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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Christmas Cookies with a Pinch of Arkansas

It seems no matter how Christmas is celebrated, cookies are always part of the fun! The sweet aromas of cookies baking in the oven and the warm tastes of that first bite always takes me to a place of love, family and Christmas cheer.

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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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Growing the Grape Business

You may be aware that there are, in fact, wines made in Arkansas. You may have also seen our previous story on the Post Winery in Altus or our videos about the process of harvesting and processing muscadine grapes. But, did you know that the business of growing grapes in Arkansas has grown enough 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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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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Farmer Q&A: The Wootens

Q & A Conversation with Poultry Farmers O’Neil & Casey Wooten  O’Neil Wooten is a poultry farmer growing broiler chickens for Foster Farms on his Strong, Arkansas farm in Union County. O’Neil’s son Casey and daughter Wendi Laster live on the farm with their families and have their own broiler contracts with Foster Farms. Between […]

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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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