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Culinary Voyeur: The KB’s Kitchen January 19, 2012


It’s been 3 long months since we moved in, and I FINALLY have my kitchen in decent working order—and it’s finally organized enough that I don’t go crazy just trying to bake some cookies, much less make a meal for 12 or 20. I thought this would be the perfect time to share with you the space in which I make almost all the dishes that appear on this blog and share some of my favorite kitchen organizational tools. For instance, you can see that on either side of my stove I have Le Creuset utensil crocks. I love these because they hold so many tools and look beautiful at the same time. I also love my little Le Creuset honey pot, which I received as a wedding gift.

While I’ve gone from a tiny urban kitchen with hardly any counter space to a renovated beauty, I’ve been collecting culinary gadgets and cookware for so long that I’m always still looking for places to store it. So, last week my mom and I traveled up to Washington Courthouse, Ohio, to visit an antique dealer—Memories Gate—that we’ve used time and again for fun and quirky pieces for our homes.

I needed a pantry so badly I could taste it. While my new kitchen has a decent amount of cabinet space, it’s poorly designed. If you’ve ever had to use a narrow but deep cabinet for pantry goods, you know what I’m talking about. You constantly have to take stuff out to get to the stuff in the back—and then return it to its rightful place—and it was driving me NUTS.

So when I found this old-school Hoosier Cabinet for sale in the back of the store, I knew it was perfect for the long narrow space I needed to fill in my dining room. Check out how adorable it is! It even has the vintage steel flour sifter still inside it, although I can remove it for extra cabinet space if I need it. I just love how it looks! Eventually I’ll probably repaint it yellow to match my kitchen more closely.

Everything’s so nice and organized, it makes me smile. Here’s my little dining area. My table and chairs are also from Memories Gate, but I found it at the Lawrenceburg flea market in Indiana rather than at their store. My super-handy brother-in-law Bart even made me a leaf so I can expand the table to fit 8 people instead of 4. What a man!

And of course, no vintage-style kitchen is complete without a chalkboard on which to write the daily menu. I know this thing will come in handy whenever we decide to have kids. I used it at my wedding and at catering events, too 🙂

Acquired to increase my counter and cabinet space in my Chicago kitchen, the Whitmore baking rack is one of my favorite space savers. I use it to store the big appliances that I use most frequently, including my KitchenAid, All-Clad slow cooker, and food processor (which really needs to be replaced), my small pots and pans, and my more beautiful bowls and trays. For how much space it delivers, it’s totally worth the $82, and it looks nice too! Notice how many aprons I have hanging from that apron hook on the side … I can’t help it! I’m addicted!

In terms of drawer organization, I happen to love The Container Store, although I pick and choose wisely what I buy from there as the costs can add up. Three things from there that I particularly love: 1) this super-awesome cork and bamboo knife drawer, so I can keep all my knives safely tucked in a drawer instead of taking space on the counter top; 2) my expandable spice drawer organizer—I love having most of my spices at my finger tips, although I do have a rotating spice rack and another basket of spices in one of my cabinets; and 3) these tri-level expandable shelves for my canned goods, so I can ACTUALLY see what I have in my pantry.

Lastly, here’s a shot of my in-kitchen fireplace and where I keep my flour and sugar for easy access.

So there you have it, the KB’s kitchen. I would love to hear what your favorite kitchen organizational tools are. Is there anything you just can’t live without???

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9 Responses to “Culinary Voyeur: The KB’s Kitchen”

  1. Ruth Says:

    I can’t live without miroplane graters and a reamer for squeezing fresh citrus! Also the flexible cutting boards so you can scoop up everything to put into the pot!

  2. I absolutely LOVE your antique pantry. It looks very very nice!

  3. I absolutely love your antique pantry. It looks fabulous! I get so mad when I have to dig into my deep and narrow pantry for that item that, of course, is at the bottom of everything…

    I also like the baking rack very, very much. At the moment most of the appliances I use the most (kitchen aid, blender, toaster, crockpot) and a lot of my stoves are on the stove top, eating out my precious little cooking space. And I am looking for a cheap and quick solution.

  4. rlm Says:

    The pantry is adorable! I’m mostly just fascinated with the knife foam though! Where does knife foam come from?

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