A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 23, 2012
“I only have a kitchen because it came with the house”

"I only have a kitchen because it came with the house” is a humorous saying that has been printed on many gift items since at least 2004. The saying means that the house has a kitchen, but not a cook.


23 March 2004, Roanoke (VA) Times, “What’s Cooking?”:
Stump, who lives in Salem, eats out so frequently that the same neighbor once gave her a sign that says, “I only have a kitchen because it came with the house.”

Teddy Talk
Aleta—The Silly Bear
May 12, 2006 05:11:37 PM
I need the sign that says:  I only have a kitchen because it came with the house! 
I love it!

29 May 2006, Daily Herald, sec. 7B, pg. 3, col. 4:
After my hands have been curled around grips for long hours I like to wiggle my fingers almost like I’m kneading bread (strange I used that analogy since I am kitchen-challenged—just ask my family and they’ll tell you the only reason I have a kitchen is because it came with the house).

Google Books
Motivationals for Mom:
Inspiring you to be all you can be

By Chrys Howard
West Monroe, LA: Howard Books
2008
Pg. 96:
A magnet on my refrigerator reads, “I only have a kitchen because it came with the house.”

Google Books
Title I Only Have a Kitchen Because It Came with the House
Author David J. Allerton
Publisher Lulu Enterprises Inc., 2011
ISBN 1446130010, 9781446130018
Length 128 pages
Subjects Cooking - General

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (1) Comments • Monday, April 23, 2012 • Permalink


Very nice explanation of the phrase. I did not knew that it has been printed on gift items since so many years.

Posted by Kitchen Remodeling  on  06/12  at  02:29 AM

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