Ari's Picks, Cooking, Recipes

Roasted Vegetables with Cajun Blackening Spices

Here’s one great recipe from the de Vienne family of Épices de Cru fame.  Easy and excellent!  Our friend Sylviane is a fantastic cook who, like the rest of us, is known to forget things in the oven. One day, she served the most delicious, dark-roasted vegetables, crisped to perfection. The natural sugars of the […]

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Ari's Picks, Deli

Chicken Hill Black Pepper from India

In his terrific, if also terrifically obscure, little book, Tastes of Paradise, the German historian Wolfgang Schivelbusch says, “The taste for pepper [in medieval Europe] showed symptoms of having become an addiction. Once habituated to the spices of India, Europe was ready to do anything to gratify its craving.” In 1492 that addiction led Christopher […]

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Ari's Picks, Good Food

Roadhouse Special Dinner #241: From the Mission to the Mitten

I can’t remember when I first started dining at Delfina on 18th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District. Could likely be that I was there for the Fancy Food Show sometime in the late ’90s and went down to visit Bi-Rite (one of the country’s best specialty food stores, for sure). I could easily have […]

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Ari's Picks, Deli, Mail Order

Summer Is Here: How Strong Is Your Mustard Game?

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. But, you won’t be shocked, I suppose, to hear that here at Zingerman’s we’ve tracked down a yellow mustard that’s made by some of the most mustard-passionate people in […]

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