My Amish Home: Thinking of spring, unfinished projects

"Love worketh no ill to his neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now is high time to awake out of sleep; for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light." Romans 13:10-12

Meg Makes: Short ribs make winter tolerable

Sometimes, a slow-cooked stovetop dinner is just the ticket, especially as we soldier through the last few weeks of winter.

These beef short ribs come from Champaign resident Carol Timms, and she especially loves to cook it on a cold night.

Serve with roasted vegetables (Carol suggests Brussels sprouts and cauliflower) or mashed potatoes.

Beef Short Ribs

Meg Makes: Champion chili a departure from norm

Today's recipes are a second installment of chili dishes I snagged after judging a chili cook-off at Prairie Winds of Urbana, a local assisted-living community with a passion for food.

I ran the first two winners' recipes earlier this month.

My Amish Home: A somber reason to head out of town

"Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but be willing to associate to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense no man evil for evil. Provide all things honest in the sight of all men." Romans 12:14-17

Entertainment listings, Feb. 11-18, 2016

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

My Amish Home: Rays of sunshine on a cloudy day

"I create the fruit of the lips; peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord, and I will heal him. But the wicked are like the troubled sea when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked." Isaiah 57:19-21

Meg Makes: Coffee-crusted steak for 2 will wow

Every year, I struggle with recipes in mid-February. Valentine's Day is a wonderful occasion to cook a special meal. But the arrival of Ash Wednesday and Lent mean many people are going meatless.

Today's Special: Hatching an Idea

CHAMPAIGN — When word began spreading last year that Champaign Central graduates Sean Baird and Alec Gillespie were teaming with good friend Mark "Shades" Hartstein to open a chicken restaurant downtown, excitement among folks in the area began to grow.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

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