My kitchen is a tiny ship, and I am the captain. (Note: It’s probably about a tenth of the size of the one pictured above!) But what it lacks in square footage, it wins in utility and small bursts of joy. A “table for two” is really just two stools tucked underneath the counter. Vintage swing-top jars and a french press on the counter mingle with cabinets sneakily stocked with cookbooks and a cobbled-together collection of impulse-purchase spirits and bar accessories. Oh, yeah, there’s also a hand-painted mural of a comic-book laser cat shooting sriracha from its piercing stare. If there is such a thing as a bachelorette pad, I suppose my kitchen would be it. (That includes a fridge that has its fair share of pickles, mustard, and cheese.)
Is your home kitchen styled a certain way? Do you have a classic, or futuristic, approach to cooking? Is it cloaked in bright green walls and potted herbs? Are there butcher blocks everywhere? Do you crave color on the walls or in your cookware? Vintage — or IKEA — furniture?
We asked around America’s Test Kitchen for things that define their kitchen. Here are a sampling:
Our kitchen is sleek and stainless. It features an extractor hood (critical, since i am the #1 source of fire-alarm noise in our building). The hood has a sloped glass cover that our cat enjoys as her kitchen perch.
Efficient! I have a pot rack riveted to the ceiling that holds all our skillets, pans, etc. This rack is more than a space saver. It spares me from having to rattle and dig around in a cupboard for whatever stock pot, skillet, saucepan, or lid that I want (and is typically wedged at the bottom). It has literally eased the way into cooking more meals at home vs. ordering out or dining out than anything else we own, since it takes one frustrating time-waster out of the equation.
Juicy. Seriously. We have a manual, swing-arm juicer. It truly kicks butt on citrus.
And now for the Silly Question of the Day…
What style is your kitchen?
Leave your silly answer in the comments!
(Photo: Chalon Handmade)