I once ate what was described on the packaging as an “artisan” tortilla chip. Sure, it tasted good, but was that mass-produced—albeit better-than-average—tortilla chip truly an “artisan” food? Recently, I’ve noticed that restaurants and food manufacturers have become increasingly fond…

Uniquely Yours: Commissioned Art

A few years ago, I commissioned a painting. “You commissioned a painting?” One might ask incredulously, especially if they saw my bank statement. It wasn’t the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, but yes, I commissioned a painting—a folk art piece…