Sweet! Ojai Valley Grown Pixies

Pixie Tangerines are grown in the Ojai Valley and are tree-ripened for optimum juiciness and sweetness! Despite there small size (hence the name Pixie) the pebbly texture makes them quite easy to find in the produce isle and the loose rind makes them a quick and easy snack, best of all they are a seedless variety resulting from open pollination of local Ojai backyard tree's.  

The Ojai Valley, just east of Ventura in California, is a prime citrus growing region, its unique micro-climate is the foundation of these amazing juice bursting tangerines! The 2012 summer was just right, nice and warm in the day and cold at night. Everything a small pixie needs to become a world famous citrus. One fun fact, since Ojai is lined up with an east-west mountain range, it is one of few towns in the world to have the Pink Moment occur as the sun is setting. The fading sunlight creates a brilliant shade of pink on the Topa Topa Bluffs that stand at the east end of the Ojai Valley.

Sweet! Ojai Valley Grown Pixies

Pixie Tangerines are grown in the Ojai Valley and are tree-ripened for optimum juiciness and sweetness! Despite there small size (hence the name Pixie) the pebbly texture makes them quite easy to find in the produce isle and the loose rind makes them a quick and easy snack, best of all they are a seedless variety resulting from open pollination of local Ojai backyard tree's.  

The Ojai Valley, just east of Ventura in California, is a prime citrus growing region, its unique micro-climate is the foundation of these amazing juice bursting tangerines! The 2012 summer was just right, nice and warm in the day and cold at night. Everything a small pixie needs to become a world famous citrus. One fun fact, since Ojai is lined up with an east-west mountain range, it is one of few towns in the world to have the Pink Moment occur as the sun is setting. The fading sunlight creates a brilliant shade of pink on the Topa Topa Bluffs that stand at the east end of the Ojai Valley.

PB Crave is the Peanut Butter for the Pickiest Eater (Shh, don�t tell them it�s not junk food!)

At some point in our lives, we’ve all encountered the Child Who Will Not Eat. Sometimes it’s just a weird cousin who lives solely off of dry hamburgers, but for others (myself included) it is our very own offspring. Having one or more Foodie parents doesn’t seem to affect these nit-pickers, much to the horror of the innovative culinary family. False hope is raised when the child takes on an odd affinity for a random item such as capers or Greek yogurt, only to be dashed again when the same child refuses common, everyday staples such as hotdogs or – gasp – peanut butter. Parents whose children are “good eaters” never seem to fully understand. “Oh, is she allergic to peanuts?” is the standard polite inquiry, to which I respond with an embarrassed sigh. “Nope, she just won’t eat it. Sorry.”

“What kind of kid doesn’t like peanut butter?” It almost seems unfair and judgmental to say that in today’s society. Finicky eaters are prevalent in modern school-age children; the same kids who would have likely gone to bed hungry 30 or 40 years ago are now catered to at a royalty-like attempt to get them to eat something. I see it all the time during my child’s play-dates when, naturally assuming that I’ve raised the worst eater of all time, logic tells me that if she likes something then surely other kids do. Just when I think no rejected foods will surprise me, I am stunned to realize that the friend she’s invited over won’t eat grilled cheese. What to do now? I scramble through my pantry in a desperate search to pacify our tiny princess houseguest. “She likes peanut butter.” Uh-oh.  

Curt Reiss was that kid who hated peanut butter.  He grew up eating it, unhappily, until he was old enough to create his own. These amazing concoctions must be what every picky kid would choose if he could have his way. Decadent, fun flavors are folded in with only the highest quality ingredients like wild honey and raspberry instead of preservatives or syrups. They have kid-crazy, exotic twists like cookie dough and dark chocolate, but don’t contain any of the no-no’s like hydrogenated oils or trans-fats, and are always gluten-free. My advice is to try a little reverse psychology with some PB Crave on the grocery aisle with your kids: “No, I don’t think you should have that. It’s really just for dessert. Why don’t you try something healthy like tuna fish?” Then gradually relent to the begging, “Ok, I guess. But only as a special treat.” (wink wink) This is the fun part of parenting, folks. Then we get to eat it, too!

Another modern aspect of PB Crave that parents like us can enjoy is the company’s great social responsibility. Project Peanut Butter is committed to making the world a better place by donating a healthy portion of all proceeds from the sales of PB Crave to help malnourished children who don’t have the luxury of being choosey. RUTF’s (Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods) have already helped save the lives of over 100,000 needy children. Pick up a jar today and help them re-invent the peanut butter category while changing the world.  

Find CoCo Bananas, Cookie Nookie, Razzle Dazzle, and Choco Choco in the Grocery aisles of your favorite Central Market. And remember, play it cool when you put it in the cart. You can get excited about it after the kids go to bed.

PB Crave is the Peanut Butter for the Pickiest Eater (Shh, don�t tell them it�s not junk food!)

At some point in our lives, we’ve all encountered the Child Who Will Not Eat. Sometimes it’s just a weird cousin who lives solely off of dry hamburgers, but for others (myself included) it is our very own offspring. Having one or more Foodie parents doesn’t seem to affect these nit-pickers, much to the horror of the innovative culinary family. False hope is raised when the child takes on an odd affinity for a random item such as capers or Greek yogurt, only to be dashed again when the same child refuses common, everyday staples such as hotdogs or – gasp – peanut butter. Parents whose children are “good eaters” never seem to fully understand. “Oh, is she allergic to peanuts?” is the standard polite inquiry, to which I respond with an embarrassed sigh. “Nope, she just won’t eat it. Sorry.”

“What kind of kid doesn’t like peanut butter?” It almost seems unfair and judgmental to say that in today’s society. Finicky eaters are prevalent in modern school-age children; the same kids who would have likely gone to bed hungry 30 or 40 years ago are now catered to at a royalty-like attempt to get them to eat something. I see it all the time during my child’s play-dates when, naturally assuming that I’ve raised the worst eater of all time, logic tells me that if she likes something then surely other kids do. Just when I think no rejected foods will surprise me, I am stunned to realize that the friend she’s invited over won’t eat grilled cheese. What to do now? I scramble through my pantry in a desperate search to pacify our tiny princess houseguest. “She likes peanut butter.” Uh-oh.  

Curt Reiss was that kid who hated peanut butter.  He grew up eating it, unhappily, until he was old enough to create his own. These amazing concoctions must be what every picky kid would choose if he could have his way. Decadent, fun flavors are folded in with only the highest quality ingredients like wild honey and raspberry instead of preservatives or syrups. They have kid-crazy, exotic twists like cookie dough and dark chocolate, but don’t contain any of the no-no’s like hydrogenated oils or trans-fats, and are always gluten-free. My advice is to try a little reverse psychology with some PB Crave on the grocery aisle with your kids: “No, I don’t think you should have that. It’s really just for dessert. Why don’t you try something healthy like tuna fish?” Then gradually relent to the begging, “Ok, I guess. But only as a special treat.” (wink wink) This is the fun part of parenting, folks. Then we get to eat it, too!

Another modern aspect of PB Crave that parents like us can enjoy is the company’s great social responsibility. Project Peanut Butter is committed to making the world a better place by donating a healthy portion of all proceeds from the sales of PB Crave to help malnourished children who don’t have the luxury of being choosey. RUTF’s (Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods) have already helped save the lives of over 100,000 needy children. Pick up a jar today and help them re-invent the peanut butter category while changing the world.  

Find CoCo Bananas, Cookie Nookie, Razzle Dazzle, and Choco Choco in the Grocery aisles of your favorite Central Market. And remember, play it cool when you put it in the cart. You can get excited about it after the kids go to bed.

Get Happy at Home with Happy Tomatoes Salsa

As a third generation Dallasite and die-hard tex-mex junkie, there has always been one thing that is hard for me to get behind: jarred salsa. Nothing quite compares to the restaurant style chips and salsa experience. Golden, warm tostadas crisp from the fryer, soft tortillas still hot from the machine, and of course, fresh cilantro, peppers, onions, spices, and beautiful tomatoes that seem to have been plucked right from the vine before they were brought to your table in the form of picante. How do you bottle that experience? It’s pretty tricky, but I think Lauren Keefe and her grandmother, Cora, have just about got it down.

Every Tuesday these ladies make big batches of fresh salsa using all-natural, highest quality ingredients and deliver it to stores every Thursday. That’s about as close to restaurant-fresh as you can get – maybe closer! I mean, if your grandmother is involved in the process you know it has to be authentic. This is a true Ma and Pa operation out of Ft. Worth, TX that is not only local but uses as many local products as they can in the making of their amazing salsa. The result is a delightful explosion of the happiest tomatoes I’ve ever put in my mouth. They have three amazing flavors: Original, Medium and Diablo. Don’t struggle over the decision; they’re all backed by the same great story. The freshness is where it’s at. And the Dairy section in our store is where to find it, refrigerated for optimum freshness, of course.

They have only a few retailers so far, and as always, Central Market is one of the first to bring them to you. Check our Dallas Lovers Lane, Ft. Worth or Southlake stores the next time you want that restaurant experience right in your own kitchen. I can’t wait for grilled fajitas and fish tacos this summer, knowing that I won’t have to compromise on the flavor of real salsa. Or on lazy weekends, I love knowing that I can blend myself a homemade margarita, mash up some tableside guacamole, grab a bag of chips and a jar of Happy Tomatoes and have a tex-mex feast right there in my jammies. I hope I leave myself a good tip!  

Get Happy at Home with Happy Tomatoes Salsa

As a third generation Dallasite and die-hard tex-mex junkie, there has always been one thing that is hard for me to get behind: jarred salsa. Nothing quite compares to the restaurant style chips and salsa experience. Golden, warm tostadas crisp from the fryer, soft tortillas still hot from the machine, and of course, fresh cilantro, peppers, onions, spices, and beautiful tomatoes that seem to have been plucked right from the vine before they were brought to your table in the form of picante. How do you bottle that experience? It’s pretty tricky, but I think Lauren Keefe and her grandmother, Cora, have just about got it down.

Every Tuesday these ladies make big batches of fresh salsa using all-natural, highest quality ingredients and deliver it to stores every Thursday. That’s about as close to restaurant-fresh as you can get – maybe closer! I mean, if your grandmother is involved in the process you know it has to be authentic. This is a true Ma and Pa operation out of Ft. Worth, TX that is not only local but uses as many local products as they can in the making of their amazing salsa. The result is a delightful explosion of the happiest tomatoes I’ve ever put in my mouth. They have three amazing flavors: Original, Medium and Diablo. Don’t struggle over the decision; they’re all backed by the same great story. The freshness is where it’s at. And the Dairy section in our store is where to find it, refrigerated for optimum freshness, of course.

They have only a few retailers so far, and as always, Central Market is one of the first to bring them to you. Check our Dallas Lovers Lane, Ft. Worth or Southlake stores the next time you want that restaurant experience right in your own kitchen. I can’t wait for grilled fajitas and fish tacos this summer, knowing that I won’t have to compromise on the flavor of real salsa. Or on lazy weekends, I love knowing that I can blend myself a homemade margarita, mash up some tableside guacamole, grab a bag of chips and a jar of Happy Tomatoes and have a tex-mex feast right there in my jammies. I hope I leave myself a good tip!  

Wine With a Pedigree

Because of our head wine buyer, we have a long history with Jonathan Maltus. The relationship goes back over 10 years, when at the time Maltus also owned an Australian property and our buyer was importing his wines then from Australia and France. With such a great working relationship the World's End line of wines was originally planned to be a Central Market exclusive, but the project became bigger and more expansive as plans came to fruition. So here we are, ready to partner again, and introduce you to the Lucian wines.

Lucian features three amazing red wines, that reflects Maltus' styling, with the help of winemaking expert Gilles Paquet from one of the most famous wineries in the world, Cheval Blanc. 

  • Lucian, Primus I, Cabernet Sauvignon – the Cabernet Sauvignon that makes up this wine comes from vineyards that provide the basis for many a cult wine. The French inspired fermentation makes this wine a California wine, with a twist. Beautiful black fruit such as, currants, black cherries, exotic spices and vanilla. This wine is well structured with a long finish.
  • Lucian, Secundus II, Merlot – with 100 acres of Merlot in Saint Emilion, this is a grape Maltus is clearly comfortable with. This American variety produces lush, velvety wine with a hint of Old World. Tasting of ripe plums, cherries, vanilla, and a touch of spice, this is rich and full bodies with soft, rounded tannins.
  • Lucian, Tertius III, Cabernet Franc – This deeply colored Cab Franc is a sight to behold and is an expression of their near perfect Bordeaux wine, Le Dome, which just received 100 points from Robert Parker. This wine features red currants, bramble berries, and a hint a pepper, with a smooth fruity tannins and a long finish.

Wine With a Pedigree

Because of our head wine buyer, we have a long history with Jonathan Maltus. The relationship goes back over 10 years, when at the time Maltus also owned an Australian property and our buyer was importing his wines then from Australia and France. With such a great working relationship the World's End line of wines was originally planned to be a Central Market exclusive, but the project became bigger and more expansive as plans came to fruition. So here we are, ready to partner again, and introduce you to the Lucian wines.

Lucian features three amazing red wines, that reflects Maltus' styling, with the help of winemaking expert Gilles Paquet from one of the most famous wineries in the world, Cheval Blanc. 

  • Lucian, Primus I, Cabernet Sauvignon – the Cabernet Sauvignon that makes up this wine comes from vineyards that provide the basis for many a cult wine. The French inspired fermentation makes this wine a California wine, with a twist. Beautiful black fruit such as, currants, black cherries, exotic spices and vanilla. This wine is well structured with a long finish.
  • Lucian, Secundus II, Merlot – with 100 acres of Merlot in Saint Emilion, this is a grape Maltus is clearly comfortable with. This American variety produces lush, velvety wine with a hint of Old World. Tasting of ripe plums, cherries, vanilla, and a touch of spice, this is rich and full bodies with soft, rounded tannins.
  • Lucian, Tertius III, Cabernet Franc – This deeply colored Cab Franc is a sight to behold and is an expression of their near perfect Bordeaux wine, Le Dome, which just received 100 points from Robert Parker. This wine features red currants, bramble berries, and a hint a pepper, with a smooth fruity tannins and a long finish.

Dr. Jan Krupp In Store Bottle Signing and Tasting at Dallas Lovers

The Krupp Brothers defeated all odds in order to bring their Napa Valley dream to fruition, and to bring their amazing wines to us. Unearthing boulders the size of your SUV, drilling hundreds of feet to find water, plodding through months of red tape and stacks of legal documents, and restoring hundreds of acres of wild ecosystem is a testament to their dedication and what it took to bring us their first bottle of Veraison Cabernet.

Join us in the Wine Department at Central Market Lovers Lane to meet this amazing oenophile-turned-viticulturalist, winemaker, doctor and businessman. Pick up a bottle of Krupp Brothers, have it signed, enjoy the tasting and hear a piece of his amazing story this Saturday, March 23rd from 3:00 to 5:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you.

Dr. Jan Krupp In Store Bottle Signing and Tasting at Dallas Lovers

The Krupp Brothers defeated all odds in order to bring their Napa Valley dream to fruition, and to bring their amazing wines to us. Unearthing boulders the size of your SUV, drilling hundreds of feet to find water, plodding through months of red tape and stacks of legal documents, and restoring hundreds of acres of wild ecosystem is a testament to their dedication and what it took to bring us their first bottle of Veraison Cabernet.

Join us in the Wine Department at Central Market Lovers Lane to meet this amazing oenophile-turned-viticulturalist, winemaker, doctor and businessman. Pick up a bottle of Krupp Brothers, have it signed, enjoy the tasting and hear a piece of his amazing story this Saturday, March 23rd from 3:00 to 5:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you.