Meg Makes: Put your stamp on couscous salad

My friend Cassandra Schowengerdt, marketing director at The News-Gazette, makes a wonderful couscous salad that's perfect for taking to a summer potluck.

It makes a large bowl, she says, and all of her ingredients are chosen with the goal of surviving well as leftovers.

Giant potato truck coming to Champaign

The director of the tour of a giant-sized replica potato heading to Champaign later this month says the massive spud is a popular attraction everywhere it goes.

The announcement was made Thursday on Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS with Mike in the Morning that the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck will be in town on June 24 and will be at the WDWS-WHMS-WKIO radio center.

Tour offers taste of local fare

Bison, cheese, wine and a road trip.

Prairie Fruits Farm's "Fork in the Road" tour kicks off Sunday. Join them for an afternoon of agri-tourism and exotic tastes.

The event starts at noon at Prairie Fruits Farm,  4410 N. Lincoln Ave., Champaign.

Entertainment listings, June 12-19, 2014

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Meg Makes: Homemade spice extra nice in curry rice

My husband, Rob, developed this recipe for curry rice, and we like it for several reasons.

It's different enough from our usual fare that it seems like a special meal — something we might order for takeout but are able to make easily in our own kitchen. I actually assemble it in my rice cooker, but you could easily make it in a large pot on your stove if you don't have one.

Quick read: Getting fresh in Illinois

It's the season to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from the area, and the "Illinois: Where Fresh Is" website makes finding them a little easier.

The website — — lists the Illinois farmers' markets, roadside stands, U-pick fields/orchards and on-farm sales closest to you.

Alliance sponsors 'Local Flavors' lunches, dinners

A roundup of business news:

URBANA — The Illinois Stewardship Alliance has released its schedule of "Local Flavors" lunches and dinners that feature seasonal, locally grown and produced food.

Ten restaurants in Champaign-Urbana are taking part in the project this year, with five serving lunches and five serving dinners.

Entertainment listings, June 5-12, 2014

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Meg Makes: Be sure to dress up this fruit salad

I recently had a hankering to make a fruit salad, and so I solicited some recommendations from my Facebook friends.

They suggested lots of wonderful ideas, but their recipes just weren't exactly what I wanted for a Sunday lunch with my mom and sister.

So, I forged ahead with my own recipe, which turned out to be both easy and pretty tasty. I'll definitely make it again.

To Your Health: Store shelves loaded with milk alternatives

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

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