To Your Health: Spinach beefs up tortellini-and-bean soup


What comes to mind when you think of spinach? Do you think of fresh salads of leafy greens, spinach souffle, or frozen spinach cooked and seasoned for dinner?

Or is it Popeye the cartoon character, with his strength increasing after eating spinach?

Now pink in name only, Ogden mainstay switches focus to food

OGDEN — The well-known Pink House is no longer pink, but the new restaurant will stick with the color in the name.

The local landmark at the corner of U.S. 150 and Market Street is set to reopen as the Pink Pig about three years after it closed.

Public health's enforcement may have food fight brewing

CHAMPAIGN — Before the Brixx Wood Fired Pizza restaurant ever opened in south Champaign, its owners hit a pricey building snag with the local public health district.

Today's Special: Curtain set to rise on Urbana's Broadway Food Hall

URBANA — Urbana's first food hall is holding an open house later this week, with a formal opening in December.

Developer Matt Cho and his crew are putting the finishing touches on the new Broadway Food Hall at 401 N. Broadway Ave., U, just north of the Station Theatre.

The open house is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. "We will be open for business soon thereafter," Cho said.

Entertainment calendar, Nov. 23-30, 2017


This weekend


What: Urbana High School Student Senate hosts a dinner with all the trimmings for those who are in need of a warm, comfortable environment to spend their Thanksgiving. Reservations are not needed, but call ahead for a ride.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 23.

My Amish Home: Grinding buggy wheel sets teeth on edge

"House and riches are the inheritance of fathers; and a prudent wife is from the Lord. Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger. He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

Meg Makes: Time to get those cranberries popping

My husband has been counting down the weeks until he could buy fresh cranberries at the grocery store. So when they showed up as a seasonal item a few weeks ago, he was quick to pick them up.

We often eat cranberries, butternut squash and pecans baked together, but this recipe was a nice variation. It would make an easy side dish for Thanksgiving.

Urbana council OKs liquor license for goPuff delivery app

URBANA — The Urbana City Council voted Monday night to allow goPuff, a drugstore product delivery service, to sell alcohol.

Every council member approved the final vote except Dennis Roberts. It gives goPuff's product warehouse in Urbana a Class C liquor license, the 22nd one issued by the city.

Today's Special: Piato Restaurant to move, switch to catering

URBANA — The Piato Restaurant in the heart of Lincoln Square is closing its doors by Christmas.

The eatery, which has established a reputation over the last 12 years for its homemade soups, salads, fresh sandwiches and organic frappes, will close Dec. 24 and re-emerge in January at a new location with a new focus.

Tuscola football fans to gather for a big serving of spirit

TUSCOLA — Those making the trip to Athens for today's Class 1A state semifinal football game between Tuscola and the host school will be met by delectable smells just beyond the field.