Throwback Thursday: Hansen's Sno-Bliz

 

Earlier today, JBF announced the 2015 America's Classics honorees, our award given to regional establishments that are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal. As we induct this new class of regional favorites into our ranks, it seemed only fitting to dedicate this Throwback Thursday to one of last year's winners, Hansen's Sno-Bliz.

 

On frosty days like these, we can only dream of licking melted shaved ice off our fingers in the scorching heat of summer. In 1934, Ernest Hansen patented one of the earliest ice shaving machines, and shortly after, his wife Mary started developing her own flavored syrups to use as toppings. On a sweltering New Orleans summer day back in 1939, they debuted their creations as Hansen's Sno-Bliz. Their granddaughter, Ashley Hansen, pictured here standing proudly with her award, has kept this mouthwatering business in the family. She contin... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Meet the 2015 America’s Classics

Today we're excited to announce the recipients of one of our most popular awards: the America's Classics! This honor is given to regional establishments, often family-owned, that are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal. Read on to learn more about our 2015 America's Classics. These awards will be bestowed at the James Beard Awards Gala at Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4.  

 

Read the full press release here.

 

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Archie’s Waeside, Le Mars, IA (Owner: Robert Rand)

 

Set in what was once a roadhouse bar, Archie’s is a citadel of American beef cookery. Seated in a commodious booth, in a dining room accented with Christmas tchotchkes, regulars drink perfect Manhattans, snack on handmade onion rings and well-curated relish trays... Read more >

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Staff Picks: Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Small Batch Tonic

 

 

Searching for the best small-batch, artisanal products to add to your pantry? Our staff scoured the market for you, and we've been featuring their picks all month long. For our final staff pick, see what executive vice president Mitchell Davis has to say about one of his favorite cocktail ingredients.

 

 

“Although I’m not generally looking for an excuse to drink a gin and tonic, such an excuse is exactly what Jack Rudy’s lemongrass-tinged tonic concentrate provides. Its handsome, neoclassical bottle beckons from the fridge, saying, ‘Not only will I be delicious, but also I’ll bring that old- fashioned malaria cure into today’s modern mixology milieu."

 

 

 

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What We're Reading: February 26, 2015

 

Is bone broth the new kale? [Eater

 

The chemistry behind the perfect cup of tea. [NPR

 

Forget what you know about Lime-A-Ritas: bespoke bottled cocktails are on the rise. [NYT

 

You're guaranteed to see these people strolling down the aisles of Whole Foods. [Thrillist

 

There's no need to stock your kitchen with ten different oils when you only need three to cook. [... Read more >

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Video: Make Hugh Acheson's Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

shaved brussels sprout salad

 

We're excited to announce our partnership with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll share instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.

 

In this week's video, senior editor Elena North-Kelly demonstrates how to prepare Top Chef guest judge and JBF Award winner Hugh Acheson's hearty and delicious shaved... Read more >

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Staff Picks: Elizabethan Pantry Apple Curd with Cinnamon

 

 

Searching for the best small-batch, artisanal products to add to your pantry? Our staff scoured the market for you, and we'll be featuring their picks all month long. Today we spotlight Elizabethan Pantry's Apple Curd with Cinnamon, which has found a fan in JBF assistant editor Maggie Borden

 

“The Truffle Cafe at Pike Place Market offers a wide variety of oils, jams, mustards, and more, but my favorite product is the Apple Curd with Cinnamon, made by Elizabethan Pantry. The company exclusively puts out products popular during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, but I’m hoping this curd makes a cultural comeback. It’s perfect on toast and scones, it’s rich and spreadable with a crisp apple flavor, and it adds a little historical flair to your everyday breakfast. It would also be delicious mixed in with fresh fruit for a crisp or pie!”

 

 

Elizabethan Pantry's products ca... Read more >

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What We're Reading: February 25, 2015

 

Could introducing infants to peanut butter actually prevent them from developing allergies? [Atlantic

 

Frozen weather means frozen vegetables: learn how to get the best flavor out of the freezer aisle. [Food52

 

The latest cocktail trend of specialty glassware suggests bars hope their customers will judge a book by its cover. [Punch

 

New research reveals that our oceans are becoming more acidic, endangering shellfish populations worldwide. [NPR

 

Unsure of what to do with all th... Read more >

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The World According to Chris Bianco

Chris Bianco

 

Earlier this month, we published our Q&A with JBF Award winner Chris Bianco. Today our favorite pizzaiolo shares some cooking (and life!) tips.

 

 

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Using a passport should be your first cooking lesson.

 

Go out and get inspired. Then come back and use that technique with your local products.

 

 

 

Free yourself from trying to invent something.

 

I’ve never invented anything and I’ve never met anyone who has. Everyone is deeply inspired by something that came before. If you free yourself from trying to invent something, you become part of that great lineage of burnt tarts.

 

 

 

Consider the source.

 

Don’t make fresh pasta with flour from the deli that’s been o... Read more >

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Staff Picks: BLiS Barrel-Aged Fish Sauce

 

Searching for the best small-batch, artisanal products to add to your pantry? Our staff scoured the market for you, and we'll be featuring their picks all month long. Below, senior editor Anna Mowry tells us about her essential fish sauce.

 

“If you made a Venn diagram that overlapped sweet, salty, and umami, this bottle would sit right in the middle of it. BLiS, a Michigan-based gourmet purveyor, ages Vietnam’s Red Boat 40ºN Fish Sauce in charred barrels for seven months, which produces a beautifully rich and smoky condiment that’s unlike any other fish sauce out there. Try it in your favorite Thai or Vietnamese recipes, drizzle it on grilled meats and fish, or, if you’re like me, just savor a spoonful straight out of the bottle.”

 

 

Purchase at blisgourmet.com... Read more >

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What We're Reading: February 24, 2015

 

Expand your cheese horizons with these go-tos from the Serious Eats team. [Serious Eats

 

Thin Mint sourcing scrutiny: despite the Girl Scouts of America's protestations, their cookies are not the same across the country. [Eater

 

Do you need to use oil when roasting vegetables? [The Kitchn

 

A new study suggests that upping your fiber intake could be nearly as effective as traditional dieting. [Atlantic

 

How old is that flour in your cupboard? A list of pantry staples that expire faster than you think the... Read more >

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