Tempted by an apple? It's worth the health benefits

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

When fall arrives, there's nothing more satisfying to me than biting into a fresh, juicy apple that's as crisp as the autumn air. Sure, we can get apples any time, but they're never as plentiful, affordable and downright delicious as during the last quarter of the year.

Cooking volunteers sought to help with show

URBANA —The News-Gazette and News-Gazette Community Newspapers are seeking volunteers to help with cooking throughout the day of the upcoming Taste of Home Cooking School.

Food pantry opens on UI campus; Parkland pantry coming

CHAMPAIGN — One food pantry has opened on the University of Illinois campus and another is on the way at Parkland College to help needy students coping with hunger.

The new pantry opened by the St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois — called Newman Shares! — is open two evenings a month on the second and fourth Wednesdays.

Taste of Home recipe for Apple-Brined Chicken Thighs

I love apple dishes in the autumn, but this recipe for Apple-Brined Chicken Thighs is like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

Paxton holds festival Saturday

PAXTON — Mayor Bill Ingold says he's hoping for good weather and several thousand participants Saturday for the admission-free, family-friendly Prairie Days Festival.

It's Your Business: Game store opens in Champaign

A new game store, The Gaming Goat, has opened in the Whiteline building at 723 S. Neil St., C, that also houses El Toro Mexican Restaurant.

The store, owned by Mark Keplinger and Joshua Sawlaw, carries board games, collectible card games and role-playing games, Keplinger said.

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Taste of Home recipe for Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

I love just about any kind of food, but I have a special spot in my heart for dips because they’re actually fun to eat. Surely, I cannot be alone in this line of thinking.

To your health: Save money by keeping up with your kitchen

By Leia Kedem

Though the economy is recovering from rock bottom, times are still tough for many.

When it comes to food, it can seem like every trip to the grocery drains more hard-earned dollars from your pocket. But we all have to eat, right?

Taste of Home recipe for Peppery Cheese Bread

I sometimes joke that I’m a carb-ivore, in that I love to make and eat bread.