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Top 20 Eats at the Arkansas State Fair

Lots of new items are available in Little Rock this week for the 72nd Arkansas State Fair , which takes place from October 14 through 23. This year at the Midway and the food court, the emphasis seems to be on hot and spicy, with entries such as Jalapeño Lemonade and Nuclear Wings. Non-fried options such as the Rabbit Sandwich, MOINK Balls, and the BBQ Parfait are also popular. But of course you'll still find your Deep-Fried Watermelon on a Stick and Deep-Fried Corn-on-the-Cob, because what would the fair be without those? More

Making Macarons with MaryClare Macarons

What do you do when your child wants something very, very special for a special occasion—and it just can't be found anywhere? In some cases, you go to extremes. In the case of Mary Jo Selig and Clare Thomas Williams, you start a company and make your own specialty macarons. More

Little Rock, AR: The Man Who Made 100 Different Pies in One Night

Chris Monroe is a man with an obsession. That obsession is called Hunka Pie, and it's become the premiere pie stand in Little Rock, Arkansas. Usually you'll find anywhere from five to eight different pies on the menu. But a while back Chris came up with an unusual idea: he decided to bake 100 different pies in a single night for sale in a grand pie extravaganza the next day. More

Video: Mushroom Farmers in the Ozarks Discuss the Drawbacks of 'Local'

When I stumbled upon Curly and Carole Anne, two banjo-playing mushroom farmers, I immediately fell in love. They run an all-organic farm way out in the Ozarks. Driving there took us down all types of dirt roads, over several streams and to a land where GPS and cell phones cease to exist. What followed was three days of shiitake talking, cooking and eating. What really struck me was their discussion of what "local" means and how that can affect sustainable family farms. Watch the video to hear more. More

Top 10 Favorite Breakfasts in Arkansas

I've spent most of the last year looking for the best breakfast in the state of Arkansas for the Arkansas Times. The fruits of my labor (the top breakfasts around the state plus a baker's dozen of pastry places) are in the current issue of the Times. But which of these were my favorites? Here's my personal Top 10. More

Top 10 New Foods at the Arkansas State Fair

The Arkansas State Fair, which lasts until October 17, is in full swing in Little Rock. Like many other regional fairs, Arkansas boasts a lot of unusual (and usually deep fried) foods in its food court and on the midway. Here are ten new items joining local favorites like deep fried pickles and okra, Hubcap burgers, fried gator on a stick, and pineapple whips. More

The First World Championship Cheese Dip Competition in North Little Rock, AR

Every state has its claim to culinary fame—Mississippi to catfish, Florida to Key Lime Pie, Texas to barbecued beef brisket. But for years Arkansas has been without something that could definitively be traced back to the state. That was until last year, when documentarian Nick Rogers traced the roots of cheese dip back to Hot Springs, Arkansas. Rogers and event organizer John McClure got together with an idea to put Arkansas on the culinary map: a festival celebrating cheese dip. More

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