Entertainment listings, July 20-27, 2017


This weekend


What: Traditional fair events including queen pageant, demo derby, wild World of Animals, horse shows, livestock, Nick Lynch Band, 4-H, tractor pull and talent show.

When: July 20-24.

Where: Fairgrounds,1390 E. 2000 N. Road, Watseka.

My Amish Home: Thinking of times of weeping — for joy and despair

"And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

Meg Makes: Pungent chicken dish perks up mealtime

My husband loves to experiment in the kitchen, and more often than not, his creations turn out well.

This recipe, though, turned out even better than most. The jalapenos and the spice mixture really set it apart. You could try it with a milder pepper, too, if you'd like it to be less spicy.

New smart oven partially cooked up in Urbana

CHICAGO — Bryan Wilcox has contemplated plenty of product ideas as co-founder of the The Product Manufactory in Urbana.

But a couple years ago, one concept in particular caught the UI graduate's attention, because he could envision it in his own kitchen: a smart oven that automatically knows how to cook healthy, fresh ingredients into multi-course meals simply by reading a bar code.

Midwest Beer Fest set Saturday in downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A regional-beer festival is coming to downtown Champaign this Saturday.

The Midwest Beer Fest will be held starting at 3 p.m. in the parking lot between Cowboy Money and PNC Bank.

Spokeswoman Jenna Frye said the festival will showcase beer from local and regional breweries.

Entertainment listings, July 13-20, 2017




The folks behind your fair food

Do you ever wonder about the people behind the tasty, not-good-for-your-diet festival and county-fair food? Where do they come from? What are their stories?

We spoke with five vendors, some of whom are on the road right now and who will be at the Champaign County Fair July 21-29:

My Amish Home: Time to get some good quilting done

"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

CU Citizen Access: Restaurant-inspection failures hit lowest level in 10 years

Gnats in the dining room and rodent droppings on top of cans of food.

A fish freshly caught out of Clinton Lake being stored in a refrigerator.

Soy and barbecue sauce sitting out for hours until the bottles reached 71 degrees, 30 degrees above what it should be.

Employees storing drinks without lids over food-preparation areas.

Meg Makes: Peach pie more like an upside-down cobbler

Nothing says July like a peach pie, and this recipe is a delicious, cool twist.

My mom got it from a dear friend, and I made some additions and substitutions. The original called for corn syrup and peach Jell-O, rather than honey and unflavored gelatin.