Tried and True: Trisha Crowley's Noodle Kugel

"This recipe is always part of my family's Christmas Eve dinner, which was our biggest family time," says Trisha Crowley, deputy city attorney for Champaign. "Fifteen years ago, my parents prepared a family recipe book that they gave to each of their 14 children for Christmas one year, because, as my mother said, answering all the phone calls from all my brothers and sisters asking for individual recipes was taking more and more time every year.

Central graduate's film on HIV/AIDS 'puts a face on the disease'

CHAMPAIGN – Kimberly Conner knows for a fact that HIV and AIDS are not just a problem for drug users, homosexuals or bisexuals.

She had a cousin who died of AIDS-related complications after having been infected by her husband, who contracted HIV in a heterosexual affair.

Conner's cousin died four years later, and her husband passed a few years after that. Their son, who was not infected, was orphaned at 12.

Dining, dancing complement trip to see old friend in Brazil

Single-digit temperatures and an impending snowstorm were reason enough to leave central Illinois in January, so we flew off to humid subtropical summer in Porto Alegre, capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.

Porto Alegre, founded in 1772, welcomed Italians, Germans, Portuguese, Poles, Japanese, Jews, Spaniards, Arabs and African immigrants in the 19th century. The population is 1.4 million in the city and 3.7 million in the metropolitan area.

Former Champaign resident takes center stage at Second City

Former Champaign resident takes stage as part of e.t.c. ensemble

When Mary Sohn walks in to work at The Second City in Chicago, she thinks of those who came before her.

"Every day, I walk through those doors and I think, 'Man, this is where Bill Murray used to sit,'" she said.

She works at the same place where comedy greats like Chris Farley, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Amy Sedaris and countless others once performed.

High-tech language of love on display

A bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates for your valentine? How about an e-valentine instead?

It's not even halfway into the semester yet, and some of the University of Illinois students enrolled in CS 125 (Introduction to Computer Science) have started playing with their newfangled programming skills by creating valentines.

Help for nut allergies

There are lots of Internet sources for help in dealing with peanut and tree nut allergies.

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, http://www.foodallergy.org, is recommended by several mothers with allergic kids. Among its information is how to read a label for a peanut-free diet and the following advice:

-- Avoid foods that contain peanuts or artificial nuts, goobers, monkey nuts and peanut protein hydrolysate among other items.

Peanuts, soybeans, other foods strike fear in those with allergies

Gwen Martens of Atwood has almost died three times because of her food allergies.

The first time was at a bank when she was 5 years old.

"Mom was in the middle of a transaction when someone cried out, 'That little girl is turning blue!'" Martens said. "That was my first trip to the ER – then, throughout childhood, trips to the hospital as they discovered I was also allergic to tree nuts."

Next, Martens was deprived for years of cow's milk and chocolate when her family feared she was allergic to those substances.

Slow Cooked: Tasty options to impress sweetheart this weekend

Spend more time with your sweetheart this weekend while cooking these sure-to-be delicious meals in your slow cooker.


Makes: Eight servings

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 6 1/4 to 8 1/4 hours

Ideal slow cooker size: 4-quart

2 slices lean turkey bacon, cut in squares

Traditions part of Chinese New Year celebration

DANVILLE – Kathy Lan sometimes misses the good old days of her childhood in China.

The Danville Area Community College sophomore would like to get another red envelope like the one she got when she was 8.

Lan received a large amount of money from her grandmother and other adults, part of a tradition for older adults to give children and young single people money to help with their education or to be used during the upcoming year.

CUTC gearing up for major fundraisers next weekend

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company is gearing up for two major fundraisers next weekend – Singing Valentines and a "Rocky Horror Show" gala on Saturday evening.

The "Rocky Horror" event at the Canopy Club will feature a concert version starting at 8 p.m. and a screening of the movie, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," at midnight.

There also will be karaoke, costume contests and a silent auction. Audience participation is encouraged during the movie, and goody bags will be for sale.

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