For the past few years my kitchen has been undergoing a facelift; new countertops, flooring, gas range, range hood, subway tile backsplash and cabinet organizers. It’s a simple kitchen compared to the kitchens in new homes today where the islands are the length of an airport landing strip. But I like my compact kitchen where everything is within a quick reach.
I put a lot of thought into my kitchen before I began to change things. I technically can’t call it a remodel or renovation because that would imply it was an older, out-dated home. It wasn’t. I had my home built in 2004 so really I just wanted to get rid of the earth-tones and bring in fresh color. And while I liked brown at the time, I found it became drab quite quickly. I think I have a heightened sense of sight with regard to color, but I’ll save that topic for another time.
Like many families, the kitchen is an epicenter of activities; cooking and baking, an art studio, sewing center, race track, wine bar, and group therapy. My kitchen is the “living” room for multi-purpose gathering and hanging out.
As you know, I love to travel and discover delicacies in restaurants in the regions I visit. But some of my most memorable meals are those made in my own kitchen. And many of the most treasured kitchen tools are those I’ve picked up along the way of my travels or inspired me to purchase when I returned home. You can’t fit a Moroccan Tagine and 3 pair of shoes in a carry-on. I do have priorities and shoes win.
I’m a hungry, curious wanderer in the cities I roam, always looking for a new flavor to try and recreate back home. I take photos, jot down notes and pay close attention to plating details, after all presentation is just as important as taste. And when I come home to cook, I want complex flavor. I search or create recipes that work. Yes, they may require many steps and processes but I have found these time consuming recipes are well worth the time and effort put into them.
In addition to searching for sophisticated flavor, I also think about when I’ll prepare it. Is it for a fancy dinner party, a casual gathering of friends or a simple down and dirty meal with family. I have a meal up my sleeve for every occasion.
I find great pleasure in food and love to tinker around in my kitchen, sometimes I just work on my laptop at the breakfast bar with no food involved because my kitchen makes me happy. I find inspiration in my kitchen; spending hours paging through cookbooks, searching travel destinations, getting lost on Pinterest or planning the next meal. It’s where memories have been made, compelling stories have been told, inspiring travel dreams have been cultivated, useful entertaining advice has been shared all the while surrounded by my favorite kitchen gear and ingredients that feed my culinary lifestyle.
When I’m on the road during business travel, I miss my kitchen. No, not my bed, my family or friends, I miss my kitchen. It may seem strange to those who don’t share a passion for food and cooking like I do, but it’s where I seek solace when I return home.
My weekends are planned around shopping, chopping, cooking and spilling and last weekend was no different when I hosted a birthday dinner for Kate. We had a wonderful evening with family and making memories for our grandchildren, memories that started in the kitchen.And as you can see here Little Mister and The Hurricane are young chefs in their play kitchen at grammie’s house. I hope you have a space in your home that brings you comfort and inspiration like my kitchen does for me.