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Daily Photo Reprise: Cookie Picks Her Own Sweet Corn, 2011

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Cookie chooses her own ear of corn.

If there was any doubt that Cookie liked sweet corn, she proved it wrong every time I brought some into the house, whether it was from my garden or from the market.

Last year, I barely had time to remove the salad greens and peppers from the basket before Cookie was ready to choose her ear of corn and start pulling at the shucks.

Catch that expression. I’m not going to take that ear of corn from her, or try to remove her from the basket.

Really, I don’t pose her, there’s no way she’d put up with it. She decides to do these things all by herself, but she’s so darned cute I can’t help but photograph everything she does. And lest you think she might have just decided to get into the basket no matter what was in it, as cats are wont to do and she has done with other various containers that happen to be in the kitchen, here is a photo of what she was doing before she looked up at me, actually pulling at the shucks of her ear of corn as Mewsette observes.

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Mewsette is learning an important lesson.

These were the sorts of things that made Cookie unique among cats.

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July In the Kitchen With Cookie

“We Have Sweet Corn!”

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It’s Sweet Corn Time!
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Cookie enjoys a corncob.

Cookie has always loved sweet corn, and when Sophie was still here the two of them would descend on the corn and pull the shucks off to chew like big blades of grass. If they had completely shucked the corn for me I would not have complained, but they pulled off enough to chew on, then they’d start on the kernels underneath. This is difficult for kitties to digest, so I diverted them from that and gave them my corn cobs after I’d eaten my fill of cooked corn—they enjoyed those just as much and it was more digestible!

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Don’t forget, each month of In the Kitchen With Cookie comes with a seasonal recipe or suggestion of how to enjoy fresh home-cooked food—that’s what I was doing in the kitchen while Cookie was showing off. She always enjoyed being near me when I was enjoying what I was doing and I think that was what made Cookie so cute in the kitchen; when I was happy, she was happy, and it’s a lot of good memories.

Even though it’s July you still have a few months to use the calendar and 12 recipes you can use forever. Here is the recipe for July.


I have no recipe for sweet corn, only advice: find it as fresh as possible and keep the shucks tightly covering it until you are ready to eat it. Boil the water while you shuck only as much as you want to cook, boil for three to five minutes, remove immediately from water. I use only butter, no salt, but that’s up to you! When I could grow it in my yard I had the water boiling before I even went out to pick it, and sometimes didn’t boil it, only steamed it, and often didn’t dress it with butter, either, just ate it warm, mmm.

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Here’s the two-page spread for July:

The two-page spread for July "In the Kitchen With Cookie"
The two-page spread for July “In the Kitchen With Cookie”

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In the Kitchen with Cookie 2014 Calendar

Desk and journal calendars for 2014, "In the Kitchen with Cookie" 2014 calendar
Desk and journal calendars for 2014, “In the Kitchen with Cookie” 2014 calendar

If you’ve followed my daily photos on The Creative Cat you may be familiar with my photos of Cookie interacting with properly-warmed pasta bowls, enamel pots and glass salad bowls in the series called “In the Kitchen With Cookie”. I was lucky enough to catch her in the act through the years photographing a dozen amusing images of Cookie exploring alternate uses for these items.

A number of readers requested a calendar which sounds like a wonderful idea to me, especially as a tribute to a part of Cookie’s unforgettable curiosity that still makes me laugh. The calendar is a 5.5″ x 8.5″ spiral-bound calendar printed on 100# matte-finish text paper so it’s easy to write on but the art still looks bright and crisp.

Each month includes one main photo of Cookie caught in the act which was either taken during that particular month or is themed for that month food-wise, plus a bit of the text from the original post on The Creative Cat—and Kelly even makes an appearance with Cookie in two of the photos! I’ve also included a simple recipe of my own that corresponds.

On the right a monthly calendar includes basic holidays, moon phases and room for notes at the bottom, and other photos of Cookie from the same and related explorations decorate open areas on the calendar page.

The recipes celebrate winter days in my kitchen and the seasons of my garden, long enjoyed with Cookie’s supervision, including my special “Cheesecake”, “Healthy Multi-fruit Crisp”, “Easy Lemon Vinaigrette” and my best advice for cooking fresh sweet corn.

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In the Kitchen With Cookie, journal and wall style open to spreads.

The convenient size is coil-bound either across the top so that it hangs like a wall calendar, or down the left so that it opens like a journal. I have both variations available for sale, so be sure to choose Wall Calendar or Journal Style when you purchase.

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Side view of 6″ x 6″ wood-mounted photo of “Cookie in the Pasta Bowl”.

As a complement to the calendar, I have also designed from the images in this calendar a number of products such as placemats, decorative trays and wood-mounted artwork, all handmade by me so you’ll want to check my Etsy shop to see what’s available—search for “In the Kitchen with Cookie” or just click here.

Also, any image can be ordered as a print, and if there is one you’d like as a print or a special handmade item, just ask. I’ll offer these through 2014. Sign up for my e-newsletter at the bottom of this page to be sure you don’t miss any special offers.

Below is a handy slideshow so you can flip through the pages like a book, and below that you’ll find ordering information.

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Order In the Kitchen with Cookie

You can purchase this calendar directly from this page using the “Add to Cart” button below, and you can also purchase from Amazon.com with the Amazon link below. I also have it available in my Etsy shop if there are also things you’d like to purchase there or are using a coupon or gift certificate.

Wall Calendar

Bound across the top and drilled for a hook or nail.

Purchase through PayPal:

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In the Kitchen with Cookie 2014 Wall Calendar with Select Recipes

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Journal Calendar

Bound on the left side to open like a book.

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In the Kitchen with Cookie 2014 Journal Calendar with Select Recipes

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6 thoughts on “Daily Photo Reprise: Cookie Picks Her Own Sweet Corn, 2011

  • A kitty who knew her way around the kitchen for sure, and chose the best of garden delights!

    • Zoolatry, she certainly did! And she had such fun while she was at it too!

  • We’ve never tried sweet corn before. Based on how much Cookie loves it, maybe we should give it a try.

    • Island Cats, sweet corn is the best! Apparently so, because while Cookie was the only one to shuck an ear for herself and nom on the shucks, silk and uncooked kernels, I’ve had a half dozen cats who nommed on the cobs when I had eaten the kernels. They never told me why!

    • Layla, she is always with me, and I think she is one of those kitties who always will be. Plus, she did some pretty unique things! Go and get yourself some sweet corn!


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