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I am still swooning. At the Shadow Art Fair this weekend, we came across these lovely and inspired letterpress cards from Letterform, a graphic design studio with deep roots in Ann Arbor. When they’re not making greeting cards with foodalicious puns like “Shanks, Shanks a Lot” and “Whisking You a Happy Birthday,” Andy and Julie, graduates from the UM School of Art + Design, are making posters for Tally Hall or designing marketing materials for Found Magazine. They say they’re coming back to the Deuce, and we really want them to, because Ann Arbor could use some letterpress geniuses with a penchant for culinary puns,

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and an attention to the details of pleasing packaging.

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Check out their Nourishing Notes Flickr set, and once you decide that you simply must buy these either for yourself or someone on your holiday shopping list, go on over to their Etsy shop and do the deed. (Make sure to make your purchase before December 18 for delivery by the 25th.)

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One of my favorite procrastination techniques is to start on another, preferably food-related project, in order to put off whatever it is I’m really supposed to be doing. This weekend, I should really be focused on my own holiday gift shopping. Instead, I’m hanging out at my friend’s place, eating leftover noodle kugel, drinking coffee, reading stuff on the Internets. Soon, I’m told, there will be Bloody Mary’s. So, hmmm, maybe shopping can just wait a bit longer.

But perhaps you’re more disciplined than I am and are already half-way through your shopping list. Maybe you’re wondering what to get the food-obsessed friend or sweetie or family member on your list. And here’s where my food-related diversion project comes in: amidst sips of coffee and bites of kugel, we’ve been brainstorming about good gift ideas from the Zingerman’s Mail Order Catalog, which is where my friend works. (Read: we’re fantasizing about what kinds of things we’d love to receive. Hi, mom!) And what better way to assuage my guilt about putting off my holiday preparations than sharing some ideas with you all — or, better yet, sharing my Zingerman’s friend’s picks. To make it even a bit sweeter, they’re sharing a 20% discount offer for friends & family with readers of this here little blog. Sometimes, procrastination pays off.

Here’s the skinny: check out the online catalog–that is, if you don’t have a paper copy handy–or browse our picks below. If you find something to your liking, enter the code word PARSNIP when prompted for a discount code.

Here’s the fine print:

  • Ship anywhere in the USA, or pick up at Mail Order
  • Only good at Zingerman’s Mail Order — cannot be used at any other Zingerman’s businesses
  • Last date to order for standard shipping rates in 12/17.
  • You can order after, but S/H might be more expensive.
  • Last date to order for pick up on 12/24 is 12/22.
  • Expires 12/31/08.

With all of those formalities out of the way, here are our picks in various categories and price points. Enjoy browsing, and enjoy the discount!

Sweets and Beautiful Gifts

$12
Askinosie Bars from Missouri

$14
Antonio Mattei Biscotti

$16
Fruit Jellies from Northern Italy

$24
Hot Cocoa Coffeecake

$25
Preserved Figs from Calabria

$30
Béquet Caramels from Montana

$45
Candied Chestnuts

$50
Cunesi Rum Truffles

$55
Robert Lambert’s Rare Citrus Fruit Cake

Meat

$60
Finocchiona Salami

Spice

$12
Urfa Red Pepper Flakes

Marash Red Pepper Flakes

$30
Wild Fennel Pollen

Oil

$25
Roi Olive Oil

$25
Marina Colonna’s Citrus Oils

$29
Zingerman’s Peranzana Olive Oil

Vinegar

$19
Vecchia Dispensa’s 6 Year Aged Balsamic

$28
Agrodolce White Balsamic Vinegar

$75
PX Sherry Vinegar

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