My Amish Home: Now that was my kind of snowstorm

"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises, that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness" 2 Peter 1:4-6

Sunday sneak peek: Piccadilly moves over for international grocery

CHAMPAIGN — The Piccadilly Beverage Shop on North Prospect Avenue has shrunk in size to make way for a new international grocery store next door.

Asian Supermarket is expected to open in late March or sometime in April.

It's owned by Guiping Lin, who also owns the B Spirits liquor store at 306 W. Main St., U, and the Prospect Piccadilly shop.

Meg Makes: Friends make tricky recipes a snap

My baking friends and I got together recently, and I had one mission in mind: to conquer a ridiculously complicated recipe I'd encountered via NPR last year.

My Amish Home: Painful month over; here comes March

"Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings; and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me." John 14:23-24

February 2015 is history, then comes March.

Oriental Mart owner 'totally surprised' by non-renewal of lease

CHAMPAIGN — Chang's Oriental Mart has weathered the financial crisis, recessions and competition during its 30 years at Royal Plaza in Champaign.

"But we can't survive without the support of our own landlord," said Paul Chang, who with his wife Wendy caters to the grocery needs of Asian and African customers.

Letter from Birdland: Unveiling the cracks in egg definitions

Last week, I opened the Birdland mailbag and wrote about the letters I found. I promised to tell you more about some articles a reader sent from Mother Earth News about a project comparing commercially produced eggs and those from pastured poultry.

Concert/dinner scheduled Friday

CHAMPAIGN — St. Luke CME Church's New Life Choir will present its annual "Taste of Heaven" gospel/jazz concert and catfish dinner on Friday.

The dinner service will begin at 5 p.m. in the lower level fellowship hall of the church at 809 N. Fifth St., C. Tickets are $8 each and may be purchased in advance from any member of the New Life Choir.

Meg Makes: Combining two hearty winter dishes

Cornbread Chili Bake combines two of my favorite winter dishes — can you guess which ones? It allows for spreading cornbread mix over the top of hot chili in a Dutch oven and baking the whole thing.

My Amish Home: Riding out the cold in a borrowed buggy

"Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth." Psalm 37:7-9

Today's Special: What's cooking? Check your table

CHAMPAIGN — A dining experience like no other in Champaign-Urbana awaits you when Hot Pot Lab opens in Campustown later this month.

Tables in the restaurant, at 112 E. Green St., C, are equipped with induction burners, and guests can cook their own "hot pot" concoctions in less than a minute.