Arkansas actress Natalie Canerday (Sling Blade, October Sky), Chef Eric Isaac (Ristorante Capeo), former First Lady Gay White and Santa Claus are a four of the 170-plus Arkansas celebrities, chefs and restaurateurs who contributed recipes to Festivities, Too.

  • Arkansas actress Natalie Canerday (“Sling Blade,” “October Sky”), Chef Eric Isaac (Ristorante Capeo), former First Lady Gay White and Santa Claus are a four of the 170-plus Arkansas celebrities, chefs and restaurateurs who contributed recipes to Festivities, Too.

You are at the last minute for Christmas shopping… today. The crowds are nuts out there. The stores are crazy. Traffic’s a snarl. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to pick up something without having to step foot in a store?

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One of the best local gifts you can get this holiday season, you won’t pick up in most stores. It’s available at the bank. You have to go by there anyway today, right? Right. So drop by a Summit Bank location — or your local CARTI branch — and pick up a copy of Festivities, Too before you head out on your holiday adventure. It’s $25 and it features recipes from all sorts of notables, celebrities, Arkansas first ladies and more.

And there’s a lot of holiday recipes inside, which if you’re like me in this particular year you may be looking for last minute inspiration. Like Mark Abernathy’s “Abernathy’s Serious Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Whipped Cream,” Jamie Lauren Adams’ “Granny’s Scalloped Corn Oyster Dressing,” John Allen Nelson’s “Simply Insane Cranberry Pie” or even Linda Bloodworth Thomason’s own gingerbread recipe.

Want some proof? It’s in the pudding — and I do mean that to mean in the dessert sort of way. A prime delicious example from Festivities, Too is on the jump — a precious Bûche de Noël recipe from Chef Andre Poirot of the Peabody Little Rock. That’s Yule Log to you and me. Makes me hungry just reading the recipe.