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.

'Tis the Season for California Figs

The wait for Black Mission Figs is officially over. You can find the delicious and versatile fruits in our stores today fresh from California. 

Blackish-purple with pink flesh, these are a delight. They’re slightly sweet and chewy with a taste as rich as their history. 

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Eat Mexico with Lesley Tellez

Cookbook author, blogger, and all-around Mexican food authority, Lesley Tellez, is stopping by our Cooking School in July, and we wanted to whet your appetite.

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Have Fun with Phyllo

Prepare to be amazed at the versatility of phyllo, the flaky dough that gets its name for the Greek word for "leaf." 

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Greek Olives and Olive Oil

Greeks have studded their marvelous cuisine with olives and olive oil since the earliest civilizations. Domesticated so many eons ago that the story of its earliest cultivation was lost, but the importance of this marvelously complex fruit can never be.

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Brighten Any Meal with this Fresh-n-Easy Citrus Vinaigrette

Three things happen to us in the spring: 1) We instantly look for new and delicious ways to brighten up our favorite meats, salads, and seafoods. 2) We start thinking "citrus"! And, 3) we get in the kitchen. (Oh who are we kidding? We're always in the kitchen!)

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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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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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