Brioche French Toast

April 20, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Posted in Cooking, What I do: | Leave a comment

One of the many perks of working the food world, is all the free food you inevitably end up bringing home.  The other day I scored a loaf of 2-day old brioche.

2 day old brioche is really only good for one thing: french toast.

This french toast was made with Marshall’s chicken’s eggs.  A bit of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, a splash of vanilla, and enough milk to make it all come together.

Add to that a drizzle of maple syrup, and life is pretty good.




Steep! Regional Tasting Series: The World of Japanese Teas

April 9, 2010 at 12:39 am | Posted in What I do: | Leave a comment

April 14th, 7-9PM

$20/in advance and $25/at the door,  these tastings sell out! Call 734-663-3400 to reserve your seat

You are formally invited to our third installment of the STEEP! Regional Tasting Series.   For those of you who have been to the Indian and Chinese tea tastings, we would love to see you again!  If you haven’t been to a STEEP! Tasting yet, but enjoy the stuff you drink when you go out for sushi… we look forward to meeting you!

In 1191, a Zen priest named Myoan Eisai brought Chinese tea seeds back to his home in southern Japan. Following that important year in tea history, Japan has become home to some of the most valued teas in the world. This tasting will highlight the diverse range of Japanese teas, brought to us by the award winning tea importer Rishi.

Come and learn about the nuances of Japanese green teas (not to mention the fascinating history and beautiful tea ceremony tradition) with our master tea drinkers, Katie and Vanessa.  We will taste Sencha, Houjicha, Genmaicha, Matcha, along with a few exclusive teas brought to the deli for this night alone!  As we taste our teas, we will teach you how to get the best results when you are steeping at home.  And since no tea ceremony would be complete without food, we will taste a few traditional Japanese treats that satisfy your stomach and tickle your taste buds.

We hope to see you there!



What I do: Part 1

February 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Posted in What I do: | Leave a comment

My goal for the blog was that it would allow me to cross the gap between work and play.  I illustrate a monthly chalkboard that is right there on the entryway when you walk into the deli.  I’ve done this for just over a year now, and sadly I don’t have pictures of every chalkboard.  However, I have most of them, so enjoy!

March 2009

(To commemorate my friends Jess and Jess leaving the Deli)

April 2009

May 2009

June 2009

(To commemorate my friend Laura, the girl on the camel, leaving the deli)

July 2009

To celebrate the release of Ari’s Guide to Better Bacon

August 2009

A shameless plug for a tasting I hosted with Duff

September 2009

My favorite board so far

And then my computer crashed and I lost October, November, and December.  January was erased before I could document it.  Ah, the life of a chalkboard artist.

February 2010

So that’s a good look at one of the things I do at the deli.  March will celebrate our cheeses from Neil’s Yard Dairy in London, which will be shared with you just as soon as the thing gets drawn.

A few words on Trockenbeerenauslese Vinegar

January 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Posted in What I do: | Leave a comment

When I’m lonely at the deli, I start to run a mental checklist of the strange things in jars that would be in my dream pantry.  The dream pantry has no price limits or practicality.  Which is exactly why a 250 ml. bottle that we sell for sixty bucks a pop is on the top of my list.  Here’s a little snippet I just wrote for the Zingerman’s Marketplace website.

Gegenbauer Bouvier Trockenbeerenauslese (Trok-in-beer-in-aus-lez-uh)

Trockenbeerenauslese is a German ice-wine, the name means “fruit selected of dried berries.”  The wine is thick and sweet remniscent of honey and apricots, once the wine has matured for eight years in the barrel, Gegenbauer turns it into vinegar.  Trockenbeerenauslese is one of the most tedious wines to produce, and the vinegar making process is no stroll in the park.  The residual sugars left in the wine can easily override the acetic acid producing bacteria.  The folks at Gegenbaur watch it like a hawk during the first 24 hours… and then the vinegar gets an additional five years of aging.

Next to the balsamico tradizionale  we keep under lock and key, the Trockenbeerenauslese vinegar is (in my not so humble opinion) the most beautifully complex on the shelf.  Sip it after dinner to cleanse your palate, the low acidity makes it enjoyable on its own.  Or – use a drop of it on seared scallops, or to add a sweet undertone to a butter sauce.

Cheers and happy eating, Katie G

Upcoming Tasting!

January 30, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized, What I do: | Leave a comment

Steep! Regional Tasting Series: A New Year of Chinese Teas

In the year of 2737 B.C., a wild Camilla Sinesis leaf fell into the Chinese emperor’s cup of boiling hot water, and thus tea was born.  Come for a fun filled night of our tea experts Katie and Ji Hye dropping Camilla Sinesis leaves into your boiling hot cup of water!

We will celebrate the Year of the Tiger as we taste through the three-thousand year old history of this enticing drink.  This tasting will highlight the diverse range of Chinese teas, brought to us by the award winning tea importer Rishi.  And since no celebration can go without a feast, we will taste the foods that showcase the Deli’s hidden gems–our secretly delicious Asian products.

Teas we will taste:

  • Silver Needle
  • Dragon Well
  • WuYi Oolong
  • Keemun Golden Buds
  • Golden Yunnan
  • Vintage Pu-erh
  • Jasmine Pearl

Foods we will eat:

  • Steamed Pork Buns with braised pork belly and Rick’s Picks Pickles (vegetarian option)
  • Traditional Chinese Tea Eggs with Forbidden (black) rice
  • Stem Ginger Shortbread with Robert Lambert’s Five Mandarin Marmalade

If you are in the area, I hope to see you there!

Cheers, Katie

Hello Friends

January 20, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Posted in Cooking, Gardening, Travel, Uncategorized, What I do: | 1 Comment

My name is Katie.  I like to cook, bake, eat, drink, brew, steep, grow, and teach.  So one day I woke up and said, “hey self, how about a blog?”.

Well, actually I’ve been blogging for years, but in the last  few years my forays into the world of food have gone from a part-passion, into a full time career.  I work at Zingerman’s Delicatessen in Ann Arbor Michigan.  At work, I keep my hand in as many pots as possible, so I sell the the best cheeses, meats, olive oils, vinegars, teas, coffees, and all of the other extraneous weird things in jars that line the walls of the deli.  When I’m not on the floor, I’m writing about food, teaching for our public tasting program, and creating artwork for our merchandising department.

I’m one busy little Gastronerd.

And so I’ve created this blog to share with the world all of the things I love about food.  I hope to write about cheeses I love, nerdy food facts, the classes I’m teaching, what I’m making at home, restaurant reviews, the hopes and dreams I have for my victory garden, my adventures in the world of homebrewing, my crush on Micheal Pollen…

Sound good?

Until next time,


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