Urbana woman's family motto: 'Farming without harming'

URBANA — Growing up on the family farm near Sidell in the 1950s, Carol Goodall Wock logged many miles in the summers, walking her father’s bean fields and cutting corn stalks.

“It wasn’t fun,” said Wock, 78, of Urbana. “But that was what farm kids did.”

The oldest of four children, Wock never imagined that later in life she’d be involved in the farming of that land.

My Amish Home: Rare trip out of house brings missed visitors

"The Lord is thy keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore." Psalm 121:5-8

Meg Makes: Simplest meals can be most romantic

In February, it only makes sense to think about romantic dinners.

I asked my Facebook friends for ideas.

Anita Dukeman of Arthur, who teaches cooking classes and shares recipes at, suggested this recipe.

Today's Special: Ozu Ramen soups up Campustown

CHAMPAIGN — The doors of a new Japanese restaurant have opened in Campustown.

Co-owners Tony Ho, Vicky Mei and Dustin Lee were drawing a crowd at Ozu Ramen at 601 S. Sixth St., Suite 102, C, (at the corner of Sixth and Healey) on Jan. 26.

The restaurant is named after the city of Ozu, in southern Japan.

Champaign Kraft plant working OT to meet Super Bowl demand

CHAMPAIGN — Americans spend millions on snacks for Super Bowl Sunday, and workers at the local Kraft Heinz plant have been working overtime to meet demand.

UI study: Coffee add-ins come with a latte calories

URBANA — Your favorite mocha latte may be packing more extras into your cup than you realize, a new University of Illinois study suggests.

My Amish Home: Convalescing leads to idle hands

"O sing unto the Lord a new song; sing unto the Lord, all the earth. Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; show forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods." Psalm 96:1-4

Meg Makes: Squash soup will warm you up nicely

My mom has made this soup for me twice this winter, and the second time, I realized I needed the recipe.

Its ingredients are simple, but the squash makes it hearty and the wild rice gives it a little something special.

Marcus Jackson/About Town: Sam's the man

CHAMPAIGN — Among the regulars at Sam's Cafe, the modest downtown diner, are athletes from the University of Illinois. Oftentimes, they'll complain to owner/chef Sam Issa, about having to wake up before dawn for 5:30 a.m. workouts or weightlifting sessions.

Meg Makes: Pining for summer with stuffed peppers

Last weekend's warm weather has me craving food that tastes like summer. I blame the neighbor brave enough to use his grill. His dinner smelled amazing.

My husband created this recipe a few years ago while on a sausage-and-pepper kick. They're originally meant to be cooked on the grill, but you can just easily bake them. They make a great side dish.