Celebrate The Holidays With Whole Foods

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Featured in the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.
This holiday season celebrate with food from Whole Foods. Whether you are looking for food to make your holiday entertaining easier and healthier, or you are looking for unique gift ideas, Whole Foods has something for everyone. I recently received a delightful goodie box that included a variety of wonderful food items to assist in making a holiday celebration easier and healthier. The items I received were:

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Biodynamic Organic Holiday Chai Tea-harvested from Self-Sustaining, Ecological, and Organic farms. The tea is USDA Organic, Fair Trade Certified, and Certified Biodynamic. The tea seeps 36 cups and is in unbleached tea bags.

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Greyston Bakery Cookie Thins Gift Box-42 bite size crispy cookies in three flavors; chocolate fudge, sugar, and ginger.
Whole Foods Cookies and Cream Peppermint Bark.
Seely Mint Patty-made exclusively for Whole Foods. It is 25% Fair Trade Certified ingredients. Simple & Crisp artisanal dried fruit crisps orange and pear. They are perfectly paired with wine cheese, desserts and more.

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365 Organic Stuffing in three flavors; Vegan. Chicken and Chicken and Cranberry.

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365 Organic Brine and Seasoning Kit for turkey and other poultry up to 30 pounds.
Here are some great turkey tips for your holiday celebration:

Picking Your Poultry:
• Start early: reserve your turkey ahead of time to make sure you get your pick of the flock.
• Weigh your options and try to get fresh: Go for turkeys that allow at least one to one-and-a-half pounds per person. At Whole Foods Market, fresh turkeys are raised to reach the perfect size just before the holiday season, and then processed and stored, so you get the juiciest, most flavorful meat possible.
• Consult your butcher: When it doubt, your butcher is your best friend. From organic to heritage turkeys, there are a lot of options to choose from. Your butcher can help you pick the perfect bird for your gathering.
Prepping:
• Factor in defrosting time: For the best results, your turkey should be as close to room temperature as possible before roasting. Frozen turkeys take about 24 hours per five pounds of meat to thaw in the fridge. Extra tip — you can save on time with a fresh turkey!
• Brining is the way to go: Brining makes for a tender, juicy bird. Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value brine kit and adaptable basic brine recipe are two great picks for first-timers.
Roasting:
• Instructions: They are your friend – each bird tends to cook differently, so follow instructions carefully.
• Check for doneness: Use a meat thermometer to test the thickest part of the thigh, not touching bone. When it registers 165 °F, the turkey’s ready. If you stuff your turkey, plan for an extra 5 top 7 minutes cooking time per pound.

I love the additional flavor a brine adds to a turkey; it is a great start to a juicy, succulent turkey. Of course, the perfect pairing with the turkey is the 365 Organic stuffing. My personal favorite flavor of the stuffing is the chicken and cranberry. The cranberry really adds a sweet and tart flavor that complements the flavor of the turkey. The little bits of cranberries are a delightful twist to stuffing. Instead of the traditional pumpkin pie why not serve the chai tea paired with the cookie thins? It is a sweet treat that isn’t as substantial as the pie. Whole Foods has a vast variety of products that would be a great addition to your holiday celebration. I shop at Whole Foods regularly and have not tried a product that I didn’t like. If you would like to learn more about Whole Foods or find scrumptious recipes visit the website.

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