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Welcome To My Kitchen (Where Even The Giants Are Small)

15 Jun

I’ve been told I talk about how small my kitchen is from time to time, and yet, I’ve never really provided any evidence to support my claims. So, since I haven’t made a thing besides a wonderful bruschetta topping in two weeks, I figured it was time to invite everyone into my humble culinary arena.

Over there to the left is the super finicky refrigerator. It just can’t stop freezing stuff in the chilling part and frosting over in the freezer part. It’s decrepit and ancient, has lost one of its handles, likes to create a vacuum so you have to pull really hard to get it open and has the most useless produce tray in the world, yet, it keeps my food happy, which makes me happy. Also of note, the Little Green Sprout clock on top of the fridge, the boy’s Yankees World Series tickets from 2001 and the super cool hand towels I inherited from my grandmother.

Heading over to your right is the ever so exciting sink. Also worth pointing out is the strip of counter-space next to the sink. For some perspective, that counter “space” is 6 inches wide. Yes folks, my counter is smaller than the keyboard I’m typing on right now! To give myself some wiggle room I have a rather large Epicurean Cutting Board that extends the space over the sink (handy for pushing scraps off!). (By the way, how gorgeous is that Le Creuset tea pot?) I’m not sure how easy it is to tell how small the stove/oven are, but trust me, they are tiny. Hopefully from the picture to the left you can also tell how little space there is between the oven and the “stuff” table. It’s very tight!

Still on your right you’ll find our miscellaneous area of stuff. It’s not 100% organized, but it gets better every day. The pink hanging thing is an expandable plastic shopping bag that we use for storing bread (which never lasts long). To the right is another hanging thing, this time a handwoven garlic and onion basket from the Shaker Heritage Society where my mom volunteers. My favorite small kitchen multi-tasker also lives on this wall… The immersion blender. It purees, it whisks, and most importantly, it acts as a small Cuisinart that doesn’t have a hole in the bottom and is perfect for throwing together small impromptu batches of pesto for two.

Finally, we’ve come full circle, past the bedroom and back to the fridge. That funny red thing there is a veggie and fruit scrubby. You can either wear it as a glove or pop your vege into it and wash them under water. It’s absolutely brilliant for little tomatoes and wee potatoes. I’ve also got a truffle slicer that my step-sister gave me for Christmas one year. As you may be able to guess, I’ve never used it for truffles, but it is brilliant for making insanely thin slices of garlic for sauces and salads.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour, at least the next time I complain about space, you can now understand why! I promise I’ll be back with more recipes and fun over the weekend.