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Fireworks over the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Mark Reinstein/Alamy Stock Photo

The Performers of 'A Capitol Fourth' in 2022

Daniel Hautzinger

Summer is here, which means the grand Fourth of July tradition of A Capitol Fourth concert and fireworks broadcast live from Washington, D.C. on WTTW and PBS. Meet the performers here.
Pandan Crinkle Cookies. Photo: Courtesy Mia P. Manansala

Savor the "Quintessentially Filipino" Flavor of Pandan in These Crinkle Cookies

Daniel Hautzinger

“It’s kind of like a grassy vanilla, maybe with some coconut or floral overtones,” says author Mia P. Manansala of pandan, which flavors numerous Southeast Asian desserts. That includes Manansala's crinkle cookie recipe, which she shares ahead of an upcoming book.
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. 
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. 
 Victoria and Prince Albert with their family Christmas in 'Victoria.' Photo: ITV Studios

Delightful Holiday Episodes to Stream

Daniel Hautzinger

Lights, menorahs, and trees are up and Christmas music is here, which might be putting you into the holiday spirit. Here are some holiday episodes from some of your favorite dramas and mysteries, available to stream during these holiday nights. 
Reggie in the season 11 'Call the Midwife' Christmas special. Photo: BBC/Nealstreet Productions/Sally Mais

Celebrate the Holidays with WTTW

Daniel Hautzinger

Believe it or not, we're nearing the end of 2021 and the beginning of the holiday season. We've got plenty of programming to get you in the holiday spirit—find it here.
A selection of Indian mithai, or confections. Photo: iStock

The Foods (and Importance) of Diwali

Daniel Hautzinger

“It is the most important holiday for our community,” says the Chicago-based cookbook author Anupy Singla. She explains the Hindu religious holiday's significance and some of the delicious dishes that are served up during it. 
A Charlie Brown Christmas

Celebrate the Holidays with the Peanuts on WTTW

Daniel Hautzinger

For the second year in a row, you can join Snoopy, Lucy, Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, and all the rest of the Peanuts on WTTW to celebrate the holidays.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Celebrate the Holidays with Charlie Brown on WTTW

Daniel Hautzinger

Last year, WTTW and other PBS stations started a new holiday tradition by airing the Peanuts Thanksgiving and Christmas specials, but missed out on Halloween. This year, the tradition gets even better: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will air on public television in addition to the other beloved classics. 

Lanterns for Lunar New Year on Argyle Street. Photo: Courtesy Uptown United

A Reduced But Still Joyous Lunar New Year in Chicago

Daniel Hautzinger

Neither Chinatown nor Asia on Argyle are hosting parades for the Lunar New Year on February 12, but they will still host COVID-19-safe celebrations. Learn about those and some Lunar New Year traditions here.
Ella Wishes You a Swingin' Christmas. Photo: Kevin Parisi/American Pops Orchestra

Celebrate the Holidays with WTTW

Daniel Hautzinger

Little about 2020 has been normal, but the holidays are still here to be enjoyed and celebrated, albeit in an adapted, safe manner. WTTW has as much holiday cheer as you need this December, in the form of PBS KIDS specials, holiday concerts, festive travel shows, and more. 
One-Pan Turkey Breast and Stuffing from 'Cook's Country.'

Tips for a Scaled-Down Thanksgiving with 'America's Test Kitchen'

Daniel Hautzinger

For your scaled-down Thanksgiving meal, try a one-pan dish that lets you cook both turkey breast and your stuffing without drying it out too much, courtesy of Cook's Country and America's Test Kitchen.
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