Today is Susan's 65th, and look what the florist brought -

a bouquet of: milkweed, Joe Pye weed, chicory, cattails, Queen Anne's Lace, and sunflowers. In addition, we pay homage to her adopted birthday-flower - wild hibiscus, in the wetlands, which begins to bloom just at this time.

In order to feel useful, Susan has smoked chicken-halves for your interest this Sunday. We received a lot of positive feedback on the last batch, so she has smoked a second round. We have 8 halves on-hand, with each weighing about 2 - 2.5 lbs. They only need to be warmed at 200 degrees for 30 minutes. We are calling them "Smoked Capons". If you would like a half, send us an email to reserve one.   

Since we do a lot of driving from Pike County to Clermont and Hamilton Counties, we listen to books on tape a good deal. A recent of high favor is A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. This is an intricate and uplifting story that speaks to the better side of human nature. In it is a scene that resonated with Susan in particular. The "triumvirate" sit down at midnight, after serving guests all evening in the dining room of the hotel, to a meal of "bouille-base". The description of the reverence with which they receive such exquisite food is fabulous. This has inspired Susan to create the same for her celebratory dinner this evening. We will share pictures.

We will be at Findlay market on Saturday only this week, Hyde Park on Sunday, and Blue Ash on Wednesday. 

It is too late to place orders on-line for this week, but you may for next week.

In reverence for good food and in celebration of the birth of a valiant woman,