This folks is the word used to describe a yearly weekend get together by our friends….


they are hard core “hooters” and have been organizing and hosting this shindig for almost 20 years.  I’m told its progressed from the college days of being face down all weekend to now a somewhat civilized (wink wink) affair which had about 29 adults and 16 kids.

One of which belongs to them… howdi Addison


their house is over in Cairo, New York about 45 mins from the wee house…


even with the unpredictable annoying weather and between DOWNPOURS the hard corers camped


John is famous, well for many things, but especially for his ambitious cooking methods… his smoked chicken was absolutely mouthwatering, BUT do not think you are going to be on the receiving end of this when visiting us … ummm it’s a three day procedure.


One day to brine, one day to marinate and half a day to slow smoke itself into chickeny goodness.


I was completely impressed by his neat organized cooking skills,  but most people were just fascinated by the onion… an ingenious device for holding the internal thermometer.


I could barely tear myself away from this thing, cranking out the smoke!


plenty of snacks


and for some strange creepy reason they have this tiny cemetery on the edge of their property


I of course checked out their garden, to see how the competition is doing…. oh the mighty blighty


but seriously people, their tomatoes were the size of your HEAD!




our guest (and human companion) enjoyed himself immensely and was a hit with the kids.



  1. Posted August 24, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    What fun! Good friends and good food!

    Were those Oxheart tomatoes?

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted August 24, 2009 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

      not sure of the tomato variety but there sure were BIG

  2. Heather Won
    Posted August 24, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Toni–Your blog rocks. So wonderful. I’m ashamed to say it took me a second to get the title. I was like, “Kiwis” don’t grow in the Catskills…er, duh. A very literal moment.

    I shall now be a regular reader…


    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted August 24, 2009 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      hi heather, nice to have you here…. please comment again!

  3. Jill
    Posted August 24, 2009 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Did you drag along your lovely caravan, or run the gauntlet home?? Chicken looks great.

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted August 24, 2009 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

      no airstream this year, minor technicality we don’t have a car big enough to tow it… yet!

  4. Bonnie
    Posted August 24, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Cool. Love the look of them tomatoes!!!

  5. Jason
    Posted August 24, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Blix made the Blog! Good Dog. Thank you Catskillkiwi, for everything. A great weekend indeed. XOXO Jas.

  6. Gabriel
    Posted August 25, 2009 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    Good guess on the Oxheart. Probably, and I’m jealous. Beautiful specimens! Didn’t upstate NY get the blight like we did in Northeast PA? Chicken looked like all thighs which is the only thing worth smoking or BBQing in my opinion. Save the breast for sandwiches or salads unless you like dry. Looks tasty!

  7. John Scott
    Posted September 7, 2009 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Actually, the tomatoes were Brandywines (fattened up by all the rain). We also grew some Mr. Stripeys, Cherokee Purples and Sugar Plums. The Sugar Plums did very well and were the most resistant to the dreaded blight. My mom can’t stop talking about this blog entry…she’s very proud. Thanks for your support/input during the chicken smoking phase.

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