Thursday Thirteen #29 — What’s in Daniel and Val’s kitchen?

In keeping with the theme I began two weeks ago, when we looked at Mitchell and Kerri‘s kitchen and its contents, this week, let’s take a look at Daniel and Val‘s kitchen. For those of you too lazy to follow the links, Daniel is ShapeShifter‘s drummer and Val, his long-time girlfriend who trained as a chef but quit the restaurant business when it got too much.

Look for a new outtake featuring Daniel, Val, and their kitchen over the weekend. And for you meme lovers, another one I’ll let the band answer.

Thirteen mostly food-type things in Daniel and Val’s kitchen

1. A sourdough starter

2. a windowsill herb garden (that overflows onto the patio, in ever-expanding pots)

3. A wide variety of teas

4. Phone numbers for three butchers

5. ten kinds of chocolate and/or cocoa, not counting hidden candy bars

6. A variety of wines, ports, and other highbrow alcoholic delicacies that you wouldn’t expect a rock star to know a thing about. Mostly, he doesn’t. Val, however, does. She’s not a rock star, so your expectation here was met perfectly.

7. Locally produced clover honey

8. chick peas, tahini, lemons (for juicing), and garlic

9. Phone numbers and schedules for the local CSA

10. Ping’s Soy Sauce. Lots of it.

11. Bodacious Sauce. Not quite as much of it.

12. organic cranberry granola bars (Daniel’s favorites. Eric‘s too, come to think about it)

13. One of those undercounter TVs that’s hooked up to the cable in case Daniel starts to go through CNN withdrawal.

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  1. amy

    May 16, 2007 7:10 pm

    those are all very cool things!!! Nice list…

  2. dew

    May 16, 2007 7:14 pm

    Sounds eerily like my kitchen, except for the TV!

  3. Wylie Kinson

    May 16, 2007 7:19 pm

    3 butchers? Why 3?BR/And what exactly is in that herb window box 😉

  4. Susan Helene Gottfried

    May 16, 2007 7:46 pm

    Three because they specialize in different sorts of meat. And because three is better than one.BR/BR/Dew, ten kinds of chocolate?? Really? I’m on my way over!

  5. Shannon

    May 16, 2007 7:52 pm

    Can I have a kitchen like that too?!?!? 🙂 Happy TT!

  6. ChupieandJ'smama

    May 16, 2007 8:08 pm

    A very organic and healthy kitchen. I have some of those myself. Although the healthy stuff in my kitchen gets cancelled out by the chips, beer and cheese. Everyone needs some junk in their life 🙂

  7. Christine

    May 16, 2007 8:45 pm

    I’d hate for someone to take a look at what’s in my kitchen. It’s not that interesting. BR/BR/Love it Susan. 🙂

  8. Milan - zzz

    May 16, 2007 8:45 pm

    Gosh!BR/I managed to enter here somehow (I’m confused too) so I’ll try to open some old posts and save them for reading with morning mug of coffee :)BR/Hugs

  9. Thomma Lyn

    May 16, 2007 8:50 pm

    Mmmmm, I can go for those organic cranberry granola bars! :-)BR/BR/Happy TT!

  10. Michelle Pillow

    May 16, 2007 8:52 pm

    I think we have like three bottles of soy sauce in our kitchen, lol.

  11. Amy Ruttan

    May 16, 2007 8:52 pm

    I was worried there was going to be bean dip. Who had the bean dip, I can’t remember … all I remember is the fart.BR/BR/Happy TT my friend!!

  12. Susan Helene Gottfried

    May 16, 2007 8:55 pm

    That Erica chick in Portland had the bean dip. Lovely stuff, no? (and good memory!)

  13. Mama Kelly of 2 Witches Blog

    May 16, 2007 9:23 pm

    Someone’s making Hummus?? I love both that and Baba Ganouj!!!BR/BR/Mama Kelly

  14. L^2

    May 16, 2007 9:31 pm

    Ten kinds of chocolate! I suppose they’re all required ingredients in those brownies you keep teasing us about? Unless even Val isn’t privy to the recipe… 🙂

  15. Rhian / Crowwoman

    May 16, 2007 10:14 pm

    between you and Daisy – i’m staying hungry all the time!

  16. Christine

    May 16, 2007 10:43 pm

    I live for hidden chocolate in the kitchen. Great list. BR/BR/Thanks for stopping by my TT- so glad to hear that you’re doing your part to ensure a sustainable future. BR/BR/Have a great weekend! XINE

  17. pussreboots

    May 16, 2007 10:47 pm

    My dream kitchen has lots of counter space and drawers. I bet their kitchen has both. 😛

  18. Miscellaneous-Mum

    May 16, 2007 10:59 pm

    mmmm….local honey. I love buying it local, and organic. Its so divine

  19. gabriella hewitt

    May 16, 2007 11:17 pm

    I think I want their kitchen. Mine is no where near as interesting!

  20. Anna Mary

    May 16, 2007 11:30 pm

    My kitchen has a million kinds of teas and chocolates too. Nice list! Happy TT!BR/BR/Remember May is National Miltary Appreciation Month!

  21. Joely Sue Burkhart

    May 16, 2007 11:32 pm

    Sigh, I wish I could grow a herb garden! My last attempt was simply too straggly. Happy TT!

  22. Cheryl

    May 17, 2007 1:00 am

    Hidden candy bars? I don’t know what you’re talking about! Your character descriptions entice me to start playing with ideas again.


    May 17, 2007 2:29 am

    Glad my kitchen won’t be under inspection – you might not even reach number 13. I’m a shameless take-out wench. LOL!

  24. Tink

    May 17, 2007 5:27 am

    Except for the alcohol I’d say it could be my kitchen. :-)BR/Thanks for visiting my detective TT!

  25. Joy Renee

    May 17, 2007 6:51 am

    I guess these rockers don’t do pizza and chinese takeout.BR/BR/wanted to say thanx for visiting my in the last couple of weeks while my cranky computer was preventing me from doing much visiting in return. my visitors from the last two TT are at the top of my list for visiting this week.BR/BR/in an attempt to alleviate a nasty mood invoked by our library levy failing Tuesday night, my TT this week is a joke.BR/BR/happy TT

  26. samulli

    May 17, 2007 7:23 am

    I admire how you always come up with so many interesting little details. I couldn’t say a thing about one of my characters’ kitchen inventory. LOLBR/Plus, this kitchen sounds like I would love to move right in there. ;o)

  27. Lazy Daisy

    May 17, 2007 9:10 am

    Sounds good to me…especially the hidden chocolate stash…(sorry, that’s my hidden chocolate stash I was referring to.)

  28. Lisa

    May 17, 2007 9:11 am

    I wish that was my kitchen! I need to try to make hummus. I always buy it.BR/BR/Happy TT.

  29. Lori

    May 17, 2007 9:40 am

    Im coming to your house for dinner:)

  30. Lindsey

    May 17, 2007 9:44 am

    TEN kinds of chocolate? Can I move in with them? 😉

  31. julia

    May 17, 2007 9:45 am

    Love the sourdough starter! And the phone number for three butchers (you’d never find that in my kitchen.)

  32. Chelle

    May 17, 2007 10:31 am

    I love sourdough bread and used to keep starter all the time. I should totally start doing that again. You have inspired me 🙂

  33. Robin L. Rotham

    May 17, 2007 10:40 am

    God, now I’m embarrassed by what’s in my kitchen. It’s kid- and farmer-friendly. 😀

  34. Janet

    May 17, 2007 11:21 am

    phone numbers for three butchers…hmmm…I’m scared!

  35. Robyn Mills

    May 17, 2007 11:48 am

    I like the sound of your kitchen – mine is the dieters one at the moment I need to shed 30 lbs….

  36. Tempest Knight

    May 17, 2007 11:55 am

    Hmm… these sound interesting. But too bad I don’t cook… My kitchen only has a fridge and a microwave.

  37. Barbara

    May 17, 2007 11:59 am

    Neat. At times, you may find sour dough starter in my kitchen, but not now. BR/BR/10 kinds of chocolate? I might come up with 4, but no more!Well, maybe 5.BR/BR/Check out my TT.

  38. Laurie Greene

    May 17, 2007 12:03 pm

    Hi, BR/I found your blog because you mention dealing with IBS. I work with a marketing agency that’s working with Procter Gamble to find influential bloggers like you to try Align, a new probiotic supplement for people suffering from digestive upsets. We’d like to send you a 2 month sample for free to find out what you think. BR/BR/Email me at with your mailing address, and we’ll send you a free two-month supply of Align – no charges for you at all. The product website is if you want to find out more about it first.BR/BR/We hope to hear from you!

  39. karen!

    May 17, 2007 12:09 pm

    I love these kitchen insights!BR/BR/Happy Thursday…BR/ack! I can’t believe that it’s already Thursday!

  40. Lyn Perry

    May 17, 2007 12:22 pm

    I have left-overs. Lyn from A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”Bloggin’ Outloud/A

  41. May

    May 17, 2007 12:30 pm

    I’m jealous of number 1 and 5! BR/BR/I just don’t have time to maintain a starter.BR/BR/By the way, did you get my email? The one copied to Jennifer? Can you reply to me by email or leave a comment on my blog? Thanks!

  42. Susan Helene Gottfried

    May 17, 2007 12:53 pm

    Just a note to Laurie Greene — I can’t recall mentioning IBS, but if I have, it’s because my cat’s got it (except in cats, it’s called IBD), and there’s no way I’m giving a thirteen-year-old cat ANYthing that my vet hasn’t approved first.BR/BR/Thanks, though. Maybe someone in my comment trail here would be interested?

  43. Joy T.

    May 17, 2007 1:03 pm

    Very cool idea for TT! Daniel and Val’s kitchen sounds like a very inviting place. Full of good food and good wine.

  44. pari noskin taichert

    May 17, 2007 2:11 pm

    Are you the Susan who contacted me last Feb about a book group selection? If so, I JUST got your email this morning . . . long and embarrassing story about that. BR/BR/Please send me an email at — if I’ve found you. BR/BR/Argh.

  45. Susan Helene Gottfried

    May 17, 2007 3:16 pm

    Man, it’s getting interesting around here today. BR/BR/Yes, Pari, that very well could have been me… let me see…BR/BR/Oh, and you dessert hounds? I just baked MM cookies for #2’s preschool graduation on Saturday… my freezer is about to explode with all these extras! (although to be fair, I kept the dough and will eat it by the joyful spoonful over the next two days. Assuming I can keep the Tour Manager out of it!)

  46. ERiCA

    May 17, 2007 3:23 pm

    mmmmm….. honey….. =)

  47. Katkat

    May 17, 2007 4:05 pm

    Oh an herb garden! That and tons of chocolate always make for a great kitchen!

  48. Gail Martin

    May 17, 2007 4:05 pm

    Interesting list of things in the kitchen. I am glad you can’t see mine. BR/BR/Happy TT! Thanks for stopping at my blog!

  49. Kristi

    May 17, 2007 5:00 pm

    I wish I had all that stuff in my kitchen!!!!!BR/BR/Happy TT!

  50. Mz Jackson

    May 17, 2007 5:08 pm

    That herb garden in the window inspires my imagination. I wish I had a window over my sink. Great post!

  51. Lauren Dane

    May 17, 2007 5:46 pm

    excellent on hidden chocolate!

  52. Denise Patrick

    May 17, 2007 5:59 pm

    Very interesting. I wish I had such great stuff in my kitchen. I could soooo use a herbal garden.BR/BR/Happy TT!

  53. Aline de Chevigny

    May 17, 2007 6:17 pm

    Hmmmm sounds very healthy BR/Although I do have the wines and alcohols and chocolate in my kitchen LOLBR/BR/Aline

  54. Titania Starlight

    May 17, 2007 8:41 pm

    Nice kitchen. I absolutely love food and especially baking. I once worked for a Vegas casino as an assistant to a pastry chef. Chefs can be crazy! :o)~

  55. littlebirdblue

    May 17, 2007 9:25 pm

    DUDE, you’re thirteen-o-riffic today.

  56. Gattina

    May 17, 2007 11:57 pm

    I miss salt and pepper !

  57. MIchelle (MG)

    May 18, 2007 12:02 am

    Oooh ten kinds of chocolate? Wow. Yum. LOL

  58. Douglas Cootey

    May 18, 2007 8:05 am

    #7 is tops with me. I *love* clover honey, especially if it is spun. Reading your list just reminded me that I was hungry. Thanks! I forget to eat when I work.BR/BR/My A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”Thursday Thirteen/ABR/BR/~DouglasBR/-=-BR/A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”The Splintered Mind/A – Overcoming Neurological Disabilities With Lots Of Humor And Attitude

  59. scooper

    May 18, 2007 1:28 pm

    Can’t live without that soy sauce!

  60. FRIGGA

    May 18, 2007 2:03 pm

    Oh my, what was I thinking? I came by yesterday and completely forgot to comment.BR/Oh well, Happy TT13 AND Happy Friday!

  61. SP at Woman Stuff

    May 18, 2007 2:38 pm

    All that chocolate should be in everybodies kitchen. Only problem is that I keep sampling it. Looks as if a lot of other people picked up on that too!!BR/:)

  62. Sophisticated Writer

    May 18, 2007 3:01 pm

    Chocolate, you say? It sounds familiar… like my mom’s kitchen 🙂

  63. Indigo

    May 18, 2007 3:37 pm

    Did you say wine?

  64. Sophisticated Writer

    May 18, 2007 5:59 pm

    Except for # 6 (we don’t drink), 12 and 13.

  65. SlackingOverachiever

    May 18, 2007 6:13 pm

    wow, that sounds like a fun kitchen! i don’t even know what many of those things are. thanks for stopping by my blog!

  66. Techsplorer (Eagan, MN)

    May 19, 2007 1:21 am

    Hi. I’m here to say thanks for visiting my blog and Imy/I TT.BR/BR/I suppose once I’ve read more I’ll figure out who Daniel and Val are and what’s up with them.

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