‘One Chicago’ Stars Share Favorite Holiday Recipes in New Cookbook

by Taylor Cunningham

In the spirit of giving, the actors of One Chicago put together a holiday cookbook. And it’s free for the taking.

“For the past ten years, you have invited us into your living rooms as ‘One Night, One Family, One Chicago.’ With the holidays approaching, it is our turn to invite you into our kitchens to share some tasty treats and family secrets,” creator Dick Wolf wrote in the foreword.

“In these pages, you’ll find some of our favorite recipes and photos, along with the memories that make them special to us,” Wolf continued. “We hope you’ll enjoy them, and that they might find a festive place at your table in this season.”

In a charming 32-page digital download, the stars of Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Fire share their tastiest family recipes. The book features more than 20 appetizers, sides, entrees, and desserts. And what’s best is that the instructions are all easy to follow. So even the most un-skilled chefs can pull them off.

Some of the delicious recipes include S. Epatha Merkerson’s pinwheel cookies, Marina Squerciati’s spicy tofu with broccoli and cashews, and Brian Tee’s tteokguk (rice cake soup).

You can also try out a special pizzelle recipe made by Nick Gehlfuss’s Aunt Phil. As he shared, the waffle-like cookie concoction has been “passed down for generations” by his great-great-aunt Philomena.

“We still serve them at all the holidays,” he writes in the book, “keeping the family tradition alive.”

Aside from the recipes, each actor includes tidbits about their personal stories. And they include colorful family photos to help tell their tales.

Get your copy of The One Chicago Holiday Cookbook is here.

LaRoyce Hawkins Reveals the ‘Star’ of ‘One Chicago’ Universe

There are many stars behind Dick Wolf’s One Chicago franchise. But between Chicago PD, Chicago Med, and Chicago Fire, only one of those stars burns the brightest.

And in a recent interview, PD actor LaRoyce Hawkins revealed who—or more appropriately, what—that star is.

As NBC affiliate King5 reported, Hawkins dubbed the Windy City as the lead of the series. The actor is a homegrown Chicago native. And he’s proud to highlight his roots each week.

But more importantly, there definitely wouldn’t be a franchise without Chicago.

“I think Chicago being the star of that universe…is my favorite part about it,” Hawkins said. Furthermore, the actor shared that his hometown has a sordid past. And because of that, Hollywood usually portrays it in a negative light.

However, Dick Wolf changed that with his franchise. And now Hawkins believes that he has “the opportunity of telling a different part of that truth.”