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Swamp fries perfect dish for a southern supper

May 25, 2022

CASSCOE — Late spring and early summer are the perfect times to get out with friends and family to run a few jugs, limb lines or trotlines on one of The Natural State’s lakes or rivers in search of catfish. Living in the Delta along the White River provides many of these opportunities. The best part is not knowing what is on the end of that bouncing line until the angler reaches out to pull it from the water. If you’re lucky, you’ll discover a flathead catfish has taken the bait. 

Fix up a Fowl Play Reuben for St. Patrick's Day

March 9, 2022

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we dug into the refrigerator to pull out some of the goose breasts left from last season to add some Delta flavor to a classic Irish-inspired meal. It takes some forethought to prepare the corned goose well ahead of time, but the results are well worth the wait. This play on a traditional Reuben will give you a great lunch at duck camp, too.

Go wild for your Mardi Gras celebration with this Big Easy dish

Feb. 23, 2022

Mardi Gras can be a celebration in many ways, and a feast of wild game on Fat Tuesday is how I like to celebrate. Wild game plays well into Cajun dishes due to the vast array of wild game found in the swamps of south Louisiana. Although jambalaya is a more traditional Cajun dish, pastalya uses pasta instead of rice. This easy one-pot meal can serve a crowd and can easily be whipped up on a weeknight.

Simple recipe to share with your feathered friends

Jan. 26, 2022

LITTLE ROCK — Hollie Sanders, AGFC assistant chief of education, is known for teaching people how to cook up delicious Dutch Oven recipes, but one of her favorite treats to cook isn’t something you’d look forward to having on your plate, unless you happen to be one of the millions of birds that call Arkansas home.

Barbellycoa tacos add Latin flavor to waterfowl

Jan. 19, 2022

STUTTGART — Greater White-fronted geese (AKA Specklebelly or Barbelly) are highly sought by waterfowl hunters because they are relatively easy to decoy, respond to calls, and provide table fare second only to sandhill crane in the waterfowling world. Although it is hard to beat a perfectly seared specklebelly breast, Arkansas’s long goose season provides ample opportunity to try various recipes, and who doesn’t love taco Tuesday? 

Bushytail Boudin one more reason to enroll in Arkansas's Big Squirrel Challenge

Jan. 5, 2022

CASSCOE — With squirrel season in full swing until the end of February and the statewide Big Squirrel Challenge this weekend, Wil Hafner, facility manager for the AGFC’s Potlatch Cook’s Lake Nature Center in east-central Arkansas, has pulled a page from his wild game cookbook to pique the interest of hunters and home cooks alike. This time he’s giving up the goods on a bayou classic: boudin.

Celebrate National Catfish Day with flavor

June 23, 2021

LONOKE — It’s not often that a fish is the subject of a presidential address, but that’s exactly what happened in 1987 when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed June 25 National Catfish Day. In keeping with the 34-year annual observance, we’ve compiled a few great ways to enjoy one of Arkansas’s most eligible sport fish.