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Tater Tot Hotdish from Cook's Country

An Easy, Hearty Midwestern Dish from 'Cook's Country'

You may have never heard of hotdish unless you're from the upper Midwest, but the budget-stretching dish is perfect for families or potlucks during the colder months. This Cook's Country version tops the customary meat and vegetables bound in a creamy sauce with frozen tater tots. 
Dishes from Dozzy's Grill in Chicago

A Chicagoan Dreams of Making West African Restaurants As Commonplace As Pizzerias

"The average American cannot name an African restaurant," says Dozzy Ibekwe. But the Nigerian immigrant wants to popularize West African food by presenting it in a modernized and accessible way at his pop-up Dozzy's Grill. 
Four bulgur stuffed peppers on a rectangular plate. Image: Doaa Elkady.

Palestinian-American Cookbook Author Shares Her Story—And A Recipe for Bulgur Stuffed Peppers

Heifa Odeh, creator of the food blog Fufu's Kitchen, has a new cookbook out called Dine in Palestine, which has traditional dishes as well as Palestinian-inspired recipes with creative twists. She shares her story and her recipe for flafleh mahshi bil burghol, or bulgur stuffed peppers. 
Roasted baby artichokes by Sarah Grueneberg

A Happy Accident Produced This Roasted Baby Artichoke Recipe from New Cookbook by Monteverde’s Sarah Grueneberg

Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio chef and owner Sarah Grueneberg has a new cookbook with recipes for vegetables and—what her restaurant is perhaps best known for—pasta. The James Beard Award winner shares her recipe for roasted baby artichokes, which came about by accident.
Arancini from Lidia's Kitchen

Celebrate the 10th Season of Lidia's Kitchen with an Arancini Recipe

Lidia Bastianich is celebrating two big anniversaries this fall: 25 years on public television, and the 10th season of Lidia's Kitchen. She's still going strong, sharing recipes such as this one for arancini filled with cheese, peas, and prosciutto.
Customers picking up food bought through the app Flashfood at a grocery store

App Prevents Food Waste—And Gives Customers a Deal on Groceries, Too

Food waste is a huge problem that not only deprives hungry people of food but also contributes greenhouse gases. The app Flashfood allows users to buy groceries nearing their sell-by dates from stores at half price, preventing them from being thrown out. 
Daley's Restaurant

13 of Chicago's Most Iconic Diners

Chicago is an outstanding food city—but you don’t have to eat at Michelin-star restaurants to enjoy the exceptional dining culture. The city’s (and suburbs’) diners are where Chicagoans of all types congregate for some quick, hearty food and hot coffee.
Alma and Cristóbal Mora of Bueno Days sell Mexican coffee

A Little Village Couple Celebrates Their Heritage By Selling Mexican Coffee

Alma and Cristóbal Mora founded Bueno Days to use their love of coffee to explore their Mexican heritage, selling beans sourced from Mexico and providing education alongside their coffee and inspired drinks such as horchata cold brew and a mole latte.
A woman holding a basket of apples

10 Chicago Food Events to Welcome Autumn this October

Autumn is here. Celebrate with festivals featuring apples, beer, cider, wine, and more, all coming to the Chicago area in October as the weather turns cool along with the leaves changing color. 
Grilled Queso Fundido Potatoes from Pati Jinich

Grilled Queso Fundido Potatoes from 'Pati's Mexican Table'

There's a new season of Pati's Mexican Table where she visits the northeastern state of Nuevo León and samples some grilled delights, among other things. Try her recipe for grilled potatoes topped with oozy cheese, sausage, and bacon. 
A boy smells a bunch of cilantro

Food as a Teaching Tool: How One CPS Teacher Used Food to Connect with Her Students

A program called Pilot Light brings food education into the classroom. But it's about more than nutrition or cooking lessons. One Chicago Public School teacher shares her experience with using food as a dynamic teaching tool.
Prahok Ktiss from Khmai Fine Dining in Chicago's Rogers Park

A Recipe for a Cambodian Dip Redolent of Childhood

Prahok ktiss reminds the owner of one of Chicago's only Cambodian restaurants of childhood, when her mother would make it. Now it's one of her favorite dishes, and available at Khmai Fine Dining in Rogers Park. 
Nom Bahn Chok from Khmai Fine Dining in Chicago's Rogers Park

A Refugee Mother's Recipes Give Her Life and Inspire One of Chicago's Only Cambodian Restaurants

Mona Sang opened Khmai Fine Dining, one of two Cambodian restaurants in Chicago, to share the recipes and culture of her mother, who fled the Khmer Rouge genocide and ended up in Chicago, where she supported herself and four children as a caterer. 

This Oak Park Bagel Shop Was Born Out of an Amateur Baker’s Home

Oak Park's The Daly Bagel is the brainchild of resident Amanda Daly, who began as an amateur baker making bagels for her son.
Chef Tigist Reda of Demera Restaurant in front of a wellness center at a refugee camp for Tigrayans in Sudan

A Chicago Chef Raises Money—and Awareness—for Refugees from Ethiopia’s Ongoing Civil War

"I can’t stop the war, but I can do something,” says Demera Ethiopian Restaurant's Tigist Reda, who is hosting Chicago Chefs Cook for Tigray, a fundraiser for people whose lives have been upended by the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray region. 
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