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Whether you can whip up flambé with ease, or you just learned how to boil water, Central Market is your recipe mecca. Learn how to use fresh and interesting ingredients, plus score tips from our experts. Wow the crowd with dishes that delight and excite. The best part? You get all the bragging rights.

When Bacon Meets Chocolate Delicious Happens


If you thought bacon was just about the slices and slabs, we’re here to help you think again. Don’t get us wrong. We’re all about the slices and slabs, but trust us: Pair bacon with something sweet, salty, and chocolaty, and you’ve got a combination that’s hard to beat. 

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Follow Our Guide through the Wonderful World of Bacon


Bacon has been making just about everything better for about 3,500 years. The Chinese created it in 1500 BC by curing pork bellies in salt. The Romans jumped on the bacon bandwagon, making petaso, as they called it, from pork shoulders. And, while bacon has gone from a staple to a cultural phenomena to a foodie favorite, not much has changed in how bacon is made.

Hint: It’s all about the flavor!

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Taste of Thailand for the Lunar New Year


Home-style Thai classics are not an area of expertise for me, and trying to recreate the deliciousness of my favorite Thai restaurant is something that I thought was impossible. That is until, Sea Siam, started bottling and selling their velvety smooth peanut sauce at our stores.

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Take Your Popcorn Beyond Butter


Most everyone can agree that popcorn makes quick, easy snack that's almost perfect every time. The best part about popcorn? It cures just about every snack craving. You just have to know how to make it.

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Discover a New Fresh Fruit: Pomegranates


Pomegranates intrigue me. They're shaped like Christmas ornaments. They come in one of those colors you get in the big Crayola box—red-violet or cherry-brick. And, I have to admit, the literature/story geek in me only knows about pomegranates and their seeds from their association with Persephone. Well, Persephone and the odd mojito. 

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It's Smoothie Season and We're Sharing Recipes


Now’s a good time to get into smoothies. Some of the best ingredients for smoothies are at their freshest at this time of year. Really, all you need is a blender and a pinch of imagination to whip up something fun, filling, and healthy – not to mention tasty!

Here are some suggestions from our Produce Experts and Buyers to get you started. 

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Bulk Bin Granola Bars


I know that I am a bit bias, but I love our bulk department! Whether I need a teaspoon of Szechuan peppercorn or have a cruchy craving that cannot be solved by mere potato chips, I know that I will find what I need and want here.

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Go-To Good-For-You Grains


You have heard the words: quinoa, farro, ancient grains. These grains have becoming the darlings of food writers, not only because they are good for you, but also because they are also delicious. 

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It's Not New Year's Day Without Black-eyed Peas


As a Native Texan (capital "N"), I've grown up eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day. My grandmother, my aunts, and my mother made black-eyed peas with thick-cut, maple-smoked bacon, and served them with leafy collard greens, and a big slice of buttery cornbread. 

Now, I knew other people had that tradition, but I never knew where it came from. 

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Your Holiday Ham Is Ready for Its Close-up


With Turkey Day behind us, Christmastime is all about the ham. Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Honey-glazed, Spiral-Sliced hams are ready to take center stage on your holiday table. 

(Let’s go back to that for a second: Applewood Smoked Honey-Glazed Ham. Your mouth should be watering. Right. About. Now.) 

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