Smoked chicken champ

I'll admit to sticker shock at $45 for the smoked whole chicken from Rineer Farms. It's double Darryl Rineer's usual fresh chicken price, because he drives those big six- to seven-pound birds 45 minutes to Elizabethtown's Groff's Meats to be smoked. But after they get a brine to ensure the meat remains moist, then an 8- to 10-hour smoke that leaves the birds tawny with a sweet woody swagger, I admit we are hooked. Just roast to reheat over a little broth for 90 minutes at 375 degrees, or do as we did, and add tomatoey white beans to the braise and stretch that smoky chicken into a meal that can feed eight to 10 grateful guests. - Craig LaBan


Rineer Farms smoked chicken, $45, Saturday farmer's markets at Rittenhouse Square or Chestnut Hill, and Suburban Station (Thursdays).

 A peach of a scrubber

If you've ever had a traumatic experience with a kitchen sponge gone bad, you'll want to check out Peachy Clean, a new silicone scrubber with antimicrobial properties - and a peach scent just in case any unfortunate odors do creep in. - Samantha Melamed


Peachy Clean, $6.99 at Kitchen Kapers, 213 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, 215-546-8059