Cooking and baking more while self-isolating at home? We have plenty of food shows for you to stream, from new programs premiering now to old favorites, featuring everyone from Chicagoans to celebrity chefs both teaching recipes and sharing their passion.
America's Test Kitchen has launched a new, free "Kitchen Classroom," with daily recipes and food-related activities and quizzes to keep you and your children occupied and learning while schools are closed.
The semifinalists for the James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the food industry, have been announced, and, as usual, Chicago is well-represented on the list. Find all the Chicago semifinalists here, as well as times they have been featured by WTTW.
Imani Muhammad bakes pies with an unexpected filling: navy beans. Bean pie is a dessert important to African American Muslims, but it’s hard to find, even in Chicago, which houses the headquarters of the Nation of Islam.
The Academy Awards are this Sunday. Need to bring something to a party, or want an extra dip for your own gathering? Try this baked artichoke dip with goat cheese and pesto from the stalwart Chicago restaurant Uncommon Ground.
Super Bowl LIV is this Sunday. Add your own appropriately themed dish and make this Buffalo Chicken Mac 'n' Cheese from Chicago's recently closed Rockit Bar & Grill, recipe courtesy chef Amanda Downing.
The new show Flavor of Poland aims to introduce Americans to the vibrancy of Polish history, culture, and food, as host Aleksandra August travels across the country learning about traditions and recipes. Here, August offers a recipe for Kraków-Style Roasted Duck.
Flavor of Poland is a new cooking and travel show with Chicago roots that explores the cuisine of Poland, which is much more vibrant and multi-faceted than most Americans realize. "It’s got so much richness, and there’s so much flavor," says the host.
After remodeling, Lincoln Square's LC Phở n Grill reopened with an expanded menu that features harder-to-find Vietnamese dishes that the husband-and-wife owners workshopped while exploring Vietnamese restaurants in California.
Han Bat serves basically one thing: the milky, restorative Korean soup known as seolleongtang, which takes hours and hours to make. "When [Koreans] come to visit Chicago, they come over here, because... we are the only one who does this kind of food," says the owner.
"I never really loved high school lunches or any of that, anything outside of what my mom prepared in the kitchen," says Ray Espiritu, the owner of Isla Pilipina in Lincoln Square. When he didn't know what to do after graduating, he decided to take over a restaurant.
Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen serves many hard-to-find Nepali specialties, which combine Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese culinary influences, unlike many other Nepali restaurants in Chicago, which offer mostly North Indian dishes.
Instead of serving bland rolls that are simply vehicles for butter or sopping up gravy this Thanksgiving, try something that is seasonally appropriate and has its own flavor, in this recipe for Pumpkin Seed Rolls from Christopher Kimball's Milk Street.
Andrea Andrade and Jose Navea didn't plan to stay in Chicago when they came to visit. Now they operate their own restaurant serving arepas, a nostalgic staple food of their home country of Venezuela. "You can't say Venezuela and not say arepas," Navea says.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, America's Test Kitchen asked viewers to vote on their favorite recipes, and this Shrimp Scampi came out on top. Try it at home then post about it on social media tagged with #ScampiChallengeto join the fun!