There are lots of Internet sources for help in dealing with peanut and tree nut allergies.
The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, http://www.foodallergy.org, is recommended by several mothers with allergic kids. Among its information is how to read a label for a peanut-free diet and the following advice:
-- Avoid foods that contain peanuts or artificial nuts, goobers, monkey nuts and peanut protein hydrolysate among other items.
DANVILLE – Kathy Lan sometimes misses the good old days of her childhood in China.
The Danville Area Community College sophomore would like to get another red envelope like the one she got when she was 8.
Lan received a large amount of money from her grandmother and other adults, part of a tradition for older adults to give children and young single people money to help with their education or to be used during the upcoming year.
CHAMPAIGN – The kids have been dropped off at their schools, the pizza dough is rising in the kitchen and there are three hours yet before customers start coming through the doors.
As it does for many, the Manzellas' day begins over cups of hot coffee.
Joe and Nickie Manzella, John and Cindy Manzella, Mary Manzella, and sometimes Frank and his wife, Ellen, gather around the tables or booths of their Italian restaurant.
CHAMPAIGN – WEFT 90.1 FM and the Eastern Illinois Foodbank will begin collaborating Monday on their second annual Radio Food Drive.
For every $10 donated to the community radio station, WEFT will donate $1 to the food bank, which in turn will buy up to $10 worth of food for families in need through its network of wholesale food distributors.
URBANA – Montana Mike's Steakhouse plans to open in Urbana this spring in the building that formerly housed Ned Kelly's Steakhouse and The Timbers restaurant.
Montana Mike's is a franchise steakhouse that prides itself on satisfying big appetites for good value, said Greg Schmidtknecht, who will co-own the restaurant with John Frenz.
FAIRMOUNT – Sleepy Creek Vineyards is offering several special events, plus its free Sunday coffee and a challenge to think about to make the cold weather a little more bearable.
First up, this weekend, at 7 p.m. Saturday is the Boulder Acoustic Society, a four-member group from Boulder, Colo. Tickets are $12 per person. Check out their music at www.boulderacousticsociety.net.
News-Gazette reader Diane Brown, an Urbana resident, incorporated some ingredients and her kids loved it. The result? Diane's Creation, a concoction of ground beef, cheese, tomato sauce and tortilla chips. It's versatile, too, Brown said.
"For people who don't eat meat, they can just make the recipe with the cheese listed in the ingredients," she said.
DANVILLE – Thinking of turning over a new leaf in the new year? Want to cook more at home or maybe fancy up those homemade birthday cakes?
Danville Area Community College's Community Education classes can help with that. The department will offer a series of cake decorating and cooking classes beginning as early as next week.
Ben Galewsky of Urbana first tried these savory spinach pancakes in the home of a Japanese friend in Urbana.
St. Joseph grade school district cuts tax rate
ST. JOSEPH – Thanks to the county's new school sales tax, the property tax rate for The St. Joseph Community Consolidated School District will drop in the upcoming year, said Superintendent Todd Pence.