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I have been able, in my almost 30 years of culinary, to do some fun and exciting things. I was able to travel the Southeast opening stores for Vincent's Market. In the 1996 Olympic Soccer in Birmingham, Alabama, I fed everyone in the VIP tents next to the stadium… over 5,000 people. I got to feed 1,500 people at the Talladega Superspeedway. I owned my own restaurant, Soul, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I even got to cook with the Arkansas First Lady, Susan Hutchison, on "Cooking Today." Now, as a part of the many things going on, I get to be a part of the beginnings of Brightwater: Center for the Study of Food in Bentonville, Arkansas. Currently, I teach there when I can. It gives me the opportunity to pass on what I have learned, which is a blessing.

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“Cook With Brooks” Fennel and Arugula Salad With Chicken

On our latest episode “Edible and Incredible,” we visited Jay Fulbright at Arkansas Natural Produce, and Chef Brooks had the chance to pick out some high quality, fresh produce from one of the state’s largest greenhouse operations. This simple recipe packs a deeply flavorful punch that you can make in less than 30 minutes.

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Student Filmmakers Remember Cotham’s Mercantile

Documentary filmmaking is a wonderful way to tell unique stories about the people, places and the worlds we navigate. It’s a unique form of preservation — and that point was made especially poignant by Lakeside High School television broadcast class’s recent AETN Student Selects submission “Cotham’s Mercantile.” With first-hand accounts from the staff and regular customers, their film tells the fascinating tale of Cotham’s history and what made it a staple of Central Arkansans’ appetites. It is also likely some of the last footage shot in the Scott, Arkansas, landmark before it was lost in a fire on May 30. They share more about their experience and reactions to the store’s loss after the jump.

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Saturday Crime Time Lineup Changes

As two of our programs from Down Under wrap up their runs, look for new faces the return of some favorites as “Midsomer Murders” and “Death in Paradise” rotate into our Saturday Crime Time lineup! Learn more about the deliciously sinister viewing you have to look forward to after the jump.

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Chef’s Talk: “Cook With Brooks: Edible and Incredible”

For over 20 years, Jay Fulbright of Arkansas Natural Produce has been producing high quality, fresh produce in Hot Springs County, Arkansas. All the crops – gourmet spring mix, microgreens, edible flowers, fresh herbs and peppers – are grown using organic practices. Take a behind-the-scenes look at our visit and recipes you can look forward to after the jump!

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Edible and Incredible

For over 20 years, Jay Fulbright of Arkansas Natural Produce has been producing high quality, fresh produce in Hot Spring County, Arkansas. All the crops– gourmet spring mix, microgreens, edible flowers, fresh herbs and peppers – are grown using organic practices. Brooks returns to the kitchen with ingredients for chicken salad with fennel.

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