UI professor's program informs kids on healthy food

MAHOMET – The food industry has long been savvy about combining narrative, visually pleasing images and positive emotions to attract children to certain foods – say Froot Loops, Pop-Tarts and McDonald's Happy Meals.

Solo Cup's $27.9 million loss inflated by one-time hit

HIGHLAND PARK – Solo Cup Co. reported a net loss of $27.9 million in the third quarter, largely as the result of taking a $17 million charge to reflect the decreased value of its European operations.

That compared with a net loss of $8 million during the same quarter a year ago.

UI grad student turning beans to bars of chocolate

URBANA – Daniel Harry Schreiber is fairly positive he's the only person in Illinois who makes his own chocolate.

That's right, he buys fair-trade, organic cacao beans (his most recent investment came in the form of a 110-pound bag from Panama) and, through processes full of careful calculations and obvious passion, carefully transforms them into chocolate.

Tried and True: Lisa Morgan's Serebyanka

Lisa Morgan, the author of food blog Champaign Taste (check it out at, submitted this recipe for Serebyanka, which is also known as Lecso. She originally published it to her blog in March 2007.

Here are a few excerpts from Morgan about the recipe:

Slow Cooked: Easy, healthy and tasty sauces, salsa

Many times, homemade sauces are better than the ones you buy at the store in a jar or can.

But who has the time to start sauces from scratch? Well, fire up your slow cooker because sauces (and one salsa) are easy and healthy with these recipes from the "Fix-It and Forget It Big Cookbook."

Food co-op manager offers tips for inexpensive meals

URBANA – If you're looking to eat healthy on a reduced budget, try mainly beans and grains and buy in bulk, advises Jacqueline Hannah, general manager of the Common Ground Food Co-op.

A former cook, Hannah dispensed that advice during her monthly Eating Healthy on a Budget class in the Lincoln Square Village hallway behind the co-op.

Tried and True: Jennifer Wilson's Chicken Paprikash

Champaign resident Jennifer Wilson's simple Chicken Paprikash reminds her of her childhood.

"It is the type of dish my mom would make following an afternoon of playing outside on a crisp fall day," Wilson said. "The creaminess with a touch of spice is comforting."

Tried and True: Jason Brechin's 'the' chocolate tart

Here's Savoy resident Jason Brechin's recipe for "The" Chocolate Tart:

Slow Cooked: Keeping warm with hot beverages

The slow cooker is a smart choice for food, but it's also a great way to whip up warm beverages perfect for cold mornings or chilly evenings.

You'll find a lot of flexibility when you're using your slow cooker for drinks. You could mix up the ingredients for hot mulled cider and warm them up overnight in time for a welcoming breakfast treat.

7-day tour around Lake Michigan expands possibilities

Traveling around Lake Michigan in seven days was an adventure in how I juggled a state map, a city map, two tour books and a GPS on my lap for 1,700 miles.

My husband and I hit the highlights in this circle tour to decide where to return for a longer vacation next time.

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