Meanwhile, at Arkansas Life…

A new weekly web series in which we share our current obsessions. First up: cashew cream, synthwave from space, indie food pubs and the like.

OK, SO WE DON’T have a lot of free time around the Arkansas Life offices. But when we do, we’re usually chatting, likely over a handful or four of M&Ms, about our newest, bestest, most favorite things. Here, we let you in on the water-cooler convo:


THINGS SENIOR EDITOR JORDAN HICKEY IS READING

In Print: North Toward Home by Willie Morris. Mostly for lines like this: “In trying to recapture a turning point in one’s life at such an age, it is almost impossible to ascribe tangible motives to some great change in one’s direction, to isolate a thought or a decision. But there are a handful of things that stand out so clearly that they become, after many years, almost symbol. They embody in retrospect the very substance of one’s existence at a given moment. They may be fleeting recollections, chance encounters, the thread of an old thought, but they are revealing in themselves, and they become more than memory.” 

Online:The Uncounted,” a New York Times Magazine piece about the radically underestimated counts of civilian casualties in the battle against ISIS. The result of an 18-month, boots-on-the-ground investigation, it’s a phenomenal—and chilling—piece of reportage.

Also: To counter the aforementioned heaviness, he’s been regularly dipping into @dadtellsjokes on Twitter:

Why can’t your nose be 12 inches long?

Because then it would be a foot


SOUNDS PLAYING THROUGH ASSOCIATE EDITOR WYNDHAM WYETH’S HEADPHONES

-St. Vincent’s MASSEDUCTIONI don’t know what went down between Cara Delevingne and Annie Clark, but this break-up record is a JAM!

St. Vincent | Photo by Nedda Asfari

Synthwave from Space: Science Fiction soundscapes with a dance groove. Think Stranger Things’ soundtrack, but at the club. 

-Neil Young’s HitchhikerA previously unreleased acoustic album from 1976? Please and thank you.

New York Times’ The Daily podcastGotta thank Katie for this one. Now I can stay up-to-date on the world during my morning routine.


THINGS PHOTOGRAPHER ARSHIA KHAN STOPPED TO SHOOT ON THE TWO-BLOCK WALK TO THE OFFICE

Photo by the office early-riser, Arshia Khan

– a perfect morning sky

– a tiny, vibrantly red maple leaf

– shattered green glass on the sidewalk

– a screenshot of a steak recipe to make for later


RECIPES CREATIVE DIRECTOR EMMA DEVINE’S MAKING ON REPEAT

Stuffed shells with cashew cream: I want to put this cashew cream on everything! I had a couple modifications:  I didn’t use any tofu, swapped sweet potato instead of butternut squash, and threw some pasta sauce on there too. 

Orecchiette pasta with roasted cauliflower: Wyndham has the Blue Apron service and is always telling us about the delicious meals he’s making. You can find all the recipes online! This one has been a success for me and I’ve made it several times. Pasta water + lemon + butter + capers = AMAZING.

Flour tortillas: So easy and super rewarding to make! I’ve brought these for lunch to work a few times and I’m thinking about making a bunch to keep in the freezer to have on hand. I know it’s easy enough to go out and buy and pack of them, but it’s nice to make basics by hand every now and then. There are so many recipes for tortillas out there, you can’t go wrong!

Still trying to master: granola. I burnt a batch, the second one tasted weird. I’m stumped. If anyone has suggestions or fail-proof tricks send them over to me at: emma@arkansaslife.com!


THINGS EDITOR KATIE BRIDGES KEEPS PUTTING IN DIGITAL SHOPPING CARTS

-These stackable, stemless “bodega” glasses from Food 52, since we’re on a wineglass-breaking binge at my house

Terre, a new indie magazine out of NYC that focuses on natural wines and heritage foods

-Brass earrings like these by ABLE, which are handmade in Nashville by women who’ve overcome extraordinary circumstances

-Cozy, turtleneck-y sweaters, like this creamy cable-knit number by Mango