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Daily Photo Reprise: Cookie in the Pasta Bowl, 2010

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Cookie in the pasta bowl!

This was the first one of all!

Good thing I checked the bowl before I filled it with the mellowed fresh tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette!

I warmed my big round pasta bowl in the oven, then set it on the counter while I ran outside to get a couple branches of basil to finish off my dinner, maybe ten seconds, and when I returned Cookie was just settling into the bowl as if she’d been in it all day. I tossed the basil in with her and grabbed my camera for a straight-on shot (below) then stepped up Cookie’s footstool for the above shot.

Amazing how cats can fit themselves comfortably into just about anything, but this is a natural.

Here’s another view. I couldn’t decide which view I liked best—I love the above view because of the composition, but I also like to see the expression on Cookie’s face.

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“But it’s so nice and warm in here!”

I didn’t move her, but as soon as I started mixing the tomatoes with the pasta curiosity got the better of her and naptime was over.

This was the first photo I posted in a series I named “In the Kitchen With Cookie”. Cookie had always been intent on exploring everything in her world and curling up in anything that would fit her, even at age 17 as she was here and even with her lifelong disabilities in climbing and jumping and anything requiring strength and agility in her hind legs. She got herself anywhere she wanted to go and was very proud of herself for the outcome. With this photo I began documenting her interactions with my pots and pans and bowls in her last two years.

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August In the Kitchen With Cookie

Cookie in the Pasta Bowl



You can add more or less of any ingredient to your taste; I always have more of each than this. Core and cut two pounds of tomatoes into one-inch chunks or halve cherry tomatoes, thinly slice two or more cloves of fresh garlic and chiffonade a quarter to a half cup of basil leaves. Place in bowl, toss with two tablespoons of sea salt or one tablespoon or regular salt, let sit while you cook a pound of linguini or fettucini, toss together while warm, top with fresh grated parmesan or very coarse seasoned bread crumbs.

Guess what I’m having for dinner tonight? This photo was actually originally posted in September, but my tomatoes are tomato-ing and my basil is basil-ing and it’s time for this meal—Mimi and I went out to get them this morning. No one else ever curls up in my pots and pans and pasta bowls…Cookie was one in a million. Remembering Cookie with a big smile.

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Here’s the two-page spread for August:

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The two-page spread for August “In the Kitchen With Cookie”.

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2013 desk and journal calendars!

Read more about “In the Kitchen With Cookie”
and “Compositions in Black and Green”

Click the image of the calendars to go to my “calendars” page to read more about each one including what photos are featured on each page and, for In the Kitchen With Cookie, which recipe is featured. I’ve provided a book-flip slideshow so you can browse the pages too.

Both calendars are $5.00 each plus shipping. I’d love to know my cats were in your home! Well, virtually, at least!

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