Meg Makes: Pineapple chicken erases winter doldrums

In the middle of winter, sometimes an out-of-the-ordinary dinner can work wonders on your mood.

So when my husband lugged home a whole pineapple from the grocery store, I knew it would be the perfect match for chicken thighs in our freezer. And I was right — pineapple chicken was an excellent meal on a cold winter night.

Fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant opening in Illini Union

URBANA — A fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant is opening Thursday in the basement of the Illini Union.

Garbanzo will be taking over KoFusion's space in the cafeteria area next to Sbarro and Wendy's.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Feb. 4, 2018

This week's favorite local music event is one I haven't had the chance to experience for myself very often over its 27-year run, but it's undoubtedly my favorite concept ever for a music festival.

The 27th annual Great Cover Up kicked off Friday and Saturday at The Canopy Club in Champaign, but don't fret if you missed those two nights, because you haven't missed the whole thing by a lo

Today's Special: Sunny's serving up salads in downtown Urbana

URBANA — A new salad restaurant has come to downtown Urbana.

Sunny's, a fast, casual counter restaurant that sells salads, opened Jan. 29 at 401 N. Broadway Ave.

Salad artist Kristen Kim said her place "serves health-conscious food that is personalized to suit your individual taste."

Subway store in Champaign's Old Farm Shops closes

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The Subway restaurant at the Old Farm Shops has closed.

Customers eager to buy a foot-long or a 6-inch sub were disappointed to find the doors locked last week.

'It wouldn't be the Sausage Supper' without 96-year-old co-founder

BONDVILLE — There are two mainstays when it comes to the Bondville United Methodist Church's annual Sausage Supper — the sausage and John Rayburn.

The 96-year-old Bondville man helped start the event in 1958. And organizers said he's been instrumental in its success every year since then, from selling tickets and sausage to serving up the griddle-fried fare.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 1-8, 2018


This weekend


What:Lumen Loves Wine! Gala to benefit for Imbibe Urbana, Love for All Poetry Crawl at The Urbana Free Library, dining at Pizza M, Broadway Food Hall and more, free acupuncture at Urbana Acupuncture, family fun at Spark Museum + Play Cafe, art shows at Urbana galleries and music at Blackbird Urbana and Iron Post.

My Amish Home: Grumpy horses and a craving for PB&Cheese

"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the Earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Meg Makes: Smaller, sweeter river pecans star in brittle

When Dr. Tom Updike of Paxton gave me a big bag of river pecans, I felt like I'd won the lottery.

River pecans are smaller and sweeter than what you'd typically buy, he told me. He's from near where the Illinois and Mississippi rivers meet, and wild river pecans grow throughout that area.

Pet Talk: Look at the label

UI College of Veterinary Medicine