Spring is the season for preparing food gardens and for hatching chickens. I apologize in advance to our readers who are not fans of the feathered fowl, as there is an abundance of chicken-related material within this issue. If you've made it past our cover, that’s a promising sign. And you don't have to raise chickens to love the egg-rich recipes shared by Elizabeth Winslow (Cooking Fresh), Lucinda Hutson and Tipsy Texan David Alan (his recipes for flip cocktails below). But for those who want to venture beyond the gastronomic rewards, we encourage you to explore the benefits and pleasures of chicken husbandry, if just vicariously.
ABOUT THE COVER by Carol Ann Sayle, Boggy Creek Farm
The very beautiful matron hen Patty Wyandotte (almost 8 years old) is one of Aunt Penny's nieces. They are not genetically related—Aunt Penny, now deceased, was a Barred Rock; the Patties are Silver-laced Wyandottes—but Aunt Penny took care of the twin Patties long ago. Penny was two months old at the time and the Patties were one month old. They lived on the back porch and slept in the food bowl at night, with Aunt Penny's little wings draped over each of the wee Patties. This is how Penny attained her “Aunt” designation. It was such an experience for her, she declined to ever again repeat the “motherhood business.” In fact, she grew to detest the Patties. Photograph by Carole Topalian.
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