Meg Makes: Cold weather calls for warm salads

For Thanksgiving this year, I wanted to bring a salad, but I wanted it to include seasonal ingredients.

My Amish Home: Air finally showing the bite of winter

"And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. And it was so. God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day." Genesis 1:6-8

To Your Health: Sweet potatoes a tasty way to welcome December


Thanksgiving leftovers are most likely gone at this point, and it's time to start thinking about some colder-weather staples. (Leftovers note: Toss them if they've been in the fridge more than four days).

Root vegetables are those that are grown in the ground — plant roots — such as potatoes, carrots, turnips, onions and beets.

Chicago parade's inflatable turkey to have wingmen from C-U

CHAMPAIGN — For the second year in a row, a local company will be guiding Teddy Turkey down State Street in Chicago for today's McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade.

At least 10 employees from Champaign-based College Chefs and sister company Chef Placement Services will be walking alongside the parade's inflatable mascot, which sits on a float in the second half of the parade.

Hunger a struggle in higher-education settings, too

CHAMPAIGN — The shelves of the Newman Shares food pantry are a bit picked over on this Wednesday evening, though plenty of fresh-baked goods donated by Panera are still available.

"Oh, wow, stuff I like," says regular customer Andrew Scheidler, sorting through his bag of food.

At Parkland's food pantry, 'we see hundreds of people'

The Parkland College food pantry started out small, available just once a month, but it's now once or twice a week.

"We see hundreds of people," said Dean of Students Marietta Turner.

Faculty members and coaches got behind it and spread the word on campus, some even bringing students to the pantry personally.

My Amish Home: Goldens have me playing retriever

"In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.

Meg Makes: Pumpkin puree makes for smooth chili

I love chili as a weeknight dinner because it's easy and has plenty of variations.

I stumbled across the idea of using pumpkin puree in chili years ago, and tried to explain to my husband how it provides a smooth texture and subtle flavor. He had trouble imagining it, so I put together this version for dinner recently.

Sandra Mason: Gardeners are a thankful bunch

In an article earlier this year, I highlighted the writing of Dr. William Sullivan, a professor and the leader of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois. I referenced his chapter "In Search of a Clear Head" in the book "Fostering Reasonableness: Supportive Environments for Bringing out our Best," edited by Rachel Kaplan and Avik Basu.

My Amish Home: Nice fall days mean it's laundry time

"Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.