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A Wonderful New Way to Stock up On Zingerman’s T-Shirts

Great Zingerman’s gift for a T-shirt lover you love! Given that he was born and raised in Japan and I grew up in the American Midwest, author Haruki Murakami and I seem to have a surprising number of things in common. As I wrote about last summer, we each run every day, write a lot, and […]

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Shawn Askinosie’s New Super Tasty Single-Origin Sipping Chocolate

Dark chocolate artisan “nuggets” ready to mix with milk If you’re looking for a great-tasting drink to bring comfort as the colder weather works its way into our lives this fall, check out this superb new Sipping Chocolate from my friend Shawn Askinosie. Everything we’ve gotten from Shawn for the last fifteen years has been […]

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Piemontese Panettone with Marrons Glacés

An early chance to buy a whole bunch of great Christmas gifts In 1838, the year after the barn at Cornman Farms was built, Filippo Barbero had begun working as a baker at the church of Mombercelli, about fifteen miles south of the small city of Asti in northern Italy. Forty-five years later, Filippo’s son […]

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Why Believing You Really Can Make a Difference Makes Such a Meaningful Difference

Creating a culture where people act like they care and care enough to act Roya Hakakian was born back in 1966, into a Jewish family in Iran. Hakakian was 13 in 1979 when the ultra-orthodox Moslem regime took power and many previously well-accepted freedoms were taken away. She remembers women, suddenly unable to dress as […]

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A Trio of Compelling Reasons to Come to Miss Kim

A very tasty treasure in Ann Arbor’s culinary ecosystem One thing I’ve learned from traveling a lot over the years is that often, myself included, we can take local treasures for granted while we’re simultaneously letting ourselves be wowed by what we “discover” when we leave town. When I consider the context of the national […]

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New Caramel Sauce from the Candy Manufactory

Terrific topping for gelato, cake, toast Here’s an easy and delicious new taste treat from the crew at the Candy Manufactory. The caramel we’ve been making for years as an ingredient in other confectionery work is now available to take home in 8-ounce cups. If you’re like me and making caramel is not part of […]

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