2016 East Central District Farm Family of the Year – Chris & Nesha Smith

In this day and time, you don’t see many first generation farmers as it’s a hard business to get into, but Chris and Nesha Smith have defeated the odds. They purchased their farm in 2004 and have worked diligently to build their cattle herd and instill in their 10-year-old daughter their same passion for agriculture. […]

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread (With Chocolate Chunks!)

When a friend gave me some zucchini from her garden a few summers ago, it stayed on my kitchen counter for most of the week. I occasionally glanced over at it, wondering what to do with this vegetable for a family (myself included) who doesn’t like squash. For my family who likes dark chocolate (myself […]

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Throwback Thursday {Fourth of July Recipes!}

Stumped for what to prepare for your Fourth of July celebration? Here are some great ideas to get you going. Snow Cone Vanilla Cupcakes   Flag Cake   Low Country Lemonade   BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Chicken   Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

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Throwback Thursday {Kids In The Kitchen}

What better way to enjoy spending time with your kids than in the kitchen making things they want to eat. Here’s some kid friendly recipes to get you started. Frozen Banana Pops Fruity Drinks   Bacon and Cheddar Pigs in a Blanket   Homemade Chocolate Syrup   Birthday Treats for Children

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Throwback Thursday {National Dairy Month – Ice Cream!}

As the old song from the 20’s says,”I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” If your family is ‘screaming’ for ice cream, try one of these mouth satisfying recipes. Caramel Apple Pecan Ice Cream   Roasted Banana and Toasted Walnut Ice Cream   Dessert Tacos 10 Tips for Delicious Homemade Ice Cream […]

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Throwback Thursday {National Strawberry Month}

Whether you buy your strawberries at the grocery store, a farmer’s market, or pick them yourself at one of the many farms across our state, we have some great recipes to enjoy the bounty of the season. Check out these wonderful recipes! Fresh Strawberry Bread with Strawberry Cream Butter   Strawberry Skillet Crisp   Strawberry […]

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Throwback Thursday {National Pecan Day}

Around Arkansas, we are just ‘nuts’ about pecans. So, in honor of National Pecan Day we are including some amazing recipes that showcase pecans. Honey Blueberry Pecan Rice Pudding   Candy With a Crust ~Pecan Pie   Pecans: A Southern Favorite {Kitchen Tip and Spicy Pecan Recipe}   Pecan, Cranberry and Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn […]

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Throwback Thursday {Cast Iron Cooking}

Is your trusty, old, faithful cast iron skillet feeling neglected and sitting on the shelf? Put it back on the job with these amazing recipes. Cast-Iron Skillet Peach and Blueberry Cobbler   Multitasking Recipe: Skillet Home Fries   Strawberry Skillet Crisp   No Pie Pan? Use an Iron Skillet!   And don’t forget to season […]

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Maple Pecan Scones with Cinnamon Glaze

I love Christmas breakfast! Growing up, we always had a big, hearty breakfast on Christmas morning. It was a post-gift-giving tradition that always included some kind of delicious baked good. Over time, I’ve become more and more fond of scones. They’re buttery, light and dense at the same time; and capable of a numerous different […]

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John & Mikki Hamilton ~East Central Farm Family of the Year

John Hamilton grew up farming alongside his dad. He decided to follow in his father’s footsteps his junior year of college. Thanks to a young farmer loan, John purchased two new tractors and began renting land. However, poor prices and tough ground made for five difficult years that nearly forced John out of farming. Things […]

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