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Kitchen Table Kibitzing Friday – Lady Death, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Woody Guthrie

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Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden, or what you cooked for supper…. Newcomers may notice that many who post in this series already know one another to some degree, but we welcome guests at our kitchen table and hope to make some new friends as well.

The history of wars is not without heroes even as there are presently 14 conflicts currently active. There is also war propaganda and in World War Two the role of women soldiers was more prominent in the USSR. Women military snipers were important even as an Allied goad to encourage US involvement in the anti-fascist cause during the early years of the war.

Eleanor Roosevelt befriended sniper Lyudmilla Pavlichenko and Woody Guthrie memorialized her exploits with a song. The 1944 film The Doughgirls refers to her visit to the White House even if it’s filled with comic stereotypes about Soviet bureaucratic behavior common to US films of the period. Even in 2015 there was narrative interest including using her story in a film about the Siege of Sevastopol in Ukraine. Romanticizing her story was inevitable even as her experience however lionized was filled with PTSD contributing to her passing in 1974 at the age of 58.

She was interviewed by future Soviet spy Judith Coplon for her school's newspaper and played by Eve Arden in the mostly forgotten film Doughgirls.

Miss Pavilichenko's well known to fame;
Russia's your country, fighting is your game;
The whole world will love her for a long time to come


For more than three hundred nazis fell by your gun
Fell by your gun, yes
Fell by your gun
For more than three hundred nazis fell by your gun

The Doughgirls is a 1944 American comedy film directed by James V. Kern based on the 1942 hit Broadway play written by Joseph Fields. The film revolves around three newlywed couples, focusing on the Halstead couple, played by Jane Wyman and Jack Carson, and their misadventures trying to find some privacy and living space in the housing shortage of WWII Washington D.C  
The Doughgirls is based on a stage play of the same name,[4] written in 1942 by Joseph Fields.[5][6]…

Miss Pavlichenko's well known to fame;
Russia's your country, fighting is your game;
Your smile shines as bright as any new morning sun
But more than three hundred nazidogs fell by your gun
Fell by your gun, yes
Fell by your gun
For more than three hundred nazis fell by your gun


In your mountains and canyons quiet as the deer
Down in your bigtrees knowing no fear
You lift up your sight. And down comes a hun
And more than three hundred nazidogs fell by your gun
Fell by your gun, yes
Fell by your gun
For more than three hundred nazis fell by your gun

In your hot summer's heat, in your cold wintery snow
In all kinds of weather you track down your foe;
This world will love your sweet face the same way I've done
'Cause more than three hundred nazzy hound fell by your gun
Fell by your gun, yes
Fell by your gun

For more than three hundred nazis fell by your gun

I'd hate to drop in a parachute and land an enemy in your land
If your Soviet people make it so hard on invadin' men;
I wouldn't crave to meet that wrong end of such a pretty lady's gun
If her name was Pavlichenko, and mine Three O One

Pavlichenko was a subject of the 2015 film, Battle for Sevastopol (original Russian title, “Битва за Севастополь”)). A joint Russian-Ukrainian production, it was released in both countries on 2 April 2015.[23] The international premiere took place two weeks later at the Beijing International Film Festival. The film is a heavily romanticized version of her life, with several fictitious characters and many departures from the events related in her memoirs.



History has seen many culinary conflicts. Israel and Lebanon compete for hummus, Australia and New Zealand cross swords over the origins of “Pavlova” dessert, Italy and China still haven’t settled a score regarding spaghetti, and even the origins of Swedish meatballs are better to avoid at the table if Turks are nearby – king Carl XII brought the recipe after visiting Bendery (modern Moldova), which were under Turkish rule at the time.

In the end, all battles for food are won by those who talked the loudest. This is exactly what empires did, and yet globalization and technical progress give an opportunity to each and every one to raise their voice. Therefore, justice may be restored in many culinary issues.

“Culinary diplomacy” has lately become an element of the “soft power” policy. “Days of Russian cuisine” is a regular activity of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs all over the world. We decided to spread the word about the dishes which Russia actively portrays as its own while actually having nothing to do with them, since they were discovered as a result of occupation and imperialism.

1. Borsch

Probably the hottest battle is waged for borsch – a beetroot soup with cabbage. A first place in all the Russian “national cuisine” rankings and official declarations made by Kremlin cannot change the simple truth – red borsch practically flows in the veins of Ukrainians. They started making it in Ukraine back in the Middle Ages, when Russia as a state didn’t even exist and Moskovia hadn’t yet decided to appropriate the history of Kyivan Rus. The very word “borsch” came into Russian language way later, in the XIX century.


There is likely no other dish mentioned as often in Ukrainian culture as borsch.  Songs, fairy tales, poems, proverbs, lullabies, sophisticated psychological novels and chilling thrillers – it is everywhere. There are more than 300 variations of this dish – made with beef, pork, chicken, mushrooms, sausages, mutton, goose meat, salo. Of course, vegan and vegetarian options are available.

If you ask a Ukrainian which soup is their favorite, they will say “borsch” without even thinking. Should you keep the interrogation going and ask about the second favorite soup, there’s still no way you’ll catch a Ukrainian off guard – they will definitely go with “green borsch”. Yes, that’s right – it may also be classified by color: red, green and white.…

Meals for soldiers were prepared using field kitchens. Just like the field bakeries that were used for baking bread, these kitchens first appeared at the end of the 19th century. They were placed on a wheeled trailer or on the back of a flatbed lorry, and consisted of several cauldrons (between one and four) and a compartment to store food and kitchen utensils.

Field kitchens used firewood, and in order to conceal the smoke from the enemy the food had to be prepared early in the morning before sunrise and in the evening after dark. It took 40 minutes to boil water in a cauldron, three hours to prepare a two-course lunch, and an hour and a half to prepare dinner. At night the kitchen was very busy: potatoes were peeled and cauldrons were washed. At the start of World War II most (Red Army) cooks were women.

Delivering the food was another challenge, and soldiers had to carry the heavy cauldrons with food from the field kitchen to the frontlines via trenches, risking their lives. The main dish served was kulesh – soup made of millet to which other ingredients, for example lard or vegetables, could be added. Also, field kitchens also served popular Russian soups such as borsch and shchi (cabbage soup), as well as stewed potatoes and buckwheat with boiled or stewed beef or canned food.

Daily rations

The daily rations for Red Army soldiers and unit commanders was adopted on Sept. 12, 1941, and consisted of a specific list of foodstuffs: bread (800-900g), second grade wheat flour (20g), groats (140g), macaroni (30g), meat (150g), fish (100g), combined fats and lard (30g), as well as vegetable oil, sugar, tea, salt and vegetables (potatoes, cabbage, carrots, beetroot, onion and herbs).…

It's an old cliché: Someone is so poor or hungry that they resort to eating their own shoe. Whether anyone has ever done this to fend off hunger is open to debate, but the concept definitely took off thanks to 1925's silent comedy The Gold Rush, in which Charlie Chaplin daintily boils, plates, filets, serves, and eats a shoe, even twirling up the laces on his fork like spaghetti……



— 🎅🏿Imani Gandy Cane🎅🏿 (@AngryBlackLady) December 4, 2020




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