Tom's #Mailbag, Sept. 2, 2016

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Meg Makes: Welcoming apple season with pork chops

Apple season is just around the corner, so my husband and I decided to enjoy one of our favorite fall meals a little early: pork chops with Granny Smith apples.

My Amish Home: This summer weather needs to make up its mind

"Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, And my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he. Before me, there was no God formed; neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord, and beside me there is no savior.

My Amish Home: There's such a thing as too much sleep

"And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, 'Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?' Jesus answered, 'Neither hath this man sinned nor his parents, but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Meg Makes: Stromboli hides its deliciousness within

It's no secret that my husband is the best cook in my household and does a lot more cooking than I do.

So I was delighted when I arrived home from work recently to find he'd made stromboli. This turnover comes out of the oven looking like a simple loaf of bread but is full of meat and cheese.

To Your Health: Snacks you should know for kids on the go

By Mary Liz Wright

This time of year finds families scrambling into the chaotic fall school activity schedules. In addition to making sure your young scholars have the necessary sports gear/musical instrument/equipment, it is also important that you make sure they are fueled up for their after-school activities.

More than a taste this weekend

Nationally known hip-hop and alternative rock bands will provide a soundtrack for Taste of Champaign-Urbana 2016.

Hip-hop pioneer Kurtis Blow plays at 10 p.m. Friday and Vertical Horizon starts at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.

The park district's Special Events Manager Zoe Stinson said she's thrilled to have the acts, as well as other bands playing throughout the weekend.

My Amish Home: A busy week helping people and animals

"And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Revelation 20:13-15

Meg Makes: Zucchini cake great any time of year

I've eaten a lot of zucchini bread, but none of it has ever compared to the blueberry-lemon zucchini cake I made with my mom last weekend.

She saw a recipe she wanted to try online (originally from a blog called "I Am Baker"), and we made a few changes to make it our own.

Meg Makes: Mushrooms take Indian favorite over top

This Indian-inspired dish is full of ingredients bought at the local international food store, but I found an unlikely superstar ingredient as I ate it: baby portobello mushrooms.

They moved it solidly into let's-make-this-again territory, which is the highest form of praise for a recipe in my household.