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Workshop shows it's easy to get things cheesy

URBANA – To most home cooks, cheesemaking might seem like an intimidating process.

But people have been making cheese for thousands of years in their homes, so it's not that difficult, says Anna Barnes, who recently led a workshop at the Common Ground Food Co-op on how to make three soft white cheeses:

Delicious weekend in store at Taste of Champaign-Urbana

The 39th annual Taste of Champaign-Urbana, the Champaign Park District's festival of the summer, kicks off this Friday in West Side Park, directly west of downtown Champaign.

The festival raises money for the Champaign Park District's Youth Scholarship Fund, which provides opportunities for youths who are unable to participate in recreational programs because of economic hardship.

Area towns plan busy weekend for Drivin' the Dixie festival

Several cities and villages along the Dixie Highway (Illinois 1) are planning to keep participants in this year's Drivin' the Dixie event, visitors and area residents busy all weekend.

Both Rossville with a concert and Danville by celebrating the Custard Cup's 60 years on the Dixie Highway will kick off the weekend of events surrounding a trek of cars from Danville to Momence. People from the northern part of the state participate by driving south from Blue Island and meeting drivers coming north.

Medicinal-herbs class looks at plants in different light

URBANA – Catherine Novak believes in the power of herbs – and not just because they're tasty.

In her herbal medicine chest classes – taught at Novak's store, Beads N Botanicals, in Urbana – the Hoopeston woman teaches students how to look at the plants for healing and health properties as well.

When it comes to food, sometimes father knows best

We asked our readers if their fathers were great cooks, and we learned there are many fantastic men out there who are wizards at the grill and stove. Their children and wives have sent us recipes for some great main dishes, appetizers, salads and desserts. Some of these recipes you might want to clip and save.

As you read the recipes and the little notes about why these men are special, you'll realize the old saying about food being the way to the heart is true. There's sentimentality attached to these recipes for chicken wings and upside down cakes and all the others – Special memories of dads in the kitchen. Write down your own – and enjoy a happy Father's Day on Sunday.

Mahomet youth club benefit to include raffle, food, auction

MAHOMET – The annual Mahomet Area Youth Club Celebration and Auction is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Elks Lake Pavilion in Lake of the Woods Park, Mahomet.

An admission charge of $50 per person covers all food and beverages.

Tried and True: Anchovies add piquancy to red clam sauce

This recipe for linguine with red clam sauce is a fast, easy and cheap meal that happens to be delicious, too. It's a great one for a work night when you don't want to make a big mess in the kitchen and it truly is ready to eat as soon as the pasta is cooked.

It's from Rachael Ray again, sorry, but she knows how to churn out the meals without a whole lot of fancy stuff. I've never yet created a clinker from one of her recipes. She uses anchovies in this, and though I had convinced myself they were evil, they truly do disappear and lend a nice background flavor.

Farmers' Table turns Market on Square's offerings to menu

URBANA - At 6:45 a.m. on Saturday morning, Steve Moore leaves his post at Tiny Greens and wanders the Urbana farmers' market looking for the best fruits, greens, bread and cheese he can find. By the end of the day, a new menu will be created from what he finds, from crisp asparagus in the peak of its season, from plump blueberries and crusty French baguettes.

From local farmers, bakers and others who sell their wares at Urbana's Market at the Square, founders Moore, Erin Brunelle and their friends are creating a new kind of restaurant. Every Saturday through the market's season, they're showcasing the best of locally grown and made goods in a dinner they're calling The Farmers' Table.

Garden Fresh: Peas take to soups, salads like pods

Don't know about your garden, but seems like those feathery green tendrils have climbed the trellis and are almost ready to pick in mine.

There's enough peas for only one meal – maybe two – and the fresh green pea salad and crunchy pea salad will definitely be the selected recipes from this bunch at my house.

Ex-telephone operators to hold luncheon Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN – Former area telephone operators will reunite Tuesday for an 11:30 a.m. buffet lunch at the Round Barn Banquet Center in Champaign.

The annual reunion started in the late 1970s with a potluck lunch at a farm in Ivesdale. It later moved to Hessel Park in Champaign, with food supplied by Illinois Bell employees.