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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

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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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]