Entertainment listings, June 22-29, 2017



What: Grandstand entertainment includes Little Miss and Talent Show at 6 p.m. June 22, Truck and Tractor Pull at 6 p.m. June 23, Stadium Motocross at 7 p.m. June 24, Demo Derby at 4 p.m. June 25. Livestock shows, 4-H exhibits and shows, carnival, entertainment, food and more.

C-U wins magazine's reader poll on best food town in Midwest

People in Champaign-Urbana like to eat, and they like what they're eating, according to Midwest Living magazine. Take that, Madison cheeseheads!

Readers who participated in the magazine's monthlong poll named Champaign-Urbana "The Greatest Food Town in the Midwest."

My Amish Home: Summer's heat has arrived a bit early

"Let no man deceive you with vain words, for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light. For the fruit of the spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth.

Meg Makes: Raspberries handle a bit of pressure well

I'm a big fan of my electric pressure cooker, especially in the summer when I don't want to turn my oven on or simmer something on the stove.

So when I found and tweaked this recipe for raspberry curd using the pressure cooker, I knew I had to try it.

Entertainment listings, June 15-22, 2017


This weekend


What: Live street-side performance series. Includes an eclectic mix of music and street performances including bluegrass, jazz, folk, rock and blues, along with a cappella music, belly dancing and live painting.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, June 16 through Aug. 25.

Giving them a fair shake

Between now and the return of school days, sun and junk food go together with concerts, rides and planned vehicular disasters at fairs all across East Central Illinois. Staff writer PAUL WOOD checked in with several of them.

Meg Makes: Raspberries a great addition to hot salsa

Berry season is in full swing, and I recently went looking for raspberry recipes that don't require turning on my oven.

My favorite? This one, for raspberry salsa. The idea isn't original, but I wasn't a fan of many of the ingredients in the version I found online. So, I swapped in items I like better.

My Amish Home: Weather is beautiful despite the wind

"His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things: and blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen. And Amen." Psalm 72:17-19

To Your Health: Veggie noodle stir-fry a great way to highlight broccoli


When introducing my oldest child to different vegetables, she always eyed broccoli with suspicion. Not only was it green, but it also kept showing up on her plate even when she refused to try it!

I know this is not a unique situation: Many children take up to 10 exposures (or more!) to try a new food.

Today's Special: Vintage Bakery a labor of love in Homer

HOMER — When Crystal Allen isn't teaching classes at the University of Illinois, you can usually find her cheerfully smiling as she mixes cakes, pies and cookies in downtown Homer.

Allen, a professor of animal science, has opened Vintage Bakery, a bake shop at 111 S. Main St.