• Chicken wings served hot or cold with a side of family history

    A morning rain, a constant breeze, and a partly cloudy sky kept the 4th of July unseasonably pleasant in the northwest corner of the state.  In the 100-degree Conway heat last week, as I thought about what to make for a holiday potluck, I remembered the cold chicken wings my mom made every summer. Expecting a typical summer […]

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  • Grass-fed beef over coals and cast iron

    The grill, for some, is a more heavily featured appliance in this spring and summer, even in the face of 100-degree and higher temperatures. My preference is to feature the grill when the weather permits. But when the burger cravings hit, we have a reliable indoor alternative. The New York Times has a great side-by-side comparison of […]

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  • Indoor Picnic: Pulled Pork Without the Smoke

    Slow-cooked pork shoulder is in my top three favorite pork dishes, along with seared pork belly and spare ribs. But, I have never been a fan of tending a smoker for the requisite 8-12 hours for traditional pulled pork. Martha, it would seem, doesn’t either. She has a recipe for braised pork shoulder that we […]

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  • Your New Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie

    These cookies are my go-to when I need sweets, and I never feel guilty for indulging in homemade goodies made from natural ingredients. The recipe is fine-tuned to produce a thick, chewy cookie. Brown sugar is used for its higher moisture content, and the dough is baked at a higher temperature for a shorter period of […]

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  • Oh, Lard.

    A five-pound container of rendered pig fat is intimidating, let’s be honest. Ours is not a generation raised to look kindly upon animal fat of any kind. No, we were taught to prefer fats of the vegetable persuasion, hydrogenated with a dash of yellow 5 if you have any. Now that we’re older and wiser, […]

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  • From Happy Hogs to Happy Ham

    Ham has always graced my family’s holiday table. It could be prepared the day before and tastes so good with deviled eggs. Having a ham from happy, healthy hogs makes for a healthier, tastier, more enjoyable dinner. Hogs from Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative aren’t confined to a pen. They roam the woods foraging for acorns and […]

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