"I only have a kitchen because it came with the house” is a humorous saying that has been printed on many gift items since at least 2004. The saying means that the house has a kitchen, but not a cook.
23 March 2004, Roanoke (VA) Times, “What’s Cooking?”:
Stump, who lives in Salem, eats out so frequently that the same neighbor once gave her a sign that says, “I only have a kitchen because it came with the house.”
Aleta—The Silly Bear
May 12, 2006 05:11:37 PM
I need the sign that says: I only have a kitchen because it came with the house!
I love it!
29 May 2006, Daily Herald, sec. 7B, pg. 3, col. 4:
After my hands have been curled around grips for long hours I like to wiggle my fingers almost like I’m kneading bread (strange I used that analogy since I am kitchen-challenged—just ask my family and they’ll tell you the only reason I have a kitchen is because it came with the house).
Motivationals for Mom:
Inspiring you to be all you can be
By Chrys Howard
West Monroe, LA: Howard Books
A magnet on my refrigerator reads, “I only have a kitchen because it came with the house.”
Title I Only Have a Kitchen Because It Came with the House
Author David J. Allerton
Publisher Lulu Enterprises Inc., 2011
ISBN 1446130010, 9781446130018
Length 128 pages
Subjects Cooking - General
Very nice explanation of the phrase. I did not knew that it has been printed on gift items since so many years.