Exploring the Stable Kitchen

Posted by F&S

Not too many people know about the kitchen located in the stable at the farm.  The stable is such a beautiful building and Martha likes to use it from time to time for entertaining and having a kitchen right there certainly helps.  The door to the kitchen is always closed, keeping out the barn dust, which is why we rarely get to see it.  However, the door was ajar the other day and we, Frenchies, went in to explore.

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Hey, Franny!  Why don't you join me in the stable kitchen where I'm looking at Martha's collection of antique copper molds?

1 Hey, Franny! Why don't you join me in the stable kitchen where I'm looking at Martha's collection of antique copper molds?

Copper molds, like these were quite popular during the Victorian era.  They were used to make cakes, savory pies, mousses, jellies, and other tasty delights.

2 Copper molds, like these were quite popular during the Victorian era. They were used to make cakes, savory pies, mousses, jellies, and other tasty delights.

Antique molds were also made from tin, ceramic, and even wood, but copper is the favorite for collecting, and for good reason.  They're really beautiful, don't you think?

3 Antique molds were also made from tin, ceramic, and even wood, but copper is the favorite for collecting, and for good reason. They're really beautiful, don't you think?

Copper has long been used for pots and pans because it's an excellent conductor and retainer of heat.  But, because it's quite costly, some pots are made with only copper bottoms, making them more affordable.

4 Copper has long been used for pots and pans because it's an excellent conductor and retainer of heat. But, because it's quite costly, some pots are made with only copper bottoms, making them more affordable.

Martha uses her fish-shaped molds for her famous salmon mousse!  BTW - The recipe is in her very first book, Entertaining.

5 Martha uses her fish-shaped molds for her famous salmon mousse! BTW - The recipe is in her very first book, Entertaining.

Francesca, what do you suppose this beautiful mold is used for?  Owl mousse?  I hope not!

6 Francesca, what do you suppose this beautiful mold is used for? Owl mousse? I hope not!

Wow, Sharkey, I've never really spent any time looking at all of this copper.  It's great!  Take a look at this large copper storage bin next to the Aga stove!

7 Wow, Sharkey, I've never really spent any time looking at all of this copper. It's great! Take a look at this large copper storage bin next to the Aga stove!

Francesca, to be precise, this is an Aga four-oven stove.  Each oven is heated to a different temperature.  Martha uses this kitchen when she has parties in the stable, and this Aga is very versatile.

8 Francesca, to be precise, this is an Aga four-oven stove. Each oven is heated to a different temperature. Martha uses this kitchen when she has parties in the stable, and this Aga is very versatile.

Aga cookers have been around since the beginning of the 20th century.  This model has two hot plates for stove top cooking.

9 Aga cookers have been around since the beginning of the 20th century. This model has two hot plates for stove top cooking.

When this stove is fired up, the covers feel warm to the touch.  But, the surfaces beneath them are sizzling hot!

10 When this stove is fired up, the covers feel warm to the touch. But, the surfaces beneath them are sizzling hot!

And this, Sharkey, is the warming plate, where pots of food are placed to stay warm until ready to serve.  I wonder when the next stable party will be?  The last one was sure fun!

11 And this, Sharkey, is the warming plate, where pots of food are placed to stay warm until ready to serve. I wonder when the next stable party will be? The last one was sure fun!

Comments (14)

  • Good Morning F & S

    Wow that is a lot of copper and one very expensive collection not to mention one very fancy oven. I've never heard of an Aga cooker we have GE ovens and a Wolf stove. Our ovens will get a workout this weekend mom is baking Christmas cookies - YUMMY!!

    I'm really worried about Cora Belle what did she mean by the other side? I hope it's not what I think it is I'll be really sad.

    So mom came home with another BIG bag from PetSmart last night. I was able to get my head in the bag for a quick look and I saw all kinds of new toys I can't wait for Christmas :)

    F & S if you can find out anything on our friend Cora Belle could you please post.

    Zoe

  • Hi ladies,
    That is a really great kitchen. Mimi says that AGA products are most fantastic. We have GE ovens and a Jenn-aire stove that Mimi loves. Hey, Zoe - there is going to be cooking baking at our house, too! Mimi needs 3 dozen cookies for the Ladies of the Lake cookie exchange. (hope she drops one!) I do keep a close eye on the kitchen floor when there is cooking going on.
    I would like to hear about Cora Belle, too. I'll cross my paws and send out a prayer for her.
    Your Pal, Rebel

  • Good morning girls,
    That is a beautiful kitchen. I am glad that you got to go in there and let us see it. Thank you.
    As for Cora-Belle, I am with Zoe. I am very worried about her and I didn't like that last sentence either. If there is any way that anyone can find out how she is, all of us that comment on The Daily Wag would be very grateful. She is very special to us.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Wow what a nice big kitchen where great cooking can take place. I don’t know about all that copper though. Around here people steal the copper and sell it. They even take the copper from the air conditioners at some churches. They hit the same church three times. Still looking for them. I don’t think they will catch them even if they aren’t very smart. Only dumb people steal. One was this dumb; he worked for a scrap yard and was stealing copper and selling it at another. Daddy said the guy was now going to “play” with the big boys for a few years. I wonder if it’s anything like “running with the big dogs?”
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Ladies,
    I can't believe your stables. They are more deluxe than most houses. What a copper collection---wor?

    Next, I am very, very, very, worried about Cora Belle. Like I said yesterday, I am very, very, very worried---this see you on the other side. Someone please, just tell us what is going on. We are a very tight group and this is one of us--please tell us. Meanwhile, I am keeping my paws crossed.

    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., Thanks so much for sharing all of this special information about Martha's beautiful stable kitchen! I've never seen it before and I agree that it is a wonderful special kitchen! All of the copper items are superb and the AGA stove is terrific! My Mom remembers when Martha had dinners at the stable with cooking in that special kitchen-I think the last one was the Fourth of July. I certainly agree with all of you about Cora-Belle. My thoughts and prayers are with her and my paws are crossed, too. Please Dear God, help her get better. Hope everyone has a great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Only in a Martha Stewart Kitchen....Lovely!

    I have a few copper items from Germany, but I don't display them, maybe I should.

    F & S you two are lucky dogs that live a special life...wonderful for you my dear pups!

    ~d

  • Only in a Martha Stewart world does a stable kitchen no less rival some of the finest kitchens around. The copper collection is amazing.

    Is there anyway that you can find out more information about sweet Cora-Belle's condition? I too am very concerned about about her last sentence 'the other side.' I am saying prayers and keeping her in my thoughts.

  • My dear friends, thank you for your concern and thoughts and prayers..I did collaspe in my yard and was rushed for medical aide and that nite it was thought I was a goner...I just got back to the farm/ ranch ..and resting..it was all your prayers that pulled me thur this one..Lucinda says thank you, love, Cora-Belle, the cattle dog

  • Cora-Belle,
    I am sooooooooooooooooo happy that you are back home.
    You had us scared. Karen was crying and so worried about you. We all were very worried about you. Now you get rested up and get better. The critters will be waiting for you when you are ready to chase them. In the meanime, just relax and have a speedy recovery. And above all, don't scare us like that again. You are very special to us and we all love you, but you know that. Get well dear Cora-Belle.
    Love,
    Maddox

  • Hi Cora-Belle, OMG! I am so thrilled that you are doing better! I have been so concerned about you ever since we saw your last comment Dec. 11th when you collapsed and I'm still praying that you will get even better as time goes by! I love you so much and you are the greatest cattle dog I've ever known and you don't live too far from me over here in the Puget Sound area! Take care dear heart and love hearing from you! Thank you Lucinda and James for taking such good care of her! Love, Dudley Do Right and my Mom, Jan

  • Hello,
    I am soooo happy to hear from Cora Belle. You are in our prayers and I love ya lady. Rest and keep your spirits up. It's the time of year--miracles happen.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Came back this evening to see if anyone heard from Cora Bell....well what a wonderful relief to see you here Cora Bell! So our prayers do help...stay safe and Healthy...see you here in the Morning. :)
    <3
    ~d

  • Oh my gosh! I love the look of the copper with the wall color! I collect copper clad molds and I wonder where on earth she found that owl one!?

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