Summer, soccer and suds…

The 2012 FIFA Euro Cup is coming to a close with the final being played this Sunday. And what goes better with soccer than an ice-cold, delicious brew? Well not much actually, and the Germans knew this when they made Kronenberg 1664 Pilsner! This is the ideal game beer with its lightly hoppy, floral character and crisp, effortless finish. You'll feel like you're right there in the crowd (from the comfort of your couch). Not just perfect for watching soccer, but at home during a baseball game as well. This beer will be a hit at backyard barbecues, poolside, and makes a great escape from this Texas heat.

Summer, soccer and suds…

The 2012 FIFA Euro Cup is coming to a close with the final being played this Sunday. And what goes better with soccer than an ice-cold, delicious brew? Well not much actually, and the Germans knew this when they made Kronenberg 1664 Pilsner! This is the ideal game beer with its lightly hoppy, floral character and crisp, effortless finish. You'll feel like you're right there in the crowd (from the comfort of your couch). Not just perfect for watching soccer, but at home during a baseball game as well. This beer will be a hit at backyard barbecues, poolside, and makes a great escape from this Texas heat.

How to Decorate With Banana Leaves

Need candles? Wrap glass candleholders in textured plant leaves like banana leaves. To do so, use scissors to cut a strip from a study leaf, making sure the height of the leaf is equal to that of the glass candle holder. Use double-sided tape to adhere the leaf to the vase, overlapping the leaf until the glass surface is covered. To finish, use twine, raffia, or ribbon to tie a bow or simple knot around the center of the candleholder.
 
Got snacks? Need a cute way to serve them? Enter the banana leaf as party cone. To create your homemade party cone, cut leaves into squares of desired size; six to eight inches is recommended. Roll each into a cone, and fasten with a toothpick or bamboo skewer. Fill with your favorite finger snacks and serve.
 
Textured plant leaves also dress up fruit platters. Layer banana leaves on serving platters and top with an assortment of tropical fruit. Offer bamboo skewers so guests can spear their favorites.
 
Banana leaves can be special ordered through Central Market, or find them at Asian or Latin food marts. Ti and aspidistra are available at Central Market anytime.
 
These humble leaves are real party savers.

How to Decorate With Banana Leaves

Need candles? Wrap glass candleholders in textured plant leaves like banana leaves. To do so, use scissors to cut a strip from a study leaf, making sure the height of the leaf is equal to that of the glass candle holder. Use double-sided tape to adhere the leaf to the vase, overlapping the leaf until the glass surface is covered. To finish, use twine, raffia, or ribbon to tie a bow or simple knot around the center of the candleholder.
 
Got snacks? Need a cute way to serve them? Enter the banana leaf as party cone. To create your homemade party cone, cut leaves into squares of desired size; six to eight inches is recommended. Roll each into a cone, and fasten with a toothpick or bamboo skewer. Fill with your favorite finger snacks and serve.
 
Textured plant leaves also dress up fruit platters. Layer banana leaves on serving platters and top with an assortment of tropical fruit. Offer bamboo skewers so guests can spear their favorites.
 
Banana leaves can be special ordered through Central Market, or find them at Asian or Latin food marts. Ti and aspidistra are available at Central Market anytime.
 
These humble leaves are real party savers.

New and Exclusive to Central Market: Stoney Range Sauvignon Blanc

Tasting Notes and Pairings: The 2011 Sauvignon Blanc displays abundant aromas of gooseberries and tropical fruits on the nose. The palate is fresh and lively, showing rich concentration and a long, lingering finish. This wine can be enjoyed for the next two to three years.
 
The moderate weight and crisp acidity of this wine makes it a nice compliment to white meats, from fish and shellfish to chicken and even pork. It’s also a natural pairing for dishes filled with leafy green herbs such parsley, basil, or chervil or salads filled with spinach, watercress, or arugula.
 
Winemaker: Peter Evans
Appellation: Marlborough
Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Cases Produced: 14,000 cases
Alcohol: 12.5%
 

New and Exclusive to Central Market: Stoney Range Sauvignon Blanc

Tasting Notes and Pairings: The 2011 Sauvignon Blanc displays abundant aromas of gooseberries and tropical fruits on the nose. The palate is fresh and lively, showing rich concentration and a long, lingering finish. This wine can be enjoyed for the next two to three years.
 
The moderate weight and crisp acidity of this wine makes it a nice compliment to white meats, from fish and shellfish to chicken and even pork. It’s also a natural pairing for dishes filled with leafy green herbs such parsley, basil, or chervil or salads filled with spinach, watercress, or arugula.
 
Winemaker: Peter Evans
Appellation: Marlborough
Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Cases Produced: 14,000 cases
Alcohol: 12.5%
 

It�s Greek to Us: Spillson�s Famous Original Rice Pudding

This traditional family dessert is the culmination of old-world cooking techniques—the family uses the original recipe brought from Greece in 1918—and the freshest ingredients available today. The pudding contains only five simple ingredients: hormone-free milk, which comes from a local Michigan dairy; fresh eggs cracked by hand; two types of rice to enhance the texture; pure, natural sugar; and natural vanilla. This preservative-free treat is finished off with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

The secret to its deliciousness is not only the recipe, but also the unique, small-batch, by-hand cooking method, which results in a rich, creamy pudding. Look for Spillson’s Famous Original Rice Pudding, available in a 16-ounce tub and four-packs of 4-ounce cups, in the Central Market Dairy department.

It�s Greek to Us: Spillson�s Famous Original Rice Pudding

This traditional family dessert is the culmination of old-world cooking techniques—the family uses the original recipe brought from Greece in 1918—and the freshest ingredients available today. The pudding contains only five simple ingredients: hormone-free milk, which comes from a local Michigan dairy; fresh eggs cracked by hand; two types of rice to enhance the texture; pure, natural sugar; and natural vanilla. This preservative-free treat is finished off with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

The secret to its deliciousness is not only the recipe, but also the unique, small-batch, by-hand cooking method, which results in a rich, creamy pudding. Look for Spillson’s Famous Original Rice Pudding, available in a 16-ounce tub and four-packs of 4-ounce cups, in the Central Market Dairy department.

An Autumn Greeting in June

One gem in this bounty from our southern neighbors: the Autumn in June apple, grown only in Argentina. Available for a limited time, this heirloom apple ripens in late May, which is autumn in the southern hemisphere. These apples are beautiful, with a distinctive dark red blush over a yellow background, and they are juicy with firm, aromatic flesh. The Autumn in June apple has a mellow, well-balanced flavor—sweet with just a hint of tart. If you’re a fan of old-fashioned apple flavor, your taste buds will appreciate the notes of tangerine and pineapple and nutty undertones.
 
Another new arrival at Central Market is the Muscat grape. These super-sweet golden globes grown in Chile are the favored variety of Italian winemakers. Grab a cluster for munching along with cheese, bread, and your favorite vino.

An Autumn Greeting in June

One gem in this bounty from our southern neighbors: the Autumn in June apple, grown only in Argentina. Available for a limited time, this heirloom apple ripens in late May, which is autumn in the southern hemisphere. These apples are beautiful, with a distinctive dark red blush over a yellow background, and they are juicy with firm, aromatic flesh. The Autumn in June apple has a mellow, well-balanced flavor—sweet with just a hint of tart. If you’re a fan of old-fashioned apple flavor, your taste buds will appreciate the notes of tangerine and pineapple and nutty undertones.
 
Another new arrival at Central Market is the Muscat grape. These super-sweet golden globes grown in Chile are the favored variety of Italian winemakers. Grab a cluster for munching along with cheese, bread, and your favorite vino.