Meg Makes: Polish off that peck of apples with pie

This recipe for Apple Date Cake is a favorite way for me to use apples from the trees at my grandma's farm.

It's especially special because the recipe came from another grandma, the late Mary Stange.

Champaign team edges Mahomet competitor in Paxton BBQ contest

PAXTON — John Simpson, Tom Anglin and Dave Cooker can attest to that old saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure."

Using a pair of 55-gallon drums as barbecue pits, the trio from Champaign claimed grand champion honors at the third annual Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Contest last weekend — and the $1,150 prize that comes with it.

It's Your Business: New Entry of Entrees

Miga restaurant in downtown Champaign offers modern American cuisine with Asian touch

Miga, the newest restaurant to open in downtown Champaign, eventually plans to offer karaoke and lunch — but for now, it's concentrating on dinner and late-night drinks.

Grillers, vendors set for Swine 'N' Dine

PAXTON — Today's third annual Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Contest & Festival represents not only a chance for area residents to test their grilling talents in an organized competition. It's also an opportunity for some to get their name out as a local barbecue vendor.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 18-25, 2014

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Meg Makes: Carnitas great as main or leftovers

Our Champaign neighbor, Caleb Curtiss, is always grilling or smoking something amazing in his backyard.

He recently shared this recipe for carnitas, and they were a huge hit.

We made this recipe with a pork butt, but had to trim a lot of fat off first. We also cut out the lard because the meat was so fatty, as well, and skimmed the pot well as it cooked.

My Amish Home: Warm time during the cool weather

"But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." 1 John 3:17-18

Food giveaway set at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN — Free groceries will be handed out to low-income people in need of food from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the food pantry at Parkland College.

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank and Birkey's Farm Store are joining for the event, in which a truckload of food will be distributed.

People coming for food are asked to bring their own boxes or bags.

Paxton cookoff 'like a friendly tailgate'

PAXTON — Bobby Davenport did it last year. So did Rebekah Morenz in 2012.

Beating the professionals in a barbecue cookoff as an amateur grilling enthusiast is not only possible, it has happened each of the first two years of the Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Cookoff.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 11-18, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are