Meg Makes: If you love something, learn to make it yourself

It seems a little crazy to make your own sausage, but I enjoy varying degrees of sausage-making for several reasons.

It fits perfectly into my philosophy for made-from-scratch food: It often tastes as good as or better than the store-bought equivalent, and you can control the ingredients, and therefore, the nutritional implications.

My Amish Home: Waking garden up from winter's nap

"And he said unto him, 'Which?' Jesus said, 'Thou shalt do no murder; Thou shalt not commit adultery; Thou shalt not steal/thou shalt not bear false witness; Honor thy Father and thy Mother; and Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.'" Matthew 19:18,19

To Your Health: How to find new ways to stick with old goals

By Leia Kedem

During this season of renewal, it's a good time to take stock with your health goals. Even if you've been successful in the past, a healthy lifestyle has ups and downs. The phrase "what's old is new again" can apply to food and exercise just as much as fashion trends.

It's Your Business: Couple to open mart specializing in African foods

When Memoire Budimbu Mabiza and Lisette Mbaki learned that Chang's Oriental Mart in Champaign would close this spring, they were sad — but also saw an opportunity.

The Congolese couple said many local African immigrants, including themselves, relied on Chang's for traditional African food staples.

Some wondered, "What food are we going to eat?" Mbaki said.

Ask Mimi, April 5, 2015

What's up with "Food," the movie shot entirely in Champaign County last summer?

It title was changed to "Consumed." Recently, the music score and color correction were finished. The feature remains in final stages of post-production, according to Brett Hays, its line producer and unit production manager.

Sunday Sneak: A few more weeks for Strawberry Fields

Remodeling of the Strawberry Fields natural and organic foods store in downtown Urbana began in earnest about a week and a half ago, and owner Mohammad Al-Heeti said he hopes the store will reopen in late May or early June.

My Amish Home: March saw mix of sunshine, dreariness

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:10-12

Meg Makes: Be the star of your potluck with this cake

I've mentioned my competitive spirit before, and it definitely extends to the bring-a-dish holiday meals.

I want my dish to be the best.

Easter is this weekend, and those of you who celebrate it might consider whipping up this gooey butter cake for your celebratory meal.

It's delicious, but it's easy, too.

Sandra Mason: Steer clear of icebergs

To my palate, iceberg lettuce is as flavorful as a Red Delicious apple. True to its iceberg name, it has a lot of crunch but not a lot of flavor.

Entertainment listings, March 26-April 2, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

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