Gear Up for Beer Fest: June 15-28

When summer days heat up, sometimes only a cool, crisp beer will do. Thankfully, we’re launching our two-week Beer Fest June 15!
The festival will highlight refreshing and light summer brews, including four front porch-, lake-, and tailgate-worthy varieties that maybe you haven’t tried before: sours, saisons, sessions, and as a bonus, ciders. But whatever type of warm-weather beer you like, you'll be sure to find it at Central Market, ready to ice down and enjoy. 

This is going to be one heck of a summer party. Be sure to tag your Beer Fest photos #CMBeerFest so we can share the fun!

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Mouthwatering Marinated Tomatoes

Whether you’re bringing in tomatoes from your backyard or from our Produce department, this easy recipe will turn them into wonderfully marinated additions to summer salads. Plus, you get a light and flavorful vinaigrette, as well! 

The finished tomatoes are perfect for pasta or grain salads with fresh cheese and herbs, and work great mixed in with greenery, too. They’ll look really spectacular if you use a variety of colors, so if you don’t have your own, a quick walk down our tomato display will give you all you need. Pick up red, yellow, orange, and green for a striking presentation.

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GQ: Vietnamese Iced Coffee Ice Cream is “Transcendent”

Have you already picked up a bottle of Caphin Vietnamese iced coffee from your Central Market or made your own? Wasn’t the chilled blend of strong coffee, chicory and condensed milk just amazing? Now imagine that fabulous Vietnamese iced coffee flavor…in an ice cream. Shut. Up. I know. Ridiculous. And it exists. Right there in your Central Market freezer, thanks to the lovely ladies of Phin & Phebes.  

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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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Cold Brew Coffee: What It Is & Why You Need It

It’s iced coffee weather, which means it’s high time you figured out this whole cold brew coffee thing. Then you can stop watering down hot coffee with melty ice cubes and start enjoying full flavored iced coffee, perfect for a hot Texas day.   

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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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Cucumber-Basil Gin & Tonic

Simple, refreshing, and a little out of the ordinary. Oh, and a great way to use fresh cucumbers and basil from your garden or from our Produce department. This drink is perfect for a Father's Day gathering, birthday party, graduation celebration, or a spontaneous TGIF patio party.

Leaving out the gin and adding more citrus wedges makes it just as simple and perfect for everyone. Grab the glassware, some cute stirrers, and celebrate Dad. Or birthdays. Or the fact you made it through another week!  

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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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