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Squirrel Snacks Trail Mix

If you’re looking for an easy and healthy snack to serve at a birthday party, these mini cups of trail mix inspired by Elinor Wonders Why are a great choice.

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Donkey Hodie Birthday Cake

Celebrate a birthday with a cake decorated to look like the face of the PBS Kids star Donkey Hodie!

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Mary Berry's Passion Fruit Tart

Try a recipe for a passion fruit-flavored take on lemon tart from the grande dame of British cookery. It's perfect for a sunny spring gathering. 

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Kid-Friendly Challah

Bake challah at home with your kids, in a recipe from Arthur: Postcards from Buster.

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Sandwich Sushi for Fun at Meal Times with Kids

These bite-sized sandwiches are rolled like sushi and filled with a colorful assortment of fruit and peanut butter, in an idea from Marc Matsumoto of PBS's Fresh Tastes.

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A Simple Greek Chickpea Dish from a New, Healthful Cookbook by PBS Host Diane Kochilas

The Ikaria Way: 100 Delicious Plant-Based Recipes Inspired by My Homeland, the Greek Island of Longevity by Diane Kochilas harnesses the lessons of one of the world's long-lived "blue zones" for recipes like a chickpea stew with roasted vegetables.

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Food Stories

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Burnt Tires and Bug Spray: We Asked Our Readers to Describe the Taste of Malört. They Delivered.

In a digital exclusive video from his latest special, Chicago Mysteries, Geoffrey Baer took a very tentative sip of Malört, the infamous Swedish wormwood liqueur that Chicagoans love to hate. We asked our readers how they would describe the bitter beverage.

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Four Years After Marijuana was Legalized in Illinois, Cannabis-Infused Food and Drink is All Grown Up – And Still Has a Ways to Go

Since the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois in 2020 brought broader cultural acceptance, stricter guardrails, and $1.6 billion in sales in 2023 alone, the bar has gotten higher on cannabis-infused food and drinks, from cake mix to drinks to gummies to hot sauce.

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"Ramadan is a Whole Way of Life": Breaking the Fast and Feeding Those in Need with the Muslim Practice of Iftar

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims who are able fast during daylight, then break a fast at sundown with iftar, a meal that is often used to feed those in need as well. 

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A New Show Exploring Food and Culture in America's Heartland – Plus a Recipe Featuring Wild Rice

The new series America the Bountiful goes beyond food scenes in cities to explore the culinary traditions of America's heartland via individual ingredients linked to specific places, like wild rice in Minnesota.

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The Duck Inn Has Survived 10 Years in Bridgeport. It Has Contributed to a Changing Neighborhood – and Won Accolades – Along the Way

Kevin Hickey opened The Duck Inn on the residential street in Bridgeport where he grew up, and has since contributed to revitalizing the neighborhood, including through his involvement in the resurrection of the historic Ramova Theatre.

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Coffee, Pizza, Pastries, Pins: Francis Almeda Does It All, Uplifting Other Artists and Artisans Along the Way

A few years ago, Francis Almeda opened a coffee shop dedicated to showcasing people's creative pursuits. Now he's a partner in everything from another coffee shop to a pizza business.

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Food Series

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Check, Please!

The Emmy-winning local restaurant review series from WTTW Chicago features host, master sommelier, and restaurateur Alpana Singh sitting down with three “regular person” guest reviewers as they compare notes on their experiences at three Chicago-area eateries.

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Chefs Off the Clock

Discover the ways Chicago’s celebrity chefs unwind after they clock out of the kitchen. Get to know another side of these interesting personalities who — while known for their passion and work ethic in the kitchen — are fascinating and passionate people in their personal lives as well.

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Meet the people who feed you. This digital takes you into the kitchen, behind the bar, and into the field to introduce you to a chef or restaurateur who prepares food and libations as they share their personal stories and insights about the meaning of their work, how they got into the hospitality business, and why they have such a passion for what they do.

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Foods of Chicago

Join Geoffrey Baer as he plays both taste tester and tour guide, exploring the little-known stories behind Chicago's favorite foods! Along this delectable journey, learn how the Chicago-style hot dog came into being, discover the connection between Al Capone and Jay's Potato Chips, take a tour down Chicago's New Maxwell Street Market, learn about the birth of the classic SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE "cheezborger" routine from the Billy Goat tavern, and so much more!

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This cooking demonstration program filmed before a live audience in WTTW's Grainger Studio is hosted by Sarah Grueneberg, James Beard award-winning chef/owner of Chicago's Monteverde and runner-up on "Iron Chef" and "Iron Chef Gauntlet." Each week, Sarah is joined by three extraordinary local chefs who band together to prepare a unique meal.

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Food Thoughts

Healthy eating and food education are essential to preparing the very youngest members of our community for school and life. Pilot Light and WTTW team up to encourage healthy eating with FOOD THOUGHTS, an animated series of videos for kids and families. Puppy chef host “Puprika” joins a diverse group of children and families to visit their homes, gardens, farms, and schools.

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