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For as long as I can remember, I have had a love of seafood. Give me some restaurant options and I’ll always pick the seafood one. Put some fish, shrimp or crawfish on my plate, and I’ll eat until I simply can’t place another bite into my mouth. There was no doubt, of course, that I was going to really like this Crawfish Corn bisque.

With all that being said, the one thing I was most excited about when my brother-in-law announced his move to SouthLouisiana was getting to visit and eating some real Cajun-style seafood. Our first visit was not long after they moved, and I have to admit I was pretty disappointed in our meal options. But visit after visit our food options definitely improved.

Then on our most recent visit to Cajun country, my sister-in-law served Crawfish Corn Bisque. It was a recipe that had been given to her by a lady in their church, so I knew before I ever took my first bite that it was going to be delicious. And I was not disappointed.

I quickly jotted down the recipe for myself to bring back home to southArkansas. Of course, I’ve never been able to make it taste exactly like it does in southLouisiana, but it’s close enough to make me a happy seafood lover now and then.


Crawfish Corn Bisque
Serves 8
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  1. 1 white or yellow onion, diced
  2. 1 green bell pepper, diced
  3. 1 stalk celery, diced
  4. 1 can tomatoes with green chilies such as Rotel
  5. 1 15-ounce can cream-style corn
  6. 1 15-ounce can whole kernel corn (do not drain)
  7. 4 ounces processed cheese such as Velveeta
  8. 8 ounces cream cheese
  9. 1 pint heavy cream
  10. 1 quart Half & Half
  11. 1 pound frozen cooked and peeled crawfish tails, thawed
  1. n a large stock pot, sauté the vegetables until just tender.
  2. Add the Rotel tomatoes, both cans of corns, the Velveeta and cream cheese; stir until fully melted.
  3. Add remaining ingredient and season to taste (We like Cajun seasoning but salt and pepper will work.)
  4. Simmer until desired thickness
  5. Serve as is or over prepared rice or corn chips,
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karen weido


Getting to Know Your ARWB Foodies

Karen Weido
Ting’s Mom

What food reminds you of childhood?

Fish sticks with Mac & Cheese. I’m an extremely picky eater, and growing up this is about all I would eat. So basically, this was my meal every single day.

What is your favorite international cuisine?
Italian. I could eat pasta all day long. I love it!

What is always in your refrigerator at home?
Milk and sweet tea

What is your most used cookbook?
My own. When I got married mine and my husband’s families gave us family recipes on index cards. I put them in a photo album and I use it more than anything when I’m cooking.

What is your favorite kitchen gadget?
I don’t even know what it is called, but it is a smasher thing I got from Pampered Chef. It breaks up ground meat, shreds cooked chicken, purees tomatoes, etc. I use it almost daily.

Do you have a favorite food indulgence?  
Buttery breads. I just can’t stop.

What is your go-to ingredient that you use time and time again?
Cajun seasoning. It doesn’t matter what I’m cooking, it gets a dash of Ccajun seasoning. I was visiting family in New Iberia and found a homemade one that I love. Every time our family gets together, I get them to bring me several bottles of it.

What is your favorite food meal to cook at home?
Fried deer steak with mac & cheese and mashed potatoes. My entire family loves it and you can’t go wrong with that combo..

What is a cooking tip that you would like to share with beginning cooks?
Learn by screwing up! When I got married I could only cook mac & cheese and scrambled eggs. I’ve learned from experimenting and serving some really bad meals.

When you’re not cooking, what are your favorite pastimes?

What else would you like us to know about you?
I’m hardly a Foodie! I don’t eat fruits or vegetables, and I’m doing good to get food on the table each night. But when I find a recipe I love, it gets added to my cookbook and then I work to make it the best I can.

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The Roar of Abundance

May 28, 2015

by Sandra Jones

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Sometimes my inner Robert Frost speaks to me, sparking my creative side, and a poem results.

Such a situation occurred last year while hiking to Lizard Log Falls and Schoolhouse Falls, which are north of Hector, Arkansas.

Kurt and I were hiking alone in this remote, woodsy area. It was the middle of May, the temperature was mild, the numerous species of trees were showing off their various shades of green, and momma turkey and her babies were enjoying a Saturday morning stroll. Startled by our presence, she started squawking, and the chicks scattered.


I really wanted to get a shot of them, but Kurt shooed me away. He was afraid the mother would not retrieve her flock. We would forever be burdened with the knowledge that there were little orphan turkeys in the Ozarks.
So I let them be.
We reached Lizard Log Falls, pictured below.


But upon viewing and hearing Schoolhouse Falls

I was moved to write this:

The Roar of Abundance
How do you know when you have it?
When you experience it?
Feel it? Taste it?
Does it come after a struggle?
Or does it just flow?
Or is it me who fails to accept the flow, and has to struggle?
The sweat, the anger, the cursing
Seem to be par for my course.
And yet, at the end of the day,
I choose to embrace abundance.
I want to dance with joy always,
But I get in the way of myself.
Self preservation and fear rule for a moment….
And that moment is gone.
Forever impressed on those I love, including myself.
And once again I have to redirect
With the intention of accepting the adventure of life.
The roar of abundance….
It can be deafening, overpowering.
Will I crouch away and cover my ears?
Or will I accept it head on?
Will I be misled in defining abundance?
Oh Great Spirit of God,
Keep me grounded
Awake and
Unblinded to all my life has to offer.

biopicI am a wife, mother, and co-owner/manager of Gallery B, a photo gallery in Russellville, Arkansas.  I like to write about the pictures in the gallery, my family and our adventures.
Check out my blog at, or I always upload it on our business page on Facebook: Kurt Jones Photography.  Our photography website is


By Lisa Mullis of Arkansas Outside

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Lisa Headshot Lisa Mullis has never met a pizza she didn’t love. On any given weekend, regardless of the weather, she’ll probably be out riding a bike or running a trail. With adventures fueled by pizza and a love for the woods, she writes about outdoor participatory sports at ArkansasOutside.

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