Shauna Sever

Shauna is the author of 3 cookbooks. She is a contributor for The Splendid Table, and has been featured on many other TV and media outlets. She lives with her husband + two children outside Chicago. Her book, Midwest Made, will be published in Fall 2019.
Why You Should Buy Your Parchment Paper at the Dollar Store
Put down the name-brand stuff!
Oct 27, 2021
Frosted Snickerdoodle Bars Are a One-Pan Cookie Dream
These bars have crispy edges and soft middles. What more do you want?
Oct 6, 2020
Before There Was Dump Cake, There Was “Do Nothing” Cake — The Ultimate Cake for Lazy Bakers
We gave the old-school recipe a delicious upgrade.
Sep 8, 2020
How a Glorious Mistake Resulted in Gooey Butter Cake: A St. Louis Tradition Since the ’40s
Good things happen when you add too much butter.
Aug 9, 2020
Here’s the Story Behind Bumpy Cake — The 100-Year-Old Recipe That’s Blowing Up the Internet
Plus, a recipe for making the iconic Heartland cake at home.
Aug 9, 2020
This Buttermilk Celery-Salt Marinade Makes for Perfectly Juicy Chicken
It's unexpected and wildly delicious.
Feb 4, 2020
The 30-Minute One-Pot Pasta I Make Every Single Week
It's packed with spicy sausage and plenty of veggies.
Feb 3, 2020
The Cookie Recipe You'll Find in Every Midwestern Cookie Tin
Week of Desserts
One of the first things people mention when you talk about Christmas baking Midwest-style is kolacky.
Feb 3, 2020
These German-Inspired Slow Cooker Short Ribs Are Begging for Mashed Potatoes
It's the ultimate cozy winter meal.
Jan 24, 2020
The Midwestern Treat That Tastes Like a Giant Powdered Donut
It's like pound cake, but better.
Jan 21, 2020
Before Red Velvet, There Was Mahogany: America’s First Chocolate Cake
In an increasingly busy world — and Valentine’s Day season — where a single scroll can give you a bombastic array of gorgeously futuristic, pushing-the-envelope dessert photos, it’s reasonable to think that we’ve already seen just about everything when it comes to the world of cake. And that’s why it’s worth looking back. Because when you dig back in history and attempt to unearth some forgotten gems, you can land on the kind of cakes we need right now.
Jan 21, 2020
Scone-Top Blueberry Muffins Are the Best of Both Worlds
This is all about that crunchy top.
Dec 19, 2019
Southern Butter Rolls: A Nearly Forgotten Celebration of Southern Ingenuity
These downright delicious rolls are a nearly forgotten Southern staple.
Nov 23, 2019
The Story Behind New England Spider Cake: The Sweet, Quirky Cornbread with a Surprise Inside
It's worth making for the experience alone, but if you’re a fan of sweet and salty combinations, this unique recipe delivers in spades.
Nov 5, 2019
The Famous Fudge Bottom Pie Comes with Mystery, Rivalry, and the Story of a Great Chef
Of all earthly desserts, people have some deep feelings about pie. Pie is a labor of love. Nothing represents home, community, or slowing down to enjoy the small things in life quite like a slice of pie. Pie is not a cupcake; it’s meant to be shared, and forces what is now considered a luxurious moment of taking a pause and a seat in order to eat it, with a plate and a fork.
Apr 30, 2019