Showing posts from October, 2013

The Plates

People ask us from time to time, "Where did y'all get all these plates?" We tell them that we started out with a small collection - some from flea markets, maybe an estate sale or two, just here and there. A plate will sometimes reach out from the random table where it is waiting and grab one's attention. "Arkansas - Land Of Opportunity!" it may call out.  JFK and Jackie maybe wink at you from another plate. Another might bring to mind a childhood trip to Six Flags, or one of the Disney Parks.

When W. D. Deli moved to 3123 Broadway in 2002, we found ourselves with some really great walls on which to display these treasures.

Once we hung the plates on the walls, people started asking about them. Then some of those sweet customers would ask if we'd like to have some more. "My aunt (or mother or grandmother) gave me   a plate (or two or ten) that I think y'all might like." Some of our amazing friends have brought us plates from their travels…

overnight blueberry french toast

A few weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon, we had the pleasure of entertaining a bunch of folks at the Beers/Bobo place. It was early enough in the afternoon that we decided to go with a brunchy kind of menu, which included, among other things, a mountain of crispy bacon, lox and bagels, and something called breakfast enchiladas.  But the WOW dish was one that Mr. Beers prepared: Overnight Blueberry French Toast. We started with a recipe that Mr. Beers found on a website called It's a great site. You can search for a recipe in a lot of different ways, and you can usually find several options for anything you might be thinking about making (or "fixing," as we like to say in the south). Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, Overnight Blueberry French Toast:


12 slices of day-old bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (sourdough works well)
1 lb. cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup fresh or frozen (we used frozen) blueberries
12 eggs, beaten
2 cups…