Beth Peralta: Cranberries give your fall menu a burst of tart flavor

By Beth Peralta

As the weather cools down, pumpkin often gets much of the food attention this time of year. However, there are other top-notch flavors that are delicious and pack a nutritious punch! This month, add cranberries to your plate for a flavorful, tart treat.

Tom's #Mailbag, Sept. 30, 2016

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Meg Makes: Baked apples make for a sweet/tart treat

This weekend, I found myself with fresh apples, a jar of local honey and a taste for something tangy.

I wondered what would happen if I mixed all those things with a touch of balsamic vinegar to make a sweet but savory dessert.

These baked apples were the result. I added oats for some volume in the filing and would have added chopped pecans, too, but we didn't have any on hand.

My Amish Home: Cover crop did its best to take cover

"Then came Peter to him, and said Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times, but until seventy times seven." Matthew 18:21-22

The Lord has blessed us once again with a beautiful summer day. It was a tad chilly, had I gone to work, I would have probably worn a sweatshirt.

World Harvest owner has always lent a helping hand

URBANA — Decades before Mohammad Al-Heeti was helping collect disaster relief for victims of the Gifford tornado, he was a newly arrived University of Illinois graduate student looking for ways to make himself useful in a community he thought would be his home for just awhile.

Tom's #Mailbag, Sept. 23, 2016

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My Amish Home: Which is worse: Getting soaked, or waiting for train?

"While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel. But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a mask and quiet spirit, which is the sight of God of great price." 1 Peter 3:2-4.

Meg Makes: Jazz up vegetable soup with bok choy

Soup season is hurtling toward us, and I'm ready.

This soup, devised in my kitchen, carries all of the comforts of vegetable soup with a bit of an Asian kick. Bok choy, szechuan peppercorns and soy sauce are all easy ways to give it personality.

A continuing crescendo

The Pygmalion Festival started as a music showcase but has grown every year since 2005. This year, there's a Food Fest for the first time, says organizer Seth Fein, and more bands than ever, along with literature, arts and crafts, and high tech.

Meg Makes: Turn garden's bounty into hearty salsa

My mom makes — and cans — a killer homemade salsa with produce from her garden. She's running into the end of the growing season, though, so her usual recipe (which calls for 20 cups of diced tomatoes) didn't cut it this weekend.