Thursday, January 29, 2009

someone's in the kitchen

a bit of history on theme thursday (tt) for those new to the mouse (with the b-o-n thingy, there have been plenty of new folks popping in for a nibble!). last spring a particular mouse and a squirrel got together and cooked up the idea of theme thursday. it wasn't long before mouse and squirrel's idea caught on with other friends in the cyberhood. tt was created to help prevent blogger burnout and at least once a week have a topic to post about - not to mention to have fun, be creative, and build community. anyone and everyone is welcome to play. if you have an idea for a tt, post a comment to mouse, squirrel, tut-tut, coffee, or megan - the official unofficial selection committee - ideas are posted on sunday for the upcoming week on most of these blogs (for all you curious cats, at the bottom of this post is a list of the themes we've done thus far).

It takes a sour woman to make a good pickle.
The Yiddish Policemen's Union: A Novel by Michael Chabon

The kitchen is a country in which there are always discoveries to be made.
Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.
Julia Child (1912-2004)chef, author, television personality

We may live without poetry, music and art; We may live without conscience and live without heart; We may live without friends; we may live without books; But civilized man can not live without cooks.
Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton (1831-1891) British diplomat, viceroy of India and poet

If a pot is cooking, the friendship will stay warm.
Arab Proverb quotes

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.
Harriet van Horne (1920-1998) newspaper columnist
My kitchen is a mystical place, a kind of temple for me. It is a place where the surfaces seem to have significance, where the sounds and odors carry meaning that transfers from the past and bridges to the future.
Pearl Bailey (1918-1990) singer and actress

notes on photos:
1. canning equipment, hancock shaker village, massachusetts. june 2007 (and a note on the quote - it is a line is from one of my favorite reads of last year. if you are searching for a good read you can't go wrong with michael chabon, who incidentally is not on this list!)
2. kevin's collection of skillets. fort worth, texas
3. julia child's kitchen as recreated on the lower level of the national museum of american history. I went to see julia's child last week - the exhibit was the inspiration for this week's tt as was julia's philosophy of cooking succinctly put is: "Above all have a good time." washington, dc
4. my mom rita and her friend helen in rita's kitchen. sometime in the late 1950s, san diego, california. (photo snapped by my dad) info updated 1.30
5. a group cook at ali's 50th birthday extravaganza. dungeness, washington
6. my late aunt eleanore, a great artist in the kitchen. (photo courtsey of my late uncle joe who was the love of el's life and pretty good in the kitchen also -not to mention he also built the kitchen for he was a carpenter and a cabinet maker!) mcadoo, pennsylvania
7. kay's dream kitchen, storrs, connecticut.

mack the knife performed by pearl bailey and dinah shore around 1960 - kick back and enjoy yourself!

theme thursdays so far: orange, bridges, amusement, transportation, shoes, birthday, home, door, water, steps, hair, wings, wheels, communication, keys, windows, trains, mailboxes, hands, baked goods, workspace, altars, books, leaves, spices, table, chairs, kitchen.


Roy said...

Ah, Pearlie Mae! I haven't listened to her in a long time.

It's a good thing I forgot about this week's Theme Thursday; any pictures of my kitchen would've had the health dept. over here on the hop!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

roy - you will notice I did not include any photos of my kitchen!

Candie Bracci said...

Very nice what you've done here.

Dumdad said...

Great photos. I love the pans but too many for our small kitchen.

Cathy said...

that's so cool they recreated Julia's kitchen--I love her! I love all the different moods those photos convey.

R.L. Bourges said...

Great stuff!

I couldn't work the kitchen theme into the priorities on graulhet, bonjour today, petite souris. But your choice of Mack the Knife prompts this contribution from Glenn Close about hers:

"The best thing I have is the knife from Fatal Attraction. I hung it in my kitchen. It's my way of saying, Don't mess with me."

(Thank you, Glenn, we'll remember that.)

My contribution comes from Brillat-Savarin: "La cuisine est le plus ancien des arts parce que Adam naquit à jeun." (Cooking is the most ancient of the arts, because Adam was born on an empty stomach."

Bon appétit!

reyjr said...

Hi Kimy!
I made a post about Theme Thursday too, and I put a link list to all the other posts on it i found linked from Coffee Messiah's post.

i thought one of them photos would be your kitchen :p

Avid Reader said...

i'd feel right at home in kevin's kitchen. it has a lot of soul.

distracted by shiny objects said...

Great photos for the day. Do so love looking at dream kitchens. My family could untidy that one in 50 seconds. Well, the dog in 5, but he's a pro.
Thanks for the flashback to Pearlie Mae and Dinah...very witty:>). I wondered when they would start laughing?! Be hard to keep a straight face with the two of them.

I am a said...

ok, now this is a the dose i needed, kimy! this post inspired me more than ever to get in that kitchen and cook cook cook! i'm still on the wagon : ) thanks!

dennis said...

Dennis would take the organized kitchens that come with nice ladies cooking.

Megan said...

I love Chabon. I've read everything of his that the library has.

Great series of pictures today. I like that you included your mom and your aunt.

I should link to the other players as well. I will do that next week!

Roy said...

Well, well! After all that, I actually did manage to find some passable shots of my kitchen, so I actually made it to Theme Thursday! Who's a thunk it?

marianne said...

and everyone always ends up in the kitchen at parties- it's a universal law, isn't it? comfort, sustenance.... great stuff!

John Hayes said...

Hello Mouse:

Fantastic photo essay.... really memorable. I was gratified to receive the "Premio Dardos" award from Jacqueline T Lynch of "Another Old Movie Blog" earlier today, & as part of that, I was asked to choose 5 blogs that should have the award passed to them. Although I haven't been following mouse medicine for a long time, I've been consistently impressed by the work, & would like to pass this on to you. You can pick up the award jpeg from today's post on Robert Frost's Banjo. Here's the whole scoop:

"The Dardos Award is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web."

The rules:
“1) Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog.
2) Pass the award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.”

Anyway, have really enjoyed this blog, & thought you outdid yourself today.

John Hayes

Coffee Messiah said...

Very cool as always and maybe one more person could squeeze into that one kitchen.
Glad you explained it. That's why I left the previous post up on mine so long. Figured as long as the larger audience was still around, but not too large, at least on my little blog ; )


Reya Mellicker said...

Fabulous pics and quotes. And Dinah Shore! Wow, I forgot all about her.

The first pic reminded me of some of my mother's kitchen gadgets - the meat grinder that latched onto the counter, the hand-held mixer, the electric beater and the first of the toaster ovens.


espan said...

I can relate to the messages and pictures posted. I love to cook. As I often tell my children, good food does not only come out with complete ingredients . . . one has to be in the mood and in love with the partakers of the meal served.

Aileen said...

Congrats on being named a Blog of Note!!!! Your pics are truly fabulous...

varun said...

good one, it would be great if you could post at this way more people can read it

mouse (aka kimy) said...

candi - thanks for playing too!

dd - since kevin lives in a house of one I think the pans are more an artistic display and celebration to cast iron, than functional objects - but they work for me!

cathy - thanks! julia child is such an inspiration. that was the first time I was able to see the it since it was installed in washington.

rlb - you won't find me messing with any bunny killers!

revjr - thanks for playing along!

avid - like his kitchen, kevin's has soul too!

distracted - I can't grok those kitchens where there is nothing on the counters there's not a crumb to be found. well, it's nice not to find crumbs, but you know what I mean....

I am - from the picture of your chilis I know you are a good cook - but what one needs more than anything is time to cook....

dennis - you would like those ladies too!

megan - how was the mysteries of pittsburgh (or whatever that title is)? I think that's the next chabon book I want to read. k&c and the yiddish policemen union were fantastic and the only two I've read (so far) - I adored both

roy- it's great to see the tt circle grow. your kitchen pics are wonderful. hope everyone will pop over to roy's world and check them out!

marianne - it's funny - I found no matter how small my kitchens have been that it is still true - and I've had some really small kitchens.

john - I am very honored by the dardos award.... thank you so much, I will try and continue to further the values it celebrates. in the days to come I will put up a post identifying another group of five.....may the circle grow and be unbroken....

coffee - the group cook in picture with all the people was one of the most exciting cooking experiences I ever had.... the kitchen was huge and easily accommodated the group - at one time there may have been ten or twelve people 'working' the kitchen

reya - thanks..... your comment reminded me I have this great photo of a bunch of meat grinders that a cuz collects....funny what we collect....

espan - thanks for dropping by. no truer words are written... and they remind me of that most delicious novel 'like water for chocolate'....

aileen - thanks!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

varun - thanks for the invite - unfortunately I've got my hands full for now. best to you and thanks for dropping by.

jude said...

great post kim. love the pics and the words. i am making bread today.

Squirrel said...

I've read 3 books by Chabon. I enjoyed Wonder Boys the most. He's a good writer.

It's Just Me said...

This is great. I love those photos. What is it about a kitchen? Truly you can almost hear the "ba boom" heartbeat sound coming from this heart of the home!

lettuce said...

fab pictures kimy

Jennie Brown Hakim said...

I used to think the bedroom was the most important room in the house. Now, the bedroom is still way up there (for obvious reasons), but the kitchen is at least just as important. Thanks for sharing those photos.

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Great kitchen photos. That's a good reminder for me to post some of my old ones.