Joe Kuharic doesn’t just enjoy eating and drinking, he enjoys the processes that come before.
He’s a South Bend farm boy who knows how to make wine, raise bees, stuff homemade sausage and relish what comes from all of those.
Kuharic is the newest editor of Flavor 574, the online food magazine started in spring 2014 by Truth Publishing Co. He’ll handle the day to day operations of the website and its contributors. We’re thrilled that he’s in this role and will help Flavor continue to evolve and be amazing.
As we’ve done with other people in the food industry, we posed the Uncooked questions to him:
What did you have for breakfast today?
Coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee.
What is your current frame of mind?
Excited. I’m ready to really dig into things.
What is your biggest extravagance?
Books. I’m not afraid to spend $50 to $100 on a book.
What trait do you dislike the most in others?
If you could cook dinner for one person, who would it be and why?
My parents. Because my family cooks so much food all the time for others, it’d be nice to turn that around and have a whole meal planned out for my folks.
What is the best gift anyone has ever given you?
Humility. When to take yourself out of the situation and let other people take the reins when they have to.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve eaten?
Which of your five senses is the strongest?
Smell. That comes a lot from the wine sampling we do.
What was your first job?
Selling sweet corn on the family farm when I was three years old.
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What motto or mantra do you live by?
Vires et honestas. Strength and honor.
Preferred way to travel?
By kayak. I love being on the water.
One food or beverage you’d never want to abandon?
What or who is your biggest motivator?
Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt. They’re two people I hold in high esteem and try to model myself after as a human being.
Strangest item in your refrigerator?
It’s strange for some people, but not really strange for my family: Headcheese.
Guilty snack food pleasure?
That’s an unfair question! Cheetos. I buy those out of the vending machine, like, once a day.
How do you define success?
Success is happiness.
What cookbook has had the biggest impact on you?
I have a cookbook from when I was six or seven years old, and it’s a mix of all the parents’ recipes when I was in kindergarten.
Out of the kitchen, what is your favorite hobby?
Winemaking. Beekeeping is a close second.
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What is one skill you still want to master?
Knitting. I started to teach myself about two years ago, and I’ve got two half-knit scarves.
What is your signature characteristic or trait?
My lighthearted and exuberant attitude. It’s how I got the nickname Skippy Joe.
What piece of advice would you tell your younger self?
Never give up.
One kitchen tool you couldn’t live without?
A spatula. Because I tend to cook breakfast more than anything.
TV food personality you can’t stand?
Guy Fieri. There’s something about him that’s just… overly aggressive.