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 February 04, 2011
“No matter where I serve my guests, they seem to like my kitchen best”

"No matter where I serve my guests, they seem to like my kitchen best” has been a popular kitchen saying, written on many items (such as placemats). It is not known who first came up with the kitchen adage.

“Regardless where I serve my guests—they always like my kitchen best” has been cited in print since February 1952.


27 February 1952, Seattle (WA) Daily Times, pg. 35, col. 4 classified ad:
Ideal “Teen Ager” House
For Bellevue Living

“Regardless where I serve my guests—they always like my kitchen best.”

Google News Archive
21 May 1953, Regina (Sask.) Leader-Post, pg. 16 ad:
FINE STAMPED NEEDLEWORK TO FINISH YOURSELF
LUNCHEON SET
Lovely 4-piece luncheon set consisting of two 18x21” mats and two 12x12” napkins. Made of creamy oyster linen, with cross stitch motto..."No matter where I serve my guests, it seems they like my kitchen best.” Complete with thread.
2.98
(Simpson’s store—ed.)

Google Books
American Home
Volume 51
1953
Pg. 34:
“NO MATTER WHERE I SERVE MY GUESTS IT SEEMS THEY LIKE MY KITCHEN BEST” says this fun-to-finish cross stitch sampler.

25 June 1956, Carroll (IA) Daily Times Herald, pg. 5, col. 4 ad:
The best for last, the kitchen, and we think it will be a case of “—they always like my kitchen best.”

Google News Archive
22 April 1958, Milwaukee (WI) Sentinel, “Jaunts with Jaime,” pt. 2, pg. 1, cols. 4-5:
However, to borrow a verse from another friend, “No matter where I serve my guests, they always like the kitchen best.”

24 July 1958, National Road Traveler (Cambridge City, IN), “Range Features Make Cooking Easier” by Ira Miller, pg. 4, col. 7:
“No matter where I serve my guests, they all prefer my kitchen best.” This sampler which adorns the walls of many kitchens—in town and country—is taking on more meaning every day. It is an indication that time is being turned back, at least in a construction sense. For kitchens are becoming larger and of the eat-in variety.

Google Books
How to Plan and Build Your Fireplace
By Sunset Magazine
Menlo Park, CA: Lane Book Co.
1973
Pg. 73:
Remember this old maxim?
“No matter where I serve my guests
They seem to like my kitchen best”

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The Quick & Easy Guide to Making Money at Home
By Mildred B. Grenier
New York, NY: F. Fell
1974
Pg. 248:
“No matter where I serve my guests, They seem to like my kitchen best.”

Ne York (NY) Times
Currents: Three Retail Visions; Putting Kitsch Back In Kitchen
By Elaine Louie
Published: October 12, 1995
KITSCHEN, a new store in Greenwich Village, sells secondhand kitchen wares, including sometimes whimsical, always hearth-friendly objects like wood rolling pins ($8); Pyrex mixing bowls in red, turquoise, green and yellow (four for $40), and old hand-stitched samplers like one with the old saw “No matter where I serve my guests, it seems they like my kitchen best” ($24).

Google Books
Living in America:
A Popular Culture Reader

Edited by Patricia Y. Murray
New York, NY: McGraw Hill College Division
1999
Pg. 108:
She is so proud of her culinary status that a plaque on her wall reads “No matter where I serve my guests, they seem to like my kitchen best.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (2) Comments • Friday, February 04, 2011 • Permalink


My mother had a full poem with this popular rhyme as the last line of this longer poem. Does anyone have a reference to this poem?

Posted by K Silver  on  10/29  at  03:52 PM

Inspiration can really make as strong. Poem and sayings is one of it.

Posted by Amie Kotsh  on  05/28  at  02:25 AM

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