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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

December 27, 2020

Zingerman’s Bakehouse Stollen

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Stollen–a classic German Christmas cake, loaded with butter, dried fruit, spices and more! While there are many recipes for stollen, the Bakehouse’s has been a big favorite around these parts—and around the country—for well over 25 years now. It’s made with an incredible array of ingredients including sweet butter, Bacardi rum, […]

December 17, 2020

Simple Appetizers to Serve at Your House

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Easy, simple appetizers to entertain (even if it’s just yourself) Given that most of us won’t be going to big family gatherings this year, we might need to find our own way in the kitchen. Here’s a half dozen easy appetizers you can use to make magic in under ten […]

December 11, 2020

First bottles of Olio Nuovo at the Deli

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Olio Nuovo or New Harvest Olive Oils–Just in time for Hanukkah I didn’t know it when I was a kid (my grandmother fried her latkes in Wesson), but new harvest olive oil (or Olio Nuovo as they would say in Italy) is really the closest to what Chanukah would have […]

December 5, 2020

Smoked Turkey Risotto

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A new Thanksgiving tradition at our house I’d like to tell you my grandmother always made smoked turkey risotto on what she would have called “Erev Thanksgiving,” but that’s not true. What is true is that smoked turkey risotto just sort of happened on Wednesday evening last week. I came […]

December 5, 2020

Quinta Luna Olive Oil

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Excellent Umbrian Elixir in a Bottle Terrific new olive oil from one of the least known provinces of Italy Although most American tourists pass it by en route to more famous destinations, there’s a beauty to Umbria that makes it particularly special to stop at. I fell in love with […]