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Cookie Worked for the CIA

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) now has a campus in Singapore as well as three in the USA. One is in New York, one in San Antonio, Texas, and the other not far from my summer home. It is housed in a wonderful building called Greystone Cellars that was once owned the the Christian Brothers. This building in St. Helena is a highlight of the Napa Valley. Greystone has an interesting past and an imposing presence. It was built to hold a million gallons of wine.

My culinary teddy bear, whom I named Cookie, was given to me by a very dear friend when we visited there together. Cookie's job at the CIA was to be cute, which is what he does for me now as well. Naturally, he lives in the kitchen and if I cook something particularly good I am sure to give him the credit, but if it is a fail, then that is my fault.

Image Credit » My sketch of a gift from the CIA (Culinary Institute of America)

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Feisty56 wrote on September 22, 2014, 8:50 AM

Cookie is a cutie, but my mind must not be up to speed yet this morning. I was associating Cookie's CIA experience with the spy folks rather than the Culinary Institute, so was confused for a few moments. lol Maybe I'm confused more often than I give myself credit for. : )

BarbRad wrote on September 22, 2014, 12:27 PM

Feisty56 I'm betting that title was intended to mislead in that direction. I fell for it, too. But that's the job of a title -- to lure us in. And it did. Good job. Why does the pocket say "Mom"?

Feisty56 wrote on September 22, 2014, 1:41 PM

Oh, I think it's a great title! It was my brain that was slow on the uptake.

JanetJenson wrote on September 22, 2014, 11:51 PM

Odd that the acronym serves two such different organizations, feisty56

paigea wrote on October 5, 2014, 5:44 PM

That was a great title. What a cute little kitchen mascot

JanetJenson wrote on October 11, 2014, 7:05 PM

Hi paigea Nobody would dare complain about the food because the little fellow's feelings could get hurt.

JanetJenson wrote on October 11, 2014, 7:12 PM

I am the mom of all my stuffed things. We are a big family, rflol.

Lemark wrote on October 23, 2014, 11:37 AM

That is one very cute teddy bear :) He is your perfect companion in the kitchen.

By the way - CIA is a great acronym for an institution that excels at cooking things :)

JanetJenson wrote on October 29, 2014, 1:31 AM

Your comment made me laugh lemark and then I stopped laughing and thought about it and started laughing again.

Lemark wrote on November 5, 2014, 5:19 PM

Hello and I am glad that it made you laugh. Although the reason underneath is nothing to laugh about, sadly.