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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

April 11, 2021

Milk Oolong Tea

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Terrific New Tea Arrival from Taiwan It’s nearly 20 years ago now that we started to roast our own coffee. Up until that point I drank coffee only rarely, mostly if (as is still often the case, in Italy) there was no other choice. Tea was my thing. Every morning, […]

April 1, 2021

Cruschi: Crunchy Fried Sweet Peppers from Southern Italy

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews The potato chip of the pepper world Looking for a terrific new taste treat? These amazing little fried Cruschi peppers—which are not spicy—are as awesome as potato chips and also equally addictive. If you’re at all like me, you might eat most of the bag in the course of a […]

April 1, 2021

Crozier Blue

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Ireland’s only sheep milk blue cheese is tasting terrific! Not long before I read The Fifth Discipline I travelled for the first time to Ireland. The trip had a huge impact on my life—I’ve been back about 20-something times, I’ve come to study Irish history and culture extensively, I’ve made dozens of […]

April 1, 2021

The Superb Olive Oil of Mariano Sanz

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews New harvest oil “Teresa Arrojo” arrives from western Spain Nelson Mandela, said “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” Mariano Sanz Pech did exactly that. He set out to save traditional Spanish cheese. The disconnection and despair that came out of the industrial revolution is not limited to […]

April 1, 2021

Recipe: Red Walnuts Make a Great Sauce for Pasta

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Red walnuts are a wonderful way to make dinner Salsa Noci is a pretty common item on the Italian Riviera, where jarred sauces are a wonderful everyday item. I got to thinking about it the other day—while putting some of the super good red walnuts we have at the Deli on a salad, […]

April 1, 2021

Patagonia Provisions Smoked Mackerel from Spain

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Terrific tinned fish to make your meal into something special If you like tinned fish even a tenth as much as I do, you’ll definitely want to check out this newly-arrived smoked mackerel from Patagonia. Not Patagonia in Argentina. Patagonia the clothing company—they’ve started a terrific new line of sustainable tinned […]

April 1, 2021

Pignoli Cookies from the Bakehouse

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Big flavor, no flour—great for gluten-free eating, Easter, Passover or just… because you like good food! One of the nicest new arrivals from the Bakehouse are these great little, bite-sized, Italianate pine nut cookies. “Nina’s ’nolis” are named for our longtime Bakehouse staffer, and recipe tester extraordinaire, Nina Plasencia. They’re […]

April 1, 2021

Bayley Hazen Blue Cheese from Vermont

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Raw milk, handmade, and marvelously delicious One of the tastiest blue cheeses in our Deli cases right now is the Bayley Hazen from Vermont, handmade by Mateo Kehler, Andy Kehler, and the caring crew at Jasper Hill Creamery. You’ll know why we get along so well when you see their slogan: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]