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Milk Street's Orange Cranberry Soda Bread with White Chocolate Chunks

A Recipe for Orange Cranberry Soda Bread with White Chocolate Chunks

Daniel Hautzinger

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the simple but utterly worthwhile soda bread, in a version from Christopher Kimball's Milk Street that is brightened by orange and dried cranberries and slightly sweetened by white chocolate chunks. 

Semlor, King Cake, and Pancakes: Indulgent Treats to Enjoy on Fat Tuesday That Aren't Pączki

Daniel Hautzinger

Fat Tuesday may now be unofficially known as Pączki Day in Chicago, but there are plenty of other treats to enjoy on a day when Christians traditionally used up fat and meat before entering a period of fasting. 
Rhubarb upside down cake

Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

Daniel Hautzinger

This recipe is meaningful to me because it's a true celebration of spring! The color is cheery and rhubarb season is a delightful precursor to the summer produce season.

Ollyvia Putri's kue lapis legit

The Naperville Baker Making Stunning Cakes That Offer Indonesians Across the Country a Taste of Home

Daniel Hautzinger

The Indonesian cake kue lapis legit is difficult to find in America because of its laborious process of baking twenty individual layers, but Ollyvia Putri bakes and sends them and other Indonesian treats across the country, especially at the Lunar New Year.
A Venezuelan Christmas spread with pan de jamón and hallacas on the left, and wrapped hallacas on the right

Klein's Bakery & Cafe Provides a Taste of Home at the Holidays to Venezuelans in Chicago

Daniel Hautzinger

At the holidays, Klein's Bakery & Cafe offers two Venezuelan must-haves for Christmas: the tamale-like hallacas, and pan de jamón. Hallacas are typically made as part of a big family in Venezuela, but Klein's helps immigrants have a taste of their traditional holiday experience even in Chicago.
Kanelbullar, or Swedish Cinnamon Buns, from America's Test Kitchen

Swedish Cinnamon Buns with a Cardamom-Spiced Dough from 'America's Test Kitchen'

Daniel Hautzinger

As the end of year Swedish holiday St. Lucia's Day approaches, try a not-too-sweet, nuanced Swedish cinnamon bun whose dough is spiced with cardamom. This America's Test Kitchen version of the recipe utilizes a technique from East Asia that keeps the dough moist and light but not sticky.
Blueberry torte or cheesecake

Blueberry Torte

Daniel Hautzinger

This recipe has been on our family Fourth of July table for years and years. It just wouldn't be the Fourth without it. All will enjoy! Nana came up with the recipe and for her it has been named Nana’s Torte.


1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup softened butter
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
Blueberry pie filling or homemade blueberry topping (blueberries cooked down with cornstarch to thicken)
Whipped cream

Three buckwheat brownies with a stenciled flour design on a red plate.

This Buckwheat Brownie Recipe Showcases James Beard Award-Winning Baker Greg Wade's Passion for Lesser Known Grains

Samantha Nelson

Get a sneak-peak at a forthcoming cookbook from James Beard Award-winning baker Greg Wade with a recipe for buckwheat brownies. He also talks about the new warehouse and retail space at Publican Quality Bread.
A bundt cake

A Lemon-Lime Soda Pop Cake from Chicago's Mission-Oriented Bakery Justice of the Pies

Daniel Hautzinger

Maya-Camille Broussard loved eating 7-Up cake at her cousin's after school. Now the James Beard Award-nominated baker, whose Justice of the Pies bakery runs culinary workshops for children and donates food, shares a recipe for that childhood treat.
Mexican candy hamantashen from Masa Madre

A Hamantashen Recipe with a Mexican Twist from Masa Madre

Daniel Hautzinger

Chicago's Masa Madre combine their co-owners' Mexican and Jewish cultures in their baked goods, including in this recipe for hamantashen with Mexican candy flavors for Purim. 
Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Photo: Jessica Castro on Unsplash

Phil Ponce's Favorite Cookie Recipe

Daniel Hautzinger

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."
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