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Slow Cooked: Healthy recipes to help you put 'light' on

Welcome to 2010. You've made it this far with your eating-healthier resolution.

To help you more, we've compiled another list of light slow cooker recipes to add to your healthy arsenal.

Tried and True: Ben Galewsky's Spinach Pancakes

Ben Galewsky of Urbana first tried these savory spinach pancakes in the home of a Japanese friend in Urbana.

DACC offering courses in cooking and cake decorating

DANVILLE – Thinking of turning over a new leaf in the new year? Want to cook more at home or maybe fancy up those homemade birthday cakes?

Danville Area Community College's Community Education classes can help with that. The department will offer a series of cake decorating and cooking classes beginning as early as next week.

Slow Cooked: Ring in new year with lucky cuisine

The new year looms ahead – 12 shining new months holding unimaginable promise.

Different cultures believe certain foods will bring luck in the new year. According to, a Web site dedicated to debunking urban legends, lucky foods include black-eyed peas in the South, lentil soup, pork and sauerkraut.

Tried and True: Jan Merchen's Cheesecake Dreams

Jan Merchen, a customer care representative with The News-Gazette, recently won the company's holiday treat competition with this recipe:

3 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

5 extra large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

Foil baking cups

For the filling:

1 cup sour cream

3/4 cup sugar

Recipes make good use of a refrigerator full of ham

How to use up the leftover ham can be a challenge, but Julie Rodgers of Mom!Mom!.com ( has a few ideas, furnished by the users of her Web site.

Mom!Mom!.com is a site dedicated to helping mothers with various aspects of their lives. As a stay-at-home mom, Rogers became a mystery shopper and created her Web site to help people find part-time supplemental income while avoiding scams. The site evolved into other types of sharing, including recipes, ideas for school fundraising projects, reviews of travel locations for families and how to save money and more.

Cookie-decorating party attendees deck the desserts

URBANA – When Mare Payne recently came across a Real Simple how-to list on cookie-decorating parties, she decided to give it a look – even though she's an expert on the subject.

"Everything they listed, I've done," she said. launch event scheduled Friday

CHAMPAIGN – will launch themselves at a free, family friendly event from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Indi-Go Artist Co-op, 9 E. University Ave., C.

The event, called Sugar & Spice, A Cupcake Christmas, is sponsored by Cakes on Walnut and Everyday Charming Image Boutique. The event will showcase the talents of Champaign-Urbana youths and the products and services of C-U businesses and organizations.

Tried and True: Jeannetta Vogelzang's No-bake cookies

Jeannetta Vogelzang of Monticello makes these cookies frequently for her family.

"They are yummy even when she considers them 'a flop,'" daughter-in-law LeAndra says.

No-Bake Cookies

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup milk

3 cups oatmeal

1 cup coconut

Slow Cooked: Recipes that allow for time to visit

You probably have so much going on this holiday season that a few slow cooker recipes that look good and taste delicious will be a welcome reprieve.

These recipes are sure to give you extra time with visit friends and family. Plus, your guests will never know these delectable dishes came from the slow cooker - until, of course, they beg you for your recipe.