My Amish Home: Warm weather has our plants confused

"And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken. The grass withereth and the flower fadeth, because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand forever." Isaiah 40:5, 7-8

Meg Makes: Casserole sure to be a crowd-pleaser

I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday with my immediate family members this weekend, and my mom made this rice-and-broccoli casserole as a side dish. It's simple enough, but it was a big hit.

To Your Health: Cauliflower is not just broccoli's paler cousin


Through my young daughter's eyes, cauliflower is simply "white broccoli" when it shows up at the dinner table.

While both of these vegetables are in the same family of plants, cauliflower can truly shine on its own. Plus, cauliflower can be found in purple and orange, too!

Today's Special: C-U comeback for Taco John's

CHAMPAIGN — Taco John's opened its doors Monday at 902 Meijer Drive in Champaign, its windows looking out to the next-door Carmike 13 movie theater.

"Three decades ago, there was one on campus, and Taco John's definitely has a loyal following," owner/franchisee Chris Saunders said. "It was time we came back."

The eatery has 40 to 45 employees.

Jarling's reopens after a month of renovations

CHAMPAIGN — The Oreo snowstorms and cold-fudge sundaes are being served up again at Jarling's Custard Cup after a monthlong shutdown for store improvements.

Jarling's closed in January so its new owners could renovate restrooms that have been closed for decades and upgrade equipment to help fill customers' orders faster, said co-owner Tom Siegel.

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Hopping to it at Allerton Park

MONTICELLO — If you like beer and want to learn more about it, hop to it!

The Allerton Park and Retreat Center will offer this weekend "Experience the Hops," an event that will feature afternoon seminars, a dinner with beer pairings and an overnight stay in the Allerton Mansion for those participants who don't want to drive home.

My Amish Home: Idle feet are the devil's playground

"Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh. So, likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Meg Makes: Kick up your chicken with spicy marinade

My husband tested a new marinade for chicken this week, and it was a winner.

The salty ingredients likely make this solution a brine, which is known for giving poultry moisture.

But the flavors, especially a low heat from the dried chiles, stood out too.

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.