My Amish Home: Touring Americana on the Fourth

"And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

How sweet it is

URBANA — Whether you like it boiled, grilled or ripped right from the stalk and eaten fresh, now is the time to start loading up on local sweet corn from area roadside stands and farmers markets.

On Tuesdays and Fridays, the folks at Griest's stand off High Cross Road in Urbana pick the ears around 5:30 a.m. and start selling them around 3 p.m. until they're out.

To Your Health: 'Chemical' not bad word, and 'natural' means nothing

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

Headliner for Taste of C-U named

CHAMPAIGN — The Taste of Champaign-Urbana comes to West Side Park Aug. 15-16 and will feature food from some of the area’s top eateries as well as local craft beers.

It also features one of the biggest musical acts ever to play at the event, in fact a darn big band.

Strawberry Fields for sale

URBANA — The Strawberry Fields natural foods store and cafe is for sale, and its 72-year-old owner hopes a local buyer steps in to keep the 40-year-old business growing.

Meg Makes: Chicken tacos quick, easy, ready for garnishes

This recipe was invented as a weeknight dinner, and it has many qualities I love: It's easy, fast, flexible and made in one pot.

It calls for fresh tomatoes, which is perfect for summer, but you can also substitute canned diced tomatoes if you want to make it during another season.

My Amish Home: Time flies, and so do fireworks, in summer

"Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." John 5:28-29

Happy birthday to my sis LaDonna, Mrs. Dennis Schrock!

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, July 9, 2014

URBANA — A free outdoor screening of the movie "Breaking Away" will take place at dusk Friday in the Busey Bank parking lot in downtown Urbana — after the announcement around 8 p.m. of a new bike-sharing program called Big Yellow Ride.

Dairy donates milk to food banks

CHAMPAIGN — Milk is a luxury item for families being fed by food pantries, but 500 free gallons are on their way for the 14 counties served by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Prairie Farms Dairy is set to make the donation to the Urbana food bank Wednesday as part of the Great American Milk Drive, part of 10,500 gallons the dairy is giving to 21 food banks in the Midwest overall.

Studio Visit: Joe Taylor

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Joe Taylor, the co-owner of Sleepy Creek Vineyards near Fairmount and former co-owner of Taylor Studios, which builds museum exhibits.

Are you still making "Up the Creek" webisodes?