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February 18, 2021

Hungarian Almond Kifli from the Bakehouse

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Superb little cookies that can spiritually transport you to Budapest with every bite One of my all-time favorite Bakehouse cookies are Hungarian almond kifli. If you, like me, have a high affection for Mexican wedding cookies or any other powdered-sugar-coated, kind of crumbly, butter cookie of that delicious ilk, I’m […]

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February 18, 2021

Tinned Trout from Scout, a Craft Seafood Cannery

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Delicious new Canadian convervas I’ve long been a huge fan of tinned fish, or what folks in Spain call conservas—tinned tuna, anchovies, mackerel, salmon, and sardines (about which I wrote a whole little hand sewn book, titled Sardines!), and I eat them all regularly at home. So, it’s no surprise that I’m so […]

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February 6, 2021

Pecan Raisin Bread from the Bakehouse

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A classic bread to bring comfort We’ve been baking this lovely Pecan Raisin Bread for well over 25 years. It has stayed at the top of the Bakehouse’s list of favorites for so long now that I almost forget about it sometimes. Fortunately for me, the bread bakers at the […]

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February 6, 2021

Pitchfork Farmhouse Cheddar

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews New raw milk artisan cheddar from the southwest of England In 1982, the same year we opened the Deli, Patrick Rance published The Great British Cheese Book. Back then, when I knew little about cheese, his thin tome was a bit of a bible for me. The cheeses and the history […]

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January 30, 2021

Pistacchiosa: The Secret Nut Sauce of Central Italy

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Splendid spread made from Sicilian pistachios and extra virgin olive oil If you want a little something to brighten your day, put a culinary-inspired smile on your face, and leave some lovely fine flavors on your tongue, pick up a jar of this incredible sweet pistachio cream, made in central […]

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January 30, 2021

Rózsavölgyi Eros Hot Paprika Chocolate Bar

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews The best of Budapest arrives in Ann Arbor It was in the fall of 2011 that Frank and Amy from the Bakehouse and I (along with my good friend, food writer Molly Stevens) took our first trip to Budapest. It was the beginning of an exploration that, ten years later, has made […]

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January 30, 2021

Chicken Broth from the Deli Kitchen

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews The centuries-old chicken broth recipe that still makes us feel better As we shift into the middle of winter, there are any number of ways we can take care of ourselves through the cold months still to come. I wrote a whole long piece about comfort food in the current […]

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January 30, 2021

Working Through Hard Times: Life and Leadership Learnings from 2020

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A new pamphlet release from Zingerman’s Press I have written a new pamphlet. Like the pandemic, it wasn’t something I’d planned for. While the idea for the previous pamphlet—“Humility: A Humble, Anarchistic, Inquiry”—had been in the works for over a year, the idea for this one only came into my […]

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January 28, 2021

Pumpernickel Raisin Bread

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A Zingerman’s Bakehouse Special Bake provides a taste of Jewish New York From one element of great eastern European Jewish culinary culture to another. Like a rare appearance of a musician with a strong cult following, Pumpernickel Raisin pops out of the Bakehouse ovens from time to time as a “Special Bake” […]

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January 14, 2021

Halen Môn Sea Salt

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Handmade organic salt from the coast of Wales Certainly, no one needs salt from Wales to get through their week. That said, this is a product that brings so many of our values and purposes to life—it’s got a lovely, delicate, almost sweet flavor. Made by David Lea-Wilson, along with his wife […]

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January 7, 2021

Omnom Coffee and Milk Chocolate Bar

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Like a cool café latte from Iceland, you can carry in your car Most all innovations seem so obvious once someone has made them. Here’s one that I can’t believe hasn’t made the mainstream for the last 150 years. And yet, I at least, have never heard of it till […]

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January 7, 2021

Recipe: How to Make Spaghetti Toast

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A home treat for grain lovers Here’s a little bit of homespun comfort food that Tammie taught me shortly after we met many years ago now. Her mother used to make it for her and her sisters—spaghetti was one of her little sister Missie’s favorites and “spaghetti toast” turned out […]

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January 7, 2021

Great New Harvest Greek Olive Oil

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Amazing arrival from the island of Antiparos I’m sitting here, in Ann Arbor, watching snow fall. The forecast for every day this week looks to be gray and in the low 30s, which is certainly, I know, better than the 3°F-below that it could be. Most of us will not […]

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January 1, 2021

Recipe: Swiss Potato Mac & Cheese with Caramelized Onions

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Swiss potato mac is a great winter dish from the mountains to make at your house There’s no denying that we’re into the first full-on formal weeks of winter here in Michigan. A sprinkling of snow and plenty of below-freezing temperatures. Which means it’s a good time of year to […]

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January 1, 2021

Willi Lehner Cheese

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Bandaged Farmhouse Cheddar and Farmhouse Grana–A pair of exceptional, long-aged, artisan cheeses from Willi Lehner in Wisconsin If I were putting together a book of poetry about people who stayed in place and made a long term lasting difference in their communities, Willi Lehner would surely be in it. He’s been making […]

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December 27, 2020

Ben Shan Oolong Tea from Fujian

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A new Oolong Tea at the Deli brews a delicious cup Thanks to the hard work and passionate pursuit of excellence of longtime Deli staffer Jackson Konwinski, we have this lovely new oolong tea that’s only recently arrived from China. The Ben Shan is a delicate and delicious Tieguanyin (aka, […]