My Amish Home: Getting out from clouds' shadows

"Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down and when thou risest up." Deuteronomy 11:18-19

Meg Makes: Experimenting with summer salads

I love an in-season salad, and I wanted to create something different using two delicious ingredients from my mom's garden, kale and raspberries.

My Facebook friends helped suggest ingredients, and I ended up with the following recipe. It makes enough for four people. If you don't like a sweet vinaigrette, use 1 tablespoon of honey instead of 2.

Ask 'Mimi,' June 21, 2015

Who is performing at the Blues Brews and Barbecue Festival this coming weekend in Champaign?

Hop to it

Quick, we need to get more cats.

The area's breweries are growing, and the malted barley they use is very attractive to rodents. So cats have traditionally been associated with breweries, says Chris Knight, whose Blind Pig operation continues to grow in downtown champaign.

Entertainment listings, June 18-25, 2015

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

Food trucks to debut at Monticello farmers' market

MONTICELLO — When the Monticello Main Street Farmers' Market returns Thursday, it will feature food trucks for the first time.

The trucks will include Dragon Fire Pizza of Champaign and Fusilli Tony's Italian Food of Monticello.

Meg Makes: A light salad perfect for a hot day

This salad is a delicious summer side dish or light lunch.

The homemade dressing is both easy and delicious, and could be used on a different combination of ingredients with excellent results, I'm sure.

I originally grabbed this recipe from a 2011 day planner by my favorite cookbook company, Gooseberry Patch.

My Amish Home: Welcoming first blast of summer heat

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9

It's Your Business: Flesor's cooking up expansion in Tuscola

Flesor's Candy Kitchen — already a tourist attraction in downtown Tuscola — plans to expand into two adjacent buildings in the coming year, said co-owner Devon Flesor Story.

"The first thing we're going to do is build a bigger candy manufacturing room. At Christmas, it gets very tight in our current candy room," said Story, who operates Flesor's with her sister, Ann Flesor Beck.