Meg Makes: Start week off right with simple soup

Sunday nights deserve a special sort of meal. It should taste great, but also give you a healthy boost so you can start your week right.

This recipe is a refreshingly different and flavorful take on vegetable soup, and it fits my Sunday night criteria.

A trip to the big city I'll never forget

"See, I have set before thee this day life and good, death and evil; in that, I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgements, that thou mayest live and multiply; and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it." Deuteronomy 30:15-16

Easter: Illinois key to solving world hunger

CHAMPAIGN — Former University of Illinois President Robert Easter said Midwestern farmers, especially in Illinois, will play a crucial role in feeding the world as the population explodes in the coming decades.

Herb Day going out on high note

URBANA — A high baritone, Chuck Voigt always has opened University of Illinois Herb Day by singing "Oh What a Beautiful Morning."

At the 2016 Herb Day today at the Wyndham Garden Inn in Urbana, he will belt out even more songs.

My Amish Home: Dealing with first icy blast of winter

"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad; for great is your reward in heaven, for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." Matthew 5:10-12

Meg Makes: Mexican lasagna deceptively decadent

Mexican lasagna has been a favorite in my house for years. It combines familiar flavors in a new way.

I like it because it feels decadent, but you can easily swap in healthier ingredients, like low-fat cheese or whole-wheat tortillas.

My Amish Home: One last holiday, and season's over

"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again." John 3:5-7

Meg Makes: Heavenly clam chowder from fellow church singer

I sing in a church choir with St. Joseph resident Deanna Taeger, and when she mentioned she had a clam-chowder recipe to share, my ears perked up.

Clam chowder is one of my husband's favorite soups, but I've never endeavored to make it until now.

To Your Health: Broth or stock — what's the difference?

By Jenna Smith

Is there a difference between broth and stock? Well, it depends on whom you ask. Some will say there's a world of a difference, while others will tell you it's the same exact thing. If you ask me, I say use them interchangeably.