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Living Legend: Arkansas Living celebrates 75 years

  With great sadness, we announce the loss of our beloved, longtime former Editor Ouida Cox, who died in October. Affectionately called “Miss Ouida,” she was a trailblazer who dedicated six decades of service to the cooperatives and our members. Semisesquicentennial. It’s a long word for a long span of time. With this issue, Arkansas

A tasty trip back in time: Arkansas Living recipes through the decades

Arkansas Living has always been about Arkansas eating. It’s a tradition that began with the very first edition of Arkansas REA News in November of 1946, which featured “News for REA Homemakers,” with tips on freezing fruits and vegetables. Ever since, many Arkansas families’ favorite, time-honored dishes have originated from these pages. In celebration of

A real wingding: Stuttgart’s Wings Over the Prairie Festival

Stuttgart thinks no small thoughts. Signs along roadways entering town proclaim it as the “Rice and Duck Capital of the World.” Stuttgart’s wildfowl fame will be celebrated during Thanksgiving weekend at the Wings Over the Prairie Festival. Held nearly every autumn since 1936, the iconic event is returning this fall after a COVID-caused hiatus in

Thankful for things that last

Fall is here, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and November is a great time to reflect on the past year and give thanks for the good things in our lives. Let’s face it, 2021 has been a challenging year that started with a historic winter storm that piled over 20 inches of snow on

Editor’s Welcome: Celebrating neighbor’s generosity and magazine’s legacy

Turkey. Cornbread dressing. Pecan pie. They’re the foods many of us associate with thankfulness this time of year. But after a month of working in storm-ravaged Louisiana following Hurricane Ida, crews from Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc., equate some new flavors with gratitude: red beans and rice, sticky chicken and jambalaya. They’re just a few of

The Dugout’s lineup is full of winners

Unlike most dugouts that I experienced in many years of playing and coaching baseball, The Dugout in Texarkana is a well-lighted, sparkling-clean and lovingly decorated space. It’s a restaurant that you’ll want to add to your dining roster. In 2015, David and Nicole Oliver had been married for about a year when they decided to

Plant propagation deserves its props

It’s that time of year when plants begin to go dormant. Some gardeners want to save every plant in the yard, but that isn’t practical or possible. Instead of digging up every plant and moving them inside for the winter, consider taking cuttings or saving seeds. Starting new plants from existing plants is a great

Inviting sides and sweets enhance Thanksgiving feast

November brings us the most wonderful feast of the year. My Corn Pudding is a delicious side that is crunchy on top and creamy in the center. No oven space is required for Slow Cooker Greens, featuring dried cranberries and apples that mellow the earthy flavor of kale. For desserts that can be made up

Arkansas Living has a new associate editor

Nancy Meador is the new associate editor for Arkansas Living. However, she is not new to the Electric Cooperatives. Nancy worked for First Electric Cooperative in Jacksonville for nearly five years as communications coordinator and was a frequent contributor to the magazine. An Arkansas native, Nancy grew up in Sherwood and now lives on her