Buy This: These three things have us thinking “chicken” 

Chickens on the counter, chickens for dinner and chickens on you! 

Chicken pottery from Julie Jones 

Chicken pottery from Julie Jones

In Smyrna, Julie Jones is making ceramic chickens with tons of personality. Jones started making her chickens over a decade ago. The instructor at a pottery class at the Mable House challenged students to turn a thrown clay cylinder into a bird. Jones made a chicken and she’s been at it ever since. These chickens aren’t just cute. They’re not just going to sit there on your counters and look adorable. They’re functional. She makes chicken mugs. Chicken teapots. Chicken pitchers. Chicken gravy bowls and canisters. The pieces are food safe and you can put them in your microwave. She doesn’t recommend the dishwasher though. You’ll find her on October 6 and 7 at the Norcross Art Splash and Wine Festival where she expects to have 80 to 100 pieces available for sale. 

$20-100 per piece, with mugs at about $32 and tea pots $79 to $89. Norcross Art Splash and Wine Festival, Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday, October 7, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Artist Market on S. Peachtree Street with Julie Jones in booth S15. For more information, 770-319-5833. 

Season that chicken with Bird Bath Turkey Brine from Beautiful Briny Sea

Bird Bath Turkey Brine from Beautiful Briny Sea

Some folks have a hard time cooking chicken, overcooking it until it’s dry and tough. Beautiful Briny Sea has the solution. It’s their Bird Bath Turkey Brine. Yes, you could make your own seasoning mix, but why bother when “The Saltines” at Beautiful Briny Sea have done all that hard work for you? They’ve mixed salt, sugar, garlic, onion, paprika, peppercorns, bay leaves, lemon peel, rosemary and other spices in just the right proportions to ensure that your chicken (or turkey or even fish or pork) is perfectly seasoned. Brining keeps the moisture in the meat so it’s really difficult to overcook dinner. Really, you’d have to go out of you way to ruin something that’s been soaked in this brine. Great for roasting proteins, and just as delicious for what you put on the grill.

$10 per 16-ounce package. Available at The Beehive, Wahoo Wine & Provisions, Cook’s Warehouse, Church Street Market, Homegrown in Decatur, the Williams-Sonoma stores at Avalon, Lenox and Ponce City Market and online at

Chicken Scratch linens at Cook’s Warehouse

Chicken Scratch linens

You can display chickens, you can eat chickens and you can wear chickens. Show everyone how much you love chickens with these sweet Chicken Scratch linens available at Cook’s Warehouse. The 100 percent cotton chef apron is made with an adjustable neck strap and a big front pocket. The oven mitt is quilted for extra insulation and the 13-inch length does a great job of protecting your hands and wrists. But you’re going to love these for the fun modern-looking black and white design with its red accents. Perfect for you, perfect as a gift for a friend. 

$19.99 for the chef apron, $7.99 for the oven mitt. Available at all Cook’s Warehouse locations.


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