Board decides Papa John's is better pizza for students

CHAMPAIGN — When it comes to cooking pizza for Champaign students' lunch, the task may be better left to the professionals.

New, bigger bakery to serve 8 C-U shops

CHAMPAIGN — The Espresso Royale coffee shop at 1411 S. Neil St., C, now has a bakery.

Regional manager Douglas McCarver said the premium organic coffee and tea shop acquired the space next door that formerly housed a pizza restaurant and converted it into a bakery.

"All the space is for the bakery; we didn't add any seating," McCarver said.

Meg Makes: Contest-winning chili will take time

Ben Leslie of Urbana recently won a friend's chili cookoff. When food and competition collide, I pay attention, so I asked him for his recipe.

He's been making this version for about seven years.

"I lived in Texas when I was a kid, so I'm a no-beans guy, but I do use tomatoes," he said. "Notably, my recipe calls for pork shoulder instead of boneless chuck."

My Amish Home: Trying week with weather, technology

"Charge them that are rich in this world, that they might not be highminded, nor trust in certain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life." 1 Timo

To Your Health: Fruit juice, friend or foe?

By Jenna Smith

Fruit juice may be part of your morning breakfast routine, but some argue that even the natural sugar found in 100 percent juice is partially responsible for the obesity epidemic and the debilitating diseases that may follow.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2015

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My Amish Home: A sad week stirs up good memories

"For what is a man profited, if he shall gall; thewhole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

Meg Makes: Start soup season with spicy tortilla

Soup season is quickly approaching, and my friend Cassandra Schowengerdt recommended this recipe, citing it as a family favorite.

It's made in a slow cooker and is served with fresh garnishes, so it's both practical and offers a special zing on your table. It also freezes well, she said.


4 chicken breast halves

1 garlic clove, minced

Culinary specialist will be special guest Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — The Taste of Home Cooking School is coming back to Champaign with a Midwestern flair.

Karen Davis, a culinary specialist and farm-raised cook from Iowa who has provided shows all over the country, will be taking the stage at the Hilton Garden Inn on Thursday, with the show beginning at 6 p.m., preceded by an array of preshow booths beginning at 4 p.m.

Meg Makes: For the best fried veggies, try falafel

Falafel is one of those lovely foods that is made of vegetables, then fried, resulting in a crunchy, satisfying nugget.

I never imagined cooking it in my kitchen, but a favorite cookbook, The Lebanese Kitchen by Salma Hage, provided inspiration.