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Sausage and tortellini soup

Sausage Soup

Daniel Hautzinger

This recipe makes a huge pot of soup and doesn't take all day. I like making hearty soups in the winter time, and in addition to being delicious, this soup freezes well. If you like vegetables, add more to make it a little more veggie-forward. I like to think that makes it a little more healthful, too.

NOTE: If freezing servings, you may want to add pasta of your choice when reheating, otherwise the pasta can overcook.

Hoppin' John

Vegetarian Hoppin' John

Daniel Hautzinger

This is a vegetarian version of the traditional Hoppin' John dish made for good luck on New Year's. People I work with expect this now and remind me starting around Halloween!

This is a spicy, garlicky recipe. It looks like a lot of garlic, but it is not, as sliced garlic is not as pungent as chopped garlic.

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

Judge Tiffany Derry, host Alejandra Ramos, and judges Graham Elliot and Leah Cohen in The Great American Recipe. Photo: PBS/VPM

There Will Be Another Season of 'The Great American Recipe'

Daniel Hautzinger

PBS's home cook competition show The Great American Recipe has been renewed for a second season following the end of its first and the revelation of the winner—and a cookbook from the first season is now available.
Bison steak

Broiled Bison Steak

Daniel Hautzinger

Reader Jean SmilingCoyote created this recipe, which uses only indigenous ingredients.
Damarr Brown is the Chef de Cuisine at Virtue in Hyde Park, and he recently competed on Top Chef. Image: Will Blunt

A Nostalgic Jambalaya Recipe from Virtue Chef and 'Top Chef' Contestant Damarr Brown

Meredith Francis

Damarr Brown, the Chef de Cuisine at Virtue in Hyde Park, wasn't sure he wanted to do Top Chef at first. But after his mentor, Chef Erick Williams, encouraged him to take the opportunity, he went far in the competition. Brown discusses representation in the Chicago restaurant industry and shares his recipe for Chicken and Andouille Jambalaya.
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.
A lychee martini

A Summertime Lychee Martini from the James Beard-Nominated Chicago Bar Nobody's Darling

Meredith Francis

Just a little over a year after it opened, Nobody's Darling already has a James Beard Award nomination for Outstanding Bar Program. Co-owners Angeles Barnes and Renauda Riddle share the story of their Andersonville cocktail bar, along with the recipe for their Southside Lychee Martini.
Buffalo cauliflower. Photo: iStock

A Recipe from Forty Acres Fresh Market, Which is Bringing a Grocery Store to the West Side

Daniel Hautzinger

Liz Abunaw envisions the coming brick-and-mortar Forty Acres Fresh Market as "the place where you are in the middle of making a dish," like her recipe for buffalo cauliflower, "and you run out of something and you run up two blocks to go get it." 
Pandan Crinkle Cookies. Photo: Courtesy Mia P. Manansala

Savor the "Quintessentially Filipino" Flavor of Pandan in These Crinkle Cookies

Daniel Hautzinger

“It’s kind of like a grassy vanilla, maybe with some coconut or floral overtones,” says author Mia P. Manansala of pandan, which flavors numerous Southeast Asian desserts. That includes Manansala's crinkle cookie recipe, which she shares ahead of an upcoming book.
The Great American Recipe judges Tiffany Derry and Graham Elliot, host Alejandra Ramos, and Leah CohenPhoto: PBS/VPM

Chef Graham Elliot on the New PBS Home Cooking Competition Show 'The Great American Recipe'

Daniel Hautzinger

The new PBS cooking competition show The Great American Recipe spotlights the stories and dishes of home cooks from across the country, and has The Great British Baking Show vibes, according to show judge Graham Elliot, who spoke to us about the series.
Ayam Semur Jahe (Indonesian Chicken) from Bumbu Roux. Photo: Bumbu Roux

A Comforting Indonesian Chicken Dish Perfect for a Bad Day

Daniel Hautzinger

"If I have a bad day, I cook," says Jane Reed, whose son Chris started the catering business Bumbu Roux with her to serve the Indonesian food of her youth and the Creole food of his father's. Try an Indonesian recipe from them here. 
Yassa chicken. Photo: iStock

A Memorable Senegalese Chicken Dish from Yassa African Restaurant

Daniel Hautzinger

“People who go to Senegal say it’s what they remember the most, because it’s easy to remember: yassa!” says Madieye Gueye, the owner of Bronzeville's Yassa African Restaurant. Try a version of the simple Senegalese dish. 
Chocolate macaroons from Jeff & Jude's. Photo: Jeff & Jude's

Macaroons for Passover from "Jew-ish" Deli Jeff & Jude's

Daniel Hautzinger

Macaroons are a common treat during Passover, since they don't contain grain and are unleavened. Ursula Siker of the "Jew-ish" deli Jeff & Jude's shares her recipe as well as her love of Jewish delis and inspiraton behind her own. 
Strawberry and Cream daifuku mochi made by Elle Lei of SUGOi Sweets. Photo: Elle Lei

Strawberry and Cream Daifuku Mochi from Elle Lei of SUGOi Sweets

Daniel Hautzinger

Elle Lei of the colorful Chicagoland confectionery SUGOi Sweets has been inspired by the intense seasonality of Japanese desserts ever since she lived there. She shares a recipe for a Japanese treat perfect for spring.
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