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Meg Makes: Be sure to dress up this fruit salad

I recently had a hankering to make a fruit salad, and so I solicited some recommendations from my Facebook friends.

They suggested lots of wonderful ideas, but their recipes just weren't exactly what I wanted for a Sunday lunch with my mom and sister.

So, I forged ahead with my own recipe, which turned out to be both easy and pretty tasty. I'll definitely make it again.

To Your Health: Store shelves loaded with milk alternatives

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

Prosperity Gardens gets mobile market

CHAMPAIGN — A bounty of fresh vegetables could be coming soon to a neighborhood near you. Just look for the bright green bus.

Prosperity Gardens — a nonprofit community gardening operation on Champaign's North First Street that educates and employs school kids — has acquired a used school bus and is turning it into a produce market to take on the road later this summer.

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Meg Makes: Keeping cool key to tasty potato salad

I recently stopped Paxton resident Julie Elliott after a mother-daughter banquet at my home church and begged her for her pasta salad recipe.

Senate changes its mind, OKs modified 'cupcake bill'

SPRINGFIELD — Reversing a vote it had taken about three hours earlier, the Illinois Senate on Tuesday evening passed the so-called "cupcake bill," a measure that prohibits state and local public health officials from regulating home-based baking operations provided their sales are less than $1,000 a month and the product is labeled as homemade.

Urbana food cooperative adopts product rating system

A roundup of business news:

URBANA — Common Ground Food Co-op in Urbana has introduced the HowGood rating system in its store so shoppers can see how food products — and the companies that market them — rate in terms of sustainability, social impact and environmental friendliness.

Meg Makes: Winning mug cake's secret? Homemade applesauce

I recently had the pleasure of judging a mug-cake bake-off at Prairie Winds of Urbana, an assisted-living center where apparently, a healthy sense of competition thrives.

Demand rising at food pantries in wake of SNAP cuts

CHAMPAIGN — The demand has been way up lately at Angela Bradley's church food pantry, so much that twice recently it ran out of the major foods families need to put meals on the table.

"Some people might think this is kind of kooky, but we prayed," she recalls.

To Your Health: It's grilling season: Let's be safe out there

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension