Artisan Cup a fundraiser to make your mouth water

CHAMPAIGN — Stan "The Meat Man" Schutte is looking at the first Artisan Cup & Fork competition as a "blind date" — as well as the best food event downstate.

My Amish Home: A week in the life of a product-party animal

"For he spoke in a certain place of the seventh day of this wise, and God did rest on the seventh day from all his works and in this place again. If they shall enter into my rest, seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief." Hebrews 4:4-6

Meg Makes: Salsa swaps in hot sauce for jalapenos

My co-worker, Donna Huls of Champaign, is famous in our office for her fresh salsa.

Earlier this summer, I finally had the chance to try it and begged Donna for the recipe.

Getting Personal: Tom Siegel

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 53-year-old Tom Siegel of Belleville, main owner of Jarling's Custard Cup in Champaign, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

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Philo Road grocery store calling it quits

What should be built in its place? Tell Urbana's Tom Kacich your solution here

URBANA — The County Market grocery store on South Philo Road will close permanently come 7 p.m. Monday.

My Amish Home: Path changed as one chore led to another

"And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as children, my son: Despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him; for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. lf ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as sons: For what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?" Hebrews 12:5-7

Meg Makes: Pickled eggs a tasty (but stinky) snack

My husband and I ate at what I can only describe as a German fusion restaurant this summer in Des Moines. We tried an appetizer we loved: pickled eggs.

Portillo's to Chambana? Well...

OAK BROOK — When Portillo's, the iconic Chicago-area restaurant chain, announced earlier this year its plans to open its first central Illinois location in Normal, its CEO told our Tom Kacich that a Champaign location might not be far behind.

To Your Health: A few ideas for spicing up summer salads

When the sun shines hot and the temperature rises, it is not just the pool or sitting in front of a fan that can keep us cool. In summer, we can cool down with the recipes we make.

Throughout July, the "Healthy Eats and Repeat" blog through University of Illinois Extension is featuring a different summer salad, complete with recipe and a quick how-to video. (Simply search us online.)

My Amish Home: Maintaining yard means wrestling a beast

"In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust, let me never be ashamed: deliver in me they righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for a house of defense to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me and guide me. ...