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.

Bulk Bin Granola Bars

I know that I am a bit bias, but I love our bulk department! Whether I need a teaspoon of Szechuan peppercorn or have a cruchy craving that cannot be solved by mere potato chips, I know that I will find what I need and want here.

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Go-To Good-For-You Grains

You have heard the words: quinoa, farro, ancient grains. These grains have becoming the darlings of food writers, not only because they are good for you, but also because they are also delicious. 

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It's Not New Year's Day Without Black-eyed Peas

As a Native Texan (capital "N"), I've grown up eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day. My grandmother, my aunts, and my mother made black-eyed peas with thick-cut, maple-smoked bacon, and served them with leafy collard greens, and a big slice of buttery cornbread. 

Now, I knew other people had that tradition, but I never knew where it came from. 

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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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You'll Want To Mix Up These Baking Mixes

Little Big Farms baking mixes are full of homemade flavor and then packed into their unassuming package. But we promise as soon as you get to mixing you will discover all the great things that are inside these boxes.

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Central Market No-Fail Turkey Guide

The fear of rendering your family’s traditional bird inedible is almost too much to bear for some kitchen novices. Even professionals can be put off not only by the size of the bird, but also, the pressure of the event and the way in which it seems to unveil itself. One misstep and, well, it’s a mess and so are you.

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The Ultimate Holiday Side Dish

There was one year, just one, that someone forgot the mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving Day, and it nearly sent my house into a state of panic. Questions like "can you still make them" or "is there a box of instant somewhere in the back of the pantry" were the first reactions. Then, mumbles of "I can't believe no one remembered the ultimate holiday side dish" were heard for the rest of the day.

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The Best of Fall Apples

What is not to love about apples? They are sweet, healthy, and fit right in your hand. And this year's apple crop has been nothing short of fantastic. So, with all the beautiful apples filling our bins, we are often asked, which apple to use when. Now, thanks to the help of our Produce Buyers, we created this great reference for all your fall apple quandaries.

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The Big Cheesy: Great Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

In my opinion there is not a lot you can do to mess up a grilled cheese sandwich, but you can definitely take this simple sandwich to the next level with a few well balanced combinations like sweet and salty or creamy and tangy. Try the best of our melt-tastic Alpine cheese collection and amp up your grilled cheese game, with these combinations.

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