Andy Warhol, Cookbook Illustrator

In a reminder that everyone has to start somewhere on the road to greatness, The Crossett Library Bennington College has made several of Andy Warhol’s illustrations available on its Flickr account. The illustrations were done for Amy Vanderbilt’s Complete Cookbook in 1961 and run from mundane meat cuts and placesettings to the rather more fanciful hors d’oeuvre tray below.

Andy Warhol

I think my grandmother had a copy of this cookbook as I recognize the dustcover, but I have no idea which family member might have it now…wouldn’t she have been surprised to know she had it in her kitchen all these years!

A Little Courtin’ in the Kitchen…

My Pink Chic Apron

When I was a kid, I spent hours by the sides of my mother, my aunts, my grandmothers and great-grandmothers garbed in a denim apron with a cross-stiched heart on the top. I learned to make pie crust by hand, how not to over knead dough, make jams and jellies, how NOT to slice my fingers with knives (ok, I’m still working on that), and a myriad of other kitchen tasks both mundane and exciting. At some point, I outgrew that beloved apron and never bothered to replace it.

Fast forward to motherhood. When my oldest daughter was little, I went rummaging through all the things my mother had saved for me and remarkably, couldn’t locate my childhood apron. Being ever practical, and swayed by the fact that I learned to sew starting at age 6 and thought the aprons in the store were of shoddy quality and pretty shabby, we went to the fabric store. We found a pattern for both her and myself, selected fabric and headed on home. Her apron, a frilly confection of pink flowers with embroidered pockets, still gets heavy use by my youngest daughter.

My apron…never got made.

As so often happens around here, I had time for my kids, but not myself.

Sugar n' Spice Apron at Flirty Aprons

Last year, a dear friend of ours named Greg graced me with the gift of a brand new Chic Pink apron from Flirty Aprons. Always the seamstress, as soon as I took it out of the box, I looked at the stitching looking for flaws. There wasn’t a single one. In fact, I could wear the apron BACKWARDS and no one would be the wiser! All the side seams are completely contained (no ugly serged edge on this beauty!), the pockets are large and conveniently placed, and best of all, the apron ties are incredibly long. I’m not the skinniest waif in the world and having such long ties, gives me the option to tie in the front or the back without any trouble at all and it has a very figure flattering cut. The fabric is a great quality too and has held up to quite a bit of washing and still looks like I just got it. Also, the apron has brought quite a bit of ‘ahem’…spice back to our kitchen, leading to a resounding chorus of “EW GROSSS!” by our children whenever my husband and I are in the kitchen together. Apparently, our kids think kissing should not be done in front of them!

Today, I got their email with their new styles…including the fabulously frilly black concoction to the right…and I’m pleased to announce that pretty soon, I’m going to have TWO aprons!

Maybe I’ll wear the the pink one while I wait for the package to arrive…

Friday Foodie Fun! Vintage Spoondelier

I found these incredible chandeliers while I was indulging in some old fashioned web surfing! Made from vintage silver plate flatware, these “spoondeliers” are hand crafted and made to order. It’s more expensive than my budget allows (and I certainly wouldn’t want the job of polishing more than 200 pieces of silver flatware regularly!) but I have to admit, it’s very cool looking and would look incredible hanging in the right kitchen!

Cake Vintage Spoondelier

Double Spoondelier from CakeVintage.com

Did you need your Gluttony Pants this Thanksgiving?

Gluttony Pants - the ultimate clothing item for the truly Gluttonous eater.

Gluttony Pants offer 3 size options - Piglet, Sow and Boar

I am generally guilty of some holiday gluttony myself , but due to my recent move, I didn’t get the chance to do the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.   Instead, I grubbed on the pizza, pasta and salad bar buffet at Hungry Howie’s in St. Augustine.  I was actually pretty well behaved.   In past years though, I may have been lining up to pick up some Gluttony Pants.  The monuments to Gluttony, created by Chef Chris Cosentino are pants that can be expanded to 3 different sizes: “Piglet” “Sow” and “Boar” depending on what kind of Adam Richmondesque debauchery you are looking to undertake.  As an added touch, each $100 pair of Gluttony Pants comes with a cloth napkin to hang from your collar that illustrates the evolution of the foodie.

BetaBrand owner Chris Lindland says they’ve been flying off the virtual shelf since they debuted in August.

“We’ve sold about 600 pairs, and that’s a lot for a small clothing company like us,” Lindland said. “We’re on our third production run — I’m just really surprised how popular they’re becoming.”

Currently only a men’s version is being offered as women currently have the stretch leggings or maternity-wear option open to them.

I’m honestly a little disgusted by the story and the concept as I am really working on the whole “moderation” thing  myself.  But as  a matter of foodie interest,  thought it was worth sharing.

Seattle man creates bust of Kevin Bacon using … bacon

This week in bacon news:

A dad in Seattle, Wash. is hoping his bacon inspired bust of actor Kevin Bacon will help rake in a lot of money for families at a local children’s hospital.Dave Lefkow has a daughter who is battling leukemia and is constantly in and out of the hospital.

Lefkow works at a local company that makes bacon salt. He made a bust of Kevin Bacon out of bacon pieces. The piece of art took three months to create.

“We just thought, what if Kevin Bacon was made out of bacon? And that was sort of the first idea. It was just a crazy dream that we have,” said Lefkow.

The brain trust behind this promotion is the team behind Bacon Salt

If you are interested in picking up the Bacon bust of Kevin Bacon on eBay – you can find the auction here (at the time of writing, the bid was up to $2000)