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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Step into my dirty kitchen

I wasn't planning to participate in the Show Us Your Kitchen event. My kitchen is perfectly lovely but unlike most of the other participants I don't have any expensive or fancy kitchen equipment or fixtures to show off. I live on a modest income in a very expensive area, I live alone, and I don't own my home so I have very little creative control over it. I had to beg my landlady to even let me paint the walls. It's not an impressive kitchen, just a very functional and well-loved one. Just for the heck of it, I figured I'd show it to you anyway. I took these pictures after I'd cooked up a storm and done only minimal cleanup. After all, cluttered counters and a sink full of dirty dishes will give you a more accurate sense of what my kitchen really looks like most of the time.


That slug-like creature above is, in fact, a massive garnet yam (ahem... sweet potato) sitting on top of some other produce. It dwarfs a poor, neglected butternut squash that I'm ashamed to say is about a month old.


To the left, behind a wire cookbook stand, you will see my prized possession, a Cuisinart given to me a number of years ago by an ex-girlfriend who still gets to occasionally reap its benefits in the form of latkes (a sort of Chanukah tithe to my Cuisinart benefactor).


I've lived in over half a dozen apartments in the last 6 years. When apartment-hunting, my main requirements are a big sink, enough room for two people to cook together, and a gas range. An electric stove is an absolute dealbreaker for me. My cottage meets all these requirements, and has plenty of other perks like counter space and numerous electrical outlets. I love the granite countertops. I find them aesthetically very unattractive (I am into a 1940s farmhouse aesthetic), but quite useful from a practical perspective. I really do love my kitchen. I feel blessed to have such a great space to create my (food) art.

One day I'd like to own my own home, with an eat-in kitchen featuring a butcher-block island, a cast iron pot rack hanging from the ceiling, and a big old-fashioned Wedgewood stove.

14 comments:

ilva said...

Thanks! You have a really nice kitchen!

The TriniGourmet said...

i think it's lovely, more spacious than mine too! :) i took part in the challenge too :) i think it's good to see the full array of conditions that exist :)

Happy Homemaker said...

My requirement for a kitchen -- it must look inviting to work in -- and yours does! Picture perfect kitchens worry me because I figure there must not be much cooking going on.

ByTheBay said...

Thanks for all the compliments, friends. And Happy Homemaker - I'm with you. I look at some of those kitchen pictures and wonder if they have a maid cleaning up after them as they cook or what!

Paz said...

Very nice kitchen! And spacious! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Best,
Paz

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I like your kitchen! It has a nice atmosphere...

Lynn Barry said...

Lovely...now I can see where you make all your fantastic foods. Very nice set up.

Mike Eberhart said...

You're kitchen looks fine to me. You have all the essentials nearby.

Our kitchen is certainly no larger, and is probably more cluttered. Seems like if there is any open counterspace, something soon finds its way there to fill it.

Poet with a Day Job said...

PS: your kitchen is totally cute, adn I would also love to live on butcher block island...

Kristen said...

I love your kitchen and especially the yellow color!

Kalyn said...

Very nice kitchen indeed, and I'm completely with you on the gas stove being a must.

Sally said...

You have a lovely kitchen. And, if you've taken the time to visit all the other entrants you will see that only a few have big "modern" kitchens. Most of us have old, cramped ones that we bitch about and wish we could change. I would like granite counter tops, too. But, probably not in black... Thanks for sharing your kitchen with us.

Sea said...

Your kitchen looks so cozy and homey. You should see how ugly my little apartment kitchen is- sniff- might as well cook in a shoe box. I aspire to a kitchen as pretty as yours! Thank you for sharing- nice to see the place where all those yummy things are created!

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