Taste of Home magazines available at News-Gazette, community newspapers

Hey everyone, I mentioned last week that we have available Taste of Home magazines for those who didn't get them at our event last week.

To your health: Fight chronic disease with basic marinara sauce

By Leia Kedem

Did you know that eating pasta can help prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, cognitive problems and even skin damage? If it's topped with plenty of classic marinara sauce, it can.

Tomatoes, the primary ingredient in marinara, can prevent blood clotting and have anti-inflammatory properties to prevent a whole host of chronic conditions.

Boy Scouts selling popcorn through Oct. 27

Local Boy Scouts are selling popcorn through Oct. 27 to raise money for their individual Scouting units and for the Prairielands Council.

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers of the Prairielands Council will be traveling door-to-door throughout the communities of East Central Illinois and west central Indiana. Money raised from the popcorn sale is used in several different ways.

Taste of Home Cooking School recap and a recipe for Vegetable Meatball Stew

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our Taste of Home Cooking Show in Urbana on Tuesday night. I had a great time, and I hope you did, too.

WIC food program could be casualty of government shutdown

CHAMPAIGN — Thousands of Champaign County moms, infants and preschoolers in a government nutrition program stand to be affected by an extended federal government shutdown, a local public health official says.

Beer tasting event Saturday in Urbana

URBANA — Crane Alley will host the International Beer Tasting & Food Truck Showcase downtown Saturday.

The first 500 people through the gates will receive a free commemorative sampling glass. Tickets for beer and food samples will be 75 cents each.

Red Herring reopening today

URBANA — The Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant and Channing Murray Foundation will have a "grand reopening" of the Red Herring from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (today, Oct. 2).

Taste of Home recipe for White Bean Chicken Chili

I love a good slow cooker recipe, and this one, for White Bean Chicken Chili, is provided by Taste of Home. It serves six.

Tempted by an apple? It's worth the health benefits

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

When fall arrives, there's nothing more satisfying to me than biting into a fresh, juicy apple that's as crisp as the autumn air. Sure, we can get apples any time, but they're never as plentiful, affordable and downright delicious as during the last quarter of the year.

Cooking volunteers sought to help with show

URBANA —The News-Gazette and News-Gazette Community Newspapers are seeking volunteers to help with cooking throughout the day of the upcoming Taste of Home Cooking School.