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POT AND KETTLE EXPRESSION

THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK
IN A CASE WHERE ONE PERSON WHO CAN BE TERMED EQUALLY AS
CARELESS, STUBBORN, ETC. CALLS ANOTHER SUCH, IT CAN BE A CASE OF
THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FUNCTION--I WONDER?--F. M. PAULSEN ; PERSONIFICATION

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR ; COOKING UTENSIL ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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THE POT FIGHTS WITH THE KETTLE BUT THEYRE BOTH BLACK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR ; COOKING UTENSIL ; HOSTILITY ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-23-1971

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THE POT MEETS ITS OWN COVER

THE POT ROLLED AND ROLLED UNTIL IT MET ITS OWN COVER.
IT IS SAID WHEN TWO PEOPLE THAT ARE VERY MUCH ALIKE GET MARRIED,
BECOME VERY GOOD FRIENDS, ESTABLISH A BUSINESS, OR ANY OTHER
KIND OF CLOSE RELATIONSHIP.
THE ABOVE CAN BE APPLIED TO EITHER SEX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COOKING UTENSIL ; SYMBOL ; UNION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SONG OF JEST

I DON'T WANT TO BE A COUNSELOR, OR BE ON THE UPPER STAFF
FOR I AM A MEMBER OF THE KITCHEN CREW
BROUGHT UP ON GARBAGE AND TRASH
WITH A SPATULA YOU'LL FIND ME, AND A MOP IN MY HAND
OH, I CAN'T STAND EVALUATION, I ABHOR
I DON'T WANT TO BE A STAFF.

FOR I LOVE THE KITCHEN
I WANT TO STAY HERE
I'LL NEVER MAKE STONEY'S
BUT THE BEER'S RIGHT HERE.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person? Only one name on card.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COOK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: 11-10-1969

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LEARNING HOW TO COOK

DURING CAVEMEN DAYS, A BOY WAS RUNNING AROUND THE FIRE WITH A
PIECE OF RAW MEAT HANGING ON A STICK. HE ACCIDENTALLY DROPPED
THE MEAT INTO THE FIRE. HE WAS SO HUNGRY, HE DIDN'T WANT
THE MEAT TO GO TO WASTE SO HE RESCUED IT FROM THE FLAMES.
HE THEN BEGAN TO EAT THE "COOKED" MEAT. HE THOUGHT IT WAS
DELICIOUS} AND THAT IS HOW MAN LEARNED THE VALUE OF EATING
THEIR FOOD COOKED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CAVEMEN ; COOKING ; FIRE ; FOOD ; MYTH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Human Life

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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ITALIAN MEN

WHAT DO YOU CALL 5 ITALIAN MEN CHASING AFTER A GARBAGE TRUCK?
THE GALLOPING GOURMETS.

Submitter comment: IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT "THE GALLOPING GOURMET" WAS THE
NAME OF A TELEVISION COOKING PROGRAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GOURMET COOK-COMEDIAN, WHO HAS TRAVELED WIDELY, ; STAR OF THE PROGRAM, GRAHAM KERR, AN AUSTRALIAN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
ITAL

Date learned: 09-11-1980

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BLASON POPULAIRE

USING A FINE ITALIAN HAND.

Submitter comment: PROFESSOR'S QUERY: HANDWRITING?
COLLECTOR'S ANSWER: ESPECIALLY APPLIED TO COOKING.

Where learned: HIS HOME

Keyword(s): COOKING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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ARMY COOKIN' RHYME

THEY SAY THAT IN THE ARMY THE COOKIN'S MIGHTY FINE, IT LOOKS LIKE
IT LOOKS LIKE MUDDY WATER AND TASTE LIKE TRUPENTINE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; NORWEST THEATER

James Callow Keyword(s): COOKING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.429
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink

Date learned: 01-30-1984

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SAYING

THE WAY TO A MAN'S HEART IS THROUGH HIS STOMACH

Submitter comment: SHE WAS MARRIED TO THE SAME MAN FOR OVER 50 YEARS.
SHE IS THE MOTHER OF THIRTEEN CHILDREN.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

James Callow Keyword(s): COOKING FOOD ; LOVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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Food: Recipe

Cottage Cheese:

Let the milk clabber then strain through a cheesecloth. heat the solid (left in cheesecloth0 in a skillet with a little bit of butter until its warm to hand. Make into a large patty and slice. This can then be baked in a warm oven.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Cheese ; COOK ; Cottage ; FOOD ; RECIPE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Cheese

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ALWAYS STIR A BATTER IN THE SAME DIRECTION.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): COOKING BAKING ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 07-04-1973

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FOLK SPEECH

TO JUMP FROM THE FRYING PAN INTO THE FIRE

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

Keyword(s): COOKING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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TO THE BOILING POT, A FLY COMES NOT.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): INSECT COOKING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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Language

Tongue Twister:

Betty Botta bought some butter. "But," she said, "this butter's bitter. If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter. But a bit o' better butter will but make my batter better." So she bought a bit o' butter, better than the bitter butter, made her bitter batter better. So 'twas better Betty Botta bought a bit o' better butter.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Something similar (but shorter) already typed as prose.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; Baking ; Batter ; Butter ; COOKING ; Dearborn Heights ; GAME ; Language ; MICHIGAN ; Prose ; PUZZLE ; Redford ; TONGUE TWISTER ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): Prose ; TONGUE TWISTER ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

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Japanese Snake Medicine

Japanese may eat snakes because of their belief in its medicinal value, especially when charred black.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by T.R. Davidson

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; COOKING ; Culinary ; CURE ; Japanese ; MEDICINE ; Natural Remedy ; PREVENTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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The Clever Chef

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

There once was a king who demanded that his chef prepare him a different type of meat for each principle meal. when the chef ran out of meats it would mean his death.

Quite naturally, the king soon ran out of chefs and volunteers for the job were few and far between. in fact, things got so bad that the king had to draft his subjects into the job. One of these peasants got drafted and day after day he prepared a different type of meat. However, as time went by, he began to run out of choices. Finally the day arrived when he had none. In desperation, he went to the palace barn at milking time and collected the cow manure as it was being expelled. That night he served it to the king. Upon tasting it, the king called for the chef in order that he might compliment him on the most delicious meat of all. When asked where it came from, the chef replied "it is that which hasn't fallen, your majesty."

Submitter comment:

This is translated from Polish and I feel it has lost its humor in translation.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

A grammatical correction was made to the Collector's spelling: Changing it's to its.

Original Boggs Number [B665] has been crossed out and B646 is written next to it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Class ; COOKING ; Deception ; FECES ; Fool ; IGNORANCE ; King ; Peasant ; ROYALTY ; Scat ; SCATOLOGICAL ; Scatological Humor ; Social Class ; Trickery ; Wit

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Romantic Realistic

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Menstrual

Menstrual:

Pickling: you can't pickle beans or make kraut while on your period or it will ruin.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P535] crossed out.

Submission card found in pile marked [?]

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Canning ; COOKING ; FOOD ; MENSES ; MENSTRUATION ; Period ; Pickling ; TABU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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Proverb

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Broth ; Chef ; Cooks ; FOOD ; METAPHOR ; Stew

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Broth ; Chef ; Cooks ; Spoil ; Stew

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V700] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Broth ; Chef ; Cooks ; FOOD ; Spoil ; Stew

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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