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August 11, 2022

A Simple and Tasty Tomato Sauce

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews You can make this tomato sauce in your own kitchen in as few as 15 minutes! When August arrives, it marks the start of the six to eight weeks out of each year in Ann Arbor that we have amazing tomatoes to enjoy. I’m particularly fortunate because Tammie grows incredibly delicious […]

August 11, 2022

Bonajuto Chocolate from Modica

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews An ancient way of crafting chocolate, carried on in Sicily I first heard about the Dolceria Bonajuto in the fall of 2002. Three different food people—all of whose palates I respect enormously—told me about it, independently, within a few weeks of each other. Six months later, I was there to visit. […]

August 3, 2022

Potato Dill Bread from the Bakehouse

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Super special midsummer Special Bake! One of my long-time favorites from the Bakehouse is making a rare special appearance this coming weekend. I figured I’d give you the heads up so you can pick up a couple loaves for your house, same as I’ll be doing for ours. A sourdough base […]

August 1, 2022

Valdueza Vinegar

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews The Marqués de Valdueza quietly makes even more culinary magic with this bright vinegar from Western Spain In the context of salads, I’ve started to see vinegar as the counter-rhythm to its far more focused-on culinary partner, olive oil. More often than not, the oil gets the attention and the vinegar […]

August 1, 2022

Caraway Rye from the Bakehouse

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Jewish Rye the way it would have been 100 years ago In a previous Ari’s Top 5, I referenced the work of Anzia Yezierska, the late 19th-century Russian Jewish immigrant whose books became some of the best-known representations of the experience of new arrivals in New York’s Lower East Side. Her […]

August 1, 2022

Wild Cherrywood Bacon from Nueske’s

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews If you like their classic Applewood-Smoked Bacon, check out the Cherrywood! About six in the morning on Monday, March 15th, 1982, either Paul or I slid a tray of Nueske’s Applewood-Smoked Bacon into the single oven in the small kitchen in the Deli building. At the time, Nueske’s as a company […]

July 27, 2022

Kintamani Bali Coffee

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Great balance & beautiful flavor from this small South-Asian island Bali is probably not the first place you think of when single-origin coffees come to mind. Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil, Kenya, and coffee’s original home of Ethiopia all likely head the list. Bali, though, for many (like me) is thought of […]

July 27, 2022

Apricot Rugelach from the Bakehouse

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Continued culinary and emotional engagement with apricots In the way things weave together in my mind, the study of Ukrainian culture and history has given me a higher appreciation for apricots than I’ve ever had. What has always existed on the culinary periphery of my mind is now front and center. […]

July 17, 2022

Boston Cream Pie from Zingerman’s Bakehouse

Boston Cream Pie… Is it a pie? Is it a cake? What we know – it’s delicious! Take one bite and you’ll know why it has a whole state so devoted to it.

July 14, 2022

Raye’s Yellow Mustard from Maine

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews The primary color of mustard makes its mark in Ann Arbor Given all of the really great goings on in the food world these days, something as seemingly simple as yellow mustard would be easy to miss. However, given that here at Zingerman’s we work hard not to miss too much […]

July 13, 2022

Comté at the Deli

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Incredible Mountain Cheese from Eastern France Comté is one of France’s oldest cheeses and one of last strong bastions of traditional cheese making. A great Comté will be buttery, softly nutty, intensely excellent without going over any edge. All our Comté comes to us from Marcel Petit, the firm that’s been […]

July 9, 2022

Three Easy Appetizers!

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Quick appetizers to brighten up your summer eating without spending much time in the kitchen As you probably know, I’m always up for ways to make marvelous, world-class meals in a matter of minutes. All of these can be appetizers, but you can easily add a salad, or some toast, and […]