Arkansas Backstories: Cheese Dip

By Joe David Rice   Culinary enthusiasts find all sorts of especially notable goodies across Arkansas: apples, peaches, tomatoes, fried pies, barbecue, watermelon (both red- and yellow-meated), catfish and, of course, poultry.   However, certain vocal foodies will claim the state’s signature dish is cheese dip — and they can present a convincing case. For…

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Arkansas Backstories: Glaciers

by Joe David Rice   Photo courtesy of the National Park Service   Glaciers in Arkansas? No doubt most people assume a glacial experience in North America requires an extended visit to Montana, Alaska, Canada or another high-altitude, cold-weather locale. And given climatic changes and ominous reports of the demise of these spectacular valley-clogging behemoths,…

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Arkansas Backstories: Quail

by Joe David Rice // Photo courtesy of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission   Arkansas has a mixed record when it comes to native birds. The enormous flocks of passenger pigeons and Carolina parakeets which literally darkened Arkansas skies were extirpated years ago, and the fate of the ivory-billed woodpecker remains unknown. Yet the populations…