That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Friday is deadline for Symphony fundraiser signup

CHAMPAIGN — Friday is the deadline for signing up to attend the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra's fundraiser next week at the Larry Kanfer Gallery, 2503 S. Neil St., C

My Amish Home: Taking the dreariness out of winter

"And seek not what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather, seek ye the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you." Luke 12:29-31

Reluctant Townie: The Action Jackson McChop sandwich

The days are short and bitter cold, and the nights are never-ending — which can mean only one thing: It's that time of year again when McDonald's tricks me into paying $3 for a McRib sandwich.

After years of abuse at the hands of McDonald's marketing machine and underwhelming results time after time in the flavor department, last year I made a vow to never be fooled again.

Meg Makes: A hearty soup full of veggie goodness

My mom, Carol Thilmony, recently shared this soup recipe with me.

The recipe originally comes from one of her Master Gardener friends, Lorraine Coffeey of Onarga, who found it in a Betty Crocker cookbook.

"I add a few extras to the recipe and my family has enjoyed it for several decades," she said.

My mom considers it one of the best soups she's ever made.

My Amish Home: Windy, icy days spur wishes for warmth

"Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, and that ye may grow thereby: If so be, ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious." 1 Peter 2:1-3

Today's Special: Second Slice

CHAMPAIGN — Don Wiese and Pat Snack are firing up their second Jet's Pizza store in Champaign.

The new store had a "soft opening" Thursday at 1907 W. Springfield Ave., C, in the northern portion of what was once a Blockbuster Video store.

Jet's is best known for deep-dish square pizza, but also serves thin-crust round pizza as well as subs and salads.

Food co-op's manager leaving

URBANA — The general manager of Common Ground Food Co-Op plans to leave in May to take a new job with the Food Co-Op Initiative, Common Ground's board of directors announced.

Jacqueline Hannah has accepted a position as a co-op development specialist with the initiative, a national organization that advises startup cooperatives.

Meg Makes: Don't buy appetizers — make them

Homemade hummus is one of my favorite appetizers, and while I've been known to make my own pitas, I find the individual rolling to be a pain.

These breadsticks have a similar taste and texture, but roll out a lot more quickly, which is a good thing if you're on your way to a Super Bowl party or are hosting guests in your home.

Homemade breadsticks

My Amish Home: Good times on the road and back at home

"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." Acts 2:38-39

To Your Health: Detoxing the myths of so-called cleanse diets

By Leia Kedem

Cleanses and detox diets take many shapes and forms, but are similar in that they claim to remove toxins from the body and cause drastic weight loss. Many people even report high levels of energy and euphoria as well as feeling more spiritual overall. Sounds good, right?