Entertainment listings, Oct. 12-19, 2017


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Meg Makes: Apple season means it's time for simple dessert

Suddenly, it's apple season, which makes me incredibly happy.

I love apples year-round, especially dipped in peanut butter or cooked into oatmeal. But apple desserts can't be beat, especially this time of year.

Today's recipe is a simple one. It comes from my coworker, Donna Huls. Donna got the recipe from her sister-in-law, Susi.

My Amish Home: Finishing small chores before New York wedding

"My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will rejoice, even mine. Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things. Let not thine heart envy sinners; but be thou in the fear of the Lord all day long.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 11, 2017

Following up on a lead from Cissna Park's OLIVIA STOLLER, one of our "High School Confidential" correspondents:

Donna's Bakery has a nice ring to it. But it's not going to happen.

"I like to bake," 52-year-old DONNA JEAN said. "But I like to teach even better."

In Tilton, Mike's Grill is the family business

TILTON — If you drive too fast on Illinois 1 between Danville and Westville, you might just miss one of Vermilion County's greatest attractions.

It's tucked away on the west side of the highway, just south of Ross Lane, next to Carnaghi's garage and across the street from farm fields and an Indiana produce stand.

It's Mike's Grill.

Today's Special: Watson's opening for lunch

CHAMPAIGN — A downtown Champaign restaurant with primarily dinner and late-night hours will be open for lunch six days a week starting Tuesday.

Watson's Shack & Rail, 211 N. Neil St., will offer an "All Day" menu during the new hours, with a separate special menu only available for Sunday brunch.

Jimmy John's founder ready to head to Great White North

CHAMPAIGN — Since he started his sandwich-making enterprise in 1983 with a modest shop near the Eastern Illinois campus in Charleston, Jimmy John Liautaud has opened more than 2,800 restaurants in the United States. And within the next year or so, Jimmy John's is expected to open its first international franchise, setting up shop north of the border.

Meg Makes: A perfect topping for blueberry muffins

A good friend, Allison Winter of Mahomet, made and brought the most flavorful blueberry muffins to celebrate our new home a few weeks ago. The crumb topping made them irresistible.

If you're like me and want to cling to summer, making a last batch of blueberry muffins might help.

My Amish Home: New season means a time of changes

"The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

To Your Health: Pumpkins can add spice to dishes beyond desserts


You cannot ignore it — pumpkins are everywhere. From pies to coffee, and even bagels, it is hard to avoid.

However, pumpkin is a versatile ingredient that does not always have to mean desserts and sugar. Our Sweet Pumpkin Sandwiches, a cousin to the more familiar Sloppy Joe, shows that pumpkin can shine as part of the main course, too.