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A laser pie from Brown Sugar Bakery in Chicago's Chatham/Grand Crossing

Representing Her Community Through Baking: Stephanie Hart's Southern Desserts at Brown Sugar Bakery

Stephanie Hart, a semifinalist for the national James Beard Award for Outstanding Baker, conjures up childhood memories with her luscious cakes at Brown Sugar Bakery – and she's trying to use her success as a prominent African American bakery to revitalize neighborhoods.
Revival Food Hall

The Origins of the Food Hall and Its Booming Popularity

Food halls are proliferating in Chicago – why are they suddenly so popular, and how are they any different from food courts, markets, or old-school cafeterias? The answer lies in their clever adaptation to a millennial age.
A chocolate pave heart from Chicago's Bittersweet

How to Make Chocolate Hearts for Valentine's Day

Instead of buying chocolates for Valentine's Day (whether for a loved one or for yourself!), why not try making some delectable chocolate hearts studded with cranberries, with a recipe from Chicago's Bittersweet in Lakeview?
Wealthy Victorians hosted elaborate feasts of multiple, extravagant courses, such as these ones prepared by Art and Chelsea Jackson

From Sheep's Head to Pheasant: Food in Victorian England

While wealthy Victorians hosted elaborate, multi-course meals with expensive ingredients, the working class stretched the rare piece of meat as far as they could. Watch the owners of Pleasant House Pub prepare wealthy and working class Victorian meals – and yes, there is a sheep's head.
Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Photo: Jessica Castro on Unsplash

Phil Ponce's Favorite Cookie Recipe

Try a recipe for Phil Ponce's favorite cookie, his wife's oatmeal cookie. "This has been my go-to cookie throughout my adult life. Ann knows if she makes these I will be happy for days," he says. "Definitely my death-bed cookie."
Ferrara Pan Candy Company Factory

From the Archive: Tour a Chicago-Based Candy Factory

The Chicagoland-based Ferrara Candy Company has announced that it's moving into the Old Post Office downtown. Take a tour of their factory, where even the air tastes sweet, in a segment from a 2004 episode of Chicago Tonight.
Chicago Cookbooks

Best Chicago Cookbooks for Your Chicago-Loving Chef

Chicago is a great food city, and, over the years, we've produced a bounty of cookbooks. Local chefs, restaurants, organizations – even baseball teams and politicians – have gotten in on the action. Behold, the cream of the Chicago-made cookbook crop. 
Milk Street's Mexican Chicken Soup with Tomatillos and Hominy. Photo: Connie Miller of CB Creatives

Warm Up with Mexican Chicken Soup from 'Milk Street'

Now that it's cold outside, there's a good chance you're making and eating a lot of soup. If you're looking for something a bit different from your typical chicken soup, something that has a nice hit of heat, try this recipe from Christopher Kimball's Milk Street​. 
Julia Child with a roast turkey on The French Chef

Julia Child Teaches You How to Make the Best Turkey

Most people only make turkeys once a year, and they're notoriously difficult to prepare well (hence the Butterball turkey hotline). Before confronting the culinary challenge this year, get some tips from the masterful Julia Child, in this archival episode of The French Chef.
Mashed Potatoes with Caraway-Mustard Butter from Milk Street. Photo: Connie Miller of CB Creatives

Spice Up Your Mashed Potatoes with This Recipe from 'Milk Street'

Not that mashed potatoes aren't delicious on their own, but sometimes you want to spice them up a bit for something a bit more special. Try this version from Christopher Kimball's Milk Street​ that incorporates a technique learned from Indian cooking. 
Beets. Photo: Nick Collins on Unsplash

Vivian Howard's Pickled Beets

Vivian Howard's A Chef's Life has ended after five seasons, so celebrate the seasonally focused cuisine of the series with a simple recipe perfect for brisk fall weather: pickled beets. Plus, stream the finale of the show here.
Milk Street's Singapore Chicken Satay. Photo: Connie Miller of CB Creatives

Make Your Own Street Food: Singapore Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

The popular street food, which is also often found in Thai restaurants in the United States, is traditionally cooked over hot coals. But Christopher Kimball's Milk Street has come up with an ingenious method to make it in your oven with your broiler without dangerous smoking.
Alpana Singh on the set of Check, Please! Photo: WTTW/Ken Carl

Alpana Singh Returns to 'Check, Please!'

After five years immersing herself in the food world away from Check, Please! – opening three restaurants, helping bring the James Beard Awards to Chicago – Alpana Singh is back as host. "I know a lot more sitting here at 41 than when I started at 26," she says.
A French apple cake from Milk Street. Photo: Connie Miller of CB Creatives

Apple Cake as Delicious and Simple as Apple Pie

It's apple season! For something different than apple pie, try this French Apple Cake from Christopher Kimball's Milk Street – it's almost as if you took baked apples and swathed them in a delicious custard, the perfect dessert for early fall.
Three Cup Chicken from Christopher Kimball's Milk Street. Photo: Connie Miller of CB Creatives

Taiwanese Chicken: A One-Pan, Weeknight Meal

Try this one-pan weeknight dinner from Christopher Kimball's Milk Street the next time you're craving some take-out Chinese food. This recipe will take just as long, taste just as good if not better, and probably be healthier for you.
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