Weekly Food Blog Round-Up — February 16

This week in food blogs highlights recipes and beer, an upcoming Kombucha class, and even a restaurant review with hints of a new restaurant coming to the scene in late Spring. Read on for more details.
Julie of Real Food in Little Rock reviews a cookbook this week. “All About Braising” is, in her opinion, one of her “favorite new cookbooks.” She gives highlights from the chapters from being patient, to covering the pan with fat and so on. Julie also is planning on teaching a Kombucha class at Fermentables in North Little Rock on February 21 for a fee of $10 dollars. This is a “steal of a deal,” because you’ll leave with kombucha knowledge, a gallon jar, flip top bottles, and a starter.
Perhaps you’re in a beer mood over Kombucha. If you need to jump on a bandwagon, or a beer bus, check out Arkansas Bites concise list of the upcoming Central Arkansas attraction. The “hop on, hop off” attraction will be a mainstay in the beer scene, with this weekend as their soft opening. They will be around for the Hot Springs Beer Festival and for Little Rock’s Foam Fest.
Also on the Arkansas Bites blog, Jonesboro based Skinny-J’s is coming to Argenta in late Spring. Food lovers should look for “an eclectic mix of pub favorites like burgers, fried pickles, wings and wraps along with heartier entrees like steaks and pastas. Expect a full bar and live music on weekends.”
Arkansas’ Times Eat Arkansas blog discusses Samantha’s Tap Room and Wood Grill this week. The main take away per the review is, “Service is smooth, the kitchen and bar are quick and the food is delicious.” The sampling consisted of Parmesan Salsa and a Cuban Sandwich. Get out to the restaurant, as Roberts say, “Overall, this is a joint that will attract people because of its looks and location, but it’s the food that will keep them coming back.”
If dining in sounds like a viable option, local blogs still have you covered. With pasta calling your name, head over to Southern Ash. There Joel DiPippa goes into “three dishes made with minimal ingredients that you probably have in your pantry right now.” He details a Spaghettini Aglio E Olio, Fettucine A Cacio E Pepe, and a Spaghetti Al Sugo Pomodoro. He had me with the Spaghettini – “pasta with garlic and oil.”
Another fun recipe worth mentioning is happening on NWA Foodie. Lyndi has a recipe straight from her childhood to share: Scrambled Egg Pizza. As she says, “nothing was quote-normal-unquote when it came to mom’s dishes,” she still gives a drool-worthy rendition of a delicious way to eat scrambled eggs.
A sweet tooth can’t be ignored, and if Valentine’s didn’t quench that thirst, check out this recipe. For Foodie Friday this past week on Arkansas Women Bloggers, there is a fun recipe for chocolaty goodness – Barbara’s Famous Fudge. Contributor Stacey Valley says, “Chocolate was one of the four food groups at my house growing up … Tab, Poptarts, TV Dinners and Chocolate. I still have an almost insatiable sweet tooth, and this fudge is my absolute favorite.”

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