My mom has chicken on the kitchen table. Not beer-can roasted chicken,* but 12 little chicks and a heat lamp. (And no, I was not allowed to pick them up!)

Now, my parents' little hobby farm in Hindsboro, Ill., has three separate breeds of chicken:

And one horse:

* Somehow, I managed to miss this in my childhood, but my mom mentioned this weekend that she used to use a can of beer to make roasted chicken. As in, she made a marinade with beer, rubbed part of it on the outside of the chicken, poured the rest back in the can, put the can inside the chicken, and roasted it in the oven. Insane! I will try it one day...
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  1. Beer can chicken is really delicious, actually.