Meg Makes: Peaches please the palate in this pretty pie

I'm into my second week of recipes featuring fresh peaches. It's summer, so I think that we should use them while we have them.

This peach pie is easy to make, and is incredibly pretty.


Single pie crust

1/2 cup of your favorite chopped nuts

1 cup sugar (if you like a more tart pie, use 1/2 cup)

Kraft recalls cheese slices

NORTHFIELD — Check your cheese before you make your next sandwich.

Kraft is voluntarily recalling 36,000 cases of American and White American individually-wrapped Singles cheese slices over a choking hazard, the company said.

Cookoff set in Paxton

PAXTON — The fourth annual Paxton Swine 'N Dine BBQ Cookoff & Festival has been set for Sept. 19, in downtown Paxton.

The event will feature barbecue cookoffs in two categories: ribs and chicken.

Entertainment listings, July 30-Aug. 6, 2015

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Meg Makes: 2 flavorful desserts featuring 2 fruits of summer

Summer eating season is well underway. My family members' trees are bearing both peaches and apples, which provide two excellent reasons to spend an afternoon baking with friends.

We made a delicious, light shortbread cake with a peach-basil compote. It's based on a recipe from Cooking Light, with a few changes.

My Amish Home: Weather's great; mosquitoes aren't

"The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lovely than to divide the spoil with the proud." Proverbs 16:17-19

To Your Health: Fighting childhood obesity starts at home

By Irisha Clark

Healthy at home equals healthy for life! It's time to take charge of your children's health in the home environment.

Entertainment listings, July 23-30, 2015

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240-plus for first Rantoul farmers market

RANTOUL — An estimated 240 people turned out for the first Rantoul farmers market of the season last week.

It kept the only vendor — the Rantoul Township High School FFA chapter — busy selling sweet corn, cabbage, cucumbers, green beans and tomatoes.

Meg Makes: City sidewalks, busy sidewalks.... in July

It seems far off, but it's no secret that I love Christmas.

One of my favorite local holiday highlights is Champaign's Parade of Lights, at which I volunteer to help my friend Erin Lippitz. She runs the parade as a part of her work at the Champaign Center Partnership. It's a magical evening.