Alto Vineyards: Eat, drink and be merry

Wine, women and song — Alto Vineyards can promise you the first and last of the three.

With a list of performers as extensive as its wine list, the North Duncan Road vineyard, store and performance space often has good crowds.

There's free wine tasting, wine-related gifts and products that accent the local, says Michele Pieper, the retail manager.

Meg Makes: Honey-ginger sauce also a great glaze

This combination of honey, ginger, bourbon and a variety of other flavors makes a delicious glazed-chicken dinner.

I used it as a pan sauce to cook with boneless, skinless chicken thighs, but I could see using it as a glaze for wings or chicken breast on the grill. If you're cooking for a crowd, double or triple this recipe.

Honey-Ginger Chicken

My Amish Home: From chilly to hot in one short week

"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the heavens. And grieve not the holy spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice." Ephesians 4:29,30,31

Nursing home gets no new bidders for food service

URBANA — Disappointed with the quality of institutional food service, the board that oversees the Champaign County Nursing Home decided two months ago to put out a request for a new vendor.

Entertainment listings, May 7-14, 2015

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My Amish Home: Stocking up on flowers as weather warms

"But now ye also put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communications out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." Colossians 3:8,9,10

Meg Makes: For a smaller dessert, try cake for 2

I'm a member of a two-person household, and I recently stumbled upon a recipe for chocolate cake that's both delicious and perfectly portioned two people.

I customized it from a recipe I found on It's actually a vegan recipe (I rarely buy milk and so found myself unprepared at cake-baking time).

Meg Makes: It's the perfect time for rhubarb pie

I love rhubarb season, and I find it an especially good time for a pie.

This recipe comes from my co-worker, Breanne Ertmer, and it tastes just like I think spring should. Its texture is wonderful, and the nutmeg is a perfect touch. If you like a sour pie, make it with just 1 cup of sugar.

Rhubarb Custard Pie

11/2 cups white sugar

1/4 cup flour

My Amish Home: Nice to see sun, even if it is windy

"For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God!" Colossians 1:9,10

Champaign plans up to $710,000 in incentives

CHAMPAIGN — City staff will ask the city council tonight whether to prepare a development agreement offering up to $710,000 in incentives for the redevelopment of the former Sullivan Chevrolet complex in downtown Champaign.