Meg Makes: Meat pie the Quebecois way: delicieux

My friend and neighbor, Cynthia Voelkl, often writes about food on her blog, The Sandwich Life.

This time of year, she talks about French Canadian meat pie, or tourtire.

"My great-grandmother was French Canadian," Voelkl said, "and as is traditional for many French Canadians, tourtire (although we grew up just calling it meat pie) was always served at the holidays."

Catlin, Oakwood IGAs closing on day before Thanksgiving

The grocery stores in two Vermilion County communities are set to close the day before Thanksgiving.

Employees at the Oakwood IGA, 100 S. Scott St., and Catlin IGA, 102 N. Sandusky St., confirmed both will close Nov. 23.

"We've known for a while, but he just made it public today," said Catlin employee Connie Baker, referring to Jesse Mitsdarffer, who owns both businesses.

Sandra Mason: Insects on the menu

As you plan your Thanksgiving feast, is caterpillar custard or grasshopper gravy on the menu? Likely not; however, much of the rest of the world figured out long ago that entomophagy (insect consumption) can be a healthy, environmentally friendly gastronomical option.

Today's Special: Slice Factory expands to Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — The Slice Factory is coming to Campustown.

The pizza eatery, based in the Chicago area, is planning to open a downstate location at 625 E. Green St. in Champaign, next to Zorba's.

Opening day: TBA.

Meg Makes: Hearty casserole a fruit-vegetable combo

My household is experimenting with new applications for fall flavors. My husband came up with this recipe when he decided to combine apples, pumpkin and corn-muffin mix.

The resulting casserole is decadent and hearty. This is perfect for an occasion when you're feeding a crowd on a chilly evening. It makes quite a bit, but at our house, the leftovers didn't last very long.

My Amish Home: Yard still needs mowing, but pantry is clean

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Something's cooking

Trained chefs don't always work in restaurants in cities or larger towns. You can find them nearly everywhere. Here is a look at five chefs in unexpected places:

Dan Montgomery

Harvest Market, Champaign

My Amish Home: Trips include one down memory lane

"Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you. The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him." John 13:13-16

Meg Makes: Sweet-potato bread tastes like fall

As the growing season ended, my mom harvested a bumper crop of sweet potatoes.

I'd never seen anything like it.

She started experimenting with substituting sweet potatoes for squash or pumpkin in various recipes, and found this cranberry-sweet potato bread was a winner. It's not too sweet, and it tastes like fall.

Cranberry-Sweet Potato Bread

2 eggs

To Your Health: Warm up your autumn with fall vegetable soup

By Beth Peralta

I may treat the entire year as soup-appropriate, but many I know prefer to wait until the temperatures are cooling off and we are heading into fall and winter.