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

Turns out, eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day has been a tradition in the South for more than 120 years. 

There are two stories about how the tradition got started. One dates back to the Civil War, and the other goes back to the 1700s. 

According to the Civil War-era story, when General William Sherman burned his way across the South, he didn't destroy black-eyed pea crops because he viewed them as no better than food for horses. So the peas were one of the few crops left after Sherman's march ended around December 21. Southerns cooked them with bacon, ham, onions, or hot sauce, and wished for a happier new year. 

The older story has the tradition beginning in 1730s  witih the Jewish community in Georgia. (Though eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day as a good luck tradition was recorded as far back as 500 CE.) 

Either way, the tradition is definitely a thing we do "down here." And, of course, there are variations on how to prepare black-eyed peas. We've got some great recipes to choose from. (Hey, owners of our 20th Anniversary Cookbook, check out pg. 23!) 

You'll find fresh black-eyed peas, along with collard, turnip, and mustard greens, in our Produce department. Note: You cannot forget the cornbread! My grandmother made hers with sugar and vanilla yogurt. But you can try our cornbread mixes. Choose from Honey or Cheddar JalapeƱo mix. 

Also, while my heart belongs to cold sweet tea as a beverage of choice, I can definitely appreciate a good wine—especially when it's on sale, like ours are!

Happy New Year! 

Our Fab Five Wine Sale is On!

Our wine buyer and team of wine managers have traveled around the globe to source unique wines that are the perfect fit for any situation. Whether you want a casual Cabernet for a Tuesday dinner or a brilliant bubbly for your holiday entertaining, we have it. Most of the Central Market Selection wines are also sourced from small family-owned estates with limited production, which means Central Market is most likely the only place you will find these wines anywhere in the big state of Texas.

So here is the skinny…
All of our wines with a price ending in five – we're talking about $XX.95 or $XX.45 or $XX.15 (you get the idea) – are on sale through December 31, and the more you buy, the more you save.

  • 15% off 6-11 bottles
  • 20% off 12-18 bottles
  • 25% off 18 bottles or more

If you have a question, please ask any of our Wine & Beer Partners, they are happy to help you find just the right bottle, or in this case bottles, for any occassion. So come in, stock up, and enjoy!

Our Fab Five Wine Sale is On!

Our wine buyer and team of wine managers have traveled around the globe to source unique wines that are the perfect fit for any situation. Whether you want a casual Cabernet for a Tuesday dinner or a brilliant bubbly for your holiday entertaining, we have it. Most of the Central Market Selection wines are also sourced from small family-owned estates with limited production, which means Central Market is most likely the only place you will find these wines anywhere in the big state of Texas.

So here is the skinny…
All of our wines with a price ending in five – we're talking about $XX.95 or $XX.45 or $XX.15 (you get the idea) – are on sale through December 31, and the more you buy, the more you save.

  • 15% off 6-11 bottles
  • 20% off 12-18 bottles
  • 25% off 18 bottles or more

If you have a question, please ask any of our Wine & Beer Partners, they are happy to help you find just the right bottle, or in this case bottles, for any occassion. So come in, stock up, and enjoy!

Your Holiday Ham Is Ready for Its Close-up

These hams have a long history in the United States. The Nueske family first put down roots in Wisconsin in 1887, and it was in 1933 that R.C. Nueske began selling bacon, sausage, turkey, and hams smoked with the family’s special recipe. Despite the hard economic times around the country during the ‘30s, R.C. Nueske was able to grow a following of loyal customers. 

Today, R.C.’s son Bob Nueske, continues the tradition, changing very little in the past 80 years at the family business in Wittenberg, Wisconsin. The Nueskes still import the same combination of herbs and spices – and blend them by hand – to create the recipes used by R.C. Only the leanest cuts of meat are good enough for the Nueske label, and nothing – no water, binders , or fillers – comes between you and the full-to-bursting flavor of Nueske’s moist, tender meat.  Each ham is hand-trimmed for leanness, spiral-sliced down to and around the bone for easy serving, and fully cooked. Just warm and serve!

Central Market’s Market Department now features these Nueske specialty hams: Applewood Smoked Spiral  Honey-Glazed Ham, boneless and bone-in. The applewood flavor comes from slow-smoking meats over Wisconsin Applewood embers. The seasonal, soul-warming scent of honey and spices filling your kitchen comes from the exclusive glaze drizzled by hand over each ham.  

All you need to do is add a sumptuous side dish or two for an all-star holiday meal! 

Please note: Nueske’s Hams are not available at our Austin North Lamar location. We invite you to shop our full line of Fire-Glazed and Uncured Hams as well. 

Image Credit: Neuske's Applewood Smoked Meats

Your Holiday Ham Is Ready for Its Close-up

These hams have a long history in the United States. The Nueske family first put down roots in Wisconsin in 1887, and it was in 1933 that R.C. Nueske began selling bacon, sausage, turkey, and hams smoked with the family’s special recipe. Despite the hard economic times around the country during the ‘30s, R.C. Nueske was able to grow a following of loyal customers. 

Today, R.C.’s son Bob Nueske, continues the tradition, changing very little in the past 80 years at the family business in Wittenberg, Wisconsin. The Nueskes still import the same combination of herbs and spices – and blend them by hand – to create the recipes used by R.C. Only the leanest cuts of meat are good enough for the Nueske label, and nothing – no water, binders , or fillers – comes between you and the full-to-bursting flavor of Nueske’s moist, tender meat.  Each ham is hand-trimmed for leanness, spiral-sliced down to and around the bone for easy serving, and fully cooked. Just warm and serve!

Central Market’s Market Department now features these Nueske specialty hams: Applewood Smoked Spiral  Honey-Glazed Ham, boneless and bone-in. The applewood flavor comes from slow-smoking meats over Wisconsin Applewood embers. The seasonal, soul-warming scent of honey and spices filling your kitchen comes from the exclusive glaze drizzled by hand over each ham.  

All you need to do is add a sumptuous side dish or two for an all-star holiday meal! 

Please note: Nueske’s Hams are not available at our Austin North Lamar location. We invite you to shop our full line of Fire-Glazed and Uncured Hams as well. 

Image Credit: Neuske's Applewood Smoked Meats

Think of This Week’s Foodie Freebies as Your Personal Elves

Buy: Anna's Original Ginger Thins, 5.25 oz,
Get: Anna Thins free
Choose from Almond, Orange, and Chocolate Mint. 
That's $2.08 free!

Anna's Thins have been made from the same family recipe since 1929, when Anna Karlsson and her sister Emily founded the company in Stockholm, Sweden. The all-natural, crispy Pepparkakor—ginger thins—
are spiced with ginger, clove, and cinnamon, while Anna's Thins are available in three delicious flavors. Nibble as standalone snacks; crumble in pie crusts or over ice cream; or pair them with cheeses for quick hors d’oeuvres.

You can also make a wish on Anna's Thins, aka Swedish wish cookies. Here's how it works: Holding a cooking in your palm, tap it with your index finger. If it breaks into three pieces, your wish will come true! 

Buy: Fischer & Wieser Raspberry Chipotle Sauce, 15.75 oz.
Get: Smithfield Cream Cheese, 8 oz., free
That's $1.79 free!

Speaking of cheese and quick hors d’oeuvres, this duo will please your guests or add elegance to a Sunday afternoon on the couch. The sauce blends raspberries and chipotle peppers for a roasted sweet-n-spicy flavor that pairs perfectly with tangy cream cheese. Simply display on a plate, slate, board, or slab for instant delicious. (P.S. We hear Smithfield Cream Cheese also makes a mean cheesecake!)

Which leads us to …

Buy: Little Big Farm Limited Edition Pancake Mixes, 16 oz.
Get: Little Big Farm Limited Editon Baking Mixes, 12.5-18 oz., free
That's up to $5.99 free! 

The "Limited Edition" means these flavors will be around only for the holidays, and that includes: Cranberry Orange muffins, Cinnamon Apple pancakes, Gingerbread cupcakes and pancakes, and more. And, secondly, since this is the ultimate season for sweet and savory cakes, breads, muffins, and cupcakes—not to mention the season for potlucks, office mixers, and school parties—mix and match till your heart's content for homemade crowd-pleasers.

Now for those sanity-savors. Take a break from holiday cooking, and treat yourself to one of the easiest meals ever—pasta and sauce.

Buy: Dave's Gourmet Pasta Sauce, 25 oz.
Get: One Free
That's $6.98 free!

Serve it with Filotea Pasta, now 25% off. The hand-packed pastas are prepared in Marche, Italy, following an ancient recipe that includes blending flour, durum wheat semolina, and free-range eggs to create a light texture that easily absorbs sauces and flavors. Choose from Fettucine Spinach, Linguine, Pappardelle, Spaghetti alla Chitarra, Spaghetti ala Chitarra Squid Ink, and Tagliatelle.

These prices are only good through Dec. 24, 2014. 

Think of This Week’s Foodie Freebies as Your Personal Elves

Buy: Anna's Original Ginger Thins, 5.25 oz,
Get: Anna Thins free
Choose from Almond, Orange, and Chocolate Mint. 
That's $2.08 free!

Anna's Thins have been made from the same family recipe since 1929, when Anna Karlsson and her sister Emily founded the company in Stockholm, Sweden. The all-natural, crispy Pepparkakor—ginger thins—
are spiced with ginger, clove, and cinnamon, while Anna's Thins are available in three delicious flavors. Nibble as standalone snacks; crumble in pie crusts or over ice cream; or pair them with cheeses for quick hors d’oeuvres.

You can also make a wish on Anna's Thins, aka Swedish wish cookies. Here's how it works: Holding a cooking in your palm, tap it with your index finger. If it breaks into three pieces, your wish will come true! 

Buy: Fischer & Wieser Raspberry Chipotle Sauce, 15.75 oz.
Get: Smithfield Cream Cheese, 8 oz., free
That's $1.79 free!

Speaking of cheese and quick hors d’oeuvres, this duo will please your guests or add elegance to a Sunday afternoon on the couch. The sauce blends raspberries and chipotle peppers for a roasted sweet-n-spicy flavor that pairs perfectly with tangy cream cheese. Simply display on a plate, slate, board, or slab for instant delicious. (P.S. We hear Smithfield Cream Cheese also makes a mean cheesecake!)

Which leads us to …

Buy: Little Big Farm Limited Edition Pancake Mixes, 16 oz.
Get: Little Big Farm Limited Editon Baking Mixes, 12.5-18 oz., free
That's up to $5.99 free! 

The "Limited Edition" means these flavors will be around only for the holidays, and that includes: Cranberry Orange muffins, Cinnamon Apple pancakes, Gingerbread cupcakes and pancakes, and more. And, secondly, since this is the ultimate season for sweet and savory cakes, breads, muffins, and cupcakes—not to mention the season for potlucks, office mixers, and school parties—mix and match till your heart's content for homemade crowd-pleasers.

Now for those sanity-savors. Take a break from holiday cooking, and treat yourself to one of the easiest meals ever—pasta and sauce.

Buy: Dave's Gourmet Pasta Sauce, 25 oz.
Get: One Free
That's $6.98 free!

Serve it with Filotea Pasta, now 25% off. The hand-packed pastas are prepared in Marche, Italy, following an ancient recipe that includes blending flour, durum wheat semolina, and free-range eggs to create a light texture that easily absorbs sauces and flavors. Choose from Fettucine Spinach, Linguine, Pappardelle, Spaghetti alla Chitarra, Spaghetti ala Chitarra Squid Ink, and Tagliatelle.

These prices are only good through Dec. 24, 2014. 

Think of This Week’s Foodie Freebies as Your Personal Elves

Buy: Anna's Original Ginger Thins, 5.25 oz,
Get: Anna Thins free
Choose from Almond, Orange, and Chocolate Mint. 
That's $2.08 free!

Anna's Thins have been made from the same family recipe since 1929, when Anna Karlsson and her sister Emily founded the company in Stockholm, Sweden. The all-natural, crispy Pepparkakor—ginger thins—
are spiced with ginger, clove, and cinnamon, while Anna's Thins are available in three delicious flavors. Nibble as standalone snacks; crumble in pie crusts or over ice cream; or pair them with cheeses for quick hors d’oeuvres.

You can also make a wish on Anna's Thins, aka Swedish wish cookies. Here's how it works: Holding a cooking in your palm, tap it with your index finger. If it breaks into three pieces, your wish will come true! 

Buy: Fischer & Wieser Raspberry Chipotle Sauce, 15.75 oz.
Get: Smithfield Cream Cheese, 8 oz., free
That's $1.79 free!

Speaking of cheese and quick hors d’oeuvres, this duo will please your guests or add elegance to a Sunday afternoon on the couch. The sauce blends raspberries and chipotle peppers for a roasted sweet-n-spicy flavor that pairs perfectly with tangy cream cheese. Simply display on a plate, slate, board, or slab for instant delicious. (P.S. We hear Smithfield Cream Cheese also makes a mean cheesecake!)

Which leads us to …

Buy: Little Big Farm Limited Edition Pancake Mixes, 16 oz.
Get: Little Big Farm Limited Editon Baking Mixes, 12.5-18 oz., free
That's up to $5.99 free! 

The "Limited Edition" means these flavors will be around only for the holidays, and that includes: Cranberry Orange muffins, Cinnamon Apple pancakes, Gingerbread cupcakes and pancakes, and more. And, secondly, since this is the ultimate season for sweet and savory cakes, breads, muffins, and cupcakes—not to mention the season for potlucks, office mixers, and school parties—mix and match till your heart's content for homemade crowd-pleasers.

Now for those sanity-savors. Take a break from holiday cooking, and treat yourself to one of the easiest meals ever—pasta and sauce.

Buy: Dave's Gourmet Pasta Sauce, 25 oz.
Get: One Free
That's $6.98 free!

Serve it with Filotea Pasta, now 25% off. The hand-packed pastas are prepared in Marche, Italy, following an ancient recipe that includes blending flour, durum wheat semolina, and free-range eggs to create a light texture that easily absorbs sauces and flavors. Choose from Fettucine Spinach, Linguine, Pappardelle, Spaghetti alla Chitarra, Spaghetti ala Chitarra Squid Ink, and Tagliatelle.

These prices are only good through Dec. 24, 2014. 

You’ll Want To Mix Up These Baking Mixes

Quietly for years Little Big Farms has produced many famous national brand baking mixes, and after a bit of time, our Grocery buyer was able to convince them to make some great and tasty items just for Central Market.

All the mixes are exclusive to Central Market, and have been Foodie tested and approved. There are some limited edition mixes which will only be here for the holidays, such as:

  • Ginger Molasses Crackle Cookie
  • Gingerbread Cupcake
  • Cranberry Orange Muffin
  • Chocolate Chip Pancake
  • Cinnamon Apple Pancake
  • Double Chocolate Pancake
  • Gingerbread Pancake
  • Pumpkin Pancake
  • Pumpkin Bread 

Then there are both sweet and savory mixes from biscuits and popovers to cookie and quick breads, that are also debuting this holiday, which will be available all year. Many of the products were inspired from tried and true homemade classics like the Eight Layer Bar, Popovers, Lemon Bars, and more. Personalize your baking with simple additions like fresh herbs to the popovers, nuts to the brownies, or even an icing topping.

Here's to a season of baking.

You’ll Want To Mix Up These Baking Mixes

Quietly for years Little Big Farms has produced many famous national brand baking mixes, and after a bit of time, our Grocery buyer was able to convince them to make some great and tasty items just for Central Market.

All the mixes are exclusive to Central Market, and have been Foodie tested and approved. There are some limited edition mixes which will only be here for the holidays, such as:

  • Ginger Molasses Crackle Cookie
  • Gingerbread Cupcake
  • Cranberry Orange Muffin
  • Chocolate Chip Pancake
  • Cinnamon Apple Pancake
  • Double Chocolate Pancake
  • Gingerbread Pancake
  • Pumpkin Pancake
  • Pumpkin Bread 

Then there are both sweet and savory mixes from biscuits and popovers to cookie and quick breads, that are also debuting this holiday, which will be available all year. Many of the products were inspired from tried and true homemade classics like the Eight Layer Bar, Popovers, Lemon Bars, and more. Personalize your baking with simple additions like fresh herbs to the popovers, nuts to the brownies, or even an icing topping.

Here's to a season of baking.