Recipe: A Pecan Month Mouthful

The South’s native nut is a favorite any time of the year By Gregg Patterson I dare you. Place out a bowl of salted maple-glazed pecans (see recipe below) when hosting guests, and see how long it takes before it’s empty. The pecan is by far the most popular of America’s commercially grown, edible native […]

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Peanut Butter Day Cookie Recipe

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES Makes 4 dozen cookies By Gregg Patterson Jan. 24 is National Peanut Butter Day. Arkansas peanut farmers planted about 26,000 acres of peanuts in 2018. Little Rock is home to a Skippy peanut butter production plant. It produces 3.5 million pounds of peanut butter weekly, and about 540 peanuts are needed to […]

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Delicious Leftover Idea: Smoked Turkey Soup

SMOKED TURKEY SOUP by Gregg Patterson   Thanksgiving means leftovers. And what to do with those leftovers, you ask? I like to present them in a “new” way. Here’s my latest favorite. I was never a big fan of turkey soup made from the Big Day’s roasted turkey. My mother did everything right, of course. […]

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Recipe: Chocolate Rice Pie

Rhonda Hull of Little Rock won first place in all three categories (Main Dish, Salad and Dessert) in Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Rice Cooking Competition at the 2018 Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show. Her winning dessert dish was a Chocolate Rice Pie that was as beautiful as it was delicious. Made with a filling that […]

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Growing Sweet Potatoes Part 1

Fall is officially here, but, in typical Arkansas fashion, it doesn’t quite feel like it yet. Nevertheless, Thanksgiving will be here in no time, and that means it’s also “sweet potato season.” Growers like Shawn Peebles of Woodruff are busy pulling their crop from the ground in time to get them to groceries and on […]

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Banana Pudding that’s “Better than Grandma’s”?

Sixteen-year-old Luke Baker of Siloam Springs loves banana pudding. This recipe of his took second place in the “Party Ideas” category of the 2018 Arkansas Dairy Foods Contest earlier this summer. Baker says the secret to his recipe’s success is the baked bananas it requires. “My recipe tastes great and has great banana flavor,” Baker […]

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VIDEO: Making Watermelon, Feta & Pecan Salad

Watermelon, Feta & Pecan Salad with Balsamic Reduction Since July is National Watermelon Month we wanted to be sure to share this delicious taste treat using one of Arkansas’s favorite fruits! Watch and learn as Woodruff County Cooperative Extension Staff Chair Leigh Ann Bullington dishes up this lovely summer salad that’s sure to be a […]

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Pecan Pie Day Delight

Did you know July 12 is National Pecan Pie Day? You should. Not only is it a delicious dessert and a Southern favorite, but the pecan is native to Arkansas and our official state nut (yes, there is such a thing as the official state nut). To celebrate this sweet day, we went back through […]

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Peach Pop Perfection

We may have found one of the tastiest summer treats you can make at home … Peach Pops! Grab your favorite kitchen helper (and some Arkansas peaches) and watch as Woodruff County Cooperative Extension Staff Chair Leigh Ann Bullington shows how easy it is to make these delicious and healthy snacks.  Now try making […]

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Dairy Delicious: Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip Chicken Sliders

The 2018 Arkansas Dairy Foods Contest in Little Rock was a showcase for delicious dishes created by youth from around the state. June is Dairy Month, so we will be highlighting some of the best recipes from the event for the next four weeks. First up is a rich, flavorful recipe for Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip […]

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