Kitchen Road Trip: Arkansas


Every Monday, I’ve posted a little round-up of my favorite things from a different U.S. state in my Kitchen Road Trip column. With 52 weeks in the year, I realized I could hit all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and one more place (I haven’t decided yet) before 2015. I’m going alphabetically, one per week. With each one, I aim to find food products and beautifully designed goods either made in that state or inspired by what I know about that state. You can see them all here.

This week, I’m taking you to Arkansas. My only memory of Arkansas is stopping there during a family road trip a few years back. Someone learned about a town named Brinkley (my last name!) somewhere along the highway and we just had to check it out. Brinkley is a small town with a population of less than 4,000 people halfway between Little Rock, Ark. and Memphis, Tenn. We stopped there at night, and we only stayed long enough to eat a quick dinner, take a picture in front of the convention center sign with our name on it and wait for quite possibly the longest, slowest train in the world. Even though I didn’t get to explore Little Rock, Fayetteville or the Natural State’s back country, my trip to Arkansas still counts as a state visit by my standards. I’d still like to go back and have some of the culinary experiences that Arkansas is so well-known for, though — watermelon, barbecue, cornbread and purple milkshakes… Well, I’m actually not so sure about that last one, but my friend Emmie tells me it’s true. Many thanks for your help on this one, Em! // susannah

See the full list after the jump…


1. Pom Pom Bouquet by Steph Loves Ben* ($18) // 2. Woody’s B-B-Q Dry Rub Gift Set* ($16) // 3. Custom Leather Koozie* ($15) // 4. Mason Jar Shot Glasses ($12.99 for set of 4) // 5. Le Creuset Signature 6 1/3″ Iron Handle Skillet in Cassis ($90) // 6. ‘Arkansas Pie’ Cookbook by Kat Robinson ($19.99) // 7. ‘Whiskey Me Away’ Print by Perrodin Supply Co.* ($28) // 8. J&M Original Cheese Straws* ($6.40) // 9. Rock Town Distillery Arkansas Apple Pie Lightning* ($18.99) // 10. Kuhn Rikon Melon Nonstick Knife Colori ($25)

*Made in Arkansas

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