Cooking

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.

Up Your Grilling Game


The weather is getting warmer outside, which means the grills are getting hotter. And if you are anything like me you can fall into a routine of what to grill. Burgers, chicken, and grilled veggies are fantastic, but here are few new ideas before high stakes grill season kicks off.

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Beer's Best Friend? Food!


We believe that food goes with, well, almost everything, and beer is very high on our list of what goes well with food. So, in honor of Beer Fest we thought we would share some of our favorite food and beer pairings.

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'Nduja: Hard to Pronounce, Easy to Enjoy


The minute I first tried this spicy, spreadable, cured sausage I knew that it would become a regular part of my culinary repertoire. Pronounced en-doo-ja, this new item from La Quercia is one of my very favorite Passport Italy treats. Here is why...

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Orange You Surprised I Said Mango?


Mangos for our Citrusational Citrus Fest? Not exactly... Mango Oranges have dropped into Central Market, and are making a name for themselves here in our Produce aisle. There outer appearance can fool you to think its a normal run of the mill orange, but once you cut them open you will come to find they are anything but ordinary.

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Aromatic and Dramatic: The Buddha's Hand


What do you do with this? Besides using it as a prop in your homemade sci-fi moview, and you can do that if you want, but these fragrant “lemon fingers” have useful purposes and are actually quite beautiful.

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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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Celebrations on the Half Shell


This time of year, turkeys and hams get a lot of love, they are the go-to centerpiece for most holiday gatherings, but there are so many other options just across from the Market in the Seafood department it seems unfair not to mention a few favorites.

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Cooking by Color


Confession: I used to be a picky eater. If it looked funny, smelled funny, touched anything else, or was difficult to pronounce, I wanted no part of it. My favorite meal kept it simple -- pot roast, rice, a baked potato and a wheat roll. Nutrition was not my top priority. I was not worried about a balanced diet, vitamins, or minerals. 

But I have always been easily distracted by color.  And that’s how my mother tricked me.

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The Sexy, New Superfruit is Now at Central Market


Yuzu, a citrus fruit, is gaining global fame as the next big superfruit, and it's the new star in our Produce department. 

The fruit is originally from East Asia, where it grows wild in China, and has been cultivated in Japan and Korea since the Tang Dynasty in 618-907 A.D. 

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