Central Market Gift Baskets: Send the Love

Choose from four baskets prepared by our own elves, including a taste of the epicurian and a taste of Texas. 

As pictured above:

Gourmet Munchies 
Even foodies get the urge for a snack. This basket is packed with gourmet goodies to meet those urges head-on—tapenades, salami, flatbread, crackers, mustards, and Wackym’s Kitchen Rosemary Cornmeal cookies. Our Gourmet Munchies gift basket is also ideal for office parties or as a gift for your holiday hosts. 
 
Munchies
Speakinng of urges, those sweet and salty cravings have finally met their match. Mini crackers, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate-covered Indulge popcorn can double as a much-appreciated CARE package! 

Texas Gourmet and Texas Munchies 
Two sizes of Texas-themed gift baskets offer a taste of home with hard-to-find Texas-made salsas, cookies, chocolates, bean dip, and, of course, tortilla chips. 

The gift basket magic doesn't stop there. Our Gift Basket team can create a beautiful gift from just about anything you can find in store!

Pamper someone special with a Healthy Living-themed gift basket made of scented candles, soaps, lotions, or essential oils. If someone in your life drinks only warm things in his favorite mug, consider a Coffee-Tea-Hot Chocolate gift basket crafted from our huge selection of all three, and the must-haves like marshmallows, honey, biscotti, shortbread, even whipped creams and spices.

Get creative with a basket of our bread crisps and an assortment of jams, jellies, and syrups. Or go savory! How about a pasta gift basket featuring our Central Market pasta, our favorite sauces, olives, breadsticks, and olive oils? The possibilities are pratically endless! (Have you considered a fruit basket showing off tons of exotic fruits like pomegranates, buddha's hands, or dragon fruit?)

Just call the Gift Basket team at your local Central Market and let them work wonders with whatever you can imagine! 

Central Market Gift Baskets: Send the Love

Choose from four baskets prepared by our own elves, including a taste of the epicurian and a taste of Texas. 

As pictured above:

Gourmet Munchies 
Even foodies get the urge for a snack. This basket is packed with gourmet goodies to meet those urges head-on—tapenades, salami, flatbread, crackers, mustards, and Wackym’s Kitchen Rosemary Cornmeal cookies. Our Gourmet Munchies gift basket is also ideal for office parties or as a gift for your holiday hosts. 
 
Munchies
Speakinng of urges, those sweet and salty cravings have finally met their match. Mini crackers, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate-covered Indulge popcorn can double as a much-appreciated CARE package! 

Texas Gourmet and Texas Munchies 
Two sizes of Texas-themed gift baskets offer a taste of home with hard-to-find Texas-made salsas, cookies, chocolates, bean dip, and, of course, tortilla chips. 

The gift basket magic doesn't stop there. Our Gift Basket team can create a beautiful gift from just about anything you can find in store!

Pamper someone special with a Healthy Living-themed gift basket made of scented candles, soaps, lotions, or essential oils. If someone in your life drinks only warm things in his favorite mug, consider a Coffee-Tea-Hot Chocolate gift basket crafted from our huge selection of all three, and the must-haves like marshmallows, honey, biscotti, shortbread, even whipped creams and spices.

Get creative with a basket of our bread crisps and an assortment of jams, jellies, and syrups. Or go savory! How about a pasta gift basket featuring our Central Market pasta, our favorite sauces, olives, breadsticks, and olive oils? The possibilities are pratically endless! (Have you considered a fruit basket showing off tons of exotic fruits like pomegranates, buddha's hands, or dragon fruit?)

Just call the Gift Basket team at your local Central Market and let them work wonders with whatever you can imagine! 

Central Market Gift Baskets: Send the Love

Choose from four baskets prepared by our own elves, including a taste of the epicurian and a taste of Texas. 

As pictured above:

Gourmet Munchies 
Even foodies get the urge for a snack. This basket is packed with gourmet goodies to meet those urges head-on—tapenades, salami, flatbread, crackers, mustards, and Wackym’s Kitchen Rosemary Cornmeal cookies. Our Gourmet Munchies gift basket is also ideal for office parties or as a gift for your holiday hosts. 
 
Munchies
Speakinng of urges, those sweet and salty cravings have finally met their match. Mini crackers, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate-covered Indulge popcorn can double as a much-appreciated CARE package! 

Texas Gourmet and Texas Munchies 
Two sizes of Texas-themed gift baskets offer a taste of home with hard-to-find Texas-made salsas, cookies, chocolates, bean dip, and, of course, tortilla chips. 

The gift basket magic doesn't stop there. Our Gift Basket team can create a beautiful gift from just about anything you can find in store!

Pamper someone special with a Healthy Living-themed gift basket made of scented candles, soaps, lotions, or essential oils. If someone in your life drinks only warm things in his favorite mug, consider a Coffee-Tea-Hot Chocolate gift basket crafted from our huge selection of all three, and the must-haves like marshmallows, honey, biscotti, shortbread, even whipped creams and spices.

Get creative with a basket of our bread crisps and an assortment of jams, jellies, and syrups. Or go savory! How about a pasta gift basket featuring our Central Market pasta, our favorite sauces, olives, breadsticks, and olive oils? The possibilities are pratically endless! (Have you considered a fruit basket showing off tons of exotic fruits like pomegranates, buddha's hands, or dragon fruit?)

Just call the Gift Basket team at your local Central Market and let them work wonders with whatever you can imagine! 

Thanksgiving Survival Guide Day 10: Black Friday

You made it through another Thanksgiving, having prepared a fabulous meal like you do it every day. Now that you’ve taken your bow, take a rest. 

Whether you’re shopping, binging on football, or starting your next holiday decorating marathon, you’ve still got to eat. That means something new or leftovers. 

If you’re ready for something new—correction—something new that you don’t have to cook, our chefs can help. 

Head to the Chef’s Case for lunch or dinner that’s perfectly prepared and ready to satisfy any craving you have—grilled chicken, grilled salmon, quesadillas, kale salads, roasted veggies, it’s all there. 

You can also choose one of our famous Meals in Minutes casseroles for an extra-hearty family feast. Feeding a smaller group? Dinners for One or Two are your best bet. Find your store’s Dinner for Two menu here. 

Out doing a day of shopping? Keep up your stamina with our ready-to-eat sandwiches, soups, and salads. We also recommend our fresh-baked cookies or gelato, maybe a tart from the Bakery. Just because we like sweet things. 

Are leftovers more your speed today? We’ve got recipes for that, too. Mix things up with:

Thanksgiving Survival Guide Day 10: Black Friday

You made it through another Thanksgiving, having prepared a fabulous meal like you do it every day. Now that you’ve taken your bow, take a rest. 

Whether you’re shopping, binging on football, or starting your next holiday decorating marathon, you’ve still got to eat. That means something new or leftovers. 

If you’re ready for something new—correction—something new that you don’t have to cook, our chefs can help. 

Head to the Chef’s Case for lunch or dinner that’s perfectly prepared and ready to satisfy any craving you have—grilled chicken, grilled salmon, quesadillas, kale salads, roasted veggies, it’s all there. 

You can also choose one of our famous Meals in Minutes casseroles for an extra-hearty family feast. Feeding a smaller group? Dinners for One or Two are your best bet. Find your store’s Dinner for Two menu here. 

Out doing a day of shopping? Keep up your stamina with our ready-to-eat sandwiches, soups, and salads. We also recommend our fresh-baked cookies or gelato, maybe a tart from the Bakery. Just because we like sweet things. 

Are leftovers more your speed today? We’ve got recipes for that, too. Mix things up with:

Thanksgiving Day Survival Guide Day 9: Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Check your shopping list one more time. Forget something? Disperse family for last-minute items if possible, or you can always ask guests to bring easy thing like ice, a dessert, or their favorite bottle of wine.
  • Repeat after us: Do not skip breakfast. You’re more likely to eat too much at dinnertime if you starve yourself all day. (Plus those pre-dinner cocktails may hit you a little harder and faster.) Scramble some eggs or pick up our fresh-baked muffins! Find delicious Thanksgiving breakfast recipes here.
  • Be careful not to fill up on appetizers. Swap carb-heavy, hot appetizers for crisp vegetables that rev up the appetite. Our Build Your Own Platter Cheese Selection makes the absolute perfect appetizer—six varieties to choose from and just the right size to satisfy your guests without ruining their dinner.
  • Remember that it is possible to survive Thanksgiving with one oven. You can make pies and desserts early.
  • If you're hosting Thanksgiving, wear comfy shoes! 
  • Put your slow cooker to use! If you don't have a slow cooker, beg one from someone else and use it to keep mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, or stuffing warm. Keeping your dishes covered will also hold in warmth.

The most important tip of the day is a simple one: Enjoy the time with family, loved ones, and delicious food!

Thanksgiving Day Survival Guide Day 9: Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Check your shopping list one more time. Forget something? Disperse family for last-minute items if possible, or you can always ask guests to bring easy thing like ice, a dessert, or their favorite bottle of wine.
  • Repeat after us: Do not skip breakfast. You’re more likely to eat too much at dinnertime if you starve yourself all day. (Plus those pre-dinner cocktails may hit you a little harder and faster.) Scramble some eggs or pick up our fresh-baked muffins! Find delicious Thanksgiving breakfast recipes here.
  • Be careful not to fill up on appetizers. Swap carb-heavy, hot appetizers for crisp vegetables that rev up the appetite. Our Build Your Own Platter Cheese Selection makes the absolute perfect appetizer—six varieties to choose from and just the right size to satisfy your guests without ruining their dinner.
  • Remember that it is possible to survive Thanksgiving with one oven. You can make pies and desserts early.
  • If you're hosting Thanksgiving, wear comfy shoes! 
  • Put your slow cooker to use! If you don't have a slow cooker, beg one from someone else and use it to keep mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, or stuffing warm. Keeping your dishes covered will also hold in warmth.

The most important tip of the day is a simple one: Enjoy the time with family, loved ones, and delicious food!

Thanksgiving Survival Guide Day 8: Pies & Desserts

Chances are, however you display them, you want your desserts to shine as much as the turkey, and we’ve got some tips to make that happen. 

Pies

  • First things first, it’s the day before Thanksgiving. Bake your pies today.
  • You know the key to good pies is good ingredients, so start with the ripest fruit available, the best butter you can find, and the freshest flour. Speaking of flour, it’s typically used as a thickener in fruit pies, though cornstarch is also an option. Pastry Chef Kierin Baldwin at The Dutch in New York recommends using both. Cornstarch is a strong thickener but can impact flavor, while flour won’t impact the taste, but it can be gritty. A combo of the two plays up to the advantage of each.
  • If you’re making pies from scratch, remember: Easy on the dough. Rolling too vigorously can make a tough crust. If your dough doesn’t roll out easily under moderate pressure, let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes and give it another go. 
  • Your dough should rest in the fridge before you roll it out. Chilling for 30 minutes gives the butter in the dough time to firm up.
  • If you’re just not getting your dough to do what you want, you can skip it altogether: Start with a foolproof dough that you press into the pan.
  • Making an apple pie? Try Braeburn, McIntosh, Jazz, or Granny Smith apples.
  • Don’t overlook the power of pears! The best pears for baking are Bartlett, D’Anjou, and Comice. 

Desserts 

My contribution to Thanksgiving has always been something sweet. Check out these scrumptious delights from our 20th Anniversary Cookbook that include all the flavors of fall!

Thanksgiving Survival Guide Day 8: Pies & Desserts

Chances are, however you display them, you want your desserts to shine as much as the turkey, and we’ve got some tips to make that happen. 

Pies

  • First things first, it’s the day before Thanksgiving. Bake your pies today.
  • You know the key to good pies is good ingredients, so start with the ripest fruit available, the best butter you can find, and the freshest flour. Speaking of flour, it’s typically used as a thickener in fruit pies, though cornstarch is also an option. Pastry Chef Kierin Baldwin at The Dutch in New York recommends using both. Cornstarch is a strong thickener but can impact flavor, while flour won’t impact the taste, but it can be gritty. A combo of the two plays up to the advantage of each.
  • If you’re making pies from scratch, remember: Easy on the dough. Rolling too vigorously can make a tough crust. If your dough doesn’t roll out easily under moderate pressure, let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes and give it another go. 
  • Your dough should rest in the fridge before you roll it out. Chilling for 30 minutes gives the butter in the dough time to firm up.
  • If you’re just not getting your dough to do what you want, you can skip it altogether: Start with a foolproof dough that you press into the pan.
  • Making an apple pie? Try Braeburn, McIntosh, Jazz, or Granny Smith apples.
  • Don’t overlook the power of pears! The best pears for baking are Bartlett, D’Anjou, and Comice. 

Desserts 

My contribution to Thanksgiving has always been something sweet. Check out these scrumptious delights from our 20th Anniversary Cookbook that include all the flavors of fall!

Thanksgiving Survival Guide Day 7: Sides & Stuffings

Now I don’t mind telling you that jiggling my jelly all ringed from the can was my idea of cranberry sauce. But then I discovered Central Market’s cranberry sauce. Orange and ginger? What alchemy was this? Pretty darn delicious alchemy is what. 

The whole cranberries let you know right away that there will be no messing around. We’re talking serious substance here. Don’t make the mistake of bringing a butter knife to a serving spoon party.

Our chefs have perfected the art of tart, blending cranberries, orange, and ginger. One bite (and we do mean bite. You’ll need to use your teeth), and you’ll feel it high-five the back of your palate with a dose of refreshingly sweet tanginess, and a hint of warm spice.  

It’s that hint of gingery spice that bridges the gap between the cool, sort-of-citrus sauce and the soul-warming flavors of fall.  Find room on your fork for a bit of tender turkey, sage-spiced dressing, and our Cranberry Sauce, and you’ll love it. It’s warm vs. cool, and it’s the meshing of tart and savory that tumbles your palate into sensory overload, which is exactly what Thanksgiving should be! 

You can pick up our Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Ginger in store, or create your own cranberry alchemy with this recipe:  Mango Cranberry Sauce.

Now, are you Team Stuffing or Team Dressing?

The difference is stuffing is cooked inside the turkey, while dressing is made separately. And, methinks it doesn’t really matter where it’s cooked, as long as it’s delicious. 

There are some tricks to great stuffing or dressing:

Avoid gummy stuffing. Says RealSimple.com: Soft bread can soak up broth like a sponge, making the stuffing dense and sticky. Toast the bread first for a lighter, chewier texture.

Revamp your tried-and-true dressing by changing your base bread. Depending on the kind of bread you use, you’ll need 2-3 ½ cups of broth. (Thanks, BonAppetit.com!)

  • Rye — Caraway seeds give the stuffing a spicy, floral hit. (Use 2 medium loaves.)
  • Baguette  A crustier loaf makes for a more crouton-like consistency. (Use 2 baguettes.)
  • Sourdough Boule  — It’s tangy and chewy all in the best ways. (Use 1 loaf.)
  • Challah — Rich, sweet, and pleasantly eggy—think bread pudding and you’re almost there. (Use 1 ½ loaves.)
  • Seeded Multigrain — Texture city! Firm on the inside with a crunchy crust. (Use 2 small loaves.)

Also, get creative with your add-ins. Think: pecans, walnuts, wild mushrooms, bacon, even oysters!