09.30.08

Goodbye, Kitchen

Posted in food, home cooking, personal at 10:45 pm by wingerz

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We bought our place for its incredible, spacious kitchen. It was the centerpiece of the condo – nearly 300 of the 948 square feet were devoted to it. We put it to great use, entertaining frequently. Hopefully future kitchens will live up to this one, but I’m not holding my breath. Assorted memories:

Hanging out. Jen and I spent a lot of time at the kitchen table and counter chatting and working on our laptops. It was nice and bright. The previous owners left some great barstools (which we also left behind), and we hooked up some speakers so that Jen could listen to Justin Timberlake.

Learning to cook. My fascination with America’s Test Kitchen didn’t start until after we moved in. Just about all of my skills were developed on those wide, expansive countertops and lovely gas stove. It didn’t always turn out great and I set the smoke detector off once every few weeks, but it was such a pleasure to cook.

Brunch. A great way to showcase both cooking ability and a ton of our kitchen appliances. Pancakes, waffles, blueberry muffins, bread, and scrambled eggs usually made an appearance – sometimes all at the same brunch. Dessert for the following few days would be toasted waffle quarters with whipped cream and maple syrup.

Dinner. My favorite meal of the day, especially in the company of friends. We could fit about 10 people cozily for a seated meal. My typical summer Saturday was spent going to the farmer’s market to get produce for dinner that night. Love our expandable kitchen table, so it’s coming with us to California. I hope I succeeded in my goal of never sending anyone home hungry.

Last meal cooked in the kitchen: Rib-eye steak, seared to medium rare, with a side of asparagus.

2 Comments »

  1. wilson said,

    October 2, 2008 at 2:58 am

    i’m going to miss your place. now there’s one less reason to go to boston=(

  2. joy said,

    October 6, 2008 at 4:53 am

    i never got to see your kitchen! :( but i did see lots and lots of photos of the mouth-watering food that came out of it, and i absolutely can’t wait to see it all in person when you’re in CA!

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