We could hardly wait to sample recipes made from P. Allen Smith's Seasonal Recipes From The Garden Cookbook. Our meal was made by his chef and served by lots of smiling hostesses.
We were greeted at the Barn door as we all entered. Antique lanterns were prominently displayed on a long wooden table just outside the Barn door. Here's our delicious menu. We had already been told that the Buttermilk Pecan Pie recipe was worth the price of the cookbook:Here are our servers delivering the food as we all find our seats: Here's our plate of delicious Chicken Salad over a bed of greens. It all looked delicious: There was one empty spot at our table, and we were hoping Mr. Smith would make his way to it...("over here P. Allen, over here!") but alas, he was already slotted to sit with special visitors at their reserved table. Oh, well, next time: After the meal, he answered questions from our group for quite a while. He was quite interesting and very entertaining as he told us about buying the property and lots of other facts about Moss Mountain. We could tell that he loved entertaining his guests: The large vegetable paintings that decorated the barn walls were done by Mr. Smith and smaller versions were sold in his gift shop, although with a price tag: After lunch was over, Mr. Smith signed his cookbooks for anyone wishing to purchase one from the gift shop: Of course, both my sister and I bought one since it's a very useful souvenir of our visit, don't you think? There's a pie recipe on page 240 and a cookie recipe on page 180 we have to try out!: And here's my sister Bet after he signed her book: As we prepared to leave after everything was over, I was so thankful to have had the opportunity to visit P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain farm. I had talked about making this trip so many times, and even in the rain it was beautiful!
These two sisters had a very delightful Sister Trip! After driving that far from home, we planned other excursions while in Arkansas. What else did we do, you ask?
Well...I guess that's Part 4....and Part 5. Stay tuned.