Monthly Archives: October 2010

Fifth Annual Guns N’ Hoses Chili Cook-off

We certainly couldn’t have asked for better weather on Saturday: cool and crisp with bright, clear skies. Perfect weather for, say, a chili cook-off? Yes, please! Local radio personalities Corey Deitz and Jay Hamilton were happy to oblige, serving up … Continue reading

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A Piece of Southern History: the Moon Pie

When folks talk about the South, things usually go one of two ways: either a sort of Scarlet O’Hara fantasy of simpler antebellum times or jokes about rednecks, hillbillies, and poor folks in general. Strangely enough, both of those ideas … Continue reading

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

It’s getting near the holiday season again, and it’s always good to have a few easy recipes that can be taken to various parties and pot-lucks. I’ve found that nothing is better than knowing how to make a good dip … Continue reading

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Gratin Jurassien, or How I Learned to Worry Too Much and Fail Julia Child

Julia Child is a touchstone to most American cooks – the lady who brought French cooking techniques into American homes via her masterpiece Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She was good enough to create a PBS program called The … Continue reading

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Love that Cornbread, part 1: Skillet Cornbread

Cornbread is one of those things I take for granted about living in Arkansas. Growing up here, I just assumed that everybody ate the stuff, only to find out that many people had never even heard of the it; or … Continue reading

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Basic Hummus

Hummus, the chickpea puree spiked with tahini, garlic, and olive oil, might be one of the world’s most perfect foods. It works as a snack, a side dish, an appetizer, or as a spread to put on sandwiches and wraps. … Continue reading

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Braised Oxtail and Mushroom Tartine

If you haven’t had a chance to read Ad Hoc at Home by Chef Thomas Keller, it’s definitely worth a look. The recipes come from Ad Hoc, a Keller restaurant based on creating “family style” meals rather than the high … Continue reading

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Cheese Dip Championship Redux

It’s been nearly a week since the first annual World Cheese Dip Championship, but the original post is still getting a few hits (thanks mostly to Kat Robinson and the Eat Arkansas blog), so I thought I would upload some … Continue reading

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Roasted Salsa Verde

When salsa first starting getting popular, every salsa you could find was a variation on one theme: red. Chunky, smooth, hot, sweet: they were all red. As a kid, my favorite after-school snack was Pace Picante sauce with Santitas corn … Continue reading

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Rocktoberfest Time – Diamond Bear Brewing

It’s October, and most craft brewers are putting out their fall Oktoberfest beers. Little Rock’s own Diamond Bear Brewing Company is no different, and we bought our first six-pack of their offering, Rocktoberfest, tonight.  Russ Melton and crew and been … Continue reading

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