Tag: Foodie Friday

Ami Lee: Champignon Bourguignon

I found my love of cooking many years ago. It started off with my original blog “The Common Sense Cook” where I shared all of my recipes that I often made up. This lead to researching, reading, and watching many different recipes from many cuisines. The one that caught the most of my attention was Julia Child. Her fun personality and warbly voice combined with easy instructions for any home cook became an obsession.My husband bought me both volumes of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” for Christmas and I knew exactly what to make. I instantly turned to bouef bourguignon (beef stew). It was the first video I had watched when I found “The French Chef” on YouTube. I followed her instructions intimately, as I rarely do, and I was rewarded with probably the most delicious French beef stew that could be put into existence by us mere mortals.

  But, nearly two years ago I contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and as a side effect became allergic to all mammal meats. So yes, you guessed it. No more Julia’s Bouef Bourguignon. It didn’t bother me at first and sparked my vegan journey so in a way I’m grateful for this experience. There’s been so many great lessons, however… Cravings do happen. READ MORE


Ami Lee, author of Work Hard Eat Kind, is a busy mom and wife who blogs about plant-based recipes, body positivity, and family. She was inspired to go vegan after she was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and chronicles the failures and successes as she goes.

Lyndi Fultz: 5 Ingredient Quick Soup

Today I thought I would chat a moment about soup. If you are like me, I can spend hours (okay, minutes) scrolling through Pinterest and admiring all the beautiful photos of thick and abundantly overflowing soups. They’re gorgeous, aren’t they? And every once in a while, I will take the time to prep all the vegetables and cook all the meat and simmer a large pot of whatever tickles my fancy.

5 Ingredient Soup via nwafoodie Lyndi Fyltz

But every once in a while, I don’t feel like prepping all the vegetables and cooking all the meats and simmering it all together in a large pot. Every once in a while, I like to keep it simple.

This isn’t a recipe post. This is a how-to-always-have-a-quick-and-delicious-soup-at-your-fingertips post. Let’s talk through the ingredient process.

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Lyndi Fultz

nwafoodie is a hub for food happiness. Arkansas Women Blogger member Lyndi Fultz focuses on the simplicity of fresh ideas when it comes to the exploration of food, eating, and enjoying life. nwafoodie conveys a sense of joy, curiosity and wonder of all the touch points of eating coupled with a fun and upbeat tone, pulling readers into a welcoming foodie fold that has none of the usual snobbery. She blogs from the perspective of a small town foodie exploring her backyard, spreading the message that eating well is truly one of the most joyful pleasures of living.

Connie Kay Ash: Sweet Potato Soup {Foodie Friday}

For several years I have been focusing on eating a healthy vegetarian diet.  Being a vegetarian when you live with a house full of men who are carnivores can be cause for some disagreement at meals. 

One vegetarian meal, that two out of three men in my house will eat, is Sweet Potato Soup.

I am not sure where I originally found the recipe for Sweet Potato Soup, but it has turned out to be a quick go-to-meal after a long day of work.

I meal plan on Friday for the next week and try meal prep on Sunday for the whole week. Baking the sweet potatoes early in the week and storing them in the refrigerator helps speed up the prep time on a weeknight. 

I serve this soup with grill cheese sandwiches or bagels and cream cheese.

Sweet Potato Soup via Connie Kay Ash

Connie Kay Ash: Sweet Potato Soup {Foodie Friday}


  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 3 (14 ounce) cans low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (you can add more to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • Black pepper to taste (about 1/4 tsp)
  • Cayenne pepper to taste (about 1/2 tsp)
  • 1/3 cup low-fat milk


  1. ns:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  3. Bake sweet potatoes in preheated oven until soft, about 1 1/2 hours (you can also use a microwave them). Remove and let cool slightly
  4. Peel the sweet potatoes, and puree with chicken broth in batches. (I used one can of chicken broth for every one sweet potato in the blender.)
  5. Bring puree to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low.
  6. Stir in the salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, and cayenne pepper; cover, and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. You can add brown sugar (1/4 of a cup) if you prefer a sweeter soup.
  8. Remove from heat, and serve warm.

Sweet Potato Soup via Connie Kay Ash

I am a 50-something southern girl, living in a small community in Arkansas, located in the far Northeast corner of the State. I share my home with her husband aka The Big Man, 14 rescue dogs and 20 chickens. Collectively we have five adult near-perfect children, five perfect grandboys, and 4 awesome granddogs.  I am a family nurse practitioner who runs a small family practice. My family and I also own and operate Bed and Biscuit Boarding and Faultline Athletics.  You can keep up with my abundantly blessed life at ConnieKayA.net (http://conniekaya.net)

Debbie Arnold: ¡Sopa SabrosaTaco! {Foodie Friday}


As a working wife and mother with a busy family, I learned early on to rely on my slow cooker as a tool for having tasty and nutritious meals on the table so that we were not relying on fast food. Even though I am retired, I still rely on my slow cooker or slow cooking in the oven often. Frankly, I think some dishes just develop a better flavor that way.

My Taco Soup is a variation of that popular one you can find all across the internet. Over the years, as I do with most recipes, I’ve changed it to suit our tastes and, sometimes, what was available in the pantry. I’m sure you probably do the very same thing, right? READ MORE

Talya Boerner: The Best Beef Stew Evah! {Foodie Friday}

Momma made beef stew in the fall and winter. It stuck to our ribs when the weather was frightful and noses were runny. It was an inexpensive meal, too, one that called for not much meat but lots of potatoes and carrots. And, it was a good way to sometimes sneak in peas, which I didn’t much like.

After days and days of eating Thanksgiving leftovers, John’s beef stew hit the spot. Giving credit where credit is due, he did most of the work. I only peeled and sautéed the veggies and cut up the potatoes. And I took lots of pictures, of course, because I could tell right off, by the aroma and sizzle and very first taste, this beef stew would be the best beef stew evah! READ MORE

BEEF STEW vis Talya Boerner


Talya Tate Boerner


Talya is a Delta girl who grew up making mudpies on her family’s cotton farm in Northeast Arkansas. She blogs at Grace, Grits and Gardening and has been published in Arkansas Review, Front Porch Magazine, and Delta Crossroads Magazine. Her debut novel, The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee, recently placed as a National Indie Book Award Finalist for regional southeast fiction. She loves to cook and believes most any dish can be improved with a side of collard greens.


RICCI ALEXIS: Fruit Dip, Party Punch and Pinwheels {Foodie Friday}

Tis the season of endless holiday parties, family get togethers and celebrations! I don’t know about you but it seems like every time I get invited to a party I get asked to bring a dish (snack food, finger food, drink, etc). Not a big deal. but when you don’t have a lot of spare time anything you can make beforehand that will still look and taste good is a win in my book! That’s where one of the most popular posts on my blog comes in handy…Fruit Dip, Party Punch and Pinwheels!
Have to confess that these aren’t original recipes, I got the fruit dip recipe from my stepmom, Charlotte, and the punch recipe from my Grandma. That is actually her Christmas Punch recipe but I think it’s good on any occasion. I have taken both to numerous baby showers, work potlucks and holiday parties and I kept getting asked for the recipes so I finally decided to bog about them and like I said, this is one of my most popular blog posts to date! They really are that good y’all!
I also have the recipe to my ham and ranch pinwheels on there. These are just super basic pinwheels made with cream cheese, ranch dressing powder and ham but they taste amazing and are always a HUGE hit at parties. 
For the full recipes head over to my blog and check them out…HERE.
Ricci Ellis is an Arkansas native who has some serious love for the natural state. She loves big hair, monograms, blogging, caramel frappes from McDonalds and being the “cool” Aunt among other things. She has one spoiled rotten puppy girl, Sophie
. You can catch up with her on her Arkansas lifestyle and beauty blog, Ricci Alexis, or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest!

Lyndi Fultz: Make Savory Tea Using Dried Herbs {Foodie Friday}

Making your own tea from dried herbs is so easy it is a wonder that we aren’t doing it more often. Not only is it simple to prepare, it is often quite cheaper than pre-made tea and there is the satisfaction of making up your own concoctions. Who knows? You might come upon a winning combination that you package and start selling on etsy. (I can always say I knew you before you were famous.)

There are really only three elements to making your own tea. You’ll need access to dried herbs, hot water, and a loose-leaf strainer.  READ MORE


Lyndi Fultznwafoodie is a hub for food happiness. Arkansas Women Blogger member Lyndi Fultz focuses on the simplicity of fresh ideas when it comes to the exploration of food, eating, and enjoying life. nwafoodie conveys a sense of joy, curiosity and wonder of all the touch points of eating coupled with a fun and upbeat tone, pulling readers into a welcoming foodie fold that has none of the usual snobbery. She blogs from the perspective of a small town foodie exploring her backyard, spreading the message that eating well is truly one of the most joyful pleasures of living.


Michelle Shellabarger: Scarborough Fair Dressing {Foodie Friday}








Sages via thepanamamama.com

Dressing is something that defines a family. A simple comfort food made from leftover bread to stretch an expensive meal (typically using what type of bread you had available so in the south- cornbread, in the north- wheat bread.) You can almost guess where someone’s grandma hails from by what type they serve you (dressing, stuffing, cornbread, white bread, fruits, nuts, oysters, chicken, chestnuts…)

YinYangBread via thepanamamama.com

When we started hosting our family holidays we had an unexpected conflict on what we would serve- an all white bread dressing with nuts like my Canadian grandma made or a total traditional cornbread dressing like my husband’s grandmother made? Everyone wanted their personal favorite and so compromise was needed. Thus, I came up with a yin-yang combination dressing that seems to please everyone! READ MORE


Cornbread Dressing/Scarborough Fair Dressing via thepanamamama.com



¡Hola!  I’m Michelle. I grew up mainly in the Republic of Panamá, and moved to Arkansas for love. I started blogging in 2007 and I’m still here blogging about trying to live the green life in the city with my four kids, a big dog, and some chickens and about our love of travel! Come visit me at Tales from a Panama-Mama, to see what craziness we’re up to!  Connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Debbie Arnold: Pumpkin Cheesecake with Salted Caramel and Praline Pecan Glaze

It’s got pumpkin. It’s got caramel—salted at that. And it’s got pecans. Y’all, there is one huge mouthful of fall in every bite of this Pumpkin Cheesecake with Salted Caramel and Praline Pecan Glaze!

Pumpkin Cheesecake with salted caramel pecan praline glaze horz

When I first began preparing desserts for the dessert auction at the CASA of Saline County Chili Beans and Blue Jeans fundraiser, I knew I wanted to create some that would be showstoppers. No doubt. This yummy mouthful of goodness wins the crown.

This is an easy dessert to make ahead and freeze if you so desire. Why not go ahead and get one made this weekend? You can put it in your freezer til Thanksgiving then whip it out, glaze it and have a stunning dessert on the table in no time. Find out HERE.

Keisha Pittman McKinney: Grandma Shirley’s Chocolate Pie

Keisha Pittman McKinney shares her chocolate pie and the sweet story behind how it came to be such a family favorite.

So, I figured out pretty quickly that pie was the quickest way to Mr. McKinney’s heart. And more specifically his mama/Grandma’s chocolate pie.  Its makes an appearance at every holiday, birthday, or when he is home and just says, “mom, I think pie would be really good.”  My grandmother made pies and frankly pies are my favorite dessert too, so I was so ok with that. 

Heck, we love pies so much, we threw cake out the window in our wedding planning and had a pie bar instead! I found out who made the best homemade chocolate pies in the town where we got married and I hired a “grandma” to make about 30 chocolate pies that she delivered the morning of our wedding. It was perfection! 


chocolate pie recipe card via bigpittstop keisha mckinneyYear 2 of marriage found me brave enough to ask for Grandma’s recipe and try to attempt it on my own.  I just opted for my grandmother’s or Ree’s recipe  in year 1…or when my mother-in-law asked what she could bring to our house, I would keep it simple and ask for her to bring the chocolate pie and save me messing it up. READ MORE


Keisha (Pittman) McKinney is settling in to married life in South AR after she #becamemrsmckinney.  A Digital Media Director by day for a church in Northwest Arkansas, Keisha is remembering what it’s like to plan ahead for shopping trips to “the city,” getting resourceful at her small town Walmart and creating online shopping personas everywhere.  She blogs @bigpittstop about daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats, the social justice cases on her heart, and all the activities tied to becoming a new mama in Jan 2018!

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