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Impress your friends with Centro's classic Elote Asado - the perfect summer BBQ treat.


Elote Asado
Recipe from Chef Fidel Lopez, Centro Cocina Mexicana

Serves 4


  • 4 ears of California-grown corn, unshucked
  • 1/2 cup Rizo Bros California Creamery Cotija cheese or queso fresco
  • 1/3 cup 365 Everyday Value Organic mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp ground Spicely Organic New Mexico chile powder
  • 1 lime, cut into quarters


  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan.
  2. Carefully pull the husks back from the corn, remove the silk and trim the husks as needed, leaving some husks behind to use as handle.
  3. Place corn on grill and cook for 10-12 minutes, turning until bright yellow, te...
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Ceviche is a seafood dish that is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next fiesta! Typically, it consists of raw fish, or shrimp, marinated in citrus juice, and mixed with avocado, tomatoes, onion and cilantro.

The recipe below adds some sweetness with mangos to combat the spice of the habanero chiles. Habanero chiles are well known for their heat but are sometimes underappreciated for their floral perfume and exotic, tropical flavor. This is a ceviche with the flavors of the Yucatan.


Ceviche with avocado, mango, & habanero chiles

Author: Kurt Spataro, Executive Chef for Paragary Restaurant Group
Recipe type: appetizer, side dish, entree Cuisine: mexican, seafood
Prep time: 2 hours 30 mins Cook ti...

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In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this month, we’re sharing Cafe Bernardo’s Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich recipe. The perfect Reuben Sandwich starts with well-cured and cooked beef brisket, so we’ve also included Executive Chef Kurt Spataro’s trustworthy recipe for the ultimate homemade corned beef. Enjoy!


Step 1: Brine the Beef


  • 1 gallon water
  • 1-1/2 cups kosher salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons pink salt (sodium nitrite), optional
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons pickling spice
  • 1 5-pound beef brisket
  • 1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and cut in two
  • 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped


  1. Bring all ingredients to a simmer to di...
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While snickerdoodle cookies can be enjoyed all year long, there is something special about indulging in the cinnamon and sugar treat during the holidays. Baking cookies can be a fun family activity, and it makes your house smell simply delicious. Enjoy this recipe for yourself, or bake some snickerdoodles for your friends. Baked goods make the best gifts because they really show someone you care. Enjoy!

Simple Snickerdoodle Cookies

Author: Laurel Sanders, Paragary Bakery
Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 35 mins
Serves: About 2 dozen


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cream of tarta...
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The air is getting cooler, days are getting shorter and leaves are changing color - it's fall! Celebrate autumn with the perfect chai tea recipe. The combination of sweet and spicy is perfect hot or cold!


  • 8” piece Organic ginger, peeled and sliced into ½” thick coins
  • 4 Whole Foods Market Organic Fair Trade cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 4 tsp 365 Everyday Value black peppercorns, lightly crushed
  • 48 365 Everyday Value whole cloves
  • 24 Spicely Organic cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 4 Tbsp 365 Everyday Value fennel seeds
  • 30 grams Two Leaves & A Bud Organic Assam tea leaves
  • 24 cups water
  • 3 cups 365 Organic Everyday Value brown sugar


  1. Place spices in a saucepan and...
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Watermelon, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella come together to make the perfect summer salad. Impress your friends with this simple, seasonal dish at your next summer gathering, or enjoy on your own for a refreshing treat on a hot day.


  • 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon

  • 2 oz fresh mozzarella, cut into ½” pieces

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • ¼ small red onion, thinly sliced several basil leaves, torn

  • 1-2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil coarse salt


  1. Combine watermelon, cherry tomatoes, and red onion in mixing bowl.

  2. Add the olive oil and a generous pinch of salt and gently toss.

  3. Divide ingredients between two serving plates.

  4. Scatter the cheese and basil over the salads.

  5. Sp...
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temp-post-imageThe sliced mushroom salad has been on Paragary’s menus since it opened in 1983, and is still a guest favorite to this day.
This simple salad is easy to make and sure to impress your guests.


  • 3 cups thinly sliced mushrooms

  • ½ cup grated Jarlsberg cheese

  • 4 tbsp fresh parsley (finely cut)

  • ¾ cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Mix all ingredients in large bowl

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Share & enjoy!

Serves 4

To clean mushrooms, simply wipe mushrooms with damp towel to clean - soaking or rinsing them makes them takes away from their flavor!

temp-post-imageThe appetizing Napa Cabbage Salad was featured on the menu at the original Paragary’s Bar & Oven for many years, and continues to be be a guest favorite at Paragary's today. Now you can enjoy this dish right in your own home, or impress your friends with this delicious salad!


Napa cabbage salad:

  • 8 cups finely shredded Organic Napa cabbage

  • 1 cup finely shredded Organic purple cabbage

  • ½ cup finely shredded Organic carrot

  • ½ cup finely sliced Organic scallion

  • ¼ cup chopped, 365 Everyday Value roasted cashews

  • 2 grilled, Mary’s air-chilled boneless chicken breasts, cut into ¾” dice (optional)

Chinese Black Bean Vinaigrette:

  • 1 tsp chopped Organic ga...
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Warm, sweet, chewy, spicy gingerbread... What's not to love? Learn how to make Paragary Bakery's classic gingerbread cookies to share with friends & family this holiday season.


Recipe by Laurel Sanders-Melchor for Paragary Bakery


  • 4 oz (1 stick) 365 Everyday Value Organic butter, room temperature

  • ½ cup 365 Everyday Value Organic sugar

  • ½ cup Wholesome Organic molasses

  • 1 365 Everyday Value Organic cage-free egg

  • yolk

  • 9 ounces 365 Everyday Value Organic flour

  • ½ tsp 365 Everyday Value Fine Crystals Sea salt

  • ½ tsp 365 Everyday Value baking powder

  • ½ tsp 365 Everyday Value baking soda

  • 1 tsp 365 Everyday Value Organic cinnamon

  • 1 tsp 365 Everyday Value Organic ground ...
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As the cold weather sets in, hot cocktails are perfect crow pleasers! Learn how to impress your holiday visitors with Paragary's Hot Buttered Hard 'Chai'-der.



  • 2 tablespoons chai toffee sauce (recipe below)

  • 1 ½ ounces darjeeling-infused vodka (recipe below)

  • 6 ounces boiling apple cider

  • Garnish: orange twist, cinnamon stick & grated nutmeg & whipped cream (recipe below)

Combine 2 tablespoons chai toffee sauce with 1 ½ ounces Darjeeling-infused vodka in heatproof glasses. Pour 6 ounces boiling apple cider over each, and stir. Garnish with cinnamon stick, orange twist (express oils over top of drink), & grated nutmeg.


  • 4 ounces (1 ...
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