Adapting to a New Kitchen

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New Kitchen

New home, new kitchen, new blog design.

We’ve been in our new home for a little over two weeks. At first we camped out while waiting for our worldly possessions to be delivered. The kitchen felt so empty without my cooking gear and dinnerware, but of course it wasn’t empty—the appliances, counter tops, and cabinets were all here, waiting to be filled and used. We ate with disposable plates and utensils while sitting on the floor since we didn’t have a table and chairs, but it was fun, like a picnic.

I took time to plan where everything would live in the new space. The Kitchen Aid mixer would fit nicely in the corner next to the sink. The toaster oven would work next to the wall ovens. A coffee/espresso/tea station would be nice next to the hand painted coffee plates near the frig. The polish pottery would go into the cabinet with the glass doors. Cutting boards and small appliances would live in the island. Wine would go in the dining room. Cookbooks would fit perfectly in the shelves in the mini office. I had a plan.

Then came the movers and everything descended into chaos. Boxes were everywhere at first, then everything was out of the boxes but all available counter, table, chair, and floor space was clobbered with kitchen gear. Getting the kitchen up and running has been quite a project. We’ve pretty much dug out of the chaos and have only a few things left to figure out, and the kitchen is now functional.

Like many other foodies, the kitchen is the center of the house for us. Much of our day-to-day living occurs in this room, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s more of a “living room” for us than the living room itself, and each day I learn more about how to live in our favorite room. For example:

  • We’ve ordered a cooktop cover. My boys are very curious about the knobs, and I don’t want them to accidentally light a burner. I’ll write a review after it arrives.
  • Stir frying makes a real mess on the cooktop (glass under gas burners), and it isn’t easy to clean up. I may permanently move all stir fry operations to the gas grill side burner out on the deck.
  • Turning on the oven lock function was not immediately apparent to me, but I learned how to do it very quickly after one of the boys unintentionally started the oven cleaning cycle.
  • The western sun streaming through the breakfast room window is beautiful in the afternoons, but it makes reading the oven display almost impossible.
  • Swiffer pads do not work well on highly textured ceramic tile. I had to buy a sponge mop to clean up the really sticky messes for which my boys are famous.
  • The island is the center of the kitchen, and it’s also the center of my boys’ attention. The like to chase each other around it, then turn off and make a run through the breakfast room and go around the table, giggling all the way.

We’ve said several times that this is the house where we want to spend the rest of our lives. That should give me plenty of time to adapt to our new kitchen.

UPDATE 3/28/07: My 16-inch round pizza stone is too big for the oven! The door won’t shut!

[An original post from Andrea Meyers: making life delicious. All images and text copyrighted, All Rights Reserved.]

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Comments

  1. says

    I like the new design and hope things are going well. My aunt, 52cupcakes.blogspot.com lives in the DC area, so if you need to know little spots where to pick up baking supplies, hit her up her blog.

  2. says

    Hi Andrea, just saying hello from Brazil and wishing you all the best in your new home. I love that area, as I told you before. Take care.

  3. says

    Hi Cris, good to hear from you again!

    Hi Kevin: The kitchen has a nice layout, which helps. For me the hard part was figuring out where to put all the baking paraphernalia! All that gear is kind of scattered around the cabinets (for now), but hopefully I’ll have a good system figured out soon.

  4. says

    Andrea,
    So good to see another food blogger from America’s First Region- Hampton Roads! If that is a picture of your stove I am jealous without seeing the rest! We added on a new kitchen to our home and even when you have the choice of where things go, so often what you want is governed by what you can afford (that sucks!)

    Hope you get all settled in and are making a mess in no time!
    I am also adding you to my blogroll. I want to include as many Virginia food bloggers as I can!

  5. says

    Thanks, Deborah! Nice to meet a fellow Virginia blogger. We were down in Hampton Roads for almost five years before moving to northern Virginia last month. We’re getting more settled in every day, and I’m getting back into the swing of cooking after eating out far too much during the move in period.

  6. AHARRIS says

    DO YOU KNOW HOW TO REACH THE OWNERS OF COOKTOPCOVERS. I ORDERED AN ITEM IN ALUMINUM FROM THEM. SINCE THEN I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO REACH THEM. I PAID FOR THE ITEM AND I HAVE HEARD NOTHING FROM THEM OVER A MONTH AGO. I TRIED TO CALL FROM THE PHONE ON THE INTERNET. THAT PHONE HAS BEEN DISCONNECTED. I HAVE E-MAILED MORE THAN 3 TIMES AND NO WORD FROM THEM. I AM BEGINNING TO WORRY. SINCE I FIRST FOUND THEM ON YOUR SITE, I THOUGHT THAT MAYBE YOU MIGHT HAVE ANOTHER PHONE FOR THEM. THANKS….I HAVE NO WAY TO REACH THEM
    AHARRIS

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