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.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee:OMGood


Vietnamese iced coffee is a tasty balance of flavor opposites: strong, dark concentrated coffee blended with the super sweetness of condensed milk. Traditionally, this chilled coffee drink is made with hot coffee and ice cubes. But with cold brew coffee being so easy to make and buy, it seems like the perfect short cut.

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Flavored Butters Make Everything Better


Julia Child once said, “With enough butter, anything is good.” Today we’re going to take an already wonderful food – butter – and introduce it to a world of flavors. Adding spices, herbs, and other ingredients like vegetables to regular butter gives you an easy way to bring another layer of flavor to meals.

There are so many possibilities, but let’s take a look at what’s hot in restaurants right now that you can try out at home. 

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Make Cake Not Dishes


Blender cakes are quick and easy cakes with directions hardly more complicated than, “Put all ingredients in blender.” 

They're perfect for company, weeknight treats, after school snacks, and when you forget (again) that it’s your week to bring the book club dessert.  Basically, they’re great for anytime, but especially if you want cake in your mouth in a hurry. Or, and this is a big one, you really don’t feel like washing a pile of dishes and spoons. 

Curious? Here is a nice variety to get you started.

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You put WHAT on the grill?


Last week The New York Times Food section was all about grilling. As I read through articles about smoked wings, yak steaks, and grilled peaches, I knew I had to share a few highlights with you! Hopefully they'll inspire you to use your grill in some new and exciting ways this summer. Like to make simple grilled desserts. Or creamy grilled dip for bread and veggies. Yes, for real. Check it out: 

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Kabob It!


If you can skewer it, you can grill it! Think beyond chicken and onions to a world of jalapenos, shrimp, scallops, duck, kumquats, meatballs, and pound cake. Let your imagination go free up and down the aisles of Central Market. Browsing the Bakery, think about what the breads or muffins might taste like with a little char when kabobbed with some breakfast sausage and potatoes. What about your favorite thick cut bacon, hot peppers, and radishes? Heck, why not? 

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Freshly Made Sausages, In Store for You


Want to grill up something a little different for dinner tonight? Our freshly made sausages are just what you’re looking for. Our Sausage Meisters make them fresh each day, and whether you like naturally raised pork, beef, chicken, or turkey, there is a sausage variety for you. The whole cuts of meat are blended with our signature spices and top quality ingredients to make old-world favorites and flavors you’ll only find at Central Market. 

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How to Grill Pork Like a Pro


Looking to expand your grill skills beyond burgers and chicken? Here are some pointers on how to go whole hog this summer and grill perfect pork chops and tender tenderloins. We've also included a quick marinade recipe to get you started.  

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Boring Burgers, Be Gone!


Kethchup and mustard are fine burger toppings, but your burger can do so much more! Different spreads and sauces, fruit, veggies grilled and seasoned – even different types of meat – will all bring fun new flavors to your burgers. Pineapples, jalapeños and feta? Sure! Grilled salami, mozzarella and fresh basil? Why not? Here are some more ideas to make your burgers anything but boring:

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Say Goodbye to Dry Chicken


Chicken is the season-it-up, can’t-go-wrong, crowd-pleaser meal, perfect for grilling. But sometimes it can be tricky to know how long to grill it so it’s cooked through, but still juicy and flavorful. Here are some tips to make sure your chicken comes off the grill perfectly every time. 

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