About The Kitchen

A few years ago I decided I needed wanted a new stove.  A big new stove.  Six burners.  Gas.  Gas in a house without a gas line.  Problem was the old kitchen didn’t have room for the big new stove.  What to do?

We invited our contractor friend over to discuss our options.  He’d come over after work, sit at the kitchen bar and watch us stumble all over each other trying to start dinner in a poorly designed kitchen.  He finally left one evening  muttering something about ‘radical ideas.’  A few days later he showed up with a set of plans that called for knocking out old walls, building new walls, converting living rooms to dining rooms and vice versa.  Over the next few weeks we worked together to design the kitchen we wanted.

Then the real fun began!  Tearing out interior walls.  Moving an exterior wall.  Rewiring.  Sawing through concrete.  Adding a gas line.  Moving plumbing.  Building new walls.Tearing out ceramic tile and installing new flooring throughout the house because one area leads to another and then another.  Dust.  Dust. More dust.  Everywhere. Drywall. Painting.  Waiting on the countertops. Living without a functioning kitchen for six weeks by cooking with only the grill, Coleman stove and microwave.  Doing dishes in the laundry sink.  Eating way too much takeout.  And did I mention dust?

In the end it was totally worth it! It has my Viking range, two sinks, two dishwashers, an ice machine and lots and lots of room to work.  There’s a real bar.  Actually, there’s a bar on either side where friends and family often come in, pour a drink and chat while I cook.  It’s truly the center of the house and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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1 Alex June 11, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Hi,
I love your blog. I come across a lot of cooking blogs, where women take pictures and have great recipes, but I sat on your blog for 30 minutes I loved it so much! I live in Sarasota FL, I go to Ringling College of Art, but when I’m not in school, I love to find new recipes and I can’t wait to try some of yours! Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful too! I am super jealous! Thanks for all the lovely photos also, they’re fantastic. I will be back to look soon!

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2 Susan Rasmussen August 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Hi — I live at about 4,000 feet above sea level, and before I begin trying your baking recipes I wonder if you would mind telling me your altitude, or your city and I can look up the altitude myself. Sea-level (or thereabouts) recipes simply do NOT work in Salt Lake City.

Thanks, Susan

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3 Karen Bove August 4, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I’m about 30 miles from the ocean in FL and I think our elevation is only about 70 feet. Quite a difference! I’ve never lived in higher elevations so I don’t have any experience with adapting baking recipes.

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4 Steve Perry November 6, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Just came across your site on seriouseats.com Your kitchen looks like a dream. I am going to try out your roast beef recipe with horseradish this weekend I think. Looks great.

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5 Chef Thomas Minchella December 14, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Wonderful kitchen! The one I dream of.

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6 Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews April 26, 2011 at 10:13 am

Wow. I am VERY jealous of your gorgeous kitchen, and don’t even get me started on that range! Love your blog :)

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7 Adrienne October 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Beautiful! I love how it is open on both ends!

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8 Adrienne October 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Wow, just noticed it is open on 3 sides! what a great layout!

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