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.
If the rabbits haven't eaten it all, fresh spinach is popping up ripe and ready for eating these days.
Experts love spinach because they've learned – maybe from Popeye – that its nutrients and minerals keep us strong and healthy. Grocery stores offer bags of prewashed spinach that's delicate enough for fresh salads.
Each week, we'll be using this space to feature a recipe that has been tried and comes highly recommended. Sometimes the recipe and review will come from one of us on staff who loves to cook, and frequently it will come from our food-loving readers.
This recipe from Food Network cook Rachael Ray produced a quick, delicious supper for my husband and I, and there were enough leftovers for a couple lunches or more. The mix of a variety of mushrooms is key, though. I used shiitake, crimini and oyster mushrooms. I also used whole-wheat angel hair pasta. And I had no leeks in the house, so I substituted a whole yellow onion that I cooked along with the mushrooms.
You don't have to go to that dry lemonade drink powder. This time of year, the grocery stores are offering deals on fresh lemons. Don't be intimidated. Make your own fresh lemonade. Squeeze out the lemon juice, mix with water and sugar and you will be amazed at the difference and freshness.
Here are some recipes with the exact measurements – and some twists to make it more interesting. I can vouch for the last one – with the maraschino cherries. It's always an attention-getter and fave with guests.
Rhubarb – it's in the gardens and at farmers' markets and produce sections. The rhubarb stalks are often paired with strawberries and put into jams and jellies, pies and ice cream toppings.
Rhubarb is by nature tart and requires lots of sugar. The leaves need to be cut off and thrown away because they are poisonous.
GEORGETOWN – Georgetown Township will sponsor its annual Senior Citizen Picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 10 at the Georgetown Fairgrounds.
The American Legion will serve chicken and noodles with side dishes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by music from the Highway 341 Band.
Take me out to the ball game – or let me stay home and eat what I want.
Those peanuts and Cracker Jacks can't be beat for White Sox, Cubs or Cardinals games. But with just a little extra time you can create some homemade game-watching treats that will fill that hankering for bigger and better crunch and goodness.
TILTON – About 15 years ago, Lane Baldwin and his then-wife found themselves struggling to put food on the table.
They had moved from northern Virginia to central Texas, where Baldwin hoped to continue working as a business consultant. But landing work wasn't as easy as he had hoped it would be.
After the graduation ceremony, families typically invite family and friends back to the house or to the nearest park for a celebration.
Sometimes the grill's the centerpiece, with burgers and all the sides, and sometimes the after-graduation parties focus on nibbles. If you're interested in the latter – to preclude having to wash dishes and silverware – consider some of these recipes for party foods. They range from light snacks like sweet, spicy nuts to meatballs and veggie pizzas.
It's the season we've been waiting for – local homegrown vegetables and fruits being sold at farmers' markets.
Here's a directory of ones in our area. You might want to clip and save and put on your refrigerator so you don't forget the days and times.