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Daily Photo Reprise: Sweet Dreams, and a…Tomato for Your Pillow, 2011

A tomato for your pillow.
A tomato for your pillow.

When a kitty is really tired, anything will do for a bed and pillow.

Tomatoes are a kitty's best friend.
Tomatoes are a kitty’s best friend.

I was kidding Cookie about perhaps having had a little ” ‘nip” and being, um, a little out of sorts. She sat up, washed her face and had a drink of water, but later she was sleeping there again. Must be tomatoes aren’t such a strange pillow after all.

A really deep nap.
A really deep nap.

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June In the Kitchen With Cookie

Tomatoes probably make a nice pillow for a kitty! It may be halfway through the year, but you can still use the dozen recipes Cookie and I worked out through the years, most of them based on what we have grown in the garden over the years. The recipes are “simple”, meaning they are easy to make and are open to improvisation, just the way I like to cook. The recipes range from fruit crisp to a pasta dinner, and using vegan ingredients in place of dairy or eggs in just about any recipe will work as well. And you can still use the calendar as well, not to mention laugh at Cookie’s antics!


My favorite way to eat a tomato fresh from the garden is just to eat it, like an apple, but a tomato tart can be a small meal on its own or a full meal with a salad on the side, and the leftovers don’t get soggy because there aren’t any.

Line a baking dish about the size of a cereal bowl with pie crust (refrigerator kind is fine for this), layer a slice of mozzarella cheese, 1/4-inch slices of tomato to cover, sprinkle with salt and a few basil leaves. Another slice of cheese, tomatoes, salt and basil, top with another slice of cheese. Bake at 3750 for 15 to 18 minutes until cheese is bubbly.

Here’s the two-page spread for June:

tortoiseshell cat sleeping in tomatoes
The two-page spread for June “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.

images of calendars with cat
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.

example of artwork.
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 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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All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check my Etsy shop or Fine Art America profile to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.

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© 2014 | | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life
Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters
Tuesday: Rescue Stories
Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork
Thursday: New Merchandise
Friday: Bok Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy
Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats
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