My Amish Home: A busy week helping people and animals

"And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Revelation 20:13-15

My Amish Home: August did a good job sneaking up on me

"And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God. And this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already it is in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." 1 John 4:3-4

Meg Makes: Mushrooms take Indian favorite over top

This Indian-inspired dish is full of ingredients bought at the local international food store, but I found an unlikely superstar ingredient as I ate it: baby portobello mushrooms.

They moved it solidly into let's-make-this-again territory, which is the highest form of praise for a recipe in my household.

To Your Health: Peaches a perfect addition to summer fruit salad

By Beth Peralta

I don't know about you, but I'm having a hard time believing that it's already August. Summer produce is in full swing! Peaches are abundant, super juicy, and sweet.

If you want to try a new way to enjoy this sweet summer treat, a fruit salad is a perfect way to showcase the flavor.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Nourishing minds, stomachs

#SundaySneak: Memorial Stadium tweaking menu

CHAMPAIGN — To bring fans to their feet these days in college football, it takes some razzle-dazzle on offense and creative play-calling on defense.   

The same goes for stadium munchies.

Artisan Cup a fundraiser to make your mouth water

CHAMPAIGN — Stan "The Meat Man" Schutte is looking at the first Artisan Cup & Fork competition as a "blind date" — as well as the best food event downstate.

Meg Makes: Salsa swaps in hot sauce for jalapenos

My co-worker, Donna Huls of Champaign, is famous in our office for her fresh salsa.

Earlier this summer, I finally had the chance to try it and begged Donna for the recipe.

My Amish Home: A week in the life of a product-party animal

"For he spoke in a certain place of the seventh day of this wise, and God did rest on the seventh day from all his works and in this place again. If they shall enter into my rest, seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief." Hebrews 4:4-6

Getting Personal: Tom Siegel

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 53-year-old Tom Siegel of Belleville, main owner of Jarling's Custard Cup in Champaign, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

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