Inspection placards coming to Ford County establishments

PAXTON — Starting in December, every food establishment in Ford County will be required to post a color-coded placard in a prominent location within the business that states its compliance with public health guidelines.

Meg Makes: Springy slaw can be a side dish or a main

I have a copy of "The All New Good Housekeeping Cook Book" that I love dearly. One of my favorite recipes in it is for Hot Slaw with Poppy-Seed Dressing. The book recommends serving it with ham or roast pork, but if I'm not terribly hungry, I'll eat it for lunch.

I find that this dish is nice and springy, but it's also perfect when you're hungry for something hot, not cold.

Letter carriers' food drive is Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — Usually it's your letter carrier who leaves things for you, but on one day this weekend you can make it the other way around and help reduce hunger in your community.

The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday.

Coffee shop will open in Campus Center

CHAMPAIGN — Korean coffee shop Caffe Bene will open a second store in Champaign-Urbana as a first-floor tenant in the Campus Center project being built near Sixth and Green streets in Champaign.

The shop already has a location in Gregory Place East in Urbana, at the northeast corner of Gregory and Nevada streets.

To Your Health: Gear up for a productive, safe canning season

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

Here in the Midwest, home canning has been a way of life for many since before they could even remember. But home canning has enjoyed a surge in popularity in the past few years, thanks to Americans' increased interest in the local food movement and desire to be economical in the wake of our recession.

Woman invites restaurants to compete for gluten-free diet training

URBANA — Eating onions that were grilled on the same surface that grilled a hamburger bun isn't a big deal for most people.

But a seemingly small thing like that can make Dana Mancuso and other people with celiac disease sick.

Meg Makes: Tunneling into angel food with chocolate

My husband, Rob, recently had a birthday. In his family, the birthday favorite is this delectable cake made by my mother-in-law, Mary Dickinson.

It's called Angel-Food Waldorf from Mary's "Betty Crocker Cookbook," but I have a newer version of the cookbook that doesn't contain it.

Wine coming to Urbana market, festival coming to downtown Urbana

URBANA — Coming soon to your local farmer's market: wine, beer and spirits.

After creating a new liquor license category with the blessing of the city council and mayor, the city of Urbana now allows purveyors of Illinois wine, whiskey and other alcoholic beverages to sell their products at the farmers market. Also on the horizon this summer: a new wine festival in its downtown.

You say Tomato, We say YUM!

What a piece of work is a tomato, how noble in its bounty, how infinite in its varieties.

Legendary coach Lee Cabutti grows acres of them, but you could simply do a hanging vine basket on your patio. Wait 'til Mother's Day to plant them, or live dangerously like the coach and start putting them in now.

It's Your Business: Villa Italian Kitchen coming to town

Villa Italian Kitchen is coming to Market Place Shopping Center in May, opening in the space formerly occupied by Sbarro.

The Champaign store will be one of 40 Villa Italian Kitchens to open soon in regional malls as the result of a recent deal with General Growth Properties, which owns about 120 malls including Market Place.