Food

Brewing up some fun this weekend

The 2014 Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival will once again be in downtown Champaign, this weekend.

The festival will feature three stages for musical performances by national touring artists, the 3rd Annual Dinosores Motorcycle Show, the WCIA Interview Tent and the Orpheum Children's Museum.


Entertainment listings, June 26-July 3, 2014

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Meg Makes: No one loses in battle of blueberry desserts

As I've mentioned several times in this column, my friends and I like to get together once a month and try our hand at baking something new.

We recently decided to try two different versions of blueberry crisp, which are about as summery a dessert as I can imagine.

Mine was a variation on a blueberry-lime cobbler from The New York Times' "Natural Foods Cookbook," by Jean Hewitt.


Entertainment listings, June 19-26, 2014

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Meg Makes: Put your stamp on couscous salad

My friend Cassandra Schowengerdt, marketing director at The News-Gazette, makes a wonderful couscous salad that's perfect for taking to a summer potluck.

It makes a large bowl, she says, and all of her ingredients are chosen with the goal of surviving well as leftovers.


Giant potato truck coming to Champaign

Giant potato truck coming to Champaign: Play now!

 The Tour Director of the Famous Idaho Potato Tour Laura Martin talks with Michael Kiser about the truck and its upcoming stop in Champaign.

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Giant potato truck coming to Champaign

The director of the tour of a giant-sized replica potato heading to Champaign later this month says the massive spud is a popular attraction everywhere it goes.

The announcement was made Thursday on Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS with Mike in the Morning that the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck will be in town on June 24 and will be at the WDWS-WHMS-WKIO radio center.


Tour offers taste of local fare

Bison, cheese, wine and a road trip.

Prairie Fruits Farm's "Fork in the Road" tour kicks off Sunday. Join them for an afternoon of agri-tourism and exotic tastes.

The event starts at noon at Prairie Fruits Farm,  4410 N. Lincoln Ave., Champaign.


Entertainment listings, June 12-19, 2014

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Meg Makes: Homemade spice extra nice in curry rice

My husband, Rob, developed this recipe for curry rice, and we like it for several reasons.

It's different enough from our usual fare that it seems like a special meal — something we might order for takeout but are able to make easily in our own kitchen. I actually assemble it in my rice cooker, but you could easily make it in a large pot on your stove if you don't have one.


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