Philo Road grocery store calling it quits

What should be built in its place? Tell Urbana's Tom Kacich your solution here

URBANA — The County Market grocery store on South Philo Road will close permanently come 7 p.m. Monday.

Meg Makes: Pickled eggs a tasty (but stinky) snack

My husband and I ate at what I can only describe as a German fusion restaurant this summer in Des Moines. We tried an appetizer we loved: pickled eggs.

My Amish Home: Path changed as one chore led to another

"And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as children, my son: Despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him; for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. lf ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as sons: For what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?" Hebrews 12:5-7

Portillo's to Chambana? Well...

OAK BROOK — When Portillo's, the iconic Chicago-area restaurant chain, announced earlier this year its plans to open its first central Illinois location in Normal, its CEO told our Tom Kacich that a Champaign location might not be far behind.

To Your Health: A few ideas for spicing up summer salads

When the sun shines hot and the temperature rises, it is not just the pool or sitting in front of a fan that can keep us cool. In summer, we can cool down with the recipes we make.

Throughout July, the "Healthy Eats and Repeat" blog through University of Illinois Extension is featuring a different summer salad, complete with recipe and a quick how-to video. (Simply search us online.)

My Amish Home: Maintaining yard means wrestling a beast

"In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust, let me never be ashamed: deliver in me they righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for a house of defense to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me and guide me. ...

Meg Makes: No better time of year for beer-can chicken

Beer-can chicken is a summer favorite in my house. It's easy enough, but changing up the marinade and rub can transform this entree into something truly special.

Fish sauce, which you can increasingly find in the grocery store, gives the marinade a great, unexpected flavor. A paprika rub makes the outside taste good, too.

Getting out of the business

URBANA — After about 45 years of serving food — everything from ice cream sodas and deli sandwiches then to chicken saltimbocca and pan seared duck breast today — restaurateur Allen Strong says he wants to do something else.

Sleepy Creek owners sell business

OAKWOOD — The owners of Sleepy Creek Vineyards announced Friday that they have sold the winery they built from the ground up to a local couple, Erik and Janet Plotner.