Today's Special: Downtown Champaign goes Himalayan

CHAMPAIGN — The taste of India and Nepal has arrived on West Church Street in Champaign.

Himalayan Chimney opened May 9.

Owners Bobby Gomes, Sahil Thapa and B.J. Thapa purchased the former Nitaya Thai restaurant late last year and have been converting it to an Indian theme.

"We have decorated it to look like a traditional Indian restaurant," Gomes said.

Entertainment listings, May 11-18, 2017


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My Amish Home: Whatever I was saving for a rainy day got done

"A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for by the sadness of the countenance, the heart is made better.

Meg Makes: Whole-wheat pancakes can still be a treat

Pancakes are such a pleasure. They can be a special treat in the morning or an easy option if you're open to breakfast for dinner (or as I like to call it, brinner).

Whole-wheat pancakes can be hard. It's hard to convince yourself you're eating something decadent when it's heavy and tastes like health food.

Entertainment listings, May 4-11, 2017


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What: Uniformed re-enactors, representing Allied and Axis units as well as civilians from 1939 through 1945, will gather at the Bunker Hill Historic Area. View living history displays, public battles, tactical skrmishes and more at this free event.

My Amish Home: Good times mixed in with bad weather

"Then he said to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it in my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." John 20:27-29

Meg Makes: Sometimes, cookies need to be crunchy

When I got together with my baking friends last week, we found great success with these crunchy cookies.

A lot of people love soft cookies, and I understand. They're a favorite of mine, too. But I don't think crunchy cookies get enough credit, and this recipe, originally from a blog called "Smells Like Home," produced the result I was looking for.

Five local chefs taming wild ingredients for annual dinner

MONTICELLO — Five well-known local chefs will prepare dishes — made with wild ingredients foraged from the Allerton Park forest and fields — for the third annual Forest-to-Mansion Dinner on Sunday at the Allerton Mansion.

Entertainment listings, April 27-May 4, 2017


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What: The Asian American Cultural Center celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month with this annual family-friendly festival showcasing a variety of Asian cultures through food, art, performances and activities.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. April 29.

My Amish Home: Never put a quilt in a garbage bag

"And Samuel said, hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams, for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry." 1 Samuel 15:22-23