UI proposes private firm handle food service at sports venues

CHAMPAIGN — Everything from hot dogs to buffets for athletes to fancy desserts in luxury suites will be provided by a private company at Illini sports venues starting this fall, if several multimillion-dollar contracts under consideration are approved.

Entertainment listings, July 16-23, 2015

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My Amish Home: Almost no room at the New York inns

"But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. And above all things, have fervent charity among yourselves; for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." 1 Peter 4, 7-10

Meg Makes: Finding pretzels' perfect pairing

The recipes being created in my home haven't been very summery lately. But I think that's OK, because the weather hasn't seemed terribly summery, either.

These Stuffed Pretzel Bites evolved when my husband, Rob, wondered what would happen if he combined the flavors of a cinnamon roll with baked, yeasty pretzels.

Meg Makes: Doing some pickling? Don't miss a beet

My mom recently sent me home with a bag full of beautiful young beets and I knew I wanted to pickle them.

My mom is an experienced canner, but I'm not yet. So when I'm in my kitchen, I'm a fan of small batches of homemade pickles. I store them in well-sealed glass containers in my fridge.

My Amish Home: Escaping the rain with a trip to N.Y.

"And be not drunk with wine wherein is excess; but be filled with the spirit, speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:18-20

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Entertainment listings, July 2-9, 2015

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First Urbana food-truck rally a sellout

URBANA — In the first-ever food-truck rally Tuesday afternoon in downtown Urbana, the trucks didn't bring enough food.

With about a half-hour left in the four-hour event, the seven vendors began to close up shop because they sold out, said Urbana marketing coordinator Natalie Kenny Marquez.

"We'll bring more food next time," she said.

Meg Makes: 2 ways to make use of bounty of berries

Summer is, for obvious reasons, my favorite time to select recipes based on the freshest available ingredients.

The incredibly rainy start to our summer has resulted in a harvest of more fresh raspberries than I've ever experienced.

I'm not exaggerating when I say I've been picking them by the gallon in my parents' patch.