"German chocolate is my favorite cake," says Mary Morrison Gagnon of Catlin. "It's unusual to get those flavors in a pie, and it's all homemade.
Ben Galewsky of Urbana first tried these savory spinach pancakes in the home of a Japanese friend in Urbana.
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.
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
How to use up the leftover ham can be a challenge, but Julie Rodgers of Mom!Mom!.com (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.
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.
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 www.snopes.com, a Web site dedicated to debunking urban legends, lucky foods include black-eyed peas in the South, lentil soup, pork and sauerkraut.
CHAMPAIGN – Chambanamoms.com 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.
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.
CHICAGO – Jared Van Camp grew up in a home where growing a large garden followed by canning and preserving were the norm. His roots have stood him in good stead as he makes his own mark as a chef, specializing in using ingredients from local farmers.
"What my parents did made a big impact on me," said Van Camp, executive chef with Old Town Social in Chicago, which opened in late August this year.
After graduating from Danville High School, Van Camp, 31, attended the University of Illinois to study painting and sculpting.