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

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

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My Amish Home: Friends, food, fun and fridge fiends

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: for they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not." Proverbs 1:7-10

Meg Makes: Add some crunch to this broccoli salad

My dad is a farmer and my mom is a Master Gardener, and together they grow an amazing garden that's been more superlative than usual this summer.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 4-11, 2014

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Meg Makes: So that's why they call it a news 'feed'

I love social media for many reasons, but I find Facebook, in particular, is a wonderful place to share ideas about food and recipes.

Recently, Kathy Wallig of Urbana, one of my Facebook friends, posted about a genius strategy for corn on the cob.

My Amish Home: Dealing with the dog days of summer

"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Matthew 6:14,15

Man's tractor a driving force

HOOPESTON — Stephen and Holly Eyrich are the only residents in Hoopeston with a steam engine parked in the driveway.