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.
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.
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.
Lisa Morgan, the author of food blog Champaign Taste (check it out at www.champaigntaste.com), 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:
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."
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.
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."
Here's Savoy resident Jason Brechin's recipe for "The" Chocolate Tart:
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.
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.