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A savory cure for spring fever

A savory cure for spring fever

Those warm spring rays and southerly breezes flirt with your sense of adventure. As a fresh greening spreads across the land, an urge to try something new and unique, something beyond the ordinary builds. The longing for thrills after a winter of cabin fever extends even to our hunger. Sit-down restaurants are nice enough. A […]

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May 1, 2018 | By More
Satisfy the urge

Satisfy the urge

What do you do when the carnivorous urges become too powerful to ignore? You crave meat. Poultry and fish? Nah. Hamburger? We’re getting close, but what you really need is a slab of protein with depth. You crave steak. Seasoned, seared, and cooked to perfection with all that earthy essence only red meat can offer. […]

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April 1, 2018 | By More
Not your mom’s

Not your mom’s

Pimento cheese is one of those storied Southern delights ranking right up there with grits and fried chicken. But truth be told, I’ve never been a fan. That’s weird because I’m a big fan of cheese. I like mayonnaise and chili peppers (pimentos are a type of chili pepper), too, and when you add those […]

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March 1, 2018 | By More
Can you be be an Arkansan and not like ham?

Can you be be an Arkansan and not like ham?

Growing up, ham was a regular meat option at every meal after the holidays. Seemed like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and even sometimes Independence Day involved a huge Petit Jean ham that, try as we did, always had leftovers. Pork was what’s for breakfast, often lunch, and sometimes dinners afterward for days. And we never got […]

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February 1, 2018 | By More
Italian Comfort Food

Italian Comfort Food

When it comes to Italian food, I go for the savory, the spicy, the adventurous. I like the tang of tomato sauce and the zesty zing of peppered dishes. I don’t want dairy creaminess and I definitely don’t want chicken. This mindset is always firmly in place as I peruse the menu. It’s not that […]

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December 1, 2017 | By More
Nitro Coffee

Nitro Coffee

When I was a kid, coffee was a blue-collar beverage for adults, and it was served one way — black. Dad, Granny, Poppy, uncles and aunts, they all drank the bitter stuff straight and preferred it quarter-floating strong. If they could see the bottom of the mug at any time before the mug was empty, […]

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November 1, 2017 | By More
Authentically Appetizing

Authentically Appetizing

Genuine is hard to define. What makes anything bona fide? Is authenticity a whim of subjectivity? In the case of food, is it dependent on a strict adherence to a specific ingredients and preparation? Sure, you’ve got to have the right ingredients to make a dish. You’ve got to cook it at the appropriate temperatures […]

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October 1, 2017 | By More
Meat-eaters delight

Meat-eaters delight

My diet turns decidedly more carnivorous as summer fades into autumn. Omnivorous through spring and summer, when the first cool breezes blow through the River Valley my tastebuds turn. The fruits and veggies that satiated through the heat just won’t cut it anymore. This is likely some vestigial urge from a time when we needed […]

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September 1, 2017 | By More
Fresh as Ozark dew

Fresh as Ozark dew

Just up Highway 7, past Dover and Pleasant View, beyond God’s Little Half Acre and Moccasin Gap, a few miles north of Cowell and Mockingbird Hill, down in a valley carved out by the Little Buffalo River, you’ll find Jasper. It’s about as close to Mayberry as you can get. And it’s not that far […]

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August 1, 2017 | By More
Raise your salad bar

Raise your salad bar

We didn’t know what to expect when we started Valley Vittles here at ABOUT. We had a few dishes in mind to feature when the idea first bubbled up, but how far could we go? How soon would we run out of good food to write about and photograph? I mean, there’s only so many […]

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July 1, 2017 | By More