Wicked Good

Since late August, a 10-foot stretch of River Market sidewalk has been seeing a marked increase in pedestrian traffic jams. It might be the buttery scent of fresh waffle cones, the waft of sharp and sugary caramel, or the unmistakable perfume of fresh fudge that stops passersby in their tracks. Whatever it is, the smells…

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Sip This, Not That

From the sound of it, Onyx Coffee Lab barista Brendon Gliddon has a pretty sweet gig. “His job? It’s essentially to come up with new drinks, new coffee cocktails,” Onyx owner Jon Allen explains. “We roll out a new menu every four months, and he’s in charge of ‘R&D.’ “You could say we take coffee…

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Past Perfect

[maxgallery name=”past-perfect-habitat”] From where it sits on a quiet stretch of Pine Street off Arkansas Highway 105 in sleepy Hector, the Rowlands family farmhouse is, at first glance, rather unassuming. Step inside, however, and it’s another story—121 years of stories, to be precise. “1893, I think that’s right?” Gary Rowlands says to his daughter, Kristen…

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The Return of Frank Bascombe

Hurricane Sandy carried Frank Bascombe back to Richard Ford. The author’s three previous novels featuring the character, including 1995’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Independence Day (the novel also won the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the first novel to win both), were all set in fictitious New Jersey towns. And when Ford, a Mississippi native who spent portions…

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November Culturalist

11/1-2 Proof at TheatreSquared Fayetteville | The can’t-miss production this month? TheatreSquared’s staging of David Auburn’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning drama Proof—an intensely emotional mingling of mental illness, mathematics and family dynamics—in the Walton Art Center’s intimate 175-seat Nadine Baum Studios. (Tickets are $15-$36; visit theatre2.org for more info.) 11/6-8 Clancey Ferguson & The RagTags at…

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Out of the Wild

At a sun-drenched table in Argenta on a lazy Sunday morning, Travis McConnell is slaying the heart of a beast with a lime-green paring knife. In long, sawing strokes, the butcher trims the unsavory bits from the lump of deep-purple muscle. The size of a large grapefruit and splayed out thin, the deer heart looks…

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Hunt to Table: Recipes

Pecan & Mushroom- Stuffed Venison Leg With a long brine and an herb-filled stuffing, venison leg turns into a tender roast with massive flavor—nothing gamey about it. Serves 10-12 For the brine: 1 cup kosher salt 1 cup sorghum molasses 1 tablespoon juniper berries 2 bay leaves 1 tablespoon chili flakes 16 cups water 16…

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Water Cycle

The waters below Beaver Dam, tucked into the Ozark hills northeast of Fayetteville, are icy even in the heart of summer. Crane Roost Bluff looms high above, casting a shadow so deep the sun shines into the pools only near the height of noon. The flows of the river itself are drawn through dark pipes…

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Over Seasoned

The shaker of salt sits unassumingly in the spice rack—a commonplace seasoning whose grainy lightness lacks the dazzle of trendy turmeric, dusky Saigon cinnamon and smoldering smoked paprika. We take that shaker’s ubiquitous presence in our cabinets, on our tables and in our food for granted, looking upon salt not so much as a spice,…

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October Arkansas Sketchbook

There are 13 white three-ring binders, their spines labeled with an alphabet soup of single letters, stacked in rows on a bookshelf in the studio. They’re fairly uniform in appearance, but aside from their exteriors, there’s little else that links them together as a larger body of work. Within each are plastic-sheathed printouts showing pieces…

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A Year in Desserts

From pies and cake to boozy brownies and crepes, we’re celebrating the return of this annual celebration of all things worth a cheat day by rounding up photos of our favorite desserts featured in the magazine. Lenten Chocolate Cake   Taken from our story on traditional Greek Orthodox Easter dishes, this dairy- and egg-free chocolate…

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