How Chicago moms are making money just by cooking dinner

If you’re passionate about cooking and baking for your family, maybe you’ve thought about wanting others to taste your delicious food also? Well, now they can with the app, Homemade.

Homemade allows you to sell your home cooked food to people in your area.

I love baking, but most recipes that I want to try are not for single servings. So, I would usually wait to bake until there’s a party or gathering coming up, otherwise I would end up eating an entire cake! With Homemade, I don’t have to wait. I can sell my extra portions, share my love for cooking with other people in my community and make money at the same time!

Here’s how it works:

Choose a date you will be making your dish.

Set the time that it will be available for pick up. You also have the option to deliver it yourself or meet at a preferred location.

Set your price. The customer will need to pay ahead of time to guarantee they’ll receive their food.

That’s it!

Who doesn’t like home cooked food? It’s always better in my opinion. My husband is Indian and no matter what Indian restaurant we go to he always says “My mom cooks better. This doesn’t taste like the real deal.” Home cooked food is more authentic and true to its flavor because more heart is put into it. My mother taught me some great recipes she learned in Yemen, and now I am excited to be sharing some of my favorites with my community. What’s a better way to bridge communities than with food?

Homemade is a fun way to get to know your neighbors and share your culinary talents with your community, one bite at a time! Just download the app and get started, whether you want to sell or eat, or both! Spread the word to family and friends. The more people who join Homemade, the better tasting this world will become.

One of my favorite bread recipes that I will be putting up on Homemade is sweet brioche bread. It’s a soft, sweet, fluffy bread that tastes amazing with a cup of coffee or toasted with butter jam.

Brioche bread


3 cups of All-purpose flour

3 eggs

1 stick of salted butter (1/2 cup) at room temperature

4 tbsp of sugar (1/4 cup)

1 tsp salt

2 tsp of yeast in 3 tbsp of warm water

2 tsp vanilla extract or 1 whole vanilla bean

3  tbsp warm milk

1 egg to brush on the loaf before baking


In a small bowl add the yeast to the warm water and let rise for about five minutes. In a separate small bowl, add your vanilla to your milk and stir. Set it  aside. In your standard mixer with the paddle attachment add your room temperature butter and sugar, then mix until creamy. Add salt  and eggs (one at a time) mixing just until incorporated. Then, add your vanilla, milk, yeast and flour (one cup at a time).

The dough should be tacky, but not so sticky that it doesn’t leave the sides of the bowl. Add some oil to your hands and roll the dough up. Place it in a large greased bowl to rise for an hour in a warm place. Make sure dough is covered with a light towel or saran wrap. After an hour, punch the dough down and let rise for another hour. Place dough in the refrigerator overnight.

The next day, remove the dough and let it rest for an hour or two to reach room temperature. Prepare your loaf pan by greasing with butter or spray with Pam. Add the dough into the pan–I like to separate the dough into two balls side by side in the loaf pan; it looks cuter that way–and let rise again for an hour or two, or until it doubles in size. (I know, I know. There’s so much waiting. But, trust me, it’s worth the wait.) Once the dough has risen, gently brush the egg on the loaf and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Then, finally enjoy your soft, fluffy, warm bread!

Disclaimer: Homemade users should check with their county health department regarding homemade food sales before using the app.

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