Author archives: Angela E. Thomas

A Serene Sanctuary

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This year, we are pleased to showcase the home of Toni and Clarke Tucker. Nestled in one of central Arkansas’ most popular neighborhoods, this family home features traditional furnishings arranged artfully and comfortably. While it’s beloved, it’s also lived in with a  comfortable “Norman Rockwell” feel. By Angela E. Thomas :: Photography by Janet Warlick [...]

Feature: This Game Is Far From Over

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For most boys, baseball is a game with individual dreams of the perfect game winning home run to the roar of the crowd. For brothers Marc and Matt Smith, their pedophile coach turned baseball into a childhood test of survival. From victim, to survivor to child advocate, the brothers are lifesaving game changers for Arkansas' children's safety. Photography b[...]

Create: Time to Tailgate

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Great tailgating recipes! Photography by Janet Warlick   is about to take center stage — the Hogs kick off their 2016-17 season Sept. 3, and the NFL’s first game is the 8th, which means tailgating and watch parties are top-of-mind. To help grill masters and hosts alike, we searched for great recipes and hit pay dirt with the Southern Living’s The [...]

Notable: Ceci’s Feeds the Soul

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When you can't make to Grandma's for a good meal, Ceci's is a delicious substitute for real home cooking. Photography by Sara Edwards Neal   McDowell’s restaurant makes its home in an unassuming building just a stone’s throw away from Verizon Arena. But don’t judge this book by its cover or the food by the building: McDowell and family serve food [...]

Look Who's Cookin': James Best

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A fun Q&A with some of the state’s up-and-coming chefs as well as culinary superstars. Photography by Amy Long JAMES BEST (Online Exclusive) Chef/Owner of  Skinny J’s in Jonesboro, Paragould and North Little Rock Hometown: Jonesboro, Arkansas. Are you a formally trained chef or an on-the-job-trained cook? Yes I was formally trained[...]

Look Who's Cookin': David Goldwhite

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A fun Q&A with some of the state’s up-and-coming chefs as well as culinary superstars. Photography by Jeremy Smith DAVID GOLDWHITE executive chef of Choctaw Casino Hotel, Pocola, Oklahoma Hometown: London, England. Are you a formally trained chef or an on-the-job-trained cook? I am a formally trained gourmet, French cuisine chef. I[...]

Create: Cool Meals for Hot Summer Days

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It’s August … in Arkansas, which means 100-degree days are the norm. And while we love to fire up the grill, some days we just want a quick, cool meal that’s filling yet satisfying and tasty. Photography by Janet Warlick   following recipes fit the bill; they’re some of AY’s staffers’ favorite go-to recipes. They feature fresh, light ingredients a[...]

Look Who's Cookin': William Lyle

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A fun Q&A with some of the state’s up-and-coming chefs as well as culinary superstars. Photography by Meredith Mashburn WILLIAM LYLE (Online Exclusive) chef at Eleven at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Hometown: Nottingham, New Hampshire. Are you a formally trained chef or an on-the-job-trained cook? On the job, however, I did e[...]