more delicate and silky texture with floral, dried fruit notes; hot pink means deeper, dense flavors, often with bright tart cherry notes.
 

 

All Rosé 20% Off, One Day Only*!

That’s right, all of them. May 25 is National Wine Day and our Master Sommelier couldn’t be more tickled pink.

The Sale and the Seal

When our team and I really love a wine, it gets the Sommelier Best in Class seal. All these Rosés on sale have the seal — it’s an amazing style of wine and I personally feel these selections represent some really great Rosés being produced around the world right now. Cheers!

 

Cava Brut Rosé
Penedés, Spain
A celebration in a glass! Zesty, citrusy, with strawberry and even some brioche flavors. Balanced with very fine bubbles. Loves food — perfect when you’re serving a little bit of everything from salads to meats.
 
Vinho Verde Rosé
Portugal
Refreshing youthfulness from Portugal. Crisp raspberry and strawberry notes with the classic vinho verde spritz to tickle the senses.
 
Rosado
Longares, Spain
Sipping this is like diving into a fresh bowl of red raspberries, strawberries and cherries. Super refreshing. Perfect accompaniment to back porches and summer picnics.
 
ZOE Rosé
Peleponnese, Greece
Vibrant with ripe cherry and rose petal aromas. The nice long finish leads to some attractive complexity. Think warm weather lounging, pasta with spicy red sauce or a delicate seafood dish.
 
Malbec-Syrah Rosé
Mendoza, Argentina
Intensely pink. Aromatics of forest strawberries and blackberries. Fresh, fruity flavors linger on the finish. Delicate and expressive. Perfect with spring or summer salads, cheese plates, tapenades and grilled fish.
 
Rosé
Central Coast, California
More than a warm-weather Rosé, it’s a state of mind — every drop full of pink-tinted possibility. Perfectly crisp, lighthearted and destined for a good time. Lean and refreshing with strawberry, pink grapefruit and white peach notes. Yes to shellfish and sushi. (Two sizes. 750ml and 1.5L)
 
Rosé
Loire Valley, France
Don’t be fooled by the clever packaging, this wine is well made and legitimately delicious. Fresh tart cherry and citrus aromas, juicy, spicy, herbal flavors and a dollop of whimsical irreverence make this wine as fun to drink as it is to talk about. (More to go around in this 1L bottle!)
 
IGP Île de Beauté
Corsica, France
Mango and minerality meet in this silky Rosé. Beautifully long finish punctuated by aromatic notes of passion fruit. Delicious with grilled fish, stuffed veggies or vegetable terrines with goat cheese.
 
Bordeaux Rosé
Bordeaux, France
Incredibly refreshing. A voluptuous fruit basket of aromas — strawberries, pears, nectarines and light tropical fruits. Light and crisp on the palate with notes of juicy cantaloupe and kiwi. So good on its own or with poultry and seafood.
 
Côtes de Provence
Côtes de Provence, France
Enticing aromas of fresh fruit and roses. Full and fresh mouthfeel. Lovely as an aperitif. Yes to any kind of salad and all spring finger foods. (Try either the 750ml or 1.5L size.)
 
Coteaux d’Aix en Provence
Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, France
Pale pink, fragrant, delicate. Abundant youthful fresh fruit notes — watermelon, strawberries, cherry blossom. Beautiful complexity supported by a mouthwatering acidity that bumps up the intensity. Awesome on its own or with scallops, sushi or gazpacho. (Two sizes here too. 750ml or 1.5L)
 
Rosé
Provence, France
Excellent Rosé in a can! Abundant red fruit — strawberries and raspberries — with a great zingy mouthfeel. Vibrant, generous and nicely dry, it ends with a lovely full mineral-tinged finish. Enjoy it straight from the can — poolside afternoons and picnics will never be the same.
 

*Valid 5/25/18. While supplies last. No rain checks. Valid in US stores only. Not valid on wines by the glass. Sale prices not legally available in all stores.

 

Categories: Beer & Wine

Berries 101: Choosing the Best

By Molly Siegler, March 30, 2018  |  More Posts by Molly Siegler

Updated March 30, 2018

 

When berry season begins in earnest, I feel like I’ve won the culinary lottery. Berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries – are the perfect adornment for a bowl of oatmeal and make excellent afternoon snacks, but do you know how to handle this summertime windfall?

Bonus: Keep your eyes peeled for less common varieties: currants, mulberries, gooseberries or huckleberries, and handle them with the same care you use with other berry season standbys.

Get the Recipe: Traditional Strawberry Shortcake

Pick the Best

Color

  • Berries should be uniformly and richly colored.
  • Don’t worry about the hazy white “bloom” on blueberries – that’s a normal bloom berries form as a protective shield from the sun.
  • Avoid berries with brown patches or discoloring, which could indicate under-ripe or damaged berries.

Size

  • Size doesn’t really affect the flavor profile of the berries, though tiny berries can be more concentrated in flavor.
  • Wild berries tend to be much smaller than their cultivated counterparts.

Shape

  • Berries should be plump and firm.
  • If berries are wrinkled or shrunken, they may be drying out and past their prime.

Anything Else?

  • Berries should be dry and intact – if the berry carton is wet or has splotches of juice on the sides, some of the berries are likely overripe and could be moldy.
  • A good test is to give the container a gentle shake – the berries should move freely in the package.

Get the Recipe: Lemonade Ice with Whipped Yogurt

Store and Savor

Storage

  • Store unwashed berries in the refrigerator.
  • Berries are delicate, so consume them as soon as possible after purchase; blueberries can last up to a week.
  • Only wash berries just before you plan to use them.
  • To freeze berries for smoothies or baked good down the road, allow gently washed berries to dry completely (don’t forget to hull the strawberries first). Next, place the berries in a single layer on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and freeze until firm. Store frozen berries in resealable plastic freezer bags.

Preparation

  • Berries can be flavorful additions to sweet and savory dishes alike.
  • Dice strawberries, then toss with lime juice and flecks of hot peppers for a spirited summer salsa.
  • Skewer blueberries along with other seasonal darlings like cantaloupe, pitted cherries and peaches for fun poolside snack.
  • Cap all your fingertips with upturned raspberries and have a snack on the go – but you’ll want more than that, so fold whole raspberries into your favorites pudding for a bright warm-weather dessert.
  • Quickly simmer blackberries with a splash of sweet wine, then serve over grilled chicken or fish.
  • Still hungry? Check out our collections of raspberry and strawberry recipes for more inspiration. 
Categories: Produce, summer

Supplier Stories: SmartSweets and Its Stevia-sweetened Gummy Bears

By Whole Story Editors, March 19, 2018  |  More Posts by Whole Story Editors

 

 

Just in time for Easter we’re introducing a sweet new addition to our stores, SmartSweets gummy bears
 
The idea for these stevia-sweetened treats started when SmartSweets founder, Tara Bosch, had a heart-to-heart with her grandmother, who confessed she regretted consuming so much excess sugar over the years, especially from one of their favorite treats to enjoy together — candy. Tara was having a similar sugar dilemma. She had been reflecting on her own relationship with food and how unhealthy it had become over the years. This conversation led to action. 
 
“Equipped with my belief that we should feel good about enjoying the foods we love while treating our bodies right, I bought a gummy bear mold and began recipe testing in my kitchen,” said Tara.
 

Smarter Choices

Motivated by the belief that relationships in all aspects of life come from smaller, smarter choices, Tara spent months perfecting a recipe for gummy bears that are juicy and chewy with a mouthwatering punch. Then, at only 22 years of age, she founded SmartSweets with the goal to tackle one of the largest and most concerning problems hidden in our everyday foods — sugar. So each serving-sized bag of SmartSweets has 3g of sugar and is made with no artificial sweeteners or colors.
 
Look for both flavors — Fruity and Sour — of SmartSweets at your local Whole Foods Market
Categories: Supplier Stories

Try the Trend: Dutch Baby Pancakes

By Lindsay Robison, March 19, 2018  |  More Posts by Lindsay Robison

 

 
 
A  Dutch baby pancake is a pancake-crêpe-popover hybrid that is a match for lots of sweet and savory toppings and is large enough to share. Plus, it has a party trick — it puffs up in the oven though quickly fall once removed from the oven. Once cooked, choose from a myriad of toppings to really make it your own. Try powdered sugar, syrup, fruit preserves, lemon curd and big wedges of fresh lemon, cinnamon sugar, your favorite nut butter or seasonal fresh fruit like berries and mangoes.
 
Check out this basic Dutch baby recipe then pull inspiration from these six examples below. 
 
1. Chocolate
This cocoa-based Dutch baby from @theoliveandmango is topped with rich chocolate sauce and a strawberry sauce. It would also be a crowd-pleasing dessert after dinner or brunch. 
 
 
 
2. Lemon & Blueberry
The fruit-filled Dutch baby by @thetravelingspoonchef takes a classic dessert pairing — sweet and tart — and creates something that would be celebrated during breakfast too. 
 
 
 
3. Spring Onion
You had us at goat cheese. Who says Dutch baby pancakes need to be sweet? This version with spring onions, herbs and goat cheese, would be a perfect star on a weekend brunch table. 
 
 
Credit: @dianemorrisey
 
4. Lemon Ricotta & Tomatoes
This take on a savory Dutch baby pancake is one to save for summer’s highly prized tomatoes. Enjoy more flavor in every bite by adding fresh herbs into the batter, then top with tangy lemon ricotta and sliced tomatoes. This is a pancake you can enjoy for any meal. 
 
 
 
Credit: @paulajroy
 
5. Chai-spiced
Tea lovers will rejoice in the sweet, aromatic spice mixture in this custardy Dutch baby pancake. Bonus: It can be mixed up the evening before and just given a quick whisk in the morning before baking.
 
 
Credit: @ashmmccormick
 
6. Apple
Ever wish you could have apple pie for breakfast? This Dutch baby packed with sliced apples and topped with cinnamon and powdered sugar will satisfy that pie craving in the morning hours. Blogger Ashley McCormick also has recipes for lemon and berry compote versions
Categories: Food & Recipes, food trends

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