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Central Market Purchase of the Week

Besides the $9 a pound fresh Gulf shrimp I grabbed up, I like this living basil.  Questions:  Will it last long?  Will I be able to plant it outside when it’s for sure warm enough?  Will I just eat it all instead?!

Central Market’s Artisan Mini Loaves

Another great idea from Central Market.  The CM located on Lover’s is surrounded by apartments and very close to SMU.  That means small groups of people.  Roomates, lovers, married couples, singles, throw in a few dogs and cats and you’ve got the basic idea.  Hubbard and I don’t live around the CM.  But, we are a two person group.  We fall into the married couples catagory.  And as much as I love good bread, we have a very hard time finishing a full loaf of bread from CM before it goes south.  Not being chock full of preservatives, CM loaves don’t have a long shelf life.  These mini-loaves are perfect!  I think you have six or seven choices on what type of bread you want.  Mine is Roasted Garlic Cheese Bread.  Good stuff.

Nada

You know, when you first start a blog, you can write about practically every dish you cook or restaurant you visit.  Everything is a first for the blog.  After a couple of years…  the new stuff comes a little less often.  We’ve been going out.  But, I’ve written about all the restaurants before.  We almost went to Si Tapas the other night.  A 40 minute wait put a big nix on that.  We cooked a little bit.  I will recommend the “Cowboy” burger patties from Central Market.  They have ground up bacon in them.  Yum!  I even cooked them inside instead of on the grill and they were delicious.  Othere than that, not a whole lot going on last week.

Are any of you going to any of the restaurants on the Yelp Eats! list?  $25 fixed price is a pretty good deal.  I’m just not really sure why they’re doing it…  I don’t see any mention of charity or anything.  Gotta wonder.

Two Great Things…

…That Go Great Together.

Warm steamed Snow Crab with drawn butter

Grilled New York Strip Steak  (Great grill marks, Hub!)

Those twice-baked potatoes were good, too!

Crab and Steak, both on sale at Central Market last weekend.

CM Cooking Classes are a Deal Really

If you haven’t been to a cooking class at Central Market, you should go.  $60 may seem like a lot of money to sit and watch someone cook.  But, you get so much food and wine you end up leaving perfectly satisfied.  Look at this one…

David Uygur, Executive Chef, Lola, the Restaurant & Jennifer Uygur, CM Beer & Wine Manager

David, an accomplished chef who leads the kitchen at one of Dallas’ most recognized restaurants, and Jennifer, a Central Market veteran, will discuss how two elements combine to create an inspired meal. Each of the following dishes will be perfectly paired with wine:

  • Marinated Oysters with Cucumber & Black Pepper
  • Grilled Scallops with a Cauliflower Panna Cotta
  • Ricotta Gnocchi al Ragu
  • Roasted Veal with Hazelnuts
  • Autumn Fruit Gratin with Amaretti

All this and for two and a half hours you get to listen to him talk about this philosophies, techniques, etc.  The classes are so much fun and I bet this one will be great.  I wish I was going.  The prices vary by class.  Check out Central Market’s reservation system for the classes.  It’s a cool new system that they’re using.  Instead of calling to make reservations, you just go online and do it yourself.  The reservation calendar also tells you how many seats are left in the class.  Treat yourself.  Think of it this way, if you went to Lola and had all that food with wine, you’d spend more than $60, right?   

No More Coupons from Central Market

Do you believe it?!  They’re going to stop mailing us coupons.  Instead, you’ll get the sale flyer.  I do agree that they’ve been running some much more serious specials and freebies with a purchase.  These could potentially save you much more than the coupons.  But, I don’t know.  I just kind of liked getting them.  Oh well.  I’m sure I’ll adjust!

Bacon Menu at Central Market

Last weekend I was looking for the applewood-smoked bacon at Central Market and was pleasantly surprised to find the once lonely bacon surrounded by interesting sounding bacons of all shapes and sizes.  This immediately threw me into a tailspin.  Lordy, I was intending to throw my apple bacon into a brisket braising liquid.  What a waste.  I need to buy Oscar Meyer for that.  I should eat the apple stuff straight, like we always do.  Only this time, I need to buy some kind of interesting bacon, too.  And it’s a $1.00 off per pound.  And I can get a free t-shirt! 

I decided on my traditional and much loved apple smoked.  My second choice was one called Ten Garlic Clove bacon.  Whoa.  There are actually garlic cloves imbedded in the bacon slices.  I gotta have that.  There were tons of others.  But, I didn’t have the time to stand there and examine the name and shape of each one.  What I needed was a little menu I could take with me or study before I got the man engaged in waiting on me.  So, where’s that?  I couldn’t tell you the name of one other bacon type, though there were about 12 or more.  I think a sampling party might be in order.  Different bacon appetizers?  Wouldn’t that be a tasty little heart attack of an evening?

I took my dollar off coupon.  But, you know, who needs another white t-shirt?  I’m 46 years old for crying out loud.  It did have a picture of a piece of bacon on the shirt.  I resisted.  I’ll leave the bacon t-shirt for the younger, more t-shirt oriented crowd. 

That bacon was damn good, though.