Cooking with Grace, Education, Food Artisans, Recipes, Specials

Vinegar: The Unsung Hero

The unsung hero of the culinary world is most certainly vinegar. Often undervalued and dismissed as unimportant, vinegar can be an afterthought when you’re cooking. In reality, it’s a secret weapon in your kitchen arsenal that helps unlock the subtle hidden flavors. Vinegar is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to add more […]

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Camp Bacon, Camp Bacon, Education, Food Artisans

An interview with Jeff Roberts: Writer, researcher and “professor” of fine fermented foods

Jeff Roberts and I have run into each other at about a hundred conferences over the years! We’ve shared thoughts, heard each other present, eaten a meal or two together. Over the last thirty-five years, I think it’s safe to say that we’ve travelled moderately parallel paths through the culinary world! Each, of course, in […]

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Ari's Top 5, Cooking, Deli, Food Artisans, Mail Order, Recipes, Roadhouse

Martelli Maccheroni

Totally marvelous macaroni from Tuscany I taste a lot of new foods—I’m always sampling new stuff, experimenting at home, and eating in restaurants every time I go out of town. But, what really gets my attention is when something I’ve been eating, say, for decades, still blows my mind because it’s just so freaking good! […]

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Ari's Top 5, Education, Food Artisans, Miss Kim

Tteokbokki at Miss Kim

The spicy dish that takes the cake The most popular street food in Korea and the most popular dish at Miss Kim. If you like spice and you like rice cakes, this is the dish for you. It’s also a staff favorite. Many of us are essentially addicted. Tender rice batons cooked in a slightly spicy […]

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Ari's Top 5, Deli, Education, Food Artisans, Good Food

Amazing Georgia Almond Butter at the Deli

Best toast topping around? I’m pretty sure this is the best almond butter I’ve ever tried. And it’s definitely the only one that’s ever won my heart. If you’re inclined towards almonds, I think you’ll find that you’re equally high on it. And if you like great peanut butter—like the delicious Koeze brand we bring […]

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Ari's Top 5, Food Artisans

Pio Tosini Parma Ham

Logos, Legends, Quotes, and Carefully Cured Ham Legs If you like cured ham, if you’re partial to Prosciutto di Parma, if you like love stories, or are intrigues by great design, this essay is for you! Last fall I had a chance to visit with Pio Tosini, our long time supplier of Parma ham, in […]

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