Throwback Thursday: America's Classic Sokolowski's University Inn

 

This Throwback Thursday we’re indulging our taste buds with a look at one of the 2014 JBF America’s Classics Award winners, Sokolowski’s University Inn. As Cleveland’s oldest landmark restaurant, Sokolowski’s is family-run, and spoons out generous portions of “stick to your ribs” Polish-American comfort food to eager diners from across the country. From stuffed cabbage to their renowned Salisbury steak, the hardworking sibling team of Mary, Bernie, and Mike proudly serve customers all the pierogies they can handle. At this American classic you’re guaranteed good company, polka music, and a satisfying food coma. Fortunately, the official James Beard Foundation’s America’s Classics cookbook will be published by Rizzoli in February 2016, so you’ll soon be able to get a taste of Sokolowski’s without hopping on a plane to Ohio. If you’re craving Polish food, Sokolowski’s is the real deal, and with a roster of celebrity patrons including Jimmy Fallon, the president of Poland, and Bill... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 27, 2015

 

You might just have to eat the real stuff: Oscar Mayer recalls 2 million pounds of turkey bacon. [Grub Street]

 

A Japanese “mad scientist" and food writer has created neon udon noodles. [MUNCHIES]

 

Our childhood snacks could soon be distant memories, thanks to safety concerns over artificial dyes. [Food & Wine]

 

JBF Award–winning author Adrian Miller illustrates the complex origins of soul food. [FWF]  

 

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Expo Milano: Mentor Minds

 

An extension of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano, the first-ever world's fair that's all about food, the Mentor Minds series is a collection of shorts featuring interviews with some of the leading thinkers in food, art, business, and other industries. Here's an installment starring Dorothy Cann Hamilton, founder of the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center) and president of the Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015, the organization that produced the Pavilion and oversees the project during its six-month run. Watch the video above to hear her thoughts on scaling up a mindful food business, why the public places so much trust in chefs, and more. Watch the complete Mentor Minds series here... Read more >

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Root to Flower: Cooking with the Whole Vegetable

 

With "nose-to-tail" flying around the culinary scene like a swarm of bees, it was only a matter of time until the ethos of full, purposeful utilization made its way into the world of vegetable scraps. In this series, Tasting Table talks to food experts who are treating former cast-offs like broccoli stems, potato peels, or cabbage cores as ingredients to be cherished.

 

Justin Yu opened Houston's Oxheart in 2012 with a focus on the bounty of the Gulf Coast. His approach creates luxury from what may seem like unremarkable ingredients, lending them new weight through clean and focused cooking. "It just takes a little extra thought to figure out how to make vegetable skins, stalks, or roots taste good," he says.

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What We're Reading: August 26, 2015

 

Dig into a loganberry pie, a spiedie, and more regional American delicacies. [FWF

 

Want the sweetest, juiciest pineapple? Turn it upside down. [Food52

 

Coconut milk is for so much more than curries. [Serious Eats

 

Yes, there really is a wrong way to reheat leftovers. [The Kitchn

 

More fungus among us: American chefs are emb... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: Cook like a Beard House Chef with Chef'd

Recipe for Beef Salad Parisienne

 

The James Beard House, the former residence of our namesake and the food world’s premier performance space for visiting chefs, is home to the country’s most exciting dining events. Now, thanks to our partnership with Chef’d, the meal-delivery service offering recipes that make you cook like a pro, you can bring a taste of the historic Beard House into your own kitchen. Check out their JBF collection, featuring authentic Beard House recipes (think scallops with apple gastrique), as well as dishes from James Beard’s seminal cookbooks (that would be beef salad parisienne, or... Read more >

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Video: Waste Less, Enjoy More

 

A recent report highlighted a staggering statistic: 40% of food in America is discarded. All of this uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills and increasing greenhouses gases. Our friends at Sustainable America created this video that demonstrates the magnitude of food waste in the United States. Watch the video, learn what different meals reveal about food waste, and take their interactive quiz to determine your own steps in this effort. And if you get inspired, you can even take action.

 

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Eat This Word: Cucamelon

 

WHAT? Tangy, crunchy, and bite-sized—cucamelons are perfect in salads, sandwiches, and fruity salsas. Native to Mexico and Central America, Melothria scabra, or the cucamelon, is also called the mouse melon, Mexican sour gherkin, or “sandita,” meaning little watermelon. Originally part of the Aztec diet, cucamelons are now commonly served in Central America as a delicacy. These grape-sized fruits have crisp, white flesh with a refreshing and mildly sour cucumber taste. As a staple of Mexican cuisine for centuries, cucamelons have an abundance of uses and can be grown in the comfort of one’s own garden—we even grow them at the Beard House, thanks to Koppert Cress. Sow the seeds from April to May indoors, and when there is no chance of frost outside, plant them with a trellis and watch their delicate vines grow. While they are slow starters, cucamelons produce plentiful yields and require barely any upkeep. Although seeds aren't wi... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 25, 2015

 

Ensure your heirloom tomatoes retain their peak flavor with this quick and easy tip. [Food52

 

A grocery store in Germany has completely eliminated packaging, asking customers to bring their own containers to help fight waste. [Curbed

 

Meet the humble buckle: a dessert designed to adapt for any season. [NYT

 

Researchers are working on “smart caps” for milk cartons, which would be able to warn drinkers of the presence of sour bacteria. [... Read more >

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Eye Candy: White House Chef Cristeta Comerford's Summer Garden at Expo Milano

Photo: USA Pavilion

 

On any given day at Expo Milano, the first-ever food-focused world's fair that's been open in Milan since May, visitors can experience a veritable buffet of international cuisine, state-of-the-art technology and design, and delectable food-themed programming. Modeled after our own James Beard House in New York City, the USA Pavilion–affiliated James Beard American Restaurant pop-up at Expo Milano features different award-winning guest chefs every week.
 


Last week, diners were treat... Read more >

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