Senate changes its mind, OKs modified 'cupcake bill'

SPRINGFIELD — Reversing a vote it had taken about three hours earlier, the Illinois Senate on Tuesday evening passed the so-called "cupcake bill," a measure that prohibits state and local public health officials from regulating home-based baking operations provided their sales are less than $1,000 a month and the product is labeled as homemade.

Urbana food cooperative adopts product rating system

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URBANA — Common Ground Food Co-op in Urbana has introduced the HowGood rating system in its store so shoppers can see how food products — and the companies that market them — rate in terms of sustainability, social impact and environmental friendliness.

Meg Makes: Winning mug cake's secret? Homemade applesauce

I recently had the pleasure of judging a mug-cake bake-off at Prairie Winds of Urbana, an assisted-living center where apparently, a healthy sense of competition thrives.

Demand rising at food pantries in wake of SNAP cuts

CHAMPAIGN — The demand has been way up lately at Angela Bradley's church food pantry, so much that twice recently it ran out of the major foods families need to put meals on the table.

"Some people might think this is kind of kooky, but we prayed," she recalls.

To Your Health: It's grilling season: Let's be safe out there

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Meg Makes: Savoy resident shares a lasagna to die for

I'm always on alert for original, well-loved recipes.

So when I read Savoy resident Joan Dykstra's Getting Personal interview with The News-Gazette earlier this spring that mentioned her own killer lasagna, I knew I wanted the recipe.

She said she'd want it for her last meal.

It's Your Business: Frozen yogurt shop coming to campus

One of the nation's fastest-growing franchises is coming to Champaign.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt plans to open a store at 512 E. Green St., C, in the building that houses The Daily Illini.

The Oklahoma City-based frozen yogurt chain either has stores — or has announced plans to open them — in 39 states.

Food bank launching program aimed at seniors

URBANA — The golden years are arriving with bare cupboards for some older adults, but help is on the way.

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank is launching a senior grocery program today with $40,000 in funding through the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, and plans to use the money to get more food to seniors in a 14-county area.

Inspection placards coming to Ford County establishments

PAXTON — Starting in December, every food establishment in Ford County will be required to post a color-coded placard in a prominent location within the business that states its compliance with public health guidelines.