Kitchens in miniature

Here are some really nice tin litho kitchen toys from the 50s and thereabouts. They look great hung on a wall or on a shelf next to your fabulous book collection. There are some awesome sets available on eBay and Etsy. I just broke down and bought the first one below. Sorry! Can't resist an orange kitchen.

70s Vintage Western Germany Toy Tin Kitchen Bauknecht made by Schopper via Etsy

1950s tin plate stove via Etsy

Battery-operated tin kitchen. This one is a little beaten up, but when you turn the tap on, water flows and the gas burner "fires" up. via ebay

Joustra tin litho kitchen with loads of accessories via flickr

Another from the collection of Niralna on flickr

Fuch's Dutch miniature kitchen via eBay

Fuchs tin kitchen via 

German Tin Stove Fuchs via Etsy

Abtract Saturday: Paul Klee

After the floods 1936

Burdened Children 1930 Paul Klee 1879-1940 Bequeathed by Elly Kahnweiler 1991 to form part of the gift of Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler, accessioned 1994 via

Bluebird pumpkin 1939

Characters in yellow 1937

Mess of fish 1940

Cat and bird

Death and fire 1940

Woman in peasant dress 1940

Puppet theater 1923

The chapel 1917

In the style of kairouan 1914

John O'Hara lending library

I just bought this copy of Sweet and Sour, so I thought it was a good time to put together a post of a few of my first editions by O'Hara, as well as a few nice ones I don't possess. I love the design of this book jacket!

Sweet and Sour, by John O'Hara First UK edition 1955

Appointment in Samarra 1934

A Rage to Live 1949 via Live Auctioneers

Butterfield 8 1935 signed first edition via eBay. Cover by Arthur Hawkins, Jr.

Tuesday night scramble

I love eggs, and I love eggs for dinner. It's quick, it's easy, and you can use whatever you have available to change it up. I make this one a lot. It starts with fresh eggs from my chickens. I use one large (from Hedy, Zelda or Pickles), one small (from Hazel or Ezmarelda) and some packaged egg whites to keep the calories down. Beat them together well with a fork or whisk in a bowl and set aside.  Sauté a small handful of red onions in olive oil spray on high until softened, then add sliced shiitake mushrooms, thin-sliced zucchini, and slivered collard greens in that order. This time I also added a slice of seitan bacon from Upton's Naturals. When everything is browned, lower the heat, pour in the beaten eggs and scramble it all together. For fun, I added a serving of Trader Joe's frozen Garlic Potatoes in Parmesan Sauce, which I cooked in the same skillet. So good.

Scrambled fresh eggs with collard greens, seitan bacon and shiitake mushrooms and a side of garlic parmesan potatoes.

A blue egg from one of my Cream Legbars, Hedy.

Here are Hedy, Pickles, Zelda, and Horatio bringing up the rear.

William Steig

I recently subscribed to The New Yorker online so that I could become dangerously addicted to their massive archive of past issues. Here are a few of my favorite covers by Steig, who created   thousands of covers and cartoons for the magazine beginning in 1930. Plus... a book I found on Etsy! There's a wonderful postscript to his life here.

This is my favorite: June 18, 1960 New Yorker | William Steig

May 9, 1953 New Yorker | William Steig

William Steig

William Steig

The Lonely ones by William Steig 1942 via Etsy $25.00