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.

A Quick Guide to French Cooking Terms


Don’t know apéritif from amuse-bouche? Curious about bouquet garni? Confused by mise en place or mirepoix? Then browse this reference guide to French cooking terms and impress your friends at your next soirée. (Yep, that’s French for party.)

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Vidalia Sweet Onions Are Back at Central Market


Celebrity chef Bobby Flay once said of Southeast Georgia’s pride and joy: “Vidalia onions aren’t just the most famous onions in the world; I think they may be the only famous onions in the world.” But perhaps more interesting is this mild, sweet onion grown only in 13 Georgia counties (and portions of seven others) is really a happy accident.

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Go-To Guide: How To Grill Seafood


Fish cooked over fire is probably one of the first cooked proteins eaten by humans. Maybe that’s why the delicately sweet flavor of fish seems especially complemented by a whiff of smoke—it’s part of our genetic memory. At any rate, grilling remains one of the easiest, quickest, and tastiest ways to cook fish or shellfish.

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Go-To Guide: How To Grill Vegetables and Fruit


Yep, grilled veggies are a no-brainer, especially when you’ve already got steaks or chops on the fire. Season with rosemary, thyme, ginger, garlic, or onions. We also dig grilled pineapples and pears as sides or for dessert. Speaking of sweet endings, build a fruit kebab and serve over ice cream.

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Go-To Guide: How To Grill Poultry


Chicken is extremely versatile and compatible with most seasoning. Although we eat it nearly every day, it doesn't have to be boring. Duck is especially good with fruit and spice, and it can make any meal feel like a special occasion.

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Go-To Guide: How To Grill Pork


The other white meat is as versatile as that old standby, chicken. Pork marries well with myriad flavors. Try rosemary, thyme, ginger, fresh or dried fruit, garlic, onions, or lavender.

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Go-To Guide: How To Grill Lamb


Lamb may feel more like an exotic or special-occasion meat, but it makes a delicious everyday dinner. Try lamb seasoned with mint, rosemary, thyme, or garlic. Yogurt, mint and red wine make lovely, complementary sauces.

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Go-To Guide: How To Grill Burgers and Dogs


Americans have a love affair with burgers. Nothing beats one grilled fresh in your own backyard and topped with your favorite condiments. From natural Angus burgers to signature seasoned turkey burgers to sausages made in-house, we know how to patty, er, party.

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Go-To Guide: How To Grill Beef


We Texans love our steak, and it starts with excellent beef. Central Market Natural Angus beef is raised without added hormones or antibiotics, aged a minimum of 14 days for tenderness and flavor, and trimmed in-house by our expert butchers.

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Go-To Guide: A Grilling Primer


First of all, let’s get this straight: Grilling is not the same as barbecuing, although the two words are often used interchangeably. In grilling, we’re talking hot, quick, open cooking. Barbecuing is slow, covered cooking. Barbecuing works best with big cuts of meat—briskets, whole pigs and goats, slabs of ribs. Grilling, as you’ll see, works best with everything.

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