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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.
Urad daal

"Everybody is Welcome": The Sikh Practice of Langar, a Free Meal Where Everyone is Equal

Daniel Hautzinger

After any service at a Sikh gurdwara, or temple, the free meal of langar is served. Anybody is welcome, and all of the work for the meal is voluntary, an expression of selfless service. Learn about langar and try a recipe commonly served for it. 
Lime soda

Indian Spiced Lime Soda for Holi from Cookbook Author Anupy Singla

Daniel Hautzinger

Chicago cookbook author and food entrepreneur Anupy Singla shares a recipe for a refreshing drink to celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colors that takes place around the beginning of spring. "I like to have options of natural sodas and drinks that everyone can partake in," she says. 
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. 
Chocolate Ganache Truffles from Chocolat Uzma Sharif. Photo: Courtesy Chocolat Uzma

Cardamom and Ginger Truffles from Chocolat Uzma Sharif

Daniel Hautzinger

Uzma Sharif likes to infuse her South Asian culture into the chocolates she sells at her Pilsen shop and the Michigan Avenue Starbucks Reserve Roastery. That's true of this easy cardamom and ginger truffle recipe, perfect for Valentine's Day.
Jaye Fong's Nin Gou or New Year's Cake. Photo: Courtesy Jaye Fong

Celebrate Lunar New Year with a Recipe for New Year's Cake from Jaye Fong of Maa Maa Dei

Daniel Hautzinger

Nin Gou is a traditional Chinese steamed cane sugar-based mochi-like glutinous rice cake with a firmer chew that is often served or gifted at Lunar New Year. Try a recipe for it from baker Jaye Fong of Maa Maa Dei. 
Cranberry Curd Tart from 'America's Test Kitchen'

A Cranberry Curd Tart for Any Holiday

Daniel Hautzinger

Cranberries aren't just for Thanksgiving, especially when they come in the form of a stunning red tart with an almond crust from America's Test Kitchen.
Savory Sweet Potato Gratin from 'Milk Street'

Don't Even Think About Putting Marshmallows on This Savory Sweet Potato Gratin

Daniel Hautzinger

There are no marshmallows in sight in this savory sweet potato gratin from Milk Street. Instead the excitement comes from the complement of miso, soy, and ginger against the warm sweetness of the potatoes.
Ligurian Potato, Green Bean, and Mushroom Gratin from 'Milk Street'

A Different Kind of Green Bean Casserole

Daniel Hautzinger

Green bean casserole may be a classic Thanksgiving side dish, but in case you want to switch it up from the cream of mushroom kind, Milk Street has a hearty Italian casserole filled out with potatoes and fresh mushrooms.
Almond Tres Leches Cake from 'Pati's Mexican Table'

Pati Jinich's Almond Tres Leches Cake

Daniel Hautzinger

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an Almond Tres Leches cake from Pati Jinich, who explores the coastal Mexican state of Jalisco in her new season of Pati's Mexican Table.
Green Goddess Roast Chicken from 'Cook's Country.' Photo: Cook's Country

Green Goddess Roast Chicken from 'Cook's Country'

Daniel Hautzinger

Using green goddess dressing as a marinade for roast chicken, as Cook's Country suggests, is a brilliant idea: bright, fresh flavors complement the chicken, while the acid in the marinade tenderizes the meat and the sugar caramelizes the skin.
Pão de Ló from 'Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Kitchen.' Photo: Enric Vives-Rubio

Make a Unique Sponge Cake from Portugal by Way of 'Milk Street'

Daniel Hautzinger

Pão de ló is an unusual Portuguese sponge cake that harbors a hidden surprise beneath its browned, creased surface. It's the perfect cake for late summer in its simplicity, or to celebrate the return of Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Television.
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