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.

Mexican-Style Meatballs and Picadillo

It's 5 pm, and you're on your way home from work. Despite all of the "10 Crockpot Dinners That Will Change Your Life" pins you've saved, you have nothing planned to feed your crew tonight.

Hey, no worries. We've got you covered with 6 flavors of Mexican-style meatballs and picadillos. These delicious dinner options are ready to cook and ready to solve your “what’s for dinner” conundrum. They’re made fresh in-store daily, and you'll find recipes based on both in our Market (and below).  

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Mole Made Easy

Mole is an iconic and complex Mexican sauce with a creation tale that involves 17th century nuns scrambling to prepare a meal for the visiting archbishop. Today there are as many varieties as there are abuelas and tias who pass their cherished recipes down as heirlooms. Here’s how to bring this tasty bit of history to your table.   

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Beet & Lentil Veggie Burgers

Here’s a Meatless Monday recipe for you: Beet Lentil Veggie Burgers. In-season beets, fresh mint and dill (perhaps from your new potted herb plant you scored during Herb Fest), avocado, feta, and garlic come together in a burger that crisps up nicely and goes great with fries. 

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TGIFish Fry Friday

Whether you’re avoiding meat on Fridays while awaiting the Easter Bunny, or just know that sometimes there’s nothing better than a basket of fried fish, having your own fish fry is a pretty fun way to kick off the weekend. Here are four tips for deliciously fried fish in your own kitchen.

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Pancakes + Bacon 4-Ever

Everybody knows Pancakes and Bacon are BFFs. We see them hanging out together all the time, especially on weekends. So we couldn’t very well host a proper Bacon Fest without inviting Pancakes.  And, boy, are we glad we did.

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Four Steps to Good Grillin'

Grilling is one of the easiest, quickest -- and tastiest -- ways to cook fish, including the stars of our Hawaiian Seafood Celebration. The sturdier and fattier fish, like Tuna and Swordfish, really grill beautifully. Mahi Mahi, Monchong, Opah and Kampachi are also totally grill-worthy, so fire up the flame (It’s February in Texas, for goodness sake!), and let’s get grilling!

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Help! I've Never Bought Fish Before!

New to cooking seafood? Well, this is exciting! We love introducing people to new food adventures.  And  good for you for trying something new in the kitchen! Our Hawaiian Seafood Celebration is the perfect time to try cooking fish. To help get your feet wet in the world of seafood, we’ve put together a quick guide about what exactly you’re looking at in the seafood case, how much you’ll need for a dinner party, and what tools make prep easier.

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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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Cooking with Citrus and Virginia

After the first time I saw Virginia Willis in our Cooking School I started regularly checking her website for recipe ideas, she seems to have a secret path to my Southern heart, and when I happened across a recipe for Spicy Chicken with Clementines, I knew it must be fate or citrus season or both.

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