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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Pie Day Delicious: Dutch Apple Pie

By Gregg Patterson, Arkansas Farm Bureau staff Jan. 23 is National Pie Day. It might as well be Mother’s Day too. For me, nothing says mom better than a homemade pie, apple pie in particular. This version always has been a favorite of mine. Filling 2½ pounds apples, peeled, cored, halved and sliced ¼-inch thick […]

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Recipe from the Road: Bananas Foster

Last week, Farm Bureau members were in New Orleans for the 100th American Farm Bureau Federation Convention, so we thought we’d share an an iconic New Orleans dessert recipe from the world-famous Brennan’s Restaurant in the French Quarter. Some 35,000 pounds of bananas are flamed annually at Brennan’s in preparing this dessert. Be careful if […]

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New Year, New Recipe: Stuffed Pork Loin

STUFFED PORK LOIN WITH PURPLE RICE Looking for a special entrée to cook for family or friends in 2019? Look no further than this delicious pork dinner that garnered Rhonda Hull of Little Rock a blue ribbon in the Main Dish category at Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 2018 Rice Cooking Competition. One of the main ingredients […]

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Holiday Spirits: Muscadine Mimosa

Here’s a sweet beverage treat idea for your holiday gatherings … Muscadine Mimosas! See how it’s done (using white or red muscadine grape juice) at the Post Winery in Altus.

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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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Last Second Side Ideas: Smothered Country Green Beans

SMOTHERED COUNTRY GREEN BEANS By Gregg Patterson   I know. I know. Several generations of y’all have come to love that canned green bean/cream of mushroom soup casserole sprinkled with crunchy fried onions. It’s darn near a holiday meal must-have. I’ll admit. It’s good. However, there is something so much better… fresh country fried green […]

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Last-Second Side Ideas: Bacon & Skillet-Fried Brussels Sprouts

BACON & SKILLET-FRIED BRUSSELS SPROUTS by Gregg Patterson We already know that every kid hates Brussels sprouts. I was no different. So let’s call it an acquired taste, like asparagus or better yet, beer. All I know is I love bacon and skillet-fried Brussels sprouts. Here’s my version of this colorful and tasty side dish […]

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An Apple a Day… Takes the Cake?

We’ve all heard the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” If not 100 percent accurate, it definitely indicates just how healthy apples really are. Apples are portable, low in calories, inexpensive and make for a great no-mess snack. It’s best to eat an apple with its skin. The skin provides insoluble […]

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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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