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Taste of Tuesday: Scalloped Oysters from Donnie Ferneau

Executive Chef Donnie Ferneau, Rocket 21

Donnie Ferneau of Good Food by Ferneau has been busy with a new business, but he spared enough time to share an oyster recipe with us for this week's Taste of Tuesday feature.

These days, Ferneau is cooking up healthy bites for those on-the-go people that still want to watch what they eat.

"For those with busy lifestyles, after going to the gym or being at work, you don't really want to go out to eat," Ferneau told Soirée in June. "There aren't that many — only a small handful — of healthy food options in Little Rock."

The menu at Good Food by Ferneau changes frequently and includes a few entrees for lunch and dinner, and a few other options, including salads and snacks. Most of the meals are $10-$13, and salads and snacks cost around $5. 

Some previous meals have included chicken thighs, shrimp and cauliflower grits, and fresh strawberry and pineapple fruit salad.

In September, Ferneau opened up a brick-and-mortar shop in the former Argenta Market with Travis McConnell of Butcher & Public. The space is sleek, open and all kinds of modern. It features seating for about 60 people, and of course, a bar.

We won't stall anymore, we'll let Ferneau and his oyster recipe take over from here.

Mom's Scalloped Oysters

The Ingredients

  • 1 pint oysters
  • 2 cups medium coarse cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup light cream
  • 1/4 cup oyster liquid
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

The Process

Drain oysters, reserve 1/4 cup liquid. Combine crumbs and butter, and spread 1/3 of crumbs in greased 8x11-inch round pan. Cover with 1/2 oysters, sprinkle with pepper. Using another 1/3 of crumbs, spread a second layer. Cover with the remaining oysters, sprinkle with pepper. Combine cream, oyster liquid, Worcestershire sauce and salt. Pour over oysters. Top with the last of the crumbs and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Makes four servings.

Damgoode Pies is Coming to the River Market

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We've been waiting for final confirmation on this news and we have finally received it. Damgoode Pies is coming to the River Market.  

Damgoode Pies is moving its fourth Little Rock location into the previous space of Boscos, 500 President Clinton Ave., which shut its doors in late September. Other locations include Kavanaugh, Cantrell and Rodney Parham.

Jeff Trine, the founder of the restaurant which also has locations in Fayetteville and Rogers, said in a news release Monday morning the River Market location will feature a slice bar, a private party and meeting room, and a "snazzy bar with taps that come from 9 giant tanks full of cold beer in our awesome new brewery!"

In addition to beer, mixed drinks are also on the list of coming attractions to the downtown location. There's also talks of having retro cabinet video games, but nothing for sure on that yet.

Guests can also expect an opportunity to enjoy a slice of pizza and a cold beer on the patio that overlooks the Arkansas River and the amphitheater. 

The restaurant is set to open by New Years and the brewery will open shortly after. 

Trine said the restaurant hopes to brew a few of its own beers and have local brews on tap. 

If you've got some chops as a brew master, email Damgoode at Beer@Damgoode.com to contribute a recipe or give some input on what you want to see.

Taste of Tuesday: Boo! 5 Homemade Halloween Treat Ideas

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Looking to throw a spooktacular Halloween soirée with spirited treats sure to scare your dentist but satisfy your guests? From poison toffee apples to mummy dogs, we've got you covered this year. Here are five homemade Halloween treat recipes to get you started: 

Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs

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Some of the best treats in the world are the sweet and salty ones. This could be one of those. This recipe, from Sally's Baking Addiction, combines mini pretzels, candy corn and Hershey's Kisses in a great Halloween treat.

Poison Toffee Apples

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Candied apples are usually something reserved for state fairs, but this Poison Toffee Apple recipe, from Simply Delicious, throws in a twist with black food coloring to make the treat fit right in with the Halloween holiday.

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

This is a new one for us, but one that looks great. Ingredients like cream cheese, shredded cheddar and jalapeño combine to make a Pumpkin Cheese Ball, in this recipe from Food Network, that is sure to be a hit.

Mummy Dogs

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Here's another simple one that should be a real hit. All you need is a package of crescent rolls and hot dogs. This recipe comes from Raining Hot Coupons.

Vampire Cocktail

What's any party without a good drink? Staying in line with the Halloween them, we've got the Vampire Cocktail for you from Self Proclaimed Foodie.

Boscos Closes River Market Location

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Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. of Memphis announced Monday the closure of its River Market District location in downtown Little Rock.

Sad news, foodies. Boscos in downtown Little Rock has closed.

Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. of Memphis announced the closure in an email Monday morning.

"Dear Loyal Boscos Customer:

Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. has closed its location in Little Rock, Arkansas. We appreciate your years of support and invite you to visit us whenever you're in Memphis, TN. If you are a 2014 Mug Club Member, you will be able to pick up your Mug on Monday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience and sincerely appreciate your loyalty."

It's definitely not the way we like to start the week, but hopefully we can bring you news of a new restaurant coming soon! 

Taste of Tuesday: Must-Have Soups for Fall

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The weather is cooler, the leaves start to turn, there is pumpkin carving and hay rides, and football is in full swing. Hello, our favorite season. Another stellar part of fall is comfort food. September, October and November is the time for the warm, hearty stuff.

It doesn't get much warmer or much heartier than soup. Here are a few of our go-to soups for you to enjoy.

Homemade Tomato Soup

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Tomato soup has always been a classic, and it's not expected to change anytime soon. There's just something about the simplicity of it all. And nothing ties it together like a good grilled cheese sandwich on the side. Here's a homemade recipe for the timeless class from AllRecipes.com.

Chicken Noodle Soup

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Here's another classic. Whether you're not feeling too hot, or you looking for something to warm you up, chicken noodle soup has always been a go-to. Campbell's has always been associated with chicken noodle soup, so in honor of that, here's a recipe from them.

Chili

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There's just something about a good chill, isn't there? The amount of chili cook-offs every fall in the South goes to show the love affair between the tasty meal in a bowl and those below the Mason-Dixon line. Put it together with a good hot dog or some Fritos and you're really cooking. Here's a recipe for an All-American Chili from MyRecipes.com.

Chicken & Dumplings

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Another staple in the South, and with good reason. I mean, talk about a comfort food. And it never fails, everyone's grandma has the best recipe. Just in case yours doesn't, or you'd just like to try out a new recipe, here's one from Pillsbury.

Beef Stew

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This one is for those that think soup isn't a real meal — which, of course, it is. You've got meat, potatoes and veggies. What else do you need to constitute a meal? This one is from Chow.com.

Potato Soup

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Another great soup in the fall, or anytime of the year, is potato. There's the creaminess, the chunks of potato and the tidbits of bacon, cheese and celery. In a lot of ways, it's a baked potato in a bowl, and it's good. This one is from everyone's favorite Southern cook, the Pioneer Woman.

Broccoli & Cheese Soup

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This is another great, hearty choice. With broccoli, carrots, added in with a creamy, cheesy base, there's not much you can't like about this soup. Here's a recipe from Taste of Home.

Tortilla Soup

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This one has come on strong in recent years. The country's obsession with Mexican-style food has finally made its way in the form of a soup. It's simple and tasty, and also gives you the spicy flair you're looking for while warming yourself up with a nice bowl of soup. This recipe is from Food & Wine.

Taste of Tuesday: Five Ways to Use Apples This Baking Season

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It's baking season, y'all! 

A quick look at the extended Little Rock forecast could lead you to believe fall is just around the corner.

We're here to usher in — and welcome with open arms! — the new season and cooler temps with several apple recipes that will have you hoping for hayrides and falling leaves in no time.

Cinnamon Baked Apples

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This dish has been a fall favorite for years. And when you look at the recipe items, it's easy to see why. It's got it all: Cinnamon, apples, butter and brown sugar. Warm and served in a bowl, it literally screams, "It's fall! Eat me!"

Here's a video recipe from Southern Living. Warning: It's going to be hard for those of you without immediate access to cinnamon baked apples to watch.

Apple Cookies

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Apples and cookies? Together? Who knew it was possible? Regardless, this one sounds quite tasty. This recipe, which throws in peanut butter and brown sugar, comes from Taste of Home.

Apple Fritters

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Ah, the apple fritter. It's really become a favorite for all apple lovers, especially in the South. Call me crazy, but I think it has something to do with deep frying and being a delectable sweet. Here's a recipe from Betty Crocker.

Apple Pie

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It's impossible to leave out the apple pie. It's a dish that will always be the quintessential way to eat apples. Here's a recipe from Pillsbury.

Candy Apples

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Doesn't this just have fall written all over it? Candy apples have always been the staple of fairs in the South and will continue as such into the foreseeable future. Here's a recipe for home from Southern Plate.

Taste of Tuesday: Five Ways to Use Blackberries

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With a few weeks left of blackberry season in Arkansas, we thought we'd share a few tasty ways you can incorporate the delectable berry into some dishes around the house while they last. 

There are plenty of options but these are some of our favorites.

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Cobbler

With just about any berry it seems the cobbler is the staple. The blackberry is no different. Most recipes have the essentials — blackberries, sugar, flour and whipped cream. Here's one from Williams-Sonoma.

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Jam

If the cobbler is the staple, jam is the glue. The South is known for both, and the blackberry plays a vital role in each. Here's a homemade jam recipe from Food.com.

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Smoothie

The smoothie is an option that has come on strong as of late. The smoothie serves quite a few purposes. It's tasty, can be healthy if you don't go crazy with the ingredients and you won't have the guilt that is associated with scarfing down an entire blackberry cobbler by yourself. This one from Yummly adds in a banana.

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Tart

The tart is another great option for using your fresh blackberries. It gives you the the sweet dessert you're craving, but once again, it's not a whole cobbler. This recipe comes from the Food Network.

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Pancake

If you're looking for a good weekend breakfast option, look no further than blackberry pancakes. It's sweet and fruity, all in one dish. This particular recipe comes from Betty Crocker.

Go-and-Do: Second Annual Iron Sommelier at YaYa's Euro Bistro

Ya Ya's Euro Bistro in west Little Rock's Chenal Valley offers outdoor dining in a relaxed atmosphere.

The Iron Sommelier at YaYa's Euro Bistro is back and the restaurant wants you to be a judge in the contest this Wednesday night.

For $125, you can enjoy 10 incredible courses, paired with 16 delicious wines, and help pick Arkansas' Top Sommelier. The competing sommeliers are Christopher Ortiz, the defending champion Jeff Yant, Keegan Sparks and Amanda Bragg.

Seating is limited. To reserve your spot, call 821-1144. The contest is set for 6-10 p.m. Wednesday.

Ya Ya's is located at 17711 Chenal Parkway at The Promenade in Little Rock. For more information, check out the Facebook page.

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