Meg Makes: Doing some pickling? Don't miss a beet

My mom recently sent me home with a bag full of beautiful young beets and I knew I wanted to pickle them.

My mom is an experienced canner, but I'm not yet. So when I'm in my kitchen, I'm a fan of small batches of homemade pickles. I store them in well-sealed glass containers in my fridge.

My Amish Home: Escaping the rain with a trip to N.Y.

"And be not drunk with wine wherein is excess; but be filled with the spirit, speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:18-20

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First Urbana food-truck rally a sellout

URBANA — In the first-ever food-truck rally Tuesday afternoon in downtown Urbana, the trucks didn't bring enough food.

With about a half-hour left in the four-hour event, the seven vendors began to close up shop because they sold out, said Urbana marketing coordinator Natalie Kenny Marquez.

"We'll bring more food next time," she said.

My Amish Home: Here comes the rain again — and again

"Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husband man waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh." James 5:7,8

Meg Makes: 2 ways to make use of bounty of berries

Summer is, for obvious reasons, my favorite time to select recipes based on the freshest available ingredients.

The incredibly rainy start to our summer has resulted in a harvest of more fresh raspberries than I've ever experienced.

I'm not exaggerating when I say I've been picking them by the gallon in my parents' patch.

It's Your Business: Capoeira center making the move to Urbana

URBANA — There's soon going to be more movement in downtown Urbana — quick movement involving plenty of kicks and spins.

The Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre Joao Grande — an academy that teaches the Brazilian martial art of capoeira (pronounced CAP-oo-AIR-uh) — plans to relocate to 122 W. Main St. — a second-floor space above Mirabelle Fine Pastries — in August.

Meg Makes: Experimenting with summer salads

I love an in-season salad, and I wanted to create something different using two delicious ingredients from my mom's garden, kale and raspberries.

My Facebook friends helped suggest ingredients, and I ended up with the following recipe. It makes enough for four people. If you don't like a sweet vinaigrette, use 1 tablespoon of honey instead of 2.