I started thinking about this a couple weeks ago when making dinner at my friend Morgen's house. I was chopping shallots and was going soooo slow. Something that normally would take me a few seconds was taking forever because the knife was unfamiliar and the countertop a different height. I realized then that I take my kitchen for granted-
I'm so grateful to have this space to cook in and the time to cook and the energy and passion for it. So many problems in our culture are linked to not taking the time to cook at home- I think it's on my mind because of that Jamie Oliver show that premiered last Friday (oh, yeah and because that what I'm trying to promote everyday at work). Cooking might not solve all of our society's problems, but it can certainly help with a good number of the environmental and health ones. Oh heck. It can help with the emotional and familial ones, too.
So here's a tour of my kitchen. It's not perfect, but I love it. I hope you have a kitchen that you love, too.
Home to the chest freezer, all the dry goods in cute canning jars, salvaged soap display shelf from the co-op, recycling station, chile ristra and the KitchenAid that has broken 4 times.
My main prep space
Home to my Fiestaware, my favorite knife, the ledge that I can never get totally clean, a juicer starting to gather dust, and of course, the beloved dishwasher. Off to the left is the office part of the pantry, a.k.a. cookbook storage area.
Fridge and cooking central
Home of the oven that's 50 degrees off its gauge, my super awesome commercial fridge, Whirly Pop popcorn maker, pressure cooker and the condiment lazy susan.