Looking for a new cookbook to bring home? Check out North Market's new cookbook, full of more than 100 delicious recipes that bring to life the tastes and smells of our city's oldest market. The cookbook includes many recipes for foods you'll find in the market, as well as seasonal recipes from local chefs that celebrate the history and tradition of North Market. Below, find an excerpted recipe for Bigos, Polish Hunter's Stew from Hubert's Polish Kitchen, from . —Leah Wolf
Polish Hunter's Stew with Horseradish Sour Cream
Makes 6-8 servings
By Hubert Wilamowski
Hubert Wilamowski of Hubert's Polish Kitchen says he cooks dishes that most people can't even pronounce. His native dish (say "bee-ghos") is a savory Polish stew of cabbage and meat. Its name means "to douse," since Bigos is traditionally doused with wine. The centuries-old dish was originally made with wild game, but over time it has become a stew of many domestic meats. As with other stews, Bigos can be refrigerated and then reheated later—its flavor intensifies when reheated.
Columbus' very own Jan Kish has been recognized by Dessert Professional magazine as one of the Top Ten Cake Artists of North America 2013! Jan Kish of La Petite Fleur creates delicious masterpieces of every size and shape imaginable and we are so happy that she has been recognized for all her hard work. We want to share some of her thoughts about this honor, below.
Leah Wolf: What does it mean to you to win this award?
Jan Kish: Actually, it's not an award but rather a recognition of what I do with sugar and cake – fusing the two together to be not only appealing to the palate but also the eye. Since we eat with our eyes first, we want to follow through to be just as good taste-wise. To be recognized on such an international level is incredible! When they called I almost fell out of my chair, for I can think of many other individuals who should be on this list. It's a short list that covers a lot of territory and I was shocked and incredibly honored that my peers and then some would view my work in this light!
From breaking down apple differences to exploring lavender's uses, Deb Knapke has contributed a wide range of gardening and plant knowledge to our magazine. Owner of her aptly named consulting business, The Garden Sage, Deb is a whirlwind of gardening activity. In addition to tending her own gardens, Deb teaches for the Landscape Design and Management Program at Columbus State Community College, designs gardens, volunteers at Columbus area gardens and has co-authored five books. Read on to learn more about Deb, her favorite gardens to visit, and her great tips for beginning gardeners.—Leah Wolf
Leah Wolf: When did you first discover your love of gardening?
Debra Knapke: I've gardened my whole life, from weeding my dad's vegetable garden to buying tropicals for my college apartment to gardening now on 2/3 of an acre. Plants have been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Not sure I "discovered" gardening as much as embraced it as an essential part of my life.
LW: What led you to combine writing and gardening?
DK: Opportunity. I started writing notes in a journal about my gardens in the mid 80's. When I was the Garden Chair and then the curator of Herb Garden at Inniswood Metro Gardens, I would contribute notes about the garden and its plants to the newsletter of the Central Ohio Unit of the Herb Society of America. Then I contributed to newsletters of other organizations. My next step was writing for Garden Gate Magazine and Fine Gardening and then co-authoring books with Lone Pine Publishing. My gardening informs my writing and my writing pushes me to explore more about gardens and their inhabitants.
In celebration of the completion of the first retrofit green roof on The Ohio State University campus, we wanted to share this time-lapse video of the project. For more information, check out the project's website.
McDonald & Woodward Publishing Co. embodies a lot of what you think of as a small town business. Their offices are in the second floor of a beautiful old white house in Granville, Ohio, and the staff can probably be counted on one hand, maybe two. What this quaint exterior belies, though, is an internationally known company devoted to the dissemination of important information packaged in language accessible to the average reader.
One of their newest titles perfectly represents this: Groundwater for the 21st Century: A Primer for Citizens of Planet Earth, by John A. Conners. It's a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the science of and issues surrounding groundwater, which comprises 98% of liquid fresh water on the planet and is increasingly depleted year after year. Groundwater is incredibly important to agricultural systems, and many of the issues surrounding modern agricultural practices overlap with issues surrounding groundwater. Jerry McDonald, co-owner of the company, speaks about this book with quiet verve as we sit in the office, green summer light filtering through trees and windows. Talking to him, it is clear that he is very knowledgeable on many topics, and genuinely interested in every one of them. This breadth of interest is reflected in the topics published by the company.
Claire Paniccia: What makes you different from other publishers?
Jerry McDonald: Generally, we formed the company to focus on natural and cultural history, as broadly defined as possible. We've since expanded into natural resources and teaching resources. What makes it unique, other than breadth of interest and subject matter, is the fact that we have three criteria that we look for in every publication: material that is well organized, is written in accessible language and is substantive. So that's the philosophical framework for wrapping around the texts.
CP: You have a new title, Groundwater for the 21st Century. Can you talk about it? What's important about this book?
JM: Groundwater fits easily in our big picture. It's important to understand how resources are procured and manipulated. Think how rich that matrix is. It's mind boggling, if you get too close to it. It is appropriate as something we would consider, a part of a larger effort to create awareness of different kinds of people and ethnic groups, to encourage tolerance, not being closed to being aware of different things.
One reason I might have appeared not to show how broad and important the question of sustainability is is that it's infused in everything we do. That's why I'm so happy with Groundwater; it's probably the most inclusive book with respect to a critical resource that we have ever published. It's a big book. About 80% of it is devoted to the science of water, and is presented in language accessible to the general reading public. The other 20% is an overview of the global uses of groundwater and implications of those uses. It's a global view. I think it's just so valuable to have that kind of comprehensiveness packaged in such an accessible way. Anyone who wants to should have no problem getting the information. It has to be considered our most important book that we've ever published.
Water is important. That is the great purpose of the book—ready access for the big picture. The concept includes every water molecule in Ohio — and beyond. I've been doing a lot of face-to-face sales calls with Ohio public librarians. Ninety percent bought the book, no questions. They understood the importance of the book and its timeliness. I am amazed at how we have shown this book to a wide range of people, and how it has almost without exception been accepted as an important product.
We want to congratulate Carson and Dawn Combs of Mockingbird Meadows, who have been named a 2013 Homesteader of the Year by Mother Earth News. One of six award winners from across the country, the Combs have been recognized for their progressive approach to health and healing practices as well as the intense focus they have on improving the wellbeing of our community.
For the Combs, homesteading is about health and medicine in addition to food. "Homesteading for us is intimately tied up with the practice of biodynamics," says Dawn. "A closed-loop farm that is self-sufficient and entirely sustainable meets the needs of all who live there from the soil to the animals to the pollinators and the humans as well."
Sustainable beekeeping is the foundation of the Combs' work—they take care to keep their bees happy and healthy in an attempt to produce the best honey products possible. They then combine the honey with various herbs in spreads and infusions designed to alleviate allergies and many other health ailments.
The Combs work toward a new system where everyone has the knowledge and resources to take care of their family's health through workshops, consulting, farm dinners, medicinal products and a unique Medicinal Herb CSA.
Most of us have heard of or been a part of traditional community supported agriculture (CSA), but the Combs took it one step further as another way to reconnect the community to their medicine and raise awareness that in addition to food, health aides should be local and fresh.