Giordano's arrival a haul for mall

CHAMPAIGN — Once it opens for dinner Jan. 10, Giordano's hopes to succeed at Market Place Mall in a location where others have struggled.

Franchise owner Pete Nicol believes it will.

"The response has been very, very strong" since Giordano's was announced in August, Nicol said.

Today's Special: Papa Murphy's planning fourth store in area

CHAMPAIGN — Papa Murphy's plans to open a fourth store in the area.

Gary Payne, vice president of franchise sales for Papa Murphy's, told The News-Gazette the company would like to open a restaurant on Champaign's north side.

"We are targeting the area near North Prospect Avenue and Town Center Boulevard," Payne said.

What's in a name? Giordano's

Excitement's building about pizza chain Giordano's new location at Market Place Mall. Despite what many think, the Giordano family does not own the franchise.

"That's kind of common in the restaurant industry for the name to be the name of the owner," said Jessica Wenson, manager of marketing and public relations for Giordano's.

Meg Makes: Add a touch of Sweden to holiday cookies

Krista Kimme of Champaign is a colleague and a friend, and she also happens to have Swedish heritage.

When she made these sugar cookies cut into the shape of Swedish dala horses, I was completely charmed.

My Amish Home: This is the kind of snow I can handle

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Today's Special: Hopscotch bakery making jump to new home

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign bakery and market is moving to a site that is a stone's throw from an elementary school this spring.

Holiday gatherings: Let's get festive

Christmas with all the trimmings. For different people, that’s going to mean a lot of different things, even if you’re just talking about dinner. It’s not simply a choice between turkey and ham.

At Michaels’ Catering, co-owner David Jimenez says pork loins and brisket loom large this year. Staff writer PAUL WOOD talked to the people who plan for the big day.

My Amish Home: Air finally showing the bite of winter

"And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. And it was so. God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day." Genesis 1:6-8

Meg Makes: Cold weather calls for warm salads

For Thanksgiving this year, I wanted to bring a salad, but I wanted it to include seasonal ingredients.

To Your Health: Sweet potatoes a tasty way to welcome December


Thanksgiving leftovers are most likely gone at this point, and it's time to start thinking about some colder-weather staples. (Leftovers note: Toss them if they've been in the fridge more than four days).

Root vegetables are those that are grown in the ground — plant roots — such as potatoes, carrots, turnips, onions and beets.