Meg Makes: Recipe for Turkey Spread, to make with leftover turkey

I've been hitting the leftover Thanksgiving recipes hard this year, mostly because my readers are sending in amazing ideas. Plus, I've covered Thanksgiving Day recipes pretty heavily in the past - you can view those by clicking here.

Meg Makes: Thanksgiving leftovers recipe for Hot Turkey Sandwiches

This recipe comes from Champaign resident Jennifer Wilson, who submitted several wonderful-sounding recipes to make with your Thanksgiving leftovers. I'll be sharing more of them as this week progresses.

(She also took the photo, and it's used with permission.)

With students gone, Campustown worth exploring

CHAMPAIGN — There's something strange about the streets of Campustown this week.

They're quiet. They're fairly empty. You can drive the speed limit without playing dodge-the-pedestrian.

With University of Illinois classes out until Dec. 2, most students left Friday for a week of holiday celebrating.

Meg Makes: Recipe for Personal Pot Pies, to be made with Thanksgiving leftovers

I haven't had a chance to write here as much as I would have liked about Thanksgiving-related food, but that's about to change.

UHS seeks donations, volunteers for its Thanksgiving feast

URBANA — The Urbana High School Student Senate is sponsoring its annual Thanksgiving dinner for the community this year, but it needs more community donations in order to buy food for the feast.

It's Your Business: Pear Tree Estate open for events in rural setting

For folks wanting a wedding reception or banquet in a rural setting close to Champaign, Pear Tree Estate has opened for business.

The banquet center "is set among three corn or bean fields, and to the south of the building is a beautiful pond with a waterfall," said Annie Murray, who is opening the facility with her sister, Lauren Murray Miller.

A Cut Above

Chef offers variety of meats, gourmet items at new store aided by crowd-funding effort

URBANA — Come to The Urbana Butcher Shop, and you'll find it's a far cry from your supermarket's meat department.

Don't expect to find rump roasts here, chicken breasts there, and packages of 80 percent to 90 percent lean ground beef at counter's end.

Pecking order: Recipes for deviled eggs

So you're one of those folks who wants to get a flock of chickens for your backyard, eh? After you figure out all the logistics, the next big thing is deciding what to do when your chickens become egg-laying machines.

Meg Makes: Recipe for Lemon Roast Chicken

Rob and I both work strange schedules, which can sometimes lead to difficulty in meal planning.

So it is a special occasion - although not an infrequent one - that Rob has dinner ready when I get home from work so we can eat together.

Bacon apple fritters with maple glaze? Pandamonium!

CHAMPAIGN — James Kyung, who brought his own brand of gourmet doughnuts to Urbana's Market on the Square this year, now wants to put the idea on wheels.

Doughnuts generally aren't considered gourmet fare, but Kyung set out to break that stereotype by selling bacon apple fritters with maple glaze; chocolate overdose doughnuts; and peanut butter-banana doughnuts.