Believe it or not, I have never had a kitchen suitable for a chef. My husband and I became homeowners almost ten years ago moving into a 1940’s cottage in Montauk, New York that needed some major TLC. Since our purchase we have loved this house back to life though sadly the kitchen, the heart and soul of my home, was the lowest on the totem pole--it was finely functioning despite the fact that it was elderly and confined with crumbling cabinets and a washer and dryer located next to the sink.
I have worked in all sorts of cookeries over the years so I know how to make due with whatever I am given—and that I did. So, this past fall when my husband said, “I think it’s time we do the kitchen,” I nearly thought I was going to pass out. It’s not that he was holding out on me in any way, it’s just that with two small kids and other house priorities, we couldn’t take the plunge. But it was time…
Though seriously, it was one of the worst times for me to jump into a kitchen renovation as my book deadline was staring me in the face and the holidays were upon us, but without hesitation, I dove in! I wasn’t going to look a gift horse in the mouth.
We moved out of our home for six weeks while our house was literally being transformed beyond my wildest expectations (we gutted, updated electric and plumbing, knocked a wall down and more). While putting my kitchen back together post-renovation, I blurted out, “I finally have kitchen clarity!” The heart of my home was finally “eat off the floor clean”, there was a place for every single one of my culinary items, it was highly organized, incredibly functional and in my mind, absolutely gorgeous. What more could a girl ask for?
Now that we have been back in the house for a good month, I realize how toxic my old kitchen was for me. I hate to admit it, but cooking became a super sharp thorn in my side. And I realize that is was mostly because my former little yellow galley kitchen was unclear and confined. Cooking is my clarity and it desperately cries community, and “old yeller” didn’t give me either. But now I have both. And I am deeply grateful and thrilled to share my heart and soul with you.
So, try to find the clarity in your kitchen so cooking can be all it can be for you!
(my old kitchen with Marti Wolfson recipe testing for my upcoming book)
(the aftermath of recipe testing)