It’s Festa Time!

HerrinFesta Italiana kicked off this week in Herrin. The event has been a Memorial Day Weekend tradition in Southern Illinois since its beginning in 1991 and celebrates Herrin's Italian heritage. There are two entrances to the Festa: The Piaza and The Midway. An admission fee is required for many of the concerts in the Piaza, … Continue reading It’s Festa Time!

Corn, Ranch Dressing, and Giardiniera

Contestant Robyn opened her cooler on this Sunday night's episode of "Worst Cooks in America" and found the following three ingredients: corn, ranch dressing, and giardiniera. These foods had been chosen to represent Illinois. (Technically, the dart she threw at the map to choose her state landed in Southern Illinois --more specifically, Southwestern Illinois... ) … Continue reading Corn, Ranch Dressing, and Giardiniera

Stronger Together

On this Martin Luther King Day, I am reminded how one of the things I love so much about Southern Illinois is its diversity. We don't all have to look alike, sound alike, or even prefer the same foods to be a community. We may share a common region, but not all being carbon copies … Continue reading Stronger Together