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July 26, 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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July 1, 2021

Recipe: Fried Egg ’n’ ’Nduja Sandwiches

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Scrumptious, spicy, super good Spanish-style fried eggs, cooked in full-flavored extra virgin olive oil, are one of the best quick meals I know. The key is the quality of the oil and the eggs. Once you get used to cooking eggs this way, I feel confident you’re likely to stick […]

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July 1, 2021

Rozendal Wine Vinegars

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews 12-year-old biodynamic masterpieces from South Africa These are, to my taste, one of the most wonderful products we sell. Caringly crafted, beautifully presented, exceptionally delicious. They are remarkable! If you get them once, I forecast it won’t be the last time you take some home. Nearly everyone who tastes them […]

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July 1, 2021

Seigneurs des Baux Olive Oil from the South of France

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A limited edition oil from France’s “magic olive” Back in 2005 I was over in the south of France, in the region of Provence, visiting the Castelas mill run by the husband-and-wife team Jean-Benoît and Catherine Hugue. They grow organically on their 45-hectare farm in the Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP) region of […]

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July 1, 2021

Cuvée César from the Alziari Family

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Special limited edition of single-farm French olive oil Back in the 1980s, in the early years of doing business at the Deli, extra virgin olive oil was still pretty much a secret in the U.S., barely understood even by folks who worked with food for a living. When we opened, […]

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July 1, 2021

Allan Benton’s Bacon from Eastern Tennessee

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Super smoky, dry-cured bacon from an award-winning artisan When I think about joy, Allan Benton is one of the first people who comes to mind. Most folks who’ve met him will likely say much the same. While I know enough about human beings to know that Allan, like the rest […]

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July 1, 2021

Recipe: Summer Salad with Dates and Parmigiano Reggiano

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A summer salad makes a whole meal in a matter of minutes The idea for this summer salad came to mind the other day walking through the Farmers Market, looking at the new season arugula coming in. You can grab good local arugula there or at Argus Farm Stop here […]

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July 1, 2021

Modern Day “Fishwife” Tell Tales of Tinned Fish

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews New smoked tuna and smoked trout from Fishwife, a woman-owned start up What’s in a name? Becca Milstein and Caroline Goldfarb write: The term “Fishwife” dates back to the 16th century, and originally referred to the daughters or wives of fishermen who sold fish at the market. The term gradually […]

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July 1, 2021

Rahmtaler Cheese—Handmade by Hansruedi Gasser

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews The original full cream Switzerland Swiss at the Deli Although I grew on the shores of Lake Michigan, I have a thing for mountain cheeses. Right now, this artisan Rahmtaler, cut from wheels so big they weigh more than I do, is one of my favorites. Buttery with a hint […]

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June 18, 2021

Reserve Dragon Well 2021 Selection #1

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A hard to get micro-lot of terrific tea from China The availability of this special tea is super limited, and its flavor is fantastic. If you’re into tea like I am, you might want to drive by to get a bag of it while it lasts (or have some delivered […]

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May 14, 2021

Anchovy Stuffed Peppers

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews “Red Truffles” from Northern Italy–Powerfully good Piemontese cherry peppers stuffed with anchovies and capers These amazing anchovy stuffed peppers are, without hesitation, truly one of the most terrific things I’ve ever eaten. Food writer Faith Willinger refers to these as “red truffles,” which I think is an appropriate description—they’re almost […]

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May 14, 2021

Paesano Bread from the Bakehouse

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A bread from Zingerman’s Bakehouse that is great for everything! If I could only pick one Bakehouse bread to offer solace in a time of struggle, this would be my top choice. Over the last 28 years I’ve taken Paesano bread to probably a dozen different countries and a host of […]

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May 11, 2021

In Memoriam: The Magical Honeys of Mieli Thun

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews The tragic loss of a culinary legend and a call to continue his tradition The Italian culinary journal Gambero Rosso wrote: “Andrea Paternoster, the innovative beekeeper who revolutionized the honey sector in Italy with his Mieli Thun honeys, died today, April 18, 2021.” Andrea was killed, tragically, at the age of […]

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April 24, 2021

Traditional Portuguese Sea Salt

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A small bit of saline loveliness from the South Coast It’s over 20 years ago that I first visited the south of Portugal. I love the sun and I love the beach. It’s a beautiful place. In a sense though, what’s stayed with me most, is this wonderful traditional sea […]

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April 24, 2021

Uganda Rwenzori Coffee

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Uganda Rwenzori: New Coffee from East Africa While so much has been turned topsy turvy over the last year, one thing that has provided comfort and consistency throughout has been the quality of the beans at Zingerman’s Coffee Company. In fact, I would venture to say, through all the ups […]

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April 24, 2021

Mons 1924 Blue Cheese from France

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A terrific taste of “traditional Roquefort” and the Roaring Twenties The year was 1924. It was roughly four years after the winding down of the Spanish flu pandemic. Women were winning the right to vote throughout much of the world. In New York, the Harlem Renaissance was in full swing. In […]