Tara Neisen says she's always been surrounded by cooks. "My mom, she's a cook, and of course her mom and her grandma. My dad cooks, and then my stepdad's family, when we get together, everybody there cooks," the Clayton woman said.
University of Illinois Extension is offering free testing of dial gauge pressure canners at its offices in Adams, Hancock, Pike and Schuyler counties.
Rachel Peterson can trace the story of her cooking style to how her parents met.