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50 States of Beer: Arkansas Rocktoberfest with chicken and dumplings

When I was 7, my family pulled up roots in St. Louis, Mo., and migrated south to Texas. It was my first introduction to Arkansas, the curiously shaped state we were so hurriedly passing through in the family van. I knew Bill Clinton, my mom’s newly elected hero, grew up in Little Rock, but that …

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Dinnertime in America: A legacy of pierogies in Arkansas

Today marks the final installment in our “Dinnertime in America” series, which features snapshots of families across the country and what they put on their tables. The series is offered in partnership with The Six O’Clock Scramble’s Family Dinner Challenge. Twitter #DinnertimeInAmerica, Pinterest: Dinnertime in America When Sarah Dorey was growing up in Kansas City, …

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Potluck: Lobster or chicken in every pot?

Lobster ranks as an extravagance, unless you’re lucky enough to visit a seafood shack along Maine’s rocky shore. But the crustacean once was so plentiful and cheap in America that it was called “the cockroach of the ocean,” Daniel Luzer writes in Pacific Standard’s “How Lobster Got Fancy.” In colonial Massachusetts, lobster reportedly washed up …

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Fast food in slower times

When Bill Ferris was growing up in Vicksburg, Miss., the phrase “golden arches” had no meaning. Going out for a hamburger at a local restaurant after church was a sit-down, family affair. Going out at all was uncommon. “I cannot remember any families who ate out when we were children,” he says. “There were very …

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